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Took some time today to hardwire in my Passport 8500. Not exactly a tough mod, but it turned out pretty clean if I say so myself. I didnt feel like laying down the $40 to buy the Directwire smart cord from Escort, so I did it myself. Took about $10 in misc hardware store parts, and a couple hours. If anyones interested Id be happy to make a write up on the whole thing, tho its really pretty straight forward.

Started with this...


Turned it into this...


Drilled some holes here...


Ran the wires out here...


Ended up with this...


and this...


btw, ignore the dirty car, needs a good vaccuming and wipe down [:D]
 

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Very clean install i like it. i did almost te SAME thing with my Valentine One, haha Someone once said I had the Worlds First Hardwired Valenting One in an SVT, but yea They look much better when hardwired. I like how you mounted the mute controls into the dash.
 

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Oh, my bad. The smart cord just has a mute button and activity lights. So, say youre like me and have the music up and dont hear the radar detector, the bright red led still gets your attention.

Not sure what it is with passports, but the alarm for K and Ka bands are way too quiet for my taste.
 

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very nice idea! I have an 8500 as well, and love it. the Ka chirp definitely gets your attention, as well it should. i've yet to get hit with laser though. POP is an awesome feature as well.

i'd like to see a writeup for this, at least for the wiring and basic instructions for the dash panel.
I never mount on the windshield, so i'd be going through the defrost vent on the dash.

those of you who don't think the chirps are loud enough are just asking to get pulled over. turn the unit up, your stereo down (doesnt have to be all the way) and just be careful when you speed. i mean, really...besides, who's gonna appreciate your system when you're flying by at 100+ anyway? don't know which passports youre referring to as not loud enough, but the 8500 is plenty loud and i don't even have to turn the radio down much to hear it clearly.
you could always do some more intuitive modding and install a tweeter on the seat belt pillar, or route it through that huge system of yours so the cop can hear your radar detector going off while you fly by - a small part of why they don't design more detectors with a lot of volume, btw. =p
 

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Very clean install. I haven't owned a detector in years, but I still remember always hating the damn cord draped or stretched across the dash, etc. Nice job, that looks great! [thumb]
 

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Nice install! Did almost the same with my Passport 8500, only difference is I used the smart cord for my installation, put the other cord on the shelf if anyone needs one by the way. Dremmel and me went to town on the dash. There are lots of advantages to the 8500x50 that you should find in your owners manual. Go in to programming mode and you can change the individual settings for volume. Also in expert mode you can monitor your car's voltage on the display as well as track 8 radar signals at the same time. Blackout mode on the main unit, and "loud" settings for me; smart cord still signals me and no-one can see my radar detector. NICE!! Mounted on the right hand side curve of the shroud for the gauges is a great spot also, in case any-one was wondering.
 

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very clean and cool
 
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