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Newbie here and my 12C arrives on Saturday. I am confident I will want to have my V1 engaged at all times!! :D

Looking for pics or tips if anybody had hardwired their radar detectors

Thanks to all.
 

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Newbie here and my 12C arrives on Saturday. I am confident I will want to have my V1 engaged at all times!! :D

Looking for pics or tips if anybody had hardwired their radar detectors

Thanks to all.
Goodman Radio in Brynmawr PA has done them... they have done dozens of McLarens (sat radio install, radar, etc).
 

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Yes. Given the carbon tub wiring is a challenge as you must route ground and power to the detector. Big PITA to DIY. I wired into the power port in center console, and it was a lot of work. You have to pull apart the centre console including the glove box, transmission and e brake switch assembly and Doris controls and display. Then you have to route wires around dash, up A pillar and Into headliner. The secret is the piece directly in front of glovebox, which pops out and reveals fasteners that ar ethe key to getting everything else apart. It will take you probably 3 hours minimum. You better have good quality trim removal tools and right hand drive screwdrivers and so on or don't even try.
 

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Small update guys.

There are numerous unused "spade" electrical connectors in the fuse panel right behind the drivers seat (US cars). These are all keyed to the ignition as well, which is essential for a radar detector hardwire.

I slipped the power line onto a spade connector in the fuse panel then ran the ground wire down to the seat track and connected it there. Presto!!! Ignition-keyed power!!!!!

I then ran the hardwire along the tub trim, up to the dash and across by the base of the windshield.

Alas after all this effort, I didn't like the results. The windshield is so sloped that I wound up with more exposed cable than I preferred. Therefore, I am likely to just stick with the coiled cord out of the cigarette lighter.

I am just pointing all of this out in case anybody wants a pointer on picking up power from the fuse box. Not all that difficult.

Best regards to all.

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Small update guys.

There are numerous unused "spade" electrical connectors in the fuse panel right behind the drivers seat (US cars). These are all keyed to the ignition as well, which is essential for a radar detector hardwire.

I slipped the power line onto a spade connector in the fuse panel then ran the ground wire down to the seat track and connected it there. Presto!!! Ignition-keyed power!!!!!

I then ran the hardwire along the tub trim, up to the dash and across by the base of the windshield.

Alas after all this effort, I didn't like the results. The windshield is so sloped that I wound up with more exposed cable than I preferred. Therefore, I am likely to just stick with the coiled cord out of the cigarette lighter.

I am just pointing all of this out in case anybody wants a pointer on picking up power from the fuse box. Not all that difficult.

Best regards to all.

Wolf
That's very helpful. Thanks Wolf. Have you thought about placing the detector near or on the rear window, behind driver's head and towards the centerline of the car? Would make running the wiring from the fuse panel a cinch. Likely only an option for a coupe though. Someone on here did that with an NSX and posted pics, see John's middle link above. Seemed like a pretty good option given the really low windshield height of these cars.
 

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McLaren Philadelphia does beautiful Escort 9500ci installations. I just took delivery of my second 12C Spider from them (traded my 2013 Fire Black for a 2014 Carbon Black 50th Anniversary edition) and they again did a wonderful job both times. This time they installed the Escort display in the mirror and it's really slick.
 

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Great idea Shawn. I'm wondering if it would still detect forward as effectively or if I would need to install a remote sensor up front. Putting it on the reat shelf and then mounting the using the little remote stealth display on the steering column would be super clean. Looks like I am going back to the drawing board!!!
 

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The one advantage of Shawns idea is that there is a better line of sight from being mounted behind the drivers seat. My 9500ci has far lower range than it did in my corvette. The reason is they have to mount the detector behind the nose. There is no grill to get it into. So it cuts the range.

The super negative of putting it behind your head is you have some radar thingy behind your head that might radiate stuff, which freaks me out. I think most detectors are passive, but I'm not sure, so I wouldn't want to risk it. I think all the cops in connecticut were getting testicular and brain cancer having their radar guns near their head and crotch all the time. Clearly the detector isn't as bad, but unless you're sure, id err on the side of caution.
 

