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I wanted a clean install with minimal runs of wiring. I modified an eBay wiring kit I had and used an adhesive backed mount to place the detector above the rearview mirror.
(The suction cup mount showing is my toll tag)
 

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Will that work where it's situated on the windshield? I'm talking about the mesh that in the windshield; could it interfere with the radar signal? Just curious....
 

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Very interested in doing this kind of mod. My daily commute route(s) have plenty of CHP trying to nab drivers.
 

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Just an update... Use a blade fuse and holder instead of a barrel fuse and holder. It is a more durable set up. Still happy with the distance, performance, and appearance of the install.
 

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I was surfing around on the site and saw this, seems like an awesome idea and I would try this but my detector uses a specific wire that I have to use. Definitely yes your detector would receive signal being mounted higher in the vehicle, probably better signal than just above the dash, just never mount below the dash. But I really wanted to throw in my 2cents about radar detectors since I've been using them for years and I mostly avoid speeding tickets.
I live in Maryland but many other states also use both constant-on and instant-on K-band radar. Radar detectors are really only good for constant-on radar since they can pick this up from hundreds of yards to even miles away. However Instant-on isn't throwing radar all over, the cop sees your car, points and shoots, you only get one weak signal but by then it's already too late. This would be very similar to Laser and Ka-POP (which is illegal to use alone for issuing a ticket in MD).
The only solution to this honestly is to always drive the speed limit but I've found there is a radar detector out there that can help against Instant-on radar and even Laser. The Escort Passport Max 2, which has both Bluetooth and GPS, pairing this to a smartphone with Bluetooth and their free app will map out many problems to speeders such as speed cameras and red light cameras. More importantly the app provides an interface for other users to add their own spotted warnings to a database that changes by the minute such as speed traps, spotted cops, and those always moving speed cameras. Without pairing to a smartphone the device uses it's GPS to warn you of speed cameras and red light cameras too, connect to a computer and update the locations. Also because the GPS false alarms are almost a thing of the past, the device will learn where/what the signals are and automatically mute them.
This system is very easy to use and has helped me out more than few dozen times. The main downside and I will admit it's a deal breaker for some is cost, $550 for the device plus shipping. But to me compared to the cost of speeding tickets in just 6 months it's already paid off, and I can't put a price on points. While this system can't be 100% effective, and even with it connected to the app on your smartphone, it can't give you early warning on all speed traps as another user needs to mark it prior so paying attention is still needed. I believe no other detector can come close to it's performance, and to me this is a game changer. Cobra makes its own similar model but reviews online don't make it quite as appealing.
However with all this being said, speeding is very dangerous and deadly! It's not that I don't like meeting the local law enforcement officers on the side of the road at the worst times either. I just can't make any more donations to this type of police revenue and I want to better protect my privilege to drive. We all know XV's aren't too quick but cops seem to see my orange car from miles away!!
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Look for a hardwire kit with your specific cable. Mine uses a phone cable connector (RJ11) and is shared by Escort, Bell and Valentine.
 

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Be sure to use a blade fuse instead of a barrel fuse. Vibration cased several holders and barrel fuses to go out, but a blade style fuse and holder solved this.
 
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