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Hardwiring radar detector to rearview mirror...

Hi,

I saw a previous thread that talked about hardwiring your radar detector to your sunroof, but I don't have a sunroof. I've done a :search and came up with all sorts of BS about brands of radar detectors and about 47 pgs. of straight repetitive crap, so sorry if it's been previously posted. If you know where it's at, point me to it.

Don't mean to come off as mean, but I attempted to search.

Onto the question. As stated in the subject, is there a way to hardwire a radar detector into the wire that runs to the rear view mirror if it has the homelink and compass/ autodim built in??? Basically, the electronic rearview mirror. Also, so it would automatically come on during ignition, obviously. Thanks for the help, and again, sorry if it's been previously posted.


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Wow, THANKS NAUTEC. So now I know it can be done, why don't you tell me how, hmm? :D I'd greatly appreciate it ...

*actually, now that I look a little closer, that's a reg. mirror. WTF, is it to the sunroof? If so, don't have one. :D


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no sunroof, i utilized a trick which is kinda semi ghetto but I'll take pictures someday

Take a look at your radar detector and look at the voltage and current requirements and then measure the homelink voltage and current and see if it matches close or not. I wired mine to the cigarette outlet becuase mine needed 12V and some current number so I just did it that way. Besides I don't use the cigarette outlet that much eaither.


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You wired it to the cigarette outlet? And the wire goes through your upper lining? :huh wow dude, how'd you wrap it around, like, through the a pillar, down through the floor guard under the seat, to the center console, and wired it to the outlet? Damn that, good job though, so what if it's ghetto, if it works, it's gold. :D


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blackmagic, actually I did mine completely different. I do have the homelink mirror, but I did not want to risk overloading the fuse to it, so I ran the wire inside my headliner, down the windshield pillar, then connected it to the back end of the fuse that runs to the mirror. This way my radar detector is connected to the pre fuse block....meaning its not adding current to the homelink fuse, it is only relying on the inline radar detector fuse. Its very easy to pull the headliner down enough to slip the flat detector cable into it, then you have to do the same for the pillar support plastic piece.

From there you run it down the kick panel, to the back of the fuse block. This way it turns off when the car turns off, but does not risk blowing the homelink fuse..which by the way also probably powers half of the other accessories in the car.

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Reading Topic: Hardwiring radar detector to rearview mirror...

Yikes, that would suck. Allright, well, I have no idea about electronics thus far or wiring rather, so ...looking for more understanding, I'll look around a bit. What do you mean the back end of the fuse that runs to the mirror? Like, on the inside of the car where the fusebox is, right? If so, how'd you get behind it? Haven't really looked that hard yet, as this was just a spurring idea. Thanks for that info man...
also, what kind of wire did you buy to extend it that far?


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I have a Valentine 1 radar detector, it comes with a install wire that is basically a phone cord with only 2 wires in it. If your radar detector uses the phone jack looking power cable, you can buy any length phone cord you want, cut the end off and use that for your power wire. Otherwise, you will need some power wires from Radio Shack or something like that.

The pre-fuse section is the positive side of the fuse block that is supplying the power. The aft fuse section is when the power that is being supplied to the block passes through its respective fuse and proceeds to the accessory.

The way to find a fuse block that turns on only when the key is turned, is to get a continuity tester ($5 any auto parts store), ground it, then touch one of the blocks. If it lights up only when the car is on, then you know you have found an accessory block (only powered when the car is on).

To ensure you are using the pre fused section, unplug the fuse from the block that is an ACC block then touch the connector on one side of the fuse gap. If the tester does not light up when the key is turned you know you have the aft fuse section. Touch the otherside of the block and it should light up. This is where you want to mount your wires.

Below is a diagram I threw together that will make it much easier to understand:


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Yes, that makes it much easier to understand. Allright, I'll go buy a continuity tester. What do i ground it to though?


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Pretty much any exposed piece of metal will do. The entire frame of the car is one big ground, the problem is finding a clean piece of metal that is not insulated.

The end of the continuity tester usually has an alligator clip, clip it to a metal part of the steering column or exposed bolt.

Get the tester with a sharp pointed tip, its very useful when it comes to probing through the insulation of a wire without damaging the wire.

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