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Great idea Shawn. I'm wondering if it would still detect forward as effectively or if I would need to install a remote sensor up front. Putting it on the reat shelf and then mounting the using the little remote stealth display on the steering column would be super clean. Looks like I am going back to the drawing board!!!
I think it might actually detect better than with a suction-cup windshield mount because the detector will be higher off the ground. The only thing keeping me from doing this was running the electical wires, but I may give it a shot now. Would be awesome to combine it with a mirror display unit.

On John's point about having it right by your head, I don't think they emit much radiation. I hope there's no burning sensation, or splitting headache after some time behind the wheel.
 

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We do carry a detector jammer that is easy to install 2 hrs to the installer instead of 6-8 by Escort with the latest technology. The install is accomplished by a wireless module that goes in the front bonnet that the receivers attach. The unit in the car is a small dash or suction mount in 2 versions, I full led screen with DVR functions and or the older version of the LED indicators.

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We do carry a detector jammer that is easy to install 2 hrs to the installer instead of 6-8 by Escort with the latest technology. The install is accomplished by a wireless module that goes in the front bonnet that the receivers attach. The unit in the car is a small dash or suction mount in 2 versions, I full led screen with DVR functions and or the older version of the LED indicators.

David
Any pictures you can share? Do you have a website with more details?
 

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mark,

I will have more details and a lot more info shortly as we have secured a distributor spot. The info and products will be on the new web site in the works. We are trying to have it completed by the end of the month.

It is a US produced system by a company called App-tronics.

Here are some specs:
  • The Stealth Interceptor is completely updatable, allowing owners to update their system is a key feature that App-Tronics wanted to provide. One of our more popular updates done has been the “Shake on” feature. After you park your vehicle the NDR-23 will automatically turn on if the G sensor detects an impact. Using its own rechargeable battery it will record for one minute locking that video in a protected slot, hopefully capturing who hit your vehicle while you were away.
  • Quick mute alert: if the driver presses the power button once it will mute the current alert coming through the speaker. When a new alert comes in it will make it audible so not to miss a new threat from law enforcement.
  • Stealth Interceptors NDR-23 is the interior cab display, control panel, speaker and DVR component. Its fits into the palm of your hand and can be wired in or use power outlet.
  • The NDR-23 gives audible and visual alerts of X,K,KA ,KU and laser diffusers being engaged when law enforcement tries and fails to clock your speed
  • The installation makes for discreet location while keeping the factory appearance of your vehicle. You can purchase a hidden conversion kit with 2 LED’s to be placed in visual realm of driver and extra amplified speaker which can be placed under dash.
  • Our unique program is the ONLY one in the world that truly works for LTI TruCAM VPR. See product page for test videos.
  • Just like our SmartNavthe front view digital recorder with a Micro SD card ( 8GB card provided) makes for a fun way to drive, while recording interior sound, speed and GPS location with Google maps. Access your videos by removing the SD card and inserting into your home computer. ADR player automatically uploads to view and share your videos.
  • GPS driven DVR recorder that protects you from insurance trouble of many kinds, including accidental liability, vandalism, and speeding tickets. It can be unplugged and will run of its own rechargeable battery. Then used for such things as a nanny cam.
  • The GPS within the NDR-23 is used by the Stealth Interceptors 2300is to warn driver of upcoming marked red light and speed warnings.
  • Registered Owners will receive emails alerting them of updated formats for the NDR-23 and the Stealth Interceptor 2300is. Which will add new speed traps, red light cameras, as well as firmware updates for the system itself.
  • 3 axis G sensor saves the recording in case an impact is detected, automatically.
 

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What is the rear view mirror / display you are using and what mount have you used for the detector itself?
It's a smart mirror, I can't recall the model but I would choose a different one doing it again. The detector mount used is the single cup that comes with it. It's a Uniden R3.
 

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Just buy savvy for V1

Plug into obd2 and tuck the wire up all the way to rearview mirror

I did it in 15 mins.... you can't see anything
 

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Just buy savvy for V1

Plug into obd2 and tuck the wire up all the way to rearview mirror

I did it in 15 mins.... you can't see anything
Won't work if you have a dongle plugged into the OBD2 port all the time, like me.
 
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