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I recently picked up a "Smart Cord" for my Passport Radar/Laser detector. It frees up the cigarette lighter by hardwiring the power and also allows concealed display. I need to tap into a switched 12V wire. I was thinking it would be best/easiest to use one of the existing cigarette lighter circuits and was looking for input on this...should I connect it somewhere else?

Also, I need to find a ground under the dash somewhere. Are there any grounded bolts/screws easily accessible under the dash?

Thanks in advance.

Looking forward to upgrading to the ZR4 Laser shifter in the near future as well.
 

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There's a switched power source in the overhead console (behind the sunroof switch & overhead lights/switches). DIY instructions have been posted in the past--try a search.

There's also a power outlet in the passenger footwell area, just below the glove box door--pic below.
 

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There's a switched power source in the overhead console (behind the sunroof switch & overhead lights/switches). DIY instructions have been posted in the past--try a search.

There's also a power outlet in the passenger footwell area, just below the glove box door--pic below.
Son of a bitch... I looked every where for a power supply for my V1 before I searched the net and ended up using the one in the OH console.

Is there anything you DON'T know about this car? :rofl:
 

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Son of a bitch... I looked every where for a power supply for my V1 before I searched the net and ended up using the one in the OH console.

Is there anything you DON'T know about this car? :rofl:
No kidding...he is good.

How would you hardwire to an outlet like that?
 

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No kidding...he is good.

How would you hardwire to an outlet like that?
Get at the wires behind it and splice in...

On E60's the power sources are dead when the car is shut off so they give you a switched power source.
 

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Hardwired my 8500i through the wiring behind the sunroof controls.
My radar's mounted just above the rear-view mirror.

Let me know if you're interested in more info about this route.
 

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Passport Radar Install Complete

I'll post pictures later, but I completed my install last night. Wasn't too difficult at all. I purchased the remote display cord from Escort and installed it last night. All said and done took 2 hours, but could probably do it in 45 minutes now that I know what I'm doing.

Basic Steps:

1 - Remove ashtray from center console

2 - Use Dremel tool to cut out bottom of ashtray slot

3 - Remove shifter cover (6 speed) and carpeted trim along center console. Feed wires from remote display unit through ashtray slot and out side of center console.

4 - Feed wires under trim to passenger footwell. Remove plastic trim in passenger footwell.

5 - Splice power wire into hot (Green) wire going to accesory cigarette lighter in passenger footwell. Remove flexible air duct (it will slide off with a little effort) and you'll see a bolt behind it. Remove the bolt and attached the ground connector to this bolt.

6 - Feed detector wire (phone cable) under the trim along the A pillar between the trim and the windshield. At the top of the windshield feed the wire along the top of between the class and the trim.

7 - Pop out the light above the passenger sun visor and feed wire under the trim and through the light slot. Connect wire to visor mounted detector.

Now I have the detector mounted in a difficult to see space, and in the 'discreet' mode there aren't any flashing lights to see. The display module is in the ash tray slot which can be closed leaving no visibile evidence.
 

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How I did it ...

Since some people had problems after hardwiring to the overhead console , I decided to go for the passenger footwell area outlet, just below the glove box.

Here are some pictures:

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I'll post pictures later, but I completed my install last night. Wasn't too difficult at all. I purchased the remote display cord from Escort and installed it last night. All said and done took 2 hours, but could probably do it in 45 minutes now that I know what I'm doing.

Basic Steps:

1 - Remove ashtray from center console

2 - Use Dremel tool to cut out bottom of ashtray slot

3 - Remove shifter cover (6 speed) and carpeted trim along center console. Feed wires from remote display unit through ashtray slot and out side of center console.

4 - Feed wires under trim to passenger footwell. Remove plastic trim in passenger footwell.

5 - Splice power wire into hot (Green) wire going to accesory cigarette lighter in passenger footwell. Remove flexible air duct (it will slide off with a little effort) and you'll see a bolt behind it. Remove the bolt and attached the ground connector to this bolt.

6 - Feed detector wire (phone cable) under the trim along the A pillar between the trim and the windshield. At the top of the windshield feed the wire along the top of between the class and the trim.

7 - Pop out the light above the passenger sun visor and feed wire under the trim and through the light slot. Connect wire to visor mounted detector.

Now I have the detector mounted in a difficult to see space, and in the 'discreet' mode there aren't any flashing lights to see. The display module is in the ash tray slot which can be closed leaving no visibile evidence.
Thanks for this writeup. I used it to install the hardwire kit in my wifes new (to her) '07 530i and it worked great. Getting the module to fit in the ashtray was the hardest part, but stepper bits are your friend.
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There's a switched power source in the overhead console (behind the sunroof switch & overhead lights/switches). DIY instructions have been posted in the past--try a search.

There's also a power outlet in the passenger footwell area, just below the glove box door--pic below.
Tried a search and I didn;t find a previos story. [email protected]
 

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I have an E46 convertible I had my radar detector hard-wired at an auto start shop and they wired into the ignition switch. My car all of a sudden started having all kinds of issues (blinkers would not shut off, digital readout on the dash and clock on the radio went out, etc. These things only happened randomly. I had the service garage undo the install, but they swore it had nothing to do with what they had done. Can anybody let me know about this? How should the detector be hard-wired on this vehicle.


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With the V1 when you purchase it, it comes with a long enough wire that will go from the passenger footwell outlet, through the passenger side front consols ( tucking the wires in the crevices ) and up through the headliners. I didn't have to pull apart the interior or anything and its a clean install.
 

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so its not coiled then kzang? my 9500ix is :(
 

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I have a Passport 8500IX and just use the the lighter. I have the Passport on the windshield right over the dash and the coiled cord supplied with the unit works great and doesn't hide any of my instruments. I know that ideally it should be placed high, but the range low over the dash is great and the Passport placed low is also less noticable from the outside. The lighter is also switch circuit, so it turns off with the ignition. Now on my last Audi A6 I had my VI hardwired because the lighter was farther back on the console and it was not a switch.

Of course if you smoke the lighter could be a problem.
 

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yep that's how i plug mine in too. i was just surprised that valentine provided the hardwiring ability (or maybe just a long cord) when you bought it. that's pretty cool.

one of these days i'm going to stop being lazy and hardwire mine. its not that i smoke, i just don't like crap dangling around.
 

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bringing back the thread, where are you all getting 12v from the sunroof area?
You can usually find a 12v accy lead in the light cluster in the roof. You can tap off the sunroof power lead or the garage door opener power. You can then ground it to the metal bracket mount too.
 

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You can usually find a 12v accy lead in the light cluster in the roof. You can tap off the sunroof power lead or the garage door opener power. You can then ground it to the metal bracket mount too.
That's what I did on my 2004 e65. Use Red wire to sun roof motor for hot and screw of sun roof motor for power. Just trying to determine how long it stays on after car is locked
 
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