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Old 05-18-2005, 12:09 PM   #1
 
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Hardwiring Radar Detector in 05?

I was looking around on the search and came upon this site:
http://www.jwardell.com/focus/raddet.html

I guess this isn't for an 05, but I checked around my fusebox.. and found my Fuse 50 to be Heated Mirrors, which I don't have. I found Fuse 60 or 61 (forget) to be my Radio(Start) fuse, which is also 7.5A. Should I still use Fuse 50 or should I juse use the Radio(start) fuse.

Oh, and, would I disconnect the battery before doing this? No, right? I'm not very techincally inclined.. actually not at all



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to be safe, anytime you mess with electrical stuff, disconnect the battery. Better safe than deep fried I always say!

About which fuse though, I don't know.
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Do you have a sunroof? The reason I ask is that you may be able to tap into the "keyed" side of the sunroof switch. (Keyed meaning it is only "on" when the key is in the "on" position.)

That's what I'm going to experiment with when I install mine...someday...if I can ever make the time to do it.
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Nope, no sunroof.
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Old 05-18-2005, 10:21 PM   #5
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I bought the hard wiring kit from Best Buy (for $10) and comes with the (straight) wire and it's fused. Also comes with 3 ends to fit almost all radar detectors.

Mine is wired into my driver power window. (used it 3 times on 3 different Foci I've had)
But anyways...when I turn the car to the ACC position the Radar Detector (Bel Vector 940) goes on and then shuts off when I turn the car off.
Works perfect.
Then ground it right there by the fuse box too.

I have my radar detector suction cupped in the center of the windshield at the bottom.
And then just tucked the wired under neath the plastic trim at the bottom of the windshield (use a credit card to tuck it).
And then just ran the wire underneath the side trim and into the fuse box.

Really simple and I didn't unhook the battery (but you can). Should take like 15 minutes to do it.
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How did you hook this up to the fuse? I'm a total newbie at this kind of stuff.. any help would be appreciated. I also got the Best Buy kit. Do I just slide it in with the fuse so they connect?
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How did you hook this up to the fuse? I'm a total newbie at this kind of stuff.. any help would be appreciated. I also got the Best Buy kit. Do I just slide it in with the fuse so they connect?
Well.....you could do it the correct way and go and buy a fuse tap

But since it is fused, I just cut half of the metal spade terminal off the positive wire, pulled out the fuse and then just slide it in with the fuse on one side.
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Thought so :)

Thanks. Will do this tomorrow.
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Hey Algorhythm,

You can get a great fuse tap from Advance Auto or Autozone for $5. It looks like a fat fuse, i.e. has two blades to plug into the fusebox, and has two female slots on it to plug in the fuses perpendicular to the blades. The pigtail attached to it runs the power to the accessory you're looking to get juice to. I installed mine on the rear wiper motor fuse, since that is switched with the ignition. For a ground, the dome light has a ground wire that I spliced into.

Here's a picture from an Audi site - it show what one of these fuse taps look like: (there's actually two in the picture tied together)



Here's the schematic of how the inside of the fuse tap is wired: (just ignore the bottom diagram - it was for a fog light mod on and A4)



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5$ for a fuse tap? haha it looks like a regular fuse. I'm gonna try the free method and break a pin on the end first. If it doesn't work, since I gotta cut that off anyway and strip the wire, I'll get the fuse tap. Thanks for the pics :D
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