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In my old car I had an Escort Passport 8500 hard-wired so that the power cable was right next to the rear view mirror. Curious if anyone has done this with the 200's yet. I'd really like to keep using the detector as it's worked great for almost 7 years now. With advanced as all the tech in the car is, I'm curious if there's a best practice for where to tap power so it only comes on when the car starts and whether or not doing so has any effect on warranty. Thanks!
 

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I hard wired mine. Ran the wire under the lip of the upper dash near the windshield and then down to the cigarette lighter where I have tapped into the wiring previously. The hard wire kit for the radar detector has a fuse built in and I haven't had any issues with it yet. The best part of the cigarette light is it only comes on with the car being on.
 

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Also had a hard wired V1 in my old car connected to the sunroof circuit.

Haven't actually hard wired mine but I did purchase an extended wire charger and ran the wire under the ride view mirror cover, inside the upper ceiling, down the driver side panel, under the steering wheel and through the pass through storage to the lighter, all under dash parts so it's clean.

Not a hard wire in the traditional sense but it took me 5 minutes and works great.
 

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Just purchased my 2015 200c and am looking to hardwire my Valentine 1 into it. I'm going the tap a fuse option. Just have a couple questions, hoping someone can answer:

1. Which fuse should i tap into, in the interior fuse box?
2. When using the tap a fuse, do i need to put 2 fuses into the tap a fuse since it has to 2 slots? Only reason im asking is, i know the hardwire kit from valentine 1 comes with an inline fuse. Just wondering if i still need to add a fuse.
 

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Real Easy if you have the powered Rear View Mirror.

Did it on my Dart and 200

Heres the Link to my Dart write up

200 is Basically the same.

Get one of these or make your own with a paper clip soldered to your detector cord.

You can tuck the wires in the headliner.

Real clean install
 

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Real Easy if you have the powered Rear View Mirror.

Did it on my Dart and 200

Heres the Link to my Dart write up

200 is Basically the same.

Get one of these or make your own with a paper clip soldered to your detector cord.

You can tuck the wires in the headliner.

Real clean install
Oh wow! i didnt even know something like that existed! The mirror option looks much easier! I think ill go this route instead. Question, on my 200 it appears there are plastic pieces covering what im assuming is the wires that go into the mirror. I managed to get the long piece off..since it looks like it was just held up with some velcro. Now there is another piece just below that, looks like half a circle...i tried pulling on it a little bit...and it wasnt moving..felt like i was about to break it. Does that piece really come off? And under there would be the plug where you connect the hardwire i assume?
 

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can u take a picture and show us what you're referring to?
 

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Oh wow! i didnt even know something like that existed! The mirror option looks much easier! I think ill go this route instead. Question, on my 200 it appears there are plastic pieces covering what im assuming is the wires that go into the mirror. I managed to get the long piece off..since it looks like it was just held up with some velcro. Now there is another piece just below that, looks like half a circle...i tried pulling on it a little bit...and it wasnt moving..felt like i was about to break it. Does that piece really come off? And under there would be the plug where you connect the hardwire i assume?
Yes it splits in half. You'll see the plug when you get the two half circles off
 

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Thanks! Ordered it yesterday, so should be here in a couple days. Looking at the wiring diagram online, it appears the pink/yellow wire is the positive..correct?
Can't remember for sure but it is the only one that has some kind of red/pink in it. The Black ground wire is right next to it and If I remember right they were on the end of one side of the plug.

The plug and wires on the 200 are alot smaller than my Dart and it took some doing to get the pins wedged in the socket and they are real close so don't let em touch or it will blow the fuse.
 

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The plug and wires on the 200 are alot smaller than my Dart and it took some doing to get the pins wedged in the socket and they are real close so don't let em touch or it will blow the fuse.
Now you tell me, after I already ordered one. ;) I could have soldered up mine own using thinner gauge pins. Sounds like I may still want to.

I appreciate your posting though. I've been doing this same mirror hookup on various vehicles since the 90s when mirrors with electronics showed up. Just hadn't gotten around to putting a detector in this car yet have been planning to for the nicer weather and was happy to hear that it was working for you. Thought buying a cable would save me trouble this time, but I guess you can't win them all.
 

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Now you tell me, after I already ordered one. ;) I could have soldered up mine own using thinner gauge pins. Sounds like I may still want to.

I appreciate your posting though. I've been doing this same mirror hookup on various vehicles since the 90s when mirrors with electronics showed up. Just hadn't gotten around to putting a detector in this car yet have been planning to for the nicer weather and was happy to hear that it was working for you. Thought buying a cable would save me trouble this time, but I guess you can't win them all.
The Cable will still work great. It has the fuse and the Radar detector plug on it. I was just saying the plug on the 200 is real small and you gotta work it a little to get the pins in . Put them in the back side. It still is the easieast way to go. Sorry if you took it the wrong way.
 

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The Cable will still work great. It has the fuse and the Radar detector plug on it. I was just saying the plug on the 200 is real small and you gotta work it a little to get the pins in . Put them in the back side. It still is the easieast way to go. Sorry if you took it the wrong way.
Not a problem. (Note I even ;).) If I find the cable pins are too tight for my liking, it's no big deal to make one. And the Safe-N-Sound one wasn't expensive. I wish I had thought of starting a business making/selling them myself 20 years ago though.:cool:
 

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Ok, so i tried installing it with the safe n sound wire. I could not get the pins in there for the life of me! I pushed so hard, it bent the pins on the cord. So my next option is the add-a-fuse to the fusebox. Does anyone know what fuse would be a good one to tap? I would love to do the radio, but it looks like that fuse is actual in the engine bay?
 

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Could you modify your harness by cutting the pins off and use a paper clip, stiff solid picture hanging wire, or even some sewing needles, and solder them to the harness for smaller pins?
 

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I just got done installing the power jack for my blackvue dash cam, and I had to run the wiring through the firewall (which was a pain in the ass) then utilized 2x fuse taps (one for the ACC power, the cigarette lighter fuse #75, and one for the always on, the middle power console fuse #60) and it turned out pretty good...

In terms of any ACC connecters for the interior fuse box, it looks like #51 may be an option, that is for the mirror positioning controls. If this doesn't allow you to move the mirrors while the car is off then you've got the right one.

If you download the owners' manual, you'll find the fuses on pages 623-634 I believe.

Hope that helps.
 

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Ok, so i tried installing it with the safe n sound wire. I could not get the pins in there for the life of me! I pushed so hard, it bent the pins on the cord. So my next option is the add-a-fuse to the fusebox. Does anyone know what fuse would be a good one to tap? I would love to do the radio, but it looks like that fuse is actual in the engine bay?
I couldn't get the Safe-N-Sound Stealth cord pins to work as-is either. No way since they are far too large for the tight pin openings in the back of the plug. But as the USMC say: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome. I was just about to make up my own cord with smaller pins, when I decided it would be easier to grind down and shorten the Safe-N-Sound ones. I used a Dremel with an aluminum oxide stone wheel to reduce the pin diameter about 50% with even more taper toward the tip. I also cut them shorter to about 3/8". All good now, though it was a frustrating waste of time until I ground down the pins. Once I did that, no problem.:cool:

Sorry I didn't take a photo of the modified pins, but here is the end result.

BTW The positive wire is yellow and pink, and the mirror is powered in Accessory mode, so it's easy enough to test.
 

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