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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    I don't see a green/white wire in the 09 RR HSE. Anymore info on what switched source was used, i.e. sun roof switch? or light console? something else. I found plenty of sources that are +12v while the truck is on, just looking for a short cut instead of waiting for them to time out to verify an ignition wire.

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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    You should ask on the MkIII forum instead as someone may have found a better power source, but there is a red / yellow striped wire in the dome light harness of the big Range that's switched 12v (although it will cut off juice to the detector several minutes after you turn off the ignition and lock the doors remotely, not instantly like in the Sport.)

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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    Even though this thread is pretty old, i just want to say thanks Umberto for your instructions. Following your instructions made the installation pretty easy. I just finished up wiring the 9500ix gamer edition and the only thing i had to do was to extend the hard wiring kit from Escort so that the power and ground cable reached the map lights from the smart wire module i installed underneath the drivers side dash. 6 ft of 20 gauge speaker wire did the trick. Only thing i noticed was that my radar detector never turns off if i don't lock the car which is weird since that means that green/white wire on my car stays hot unless i lock the doors. I waited about 10 minutes to see if it turns off but never did. I don't know if anybody else is experiencing the same issue. I would also love to mount the radar to the mirror but my search came up with nothing on mounting brackets that fits specifically the Range Rover Sport mirrors. Even the blendmount ones didn't seem like it would fit by the mirror stem. Other than that everything looks good. Best part about the detector is it actually matches the interior green. Here are some pics of the install if you guys are interested.



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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    I have a 2010 RRSC and cant get the light cluster down. I took out the 2 bolts under the sunglasses holder and it still doesnt want to come down. Are there any other bolts? I dont want to force it and break it

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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike RRSC View Post
    I have a 2010 RRSC and cant get the light cluster down. I took out the 2 bolts under the sunglasses holder and it still doesnt want to come down. Are there any other bolts? I dont want to force it and break it
    I did this and i don’t remember taking bolts out to remove the Internal light cluster -- I think its a snap in fit -- After the cluster is removed I undid A bolt to use as an earth only
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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    Bump for finally hardwiring it instead of plugging to lighter.


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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    I hardwired my escort in my 2008 RRS. The Blendmount DID work just fine, but the little cable you plug into the escort has to be routed through the rear-view mirror cover (the huge black plastic piece behind the rear view mirror). It pops off, then you have to carefully drill a hole in the two halves of the plastic so the hole is in the center of the two halves. Then the wire goes right up BEHIND the rear view mirror and disappears into the black plastic rear view mirror cover (where it then goes up into the headliner, but completely hidden as it goes up into the headliner from within the black plastic cover.

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    Hardwiring a radar detector

    Just did this last night and the pics speaks thousands. Very helpful and now it works. V1 close to roof. Thanks umbertob!


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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    I'd like to use this tutorial to hardwire a dashcam as the instructions seem to be pretty straight forward for a novice like myself to follow. The blue clips used to join the wires together would be ideal for me to use.....Does anyone know what these clips are called or where I could get them online? I am guessing they come with the radar detection unit that you guys have been installing, but I am hoping someone might be able to point me to where i might grab some for my dashcam instal. Thanks guys.

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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    The dash cam will work just fine in lieu of - or in addition to - the radar detector, I have my front one wired the same way to the overhead console lights and it works very well, unless you want your dash can to continue recording while parked: Just like the radar detector, a dash camera will stop recording and shut off when you turn off the ignition and lock your doors with the remote. T-tap connectors are easy to find at many auto parts stores, or online. Example: http://www.wiringproducts.com/quick-...rs#prettyPhoto. For the very thin wiring above our overhead console that you are going to tap into, you may actually want to use a connector for thinner (22-18 AWG) wire than the blue one supplied by Valentine with its detector kit, which is ideal for for slightly heavier gauge, 16-14 AWG wire.

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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    Browsed the forum a bit and came along this interesting topic, to bad it's illegal in the Netherlands, police has devices to detect this detectors, they have detector-detectors..... €250 fine and seizure. No detector-detectors in CA, UK and US !? All legal !? If so, bit jealous.... here is 10 km to hard a fine of €100, every K a €10....
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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    In the US, radar detectors are illegal in Virginia and Washington DC.
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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    As well as a growing number of counties...
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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    Thanks for the T-Tap connector info Umberto....and for the great tutorial. The connectors are now on order and i took your advice regarding using the smaller gauge. Much appreciated!

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    Re: Hardwiring a radar detector

    Quote Originally Posted by johnkoot View Post
    Browsed the forum a bit and came along this interesting topic, to bad it's illegal in the Netherlands, police has devices to detect this detectors, they have detector-detectors..... €250 fine and seizure. No detector-detectors in CA, UK and US !? All legal !? If so, bit jealous.... here is 10 km to hard a fine of €100, every K a €10....
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