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      Radar Detector Hard-Wiring

      I believe the old thread about hard wiring a radar detector may have been deleted. I can't find it anywhere.

      Which panel is it that hides the accessory connectors that were being discussed in that thread? The left-side passenger footwell panel? Which would be on the center console?
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      I believe the old thread about hard wiring a radar detector may have been deleted. I can't find it anywhere.

      Which panel is it that hides the accessory connectors that were being discussed in that thread? The left-side passenger footwell panel? Which would be on the center console?
      It's on the right side of the console, either the panel with the net or just behind. Splice into the lighter socket wiring there.
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      I tied mine into the 12v charger in the center console. The right side panel of the center console comes off super easy, and there is tons of room to access the wires on the 12v port.

      Edit: exactly what ckon mentioned, didn't see that post.
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      I thought someone said there was an accessory connector which didn't require any splicing.
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      I thought someone said there was an accessory connector which didn't require any splicing.
      Correct. There is a fuse panel under the carpet on the passenger side floor. You can pull the carpet back and use one of those micro fuse tap things. Apparently, the carpet is a pain to pull back.

      Here is a link to the fuse tap:

      https://www.amazon.com/Lumision-SHIP.../dp/B00OZFNJI6

      Edit: here is the link from the SPA XC90 forum showing a nice step by step install:

      http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...radar+detector
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      It's MUCH easier getting into the console to use a tap than under the carpet. The alternative of the console method was shown to me by the Volvo tech when I asked him how to get to the fuses.
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      Does anyone have pictures to share of their mounting location? I have a V1 that I will soon install; I used to use a Blendmount however that requires a mirror stem to attach to. There isn't enough room on my S90 for a stem mount...

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      Again, someone (a Volvo tech) said you don't even need to access the fuse box or use a tap. There were supposedly two pins in place (power and ground) for connecting an accessory.
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      Again, someone (a Volvo tech) said you don't even need to access the fuse box or use a tap. There were supposedly two pins in place (power and ground) for connecting an accessory.
      Oh, no kidding, that's news to me.
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      Again, someone (a Volvo tech) said you don't even need to access the fuse box or use a tap. There were supposedly two pins in place (power and ground) for connecting an accessory.

      Pretty sure this was referring to me since posted on the last I hard wire thread.

      Two pin connector with two 14 gauge wires behind the center console carpeted cover on the passenger side. This is where I tapped for my V1.

      It's not complicated people. Stop over thinking it.
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      It was you, thank you for the post.

      Should have written it down. I guess all of that posters' threads were removed from the forums when he "left."
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      I'm not seeing it. What am I missing?



      Also, is the blue path going to interfere with airbag deployment (hiding in the crea

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      In your first photo, the two wires to the left (black and blue with white tracer) should be for the 12v port. As for the pillar, remove the cover (one 8mm hex head bolt under the "Airbag" plastic cover. You can route the wiring behind the airbag.
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      Be sure to run your wire BEHIND the Inflatable Curtain. This is a huge safety warning from me to you.

      Also, run the wire all the way to the roof liner, tuck it into the roof liner all the way to the rear view mirror, and then run it/tuck it inside the big black plastic bowl in front of your mirror. Attached the detector to your windshield just under the mirror.
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      Oh, so you do need to tap the cable! Thank you.

      I assume blue+white is powered and black is to ground? I may just run to the back 12V outlet like I did in my V60 since that means I have the remote button. I have to see what that reach is like with this car.

      I have a Escort and not a Valentine. They recommend positioning low on the windshield and I think that's what I'm going to do. That being the case, is the IC/going behind the pillar cover and airbag still a concern? Thanks again for all your help.
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      Just fyi, not to steal the thread......but I've got Redlines hardwired into both of our vehicles, and I tend to follow the radar detector forums a bit. There's a ton of stuff going on this week in the radar world, apparently Uniden just released two new detectors and they were designed with input from the gear heads who populate the forum. These forum guys did much of the real world testing also, and posted the tests on the forum to prove the performance. I've had escorts for 35 years, as have many of the testers in this forum. Looks like the new Uniden units outperform the Redline and have better filtering for blind side warnings as well as other things.....bottom line, they just leap frogged ahead of Escort. Historically Redline and V1 have been the performance leaders, but lots of criticism to Escort for sleeping on the job. If you'd like to read about it.....start here:

      https://www.rdforum.org/forumdisplay.php?f=146 and you can click on the Uniden or Escort sections....
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