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Yesterday, I decided to venture into the dangerous waters of hardwiring my Escort. I searched the board but the one useful link that I found was to a generic E39 install on another website (which I now can't find). Even if my searching powers have failed me, it wouldn't hurt to have another guide.

I've decided to upload some pics of the process which may be useful to those wanting to hardwire a Valentine One or anything else as well, since it shows how to take apart the panels. This is a partial install because, since I don't have homelink, will use the space for 3 custom switches to control the Escort and the Laser Interceptor (to come at a later date). I'm designing the switch panel and I'm still deciding between flat black oem-look or stainless anti-vandal switches with red rings of light, so we'll see.

So, here's how it went:

Here are the positive and ground wires for the Escort's hardwire kit:



Now, let's disassemble the panel. I used a previous tool that I had, but you can use a screwdriver or a butter knife to start prying here. This is the cover for the map lights. The cover and the module are two separate things, so you'll remove the cover first.





Once that's off, it's time to remove the light module. Remember that it comes off from the back, not the front (as it's designed to snap into place that way).



Once that's removed, it's time to unplug it. It simply pulls off, nothing fancy.



Now we're ready to remove the main panel. I actually tried removing the panel without removing the map light, but they're interlocked, so no dice. Access the top of the panel from the now-empty space where the light module was and simply push it down.





And now it's time to unplug the sunroof switch. This is not particularly mandatory, but it made it easier for me to work in there. The wire on the right is for the light module (unplugged in a previous step).



Now, locate a white plug. This is what we'll use to tap power. You'll notice that there are 3 wires for that plug. We'll be using the green one.



It looks like the previous owner of my car already had a hardwired detector with the same splicer that came with my Escort's hardwire kit. At any rate, just crimp the connector to the green wire and plug the positive cable to the back of it like shown here. Push it all t he way in until it snaps and then slide the transparent plastic over it.




Once that's done, it's time to connect the ground cable. We can use the screw that holds the sunroof motor in place. It's a torx screw, but I managed with a 3mm hex (or 7/64?). On the picture below, you can see that I've already installed the ground cable to it.



Hook up your radar detector and turn the ignition on. It's better to do this now before you put everything back together. If the detector turns on, you're good to go!

Now, reverse the process and you're good to go. It's worth mentioning that, for aesthetics reason, it would be good to drill a hole towards the front of the headliner so that the wire going to the radar detector is the most out of sight. (EDIT: No drilling necessary; just push the connector through the top of the headliner between the windshield. It'll take some finger trickery, but it'll make it through nice and neatly). I'll be doing that after I install the switch panel. I figured that these steps are the basics and anyone can take it from there to best suit their taste.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to document this.

Here is another good DIY for E39: Modifications I've Made to My Car

...It's worth mentioning that, for aesthetics reason, it would be good to drill a hole towards the front of the headliner so that the wire going to the radar detector is the most out of sight. I'll be doing that after I install the switch panel. I figured that these steps are the basics and anyone can take it from there to best suit their taste.
I simply used the rear view mirror harness opening near the windshield. No drilling necessary.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to document this.

Here is another good DIY for E39: Modifications I've Made to My Car
That's the one I saw yesterday but couldn't find again. Plus, with that title, it's not very specific in regards to hardwiring. I wouldn't have clicked on it.


I simply used the rear view mirror harness opening near the windshield. No drilling necessary.
Aha! Good idea on that one :)
 

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That's the one I used for my V1 and like MikeyMike, I also used the mirror harness opening.

Have a Stealth One, so a little more work to get to the Ibus.

That's the one I saw yesterday but couldn't find again. Plus, with that title, it's not very specific in regards to hardwiring. I wouldn't have clicked on it.




Aha! Good idea on that one :)
 

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Used this DIY for installing my V1, super easy, super helpful.


Why was I not surprised to find a previous owner had hardwired and left the tap in there as well? :D
 

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Dumb question.. where did you guys mount your radar detector? I'm trying to figure out where I was to place it. Anyone have some pictures? Purdy please. I have the stealth V1 mirror but the glass/fluid is toast :'( Anyone know of a shop that can repair it? And where would you mount the V1 if you had the stealth mirror?
 

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Thanks for this post. I have a passport 8500, and have been wondering what the best route would be to wire it up. The hardwire cord I have comes with a built in control module with mute button and warning light. Did yours have this as well? If so, did you just tuck it up into the headliner above the switch panel, or where did you mount it?
 

