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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Hardwiring Radar Detector in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; attempting to hardwire my Escort 8500 x50 via the faq instructions (link below) and I'm not getting power to the ...
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    attempting to hardwire my Escort 8500 x50 via the faq instructions (link below) and I'm not getting power to the unit... I tapped the pink wire in the rear view wiring harness and i've got the ground on the black wire with white stripe as noted... my connections look good, where am I going wrong?

    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/v1install.html

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Keep us updated because I am tired of jamming my fingers into my power cord every time I go to 3rd or R. I dont even use 5th because its such a PITA. I love the X50 but that plug is ridiculous.

    BTW, isnt that thing illegal in Virginia?

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Those wire taps suck. Use electrical T Taps. These will give you a better connection. The ones you are using are difficult to get a solid connection, and once you have a solid connection it can easily go out on you when you hit a bump or something.

    http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=530

    I would also check to see you have power and ground. Use a multimeter on the wires to check for power. Make sure you test with the ignition on and off, because switched power wires only have power when the key is on.

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    i would get a Invisicord.....do a search on FAQ.....Its like 15 bucks....I just did mine for the escort....works pretty good with the pink and black/white.

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    You guys are right, as always... pink (power) and black w/ white (ground) work perfectly... my connections were pretty terrible... i ended up just stripping the wires on the hardwiring kit, and pulled back as much raw wire as i could on the pink, black/white... wrapped them together as best i could and secured with the cheapo in line splices i had... cleaned it all up and now i don't have the huge wire hanging down and i don't smash my hand when going to 3, 5, or R... much thanks to all

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiV View Post
    BTW, isnt that thing illegal in Virginia?
    SShhhhhh don't tell anyone

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Virginia is the only state detectors are illegal. I put my Valentine in the trunk. BTW Canada too!

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    u put it in the trunk so how did it work then???

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    I connected my RADAR dectector power to the fuse block under the rear seat. This avoids getting to, cutting, or altering any of the existing wiring.

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by SwampFox View Post
    Virginia is the only state detectors are illegal. I put my Valentine in the trunk. BTW Canada too!
    Dont forget Washington DC... And if you drive a truck they are illegal in every state.

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Washington DC is not a state.

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    I am lazy (and not too electronically inclined), so I had a Stereo Shop do it for $25.00. Of course the installer complained throughout the install so I hit him with a double sawbuck.

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by heavymetals View Post
    Washington DC is not a state.
    always the smart guy!

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by tedcmiller View Post
    I connected my RADAR dectector power to the fuse block under the rear seat. This avoids getting to, cutting, or altering any of the existing wiring.
    Which fuse did you use and with what connectors?

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    Re: Hardwiring Radar Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by CTS-V ChemE View Post
    Which fuse did you use and with what connectors?
    Use this....

    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answe...wer/index.html

    If you really want to go under the backseat to the fuse box(although I recommend using the instructions above) Use the "remote wire" directions in this one.....

    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answe...eep/index.html

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