Radar Detector Install

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  1. Sublimecat

    Sublimecat Silver Member

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    I installed my radar detector this morning. I removed the center console. Steps are very similar to previous years. Lift shifter boot with a plastic trim tool, unbolt shifter handle (13mm) remove console center section with the trim tool, unplug heater control panel harness. Remove plastic trim panels in the rear of the console and the two bolts (10mm). Remove the two screws in the front that are now accessible from removing the center section (7mm). Console slides to the rear for 1-2 inches. Unplug remaining two wiring harness plugs at the front of the console and it can be lifted out.

    You need a plastic trim tool, 13mm, 10mm and 7mm sockets to remove the console. Once out, I spliced the radar detector harness into the passenger side power outlet harness. Black wire with white stripe is ground, pink wire with orange stripe is switched power. I ran the Escort smart cord underneath the passenger side dash, up the passenger side A pillar, underneath the head liner and to the Escort 9500IX detector hanging off the mirror with a blend mount. Worked like a champ. Any stereo shop should be able to does this in 1-2 hours.

    The passport 9500IX hangs from a blend mount made for the 2015 Challenger. The smart cord powers the detector and has a button on it with two indicating lights. One light is power (blue or red depending on what version you buy) the other light (yellow) flashes based on the radar signal strength. The button allows you to silence the detector, store signals (grocery store, cell tower, etc. . . even though there are not a lot of false signals). I located the button next to the start button because it is convenient to get to and from the drivers door looking into the car it is not really visible. The button is nice and saves you from reaching up to the detector to find the buttons. The detector comes on when the car is started.

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    Tammie SRT Hellcat Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    That turned out awesome! I want to do something similar. Thanks for sharing this info.;)
     
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    Looks good! I'm going to install my 9500IX in the next couple of days. Thanks for the write up!
     
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    Glad to help
     
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    rayzazoo DRIVESRT.COM Gold Supporting Member

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    Anyone have a snapshot behind the mirror
    Anyone have a snapshot behind the mirror to see where we can tap in to?
     
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    I don't have a snapshot, but the big black plastic pieces covering where the mirror attaches to the windshield comes loose in 2 pieces, and you can see the plug then. If you google it there are several videos on YouTube. I just used a voltmeter and found the positive and ground, then wired it in. The plastic pieces are hard to get loose. You have to squeeze and pull to get em loose lol. Hard to explain.
     
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    Guys on challenger talk.com have posted and extended mirror tap is necessary. I had no intentions of using a mirror tap so I did not try to figure out what length was necessary. The ability to silence the detector and store nusciance signals without reaching up to the detector were the reasons I put in the smart cord.
     
  10. CDNHellcat

    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    Why would you install a radar detector they are not very effective?
     
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    Mine has saved my rear more times than I can even begin to count over the years. The good ones (passports, valentine) that I am currently using have paid for themselves many times over - I probably would not even have a license without them... it's worth it just to know when the KA shooters are close - the local police leave them on all the time :) I will say that they cheap ones are not very effective, certainly less effective. You get what you pay for..
     
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    Has anyone out there purchased the much more expensive built in modles that install behind the grill or front bumper?
    My Escort 9500i is not picking up laser that well.
    How is the Valentine 1 ???
     
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    The general consensus is that if you pick up a laser signal, it's very likely too late. They already have your speed, so it's basically up to them whether they'll pull you or the next guy over. If your driving routes have a lot of laser, you can consider a laser shifter setup, but that requires a custom install.

    As far as the Valentine 1 (V1) goes, the sensitivity is good from what I've read, but most detectors in the $300-500 price range have good to great range. Again, if you get hit by laser and have no countermeasures, it's probably too late.

    I have the 9500ix and enjoy the GPS lockout feature for the endless K band signals driving by Walgreens and whatnot around town.

    The video link below summarizes the 9500 custom install versus the Valentine V1 pretty well. It's a long video, but it has some good details. Give it a watch before you commit to the V1, or any radar detector (custom install or otherwise).

     
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    That is a good video. Thank you. He's right about the V1. Great detector who's time has past. I'm going to sell my V1 and get that 9500ci. My last two tickets were laser radar. Thanks again, methaneman.
     
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    magnummrk SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice install!
     

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