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post #1 of 10 Old 10-15-2018, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Radar Detector Power Tap?

Where can I find a power point to connect my Escort radar detector that is only hot when the car is running? Every point I have found on the cabin fuse block is hot all the time. Also the 12 volt plugs (cigarette lighter).

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Where can I find a power point to connect my Escort radar detector that is only hot when the car is running? Every point I have found on the cabin fuse block is hot all the time. Also the 12 volt plugs (cigarette lighter).
I thing I have seen this question before a few times. Get a mirror tap ( just google it) this will tap in to the power behind the rear view mirror, also I’m sure you already know that if you have the heated windshield your detector will be at a severe disadvantage. Last thing make sure you put the detector in the clear space at the top of the windshield Since our screens have a UV shild in them that blocks the signal

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I must be working too late as I swear that, by "Where can I find a power point to connect my Escort radar detector," I almost thought the OP meant a slide deck containing instructions.
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before i bought the escort built in detector system i used an escort with a smart wire. i bought the wire below from escort and had dealer install so it ended up running up right side windshield pillar and across to just right of mirror. worked fairly well. drawback is that escort suction cup didn’t hold well and detector would occasionally fall down.

with that and my built in the installer added some type of capacitor that keeps detector going through auto start/stop. there is info on that in the escort forums.

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I must be working too late as I swear that, by "Where can I find a power point to connect my Escort radar detector," I almost thought the OP meant a slide deck containing instructions.
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I bought a smart wire at first but ended up getting a Power Tap (15"). I tapped into the rear view mirror. Pretty easy and took about 10 mins total for the complete installation. The red wire went to the blue with white strip socket(positive) and black to black socket(ground). The smallest connectors worked the best. I did use a volt meter prior to installing to check power while the vehicle was on and off.

Also, I have a 2017.
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Thanks for the helpful pic. For those about to attempt this project let me add a few necessary details. I purchased the 10" cord which is fine for installing your detector in the black-dot area of the windshield without excessive messy cord. If you plan to clip it to your sun visor, buy the 15" cord. You do NOT need a volt-meter. You just need your radar detector. Slide the black plastic mirror cover downward in the direction of the windshield. That will expose the red wiring harness clip seen in the picture above. Use needle-nose pliers to gently unplug the red wiring harness clip from the mirror. This gives you more room to work and makes it easier to insert your PowerTap electrodes. Use the SMALLEST PowerTap electrodes and gently work them underneath the existing wires. As others mentioned: Red under White/Blue. Black under Black. Once you've inserted the electrodes, plug the other end into your radar detector and press the ignition start button. Your detector should power on (unless you're a dummy like me and the detector was switched off--which I didn't realize until I wasted 5min being certain the electrodes were inserted enough!). Once you're sure it works, unplug your radar detector, plug the red harness clip back into the mirror, tuck the extra cable up near the windshield and cover it with the black plastic cover. SO REWARDING! I mounted my V1 in the driver side black-dot area with the V1 suction cups.
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joero4874,

I have a escort360c and a new 2019 f Pace. Can i do a power tap as you described ? Are you saying that the big plastic cover below the mirror simply slides down? Do i need to loosen it somehow in with a screw driver? Right now i have high up and fastened with a mag mount ad it works well. But need to get rid of the curly wire to the center box. Prefer a power tap to a wire to fuse box.

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I have a escort360c and a new 2019 f Pace. Can i do a power tap as you described ? Are you saying that the big plastic cover below the mirror simply slides down? Do i need to loosen it somehow in with a screw driver? Right now i have high up and fastened with a mag mount ad it works well. But need to get rid of the curly wire to the center box. Prefer a power tap to a wire to fuse box.

Please advise.
thx
Need to slightly pull the sides out near the seam, then the entire trim piece will slide down and off. I wouldn’t use a screwdriver; buy some trim tools if you don’t have some already, they’re pretty cheap.

Question for everyone who’s done this: I noticed that the blue/white wire switched power comes on without the ignition being switched on and only turns off if I set the alarm. Does it time out and turn off on its own eventually or do I have to lock the doors to get the power to switch off? I have a 2019 fwiw; not sure if the switched power behavior may have changed between model years.

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