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  DIY- Radar detector Hardwire
calvino
09-15-2006
ok here is the DIY that I said that I was going to do

you need:

your radar detector hardwire kit ( I have a Beltronics pro 65 and the cable is $21.99)

torx screw...
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By jb on 11-11-2007, 09:26 PM
Great DIY, thanks man. I hardwired my Beltronics STI in last night and it looks great!
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By wuufer001 on 11-12-2007, 02:47 AM
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i hardwired my X50 at nearly halfway running the wires to the bottom of the windshield. thought that might be better because of the rear detection it has also. mounted it 'middle' enough so it could reach out between the rear ceiling and the rear seats. that's just my thought.
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By drbimmer97 on 11-23-2007, 09:55 PM
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I'd just like to throw in there, even though I have an E46 not an E90/E92, that my V1 has saved me many times, and always informs me of when I've been hit with laser. If I had to guess how many times I've been hit by laser (after I've had my V1 (mounted high)) by a cop, I'd say I've been hit 35x in a year. I just recently got a ticket from a cop hiding off the road who hit me in the front with laser, and sure enough my V1 caught it... but since laser is instant and precise- by the time I got the warning and slowed down to the posted speed limit, he already had my speed- and was proceding to tear ass after me. So the V1 mounted high always informs me of laser aimed at myself.


So this statement, besides the fact that it says "I don't think" is flat-out incorrect.

Best Regards,
-Chris
best to drive slower.....
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By drbimmer97 on 11-23-2007, 09:55 PM
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Great DIY, thanks man. I hardwired my Beltronics STI in last night and it looks great!

how's the STI ? i'm thinking about getting it.
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By jb on 11-25-2007, 01:51 AM
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how's the STI ? i'm thinking about getting it.
Fantastic! The Beltronics STI is the best on the market for detection range and accuracy (I don't care too much for the new GPS stuff but the Escorts are still pretty good).... Proof: http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleid=100542
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By double35 on 01-06-2008, 09:21 PM
Did my hardwire yesterday with my 8500 x50. Although, while keeping the remote unit low, I mounted the detector high. Thanks for the great directions.
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By wuufer001 on 01-07-2008, 01:14 AM
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Did my hardwire yesterday with my 8500 x50. Although, while keeping the remote unit low, I mounted the detector high. Thanks for the great directions.
above the rear view morrors? if so won't the rear sensor get blocked? i hardwired it halfway
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By AJayE92 on 02-04-2008, 08:45 PM
So In consensus whats the right way to mount the 8500 X50??? I NEED TO KNOW hahaha lets come to an agreement i keep moving it every damn day
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By wuufer001 on 02-05-2008, 02:42 AM
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So In consensus whats the right way to mount the 8500 X50??? I NEED TO KNOW hahaha lets come to an agreement i keep moving it every damn day
i don't know the specific but i placed mine halfway, high enough for the front detector and low enough for the rear detector so it won't get blocked by the roof.
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By tjnptel1 on 02-05-2008, 08:47 AM
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are Bel and Passport the same? why is their remote concealed display unit identitical?
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By tjnptel1 on 02-05-2008, 08:49 AM
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So In consensus whats the right way to mount the 8500 X50??? I NEED TO KNOW hahaha lets come to an agreement i keep moving it every damn day
high son, high. physics.

If you are going on a hilly/curvy road, the chances of you detecting a cop up ahead are higher then having the radar detector low on your windshield.

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By smithre4 on 02-05-2008, 09:14 AM
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are Bel and Passport the same? why is their remote concealed display unit identitical?
Owned by the same company.
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By AJayE92 on 02-06-2008, 09:33 AM
thanks, i guess il go high

if i put it next to the rear view mirror, like concealed V1's do

will it obstruc the escort's rear detecting capabilities?
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By calvino on 02-07-2008, 09:48 AM
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thanks, i guess il go high

if i put it next to the rear view mirror, like concealed V1's do

will it obstruc the escort's rear detecting capabilities?

this is the reason why I mount it low, I think is you mount it too high is hard to get laser alerts

http://www.radarbusters.com/mountdet...rlyarticle.cfm

http://www.radarbusters.com/2004lase...ionarticle.cfm
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By wuufer001 on 02-07-2008, 08:50 PM
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this is the reason why I mount it low, I think is you mount it too high is hard to get laser alerts

http://www.radarbusters.com/mountdet...rlyarticle.cfm

http://www.radarbusters.com/2004lase...ionarticle.cfm
+1
i mount mine at the center
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By Long Drive on 02-08-2008, 12:12 AM
I couldn't get the cover off the overhead lights/sun roof control either. Ended up taking my car to a local BMW shop called The Werk Shop. They wired my Escort 9500i directly into the wiring in the lights/sunroof harness. Left me a 9" pigtail so I mount the detector just under the mirror. Like the pix earlier in this post where it's above the mirror mount...may give that a shot as long as the GPS will still grab.
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By D_o_S on 09-21-2009, 01:07 PM
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I'm experiencing a little problem... my cig lighter light went out after I did this... any ideas?
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By tjnptel1 on 09-21-2009, 04:29 PM
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I'm experiencing a little problem... my cig lighter light went out after I did this... any ideas?
what did you tap into?
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By D_o_S on 09-22-2009, 03:45 AM
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what did you tap into?
Works OK now... I had some issues as the telephone connector I was using had thin cables and the "add-a-circuit" plugs didn't cut through the insulation.

The light works fine now, I hadn't realized I switched the lights off while I was working - d'oh.

All is good now, hopefully it will work OK.
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By jdhil90 on 03-23-2010, 12:13 PM
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About Radar Detectors

What is the best radar detector/laser detector I can get for around $200?
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By jdhil90 on 03-23-2010, 12:19 PM
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What is the best radar detector/laser detector I can get for around $200?
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By jdhil90 on 03-23-2010, 04:55 PM
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I have a beltronics vector 995 and it didn't come with any extra wiring just the regular wire that goes from the cig lighter to the detector. What extra wires will I need to hardwire it?
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