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Radar Detector Wire Hiding

As anyone tried to hid there radar detector wire inside the dash and even possibly wire it in. I'm hoping to wire it in to something that will trun on and off with the truck like the radio so I don't have to keep pluggin it in everytime.
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My Passport is hardwired in just like you say you want yours to be. It's mounted in the usual spot for a radar detector... high up just to the right of the rear view mirror. The wiring runs down the pillar and is tied in with a 12 volt supply that is switched on with the key. So if the truck is running, the radar detector is detecting. When the truck is off, so is the detector. It works great.
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I've got a similar setup.
My detector is clipped to the visor, I extended the cable across the headliner, down the pillar, across the bottom of the dash, behind my console to a 12v plug end. No wiring is seen except for the cig. plug.
I hardly ever use mine, but I can plug it into a lighter socket on the side of my console that's controlled by a switch.
Later on, I'll probably wire in a relay triggered by a key on/run 12v source so it'll come on whenever the truck's running.
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Mine is hardwired to a key-on power source. I have it in the top lefthand corner of the windshield and the wire is hidden in the A-pillar. I don't even like the stupid thing, but for some reason I won't get rid of it.
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I have mine hard wired in the top left corner of my windshield. I ran the wire down the a piller. only about 2in of wire shows. i just got a Add-a-fuse from auto zone and wired my detector to my radio fuse. so when ever my truck is on, so is my detector. it makes it so much easier because now i don't have to remember to turn it on and off when ever i get in and out my truck.
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I think they make hardwire kits for all radar detectors, but you could just do it yourself
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I think they make hardwire kits for all radar detectors, but you could just do it yourself
The more expensive ones usually come with a hard wiring kit. like the V1, or Escorts. But its very easy to just make your own wiring kit with just a add-a-fuse.
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I have mine hard wired in the top left corner of my windshield. I ran the wire down the a piller. only about 2in of wire shows. i just got a Add-a-fuse from auto zone and wired my detector to my radio fuse. so when ever my truck is on, so is my detector. it makes it so much easier because now i don't have to remember to turn it on and off when ever i get in and out my truck.
Could you possibly post a pic of your fuse box now with the add a fuse? I'm not at all good with electronics and this set up is kicking my butt lol. I got an add a fuse and I can get the radar to turn on with the key but that is without the radio fuse in. Everytime I add the radio fuse the radar stops working. Please help me lol
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Could you possibly post a pic of your fuse box now with the add a fuse? I'm not at all good with electronics and this set up is kicking my butt lol. I got an add a fuse and I can get the radar to turn on with the key but that is without the radio fuse in. Everytime I add the radio fuse the radar stops working. Please help me lol
I'll post pics tomorrow but are you plugging the add a fuse into the radio fuse slot. with mine you plug the add a fuse into the radio slot and then you plug 2 fuses into the add a fuse, one is for the detector and one is for the radio. then wire the positive cable from the detector into the add a fuse and the black cable to a ground (a bolt of some kind)
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Yep thats exactly what I did. I took out the 7.5 fuse from the radio slot. Plugged in the add a fuse then plugged the 7.5 into that then a second 10. Wired the positive end into the red line and grounded the black one. Radio still works but radar detector doesn't come on.
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Yep thats exactly what I did. I took out the 7.5 fuse from the radio slot. Plugged in the add a fuse then plugged the 7.5 into that then a second 10. Wired the positive end into the red line and grounded the black one. Radio still works but radar detector doesn't come on.
Maybe the fuse is bad?
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No both fuses are good I know that for sure. When you did it did you get the actual kit or did you just take the wire that normally plugs into the cigarette lighter and tap into that?
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yep i just cut the 12 volt plug off
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Hmmmm? Well it sounds like I'm doing everything right. I may just have to look over everything one more time. What exactly did you ground to?
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you no what now that i remember i had the same problem as you i think. at first i grounded it to the bolt to the fuse box...if thats what your doing then that is more than likely your problem. Ground it to the big bold right next to the fuse box
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Yeah I'm not using that one. I did at first but then realized that its bolted to plastic so that wouldn't work. I know which bolts you're talking about so I'll just take a stab at it again after work tomorrow and let you know how it goes.
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Ok so this isn't working out at all. I got my add a circuit hooked up with the 7.5A radio fuse and a 10A fuse for the radar. I cut the plug off the end of the radars wire and I have a RED and a WHITE wire. I connected the red wire to the add a circuit line and I grounded the white cable. My radio still works with everything plugged in but no radar and my speedometer stopped working??? All the rest of the gauges work but the airbag sign isn't going away. Can someone please help me?
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Why can't you put everything back the way it was?
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I can but I can't figure out whats wrong with the speedo
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So it did that before?
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mines hard wired...theres like 2" of wire showing thats it
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So it did that before?
No it was working fine before I started this. Like I said everything else in the cluster works except the speedo including the odometer.
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