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Dumb question.. where did you guys mount your radar detector? I'm trying to figure out where I was to place it. Anyone have some pictures? Purdy please. I have the stealth V1 mirror but the glass/fluid is toast :'( Anyone know of a shop that can repair it? And where would you mount the V1 if you had the stealth mirror?

radar-mirror.com to get it fixed.
 

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radar-mirror.com to get it fixed.
Is there anyone else? He was really nice on the phone but $400 was what he quoted since it has the old style glass. I may just suck it up and mountthe valentine right by my mirror. :(
 

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Is there anyone else? He was really nice on the phone but $400 was what he quoted since it has the old style glass. I may just suck it up and mountthe valentine right by my mirror. :(

Maybe get a mirror from Clemster and have Scott put the stealth display in it? Might be less expensive... I'm not aware of anyone else that does it offhand, but there probably are others.

My V1 is mounted to the left of the mirror, can't fully drop the visor though with it there. Picked up one of these off eBay:

http://www.blendmount.com/

Haven't mounted it yet though, so no pics...
 

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Not sure about the v1, but I picked up a visor mount and tucked it up on the passenger visor as close to the middle of the car as it would go. I wired it without the little inline mute button box because it was too clunky, and just used a phone line crimped for power and ground. Very minimal, very clean. Plus it's out of sight from thieves and the Po. On the 8500 there is a mute button on the face of the unit that works great.
 

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Any chance of getting those two shots in the daylight? I guess my wife is just going to have to deal with it. I will try to suction cup crap at the highest part of the windshield about where you did it. I DO NOT WANT COPS seeing it. LOL I get tickets enough as it is... I definitely have a heavy foot and couldn't even make it all the way home from buying it without getting a $250 ticket.
 

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So since my car was already wired up with a V1 stealth mirror I didn't think that the car would already be wired. Winning! I put mine to the right of the mirror and above and in front of the mirror tucked up in such a way that its almost completely hidden from view of an officer in my driver's window. In my pax window I'd be hosed. But its also in such a way that I can see the intensity and directional arrows. YES!
 

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I DO NOT WANT COPS seeing it.
Why not? They'e not going to give you a ticket just for having/using a radar detector unless you're in VA or DC. If you're paying attention, your detector should provide enough warning to avoid getting tickets - unless you're driving REALLY fast and can't slow down in time? For the ultimate stealth, maybe you should look at a custom installed detector like the 9500ci.
 

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Why not? They'e not going to give you a ticket just for having/using a radar detector unless you're in VA or DC. If you're paying attention, your detector should provide enough warning to avoid getting tickets - unless you're driving REALLY fast and can't slow down in time? For the ultimate stealth, maybe you should look at a custom installed detector like the 9500ci.
I'm not gonna lie; I've been pulled over for some dumb sh*t. None of them was I breaking the speed limit. If I had a radar detector it would have saved me from the "laying drag" ticket while driving the car home :M5rev: lol Honestly I'll take everything I can get in my favor. When a copy sees a radar detector I would assume it's automatic points against you in their mind. Like "hahaaa GOTCHA ANYWAYS PUNK!"... or something to that nature.

I have the Valentine hidden behind the mirror on the passenger side. It's placed in just the right spot that allows the passenger vanity to be used, which will be a lot lol...
 

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Why not? They'e not going to give you a ticket just for having/using a radar detector unless you're in VA or DC.
While technically correct, not true in practice. Most LEO's will see the detector and figure you had a chance to beat the system, knew what you were doing (speeding) and you lost. No break.

For ultimate stealth, try putting up in the headliner. It shouldn't affect RADAR detection, although LASER detection is worthless (but it is generally worthless anyway). Only way to outsmart LASER to get an "active laser detection device" (i.e. jammer) and pay very close attention.

You can also get your V1 mounted in your rear headrest. I think Scott will do that also if you send him the headrest. Just need some long wiring from front to back to front. With an S1, no one will ever know.

Oh, and I always use a hidden power switch so I can shut of the detector without touching the unit. :thumbsup:

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Hello Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knows the gauges of that green wire is, where you attach the blue clamp for the + wire?
I am hard wiring another device so I need to buy a wire tap clamp but they come in different sizes, need the right one and cant seem to find any info on the gauge of the wire.

Thanks
 
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