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Old 01-22-2012, 10:16 PM
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Hardwiring in your radar detector is one of the easiest and best mods ever.

NOTHING is uglier than that silly cord hanging all over the place... Nothing is more rewarding than hiding that junk and wiring into ACC power so when you start your car you are protected!


This will take the average DIYer about an hour give or take. It took me an hour including the time to identify ground and ACC wires with a multimeter. But then again, I've done this maybe 10 times on other models I've owned and have a fair amount of 12v stereo install experience.

And last note before we begin, please forgive the pictures, they are just iPhone snaps... :-(

Supplies and tools:
  • a flash light or trouble light,
  • wire cutters / side cutters
  • trim tool
  • Radar detector (fuzz buster)
  • hardwire kit
  • scotch lock (wire tap) x2

1. Gather up your tools and crawl into the passenger side of your modern 2nd Gen Charger.

2. Starting at the top of the A Pillar cover, and with a moderate amount of steady force, pull the A pillar cover out toward the rear drivers side.
note-- there are 3 clips and a strap that hold the cover in place work your way from top to bottom until all three clips are undone


3. To completely remove the cover you will also have to remove the strap. Simply depress the button near the bottom of the bracket and again as it pass through the center of the bracket and it will slide right out.


4. Using the handy trim tool, pull the plug out of it's mounting hole at the bottom of the pillar.




5. There is plenty of slack on the plug to pull it out some and have room to work on it.

6. On my 11 RT Max, I found that the pink wire with white tracer was ACC power (Accessory power. It is power that is on when your ignition is in the Accessory or On position), and the larger black wire with a green tracer was ground.
note-- the pink wire was only found on the input side of the plug, so I tapped pink on input side and black on the output side:
ACC--

Ground--

and ground tap--


7. Mount your radar detector where you want it.
(This is how I have mine)


8. Plug in your radar detector and test to make sure everything is working as it should (turn on the car and the device) Make sure with the car in ACC or On positions the radar detector is on, and with the car off, it is also off.

9. Starting from the radar detector, route your cable up under the headliner back to the A Pillar. (you might want to leave just a little slack, to make your life easier if you ever reposition or take out your device in a public parking...

10. Bundle any excess wire and clip it into the A Pillar wire clips

11. To make reinstallation easier, remove the weather strip from the pinch weld in the area where the A Pillar goes (don't worry, it is easy to reinstall)


12. Reinsert the A Pillar cover into the slots at the bottom of the pillar.

13. Reinsert the retention strap into it's bracket near the top

14. being very careful to line up the clips, press the cover back onto the A Pillar starting at the bottom moving back to the top.

15. Reinstall the weather striping on the pinch weld by simply pressing it back into place.

16. Enjoy a cold beer and the pride that can only be yours for doing a fine job yourself, and congrats on avoiding those pesky radars!

If you need any help, feel free to PM me and or reply to this thread, be happy to do what I can!

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Old 01-22-2012, 11:06 PM
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Great write up. But the trick to not getting caught speeding is........just dont speed but what fun is that.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:31 PM
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By the time the radar detector goes off, 9/10 you're caught. But this is definitely a cool idea!
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I ran into this issue with my truck and came up with an easy way to get power and hide the cord. My truck has an auto dimming rear view mirror with a port in the back where the factory harness plug into the mirror. I determined which wires were hot within this bundle and made some small wire loops that were then inserted into the plug next to the appropriate wires. I then cut the radar detector pulg end off and wired that into the the loops I made. After all of that I ran the power cord next the the wires from the mirror back up into the headliner. As soon as the truck is started the detector powers up. The whole thing ended up being super clean and works like a champ.
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Nice write up and a clean install. Which radar detecor would you recommend?
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This is a great write up. I used the steps to hardwire my dash cam except I wired it to the AUX power outlet below the radio. Thanks for the info.
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Great write up, thanx for sharing.
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Nice write up and a clean install. Which radar detecor would you recommend?
I have used a Cobra for years, but that is not to say it is the only or the best. I largely depends on your budget, and your area. I places like MD where they use primarily Laser, a detector isn't going to do you very much good. Someone on another forum said they are also useless against Lidar, dunno know what the heck Lidar is but whatever. Here in st louis they still use Ka radar most of the time. with a moderately priced Cobra detector I know that a officer is around the corner or over the hill 90% of the time...

My budget usually allows me to spend between $100 and $150 without the wife getting too upset. I've stuck with cobra because it seems to work well for me, and they all use the same plug so I don't have to rewire my car if one dies. I'm sure there are other, better, fancier, more sensitive units out there if you wanted to more. That's my 2 cents.

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Nice write up and a clean install. Which radar detecor would you recommend?
My radar detector is an Escort Passport 8500 x50. I'm going to do like Rusty and wire mine up to the review mirror, just waiting on the cord in the mail. As far as Escorts they can be pricey but look for one on eBay. Thats where I got mine. I was just sure to get one that was new in the box instead of a used one but you can save a lot of money by buying one on there as opposed to going to Best Buy where they sell one just like mine for $299.
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