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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Hi all, Since I've been using the resources of the forum here I decided to pay back some of the ...
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    Hi all,
    Since I've been using the resources of the forum here I decided to pay back some of the good information I've discovered in my install.

    I purchased a Escort Passport 9500ix because it had great reviews and the features I really wanted (i.e. false alarm location memory, mark trap zones, etc)

    The coiled wire to the cigarette lighter was not cutting it because it was so fugly and the invisicord wasn't an option because I wanted to retain the alarm and power lights and the mute/memorize button that the Passport detectors have.

    Let me first say that I took all the pics with my phone because that's all I had at the time. If it's not clear enough once you start tearing into it just let me know.

    Oh and if you melt your car down to a bubbling steaming pile, lose my contact info.



    1. I started by purchasing the Direct Wire SmartCord Blue. It's really easy to wire since there's only a ground wire and a power wire. I just connected the ground wire to the screw that holds the OBD II connector in place under the driver side dash.




    2. I had to find a switched ignition feed because apparently in 2009 they cigarette lighter wasn't. I asked around for another ignition source but all i heard back was along the driver door sill and I wasn't very interested in running a wire all the way up when I figured there had to be Ignition power in the dash. After a bit of poking around in the service manual I struck pay dirt.



    Circuit 539 passes through the cabin connectors on the drivers dash panel that's exposed when the door is open.




    3. The connector in the side of the dash with the circuit 539 Ignition is X200 (the bottom connector in relation to the other two). The pin on X200 is pin 1 of the 20 pins and the wire is pink. It's part of the Misc Ign circuit which is fused separately from the airbag circuit.










    DO NOT INSTALL ANY DEVICE TO THIS CIRCUIT THAT DRAWS MORE THAN 1A BECAUSE THERE IS OTHER MODULES IN THE CAR THAT ARE ON THIS CIRCUIT. IF YOU NEED MORE SWITCHED POWER RUN A RELAY OF CIRCUIT 539 AND DRAW A DEDICATED POWER SOURCE FROM THE BATTERY THROUGH A FUSE. IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I JUST SAID DON'T EVEN TRY.


    4. I decided to mount the Smartcord controls in the tiny storage pocket in the radio/HVAC controls panel so I could hide the LED's and button when not in use. I first dremeled a hole in the back of the pocket for the wires to route through.

    Front



    Back




    5. Then I drilled a hole 1" fromthe front lip of the pocket and 7/8" from the left side of the pocket just large enough to fit the single screw that is in the smartcord remote.






    6. I needed a bit longer screw than the single one that comes in the smartcord remote. I just found one approximately the same diameter and thread pitch and ground it to 1/8" longer than the original.




    7. Then I fed the wires through the hole in the back and assembled the smartcord remote with the longer screw in the pocket.



    Door closed




    8. The rest is pretty simple. Just run the smartcord plug (RJ-11) along the dash and up the drivers 'A' pillar by removing the pillar cover. Neatly tuck the cord in along the head liner and down the rear view mirror harness. Plug in and go.




    Easy stuff. The thing that took me the longest was climatizing to the service manual schematics. They leave a lot to be desired compared to everything else I've seen.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Nice install and write up! How is the detector mounted?

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    I actually just used the suction cups that came with with the detector and mounted it right under the mirror. It doesn't take up much of the view. For windshield mount detectors you need to have them fairly unobstructed to be most effective.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    payback indeed! Thanks for the writeup!

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Nice work.

    I faced the constant hot issue of the power port in the dash by rewiring it at the fuse box so that it would be a switched circuit.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    I have an invisicord. Why didn't that option work? I know it doesn't work for Escort Live, but what you did actually will, which is big for guys wanting Escort Live.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cdog533 View Post
    I have an invisicord. Why didn't that option work? I know it doesn't work for Escort Live, but what you did actually will, which is big for guys wanting Escort Live.
    Invisicord didn't retain the button for muting and remembering false alarms. Yes the way I did it will work for Escort Live but since I have a Blackberry 9900 it doesn't really matter to me.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by wetcoast View Post
    Invisicord didn't retain the button for muting and remembering false alarms. Yes the way I did it will work for Escort Live but since I have a Blackberry 9900 it doesn't really matter to me.
    Does the 9500ix not have a mute/memory button on the unit itself? I know my 8500 x50 has a mute button there. This is a nice option for those wanting to use Escort Live, however.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasCTSV View Post
    Does the 9500ix not have a mute/memory button on the unit itself? I know my 8500 x50 has a mute button there. This is a nice option for those wanting to use Escort Live, however.
    It does have a mute/memory button right on the unit but it's not convenient to see or press the buttons because I have it tucked right up under the rear view mirror.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    only thing you lose using the invisicord is the mute function....the memory still works....

    Problem i have with it mounted to the mirror is false Laser Alerts.....mostly cured by turning down the contrast or briteness on the nav. system... Auto brightness on the Nav system still sets off the laser detection... and sometimes the Day setting.....any other cures would be appreciated.

    Keith

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by keithsm2 View Post
    only thing you lose using the invisicord is the mute function....the memory still works....

    Problem i have with it mounted to the mirror is false Laser Alerts.....mostly cured by turning down the contrast or briteness on the nav. system... Auto brightness on the Nav system still sets off the laser detection... and sometimes the Day setting.....any other cures would be appreciated.

    Keith
    Ya, i didn't say it didn't work. The invisicord removes the convenient location for the button.

    I've never seen the problem you're seeing with the NAV brightness causing a false alarm. How do you have it mounted?

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by wetcoast View Post
    Ya, i didn't say it didn't work. The invisicord removes the convenient location for the button.

    I've never seen the problem you're seeing with the NAV brightness causing a false alarm. How do you have it mounted?
    Mine is mounted to the mirror...forgot who makes the mount....but its right under the mirror.....Level..( actually touches the mirror)

    So...i guess the brightness from nav screen messes with it......( crazy i think....)....but i have verified it many times.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by keithsm2 View Post
    Mine is mounted to the mirror...forgot who makes the mount....but its right under the mirror.....Level..( actually touches the mirror)

    So...i guess the brightness from nav screen messes with it......( crazy i think....)....but i have verified it many times.
    Sounds like a Blendmount? I want one of those, but they are 80 bucks...Maybe put it on my Christmas list for my wife to get me.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...40s-radar.html

    This thread mentions the people i got my mount from....they are a little updated now....( Some country craft place...? hahah) looks like husband needed something to manufacture.....( i ve had two now....one on my 05 and now one on the coupe.....I like them )......no falling off the windshield.....just bend the part that goes in the back of the detector so that it fits tight against mirror....or maybe a small piece of velcro....( to avoid vibration)

    Keith

    PS....I enjoyed the write up....Always appreciated peoples time to do these things.

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    Re: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar detector Hardwire Install How-to Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasCTSV View Post
    Sounds like a Blendmount? I want one of those, but they are 80 bucks...Maybe put it on my Christmas list for my wife to get me.
    So the BlendMount does work with a V2 CTS-V, with a 9500IX?

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