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    Hard wired my radar dector to left post.



    Finally hard wired my radar dector to the left post. I ordered the HW kit from Bel, as I didn't want to cut my original cord so I could still use it on rental cars on trips. New cord was $10. It was about 6 feet long and included a fuse. I took out the 3 screws from the visor mount and it dropped down. First I tried shoving all this cord and fuse assembley into the hole. That was a mistake. Very limitied room. I ended up blowing 2 fuses on the CTS. Pulled it all out and took the cord and cut it to about 6 inches from the plug. The wire in the visor is wrapped with a thin rubber cover. Took a razor and cut into it (probably have voided all my warrantees ). There are 3 wires inside. Took the razor and put a small cut in the red and black wire. Carefully wrapped the end of the power wire and the ground wire around these wires. Not that easy to do singlehandily. Then wrapped electical tape around each wire and the whole package. Pushed it all back into the hole and screwed the 3 screws back in. Mounted the detector and hit the on button and viola, it worked .
    From outside of the car you cannot see the detector because of the blue tint. The reception is perfect from that spot in the windshield. Hope this works for you.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    What happens if you need your sun visor?

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    The rear facing radar may not be detected so well... The Blue tint may affect the ability of the radar to be detected from the front. you want to place the radar detector just below the tint.

    Why did you do all that work when you could have wired it into the overhead console as is described here:

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

    Just curious.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    Quote Originally Posted by ctsvett
    The rear facing radar may not be detected so well... The Blue tint may affect the ability of the radar to be detected from the front. you want to place the radar detector just below the tint.

    Why did you do all that work when you could have wired it into the overhead console as is described here:

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

    Just curious.

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    very friggen true.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    Tint has no effect on radar frequency. The visor goes all the way down and forward. There wasn't room above the rearview mirror to mount it and the antenna in the window glass there would block the signal. Below the mirror mount, it is visible from the outside, that defeats my purpose. Gets rear signal perfectly. Remember, radar signals are like a large firehose spray by the time it hits your car. It fills the entire area inside your car. It's not like an arrow hitting you. Maybe laser is pinpoint, but whenever you get a true laser alarm, it's just telling to pull over because you just got a ticket. You can put it in your glove compartment it it still goes off at the same time as on the window. I've tested this theory with a cop on the side of the road with his laser gun on constant. Circled around and came at him again with the detector in the glove compartment, same result and distance.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    sounds like your on to something buddy.. i allways thought like that but if this was true.. than why would they have a rear sensor..?? whats the purpose..

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    Marketing. On a Valentine though it would be useful, because of the arrows.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    so basically YOUR saying that a redat detector is just a unit that catches radar, no matter where it is in what direction it is facing.. hey it could be shaped like a tennis ball and hung from your rear view mirror.. ok but why go through the trouble of putting the rear radar detector on the escort that is said to catch laser from behind.. if the unit will catch it anyway..? enlighten me.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    There is no question that a rear facing sensor increases sensistivity in that direction, but I forget what your point was. My point was in answer to the person who said having the detector in the left corner of the windshield, as opposed to the center of the windshield, somehow blocked or diminished detection of incoming radar from behind. That's ridiculous. BTW, try my glove box test sometime if the opportunity presents itself.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    I will try the glove box trick tomorrow (I have some friends)...

    Not to argue, but I want the best possible reception. If mounting it there will give me "decerased sensitivity" that means a longer time before the thing goes off after being hit by radar... That means less time before I can hit the brake and a greater chance I get busted....

    I will keep mine HIGH in the CENTER of my dash (to the left of the RV mirror) to give me EVERY possible advantage.

    I do agree on the V1 arrows, a bit of a marketing ploy, but it has given me some help for REAL highway bogeys. On the other hand, really annoying for flase alarms.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    I look back at my original post and I realize I didn't state why I did this project. I drive around and park in different neighborhoods in the city. I'm totally paranoid that some kid will see the detector in the center of the windshield and will do a 'smash and grab' with my detector. For him it's a way to get another crack rock, for me it's alot of heartache and about 3-400 bucks to repair. With my current installation the detector is completely invisible to a passerby, unless one puts their face right up to the glass. I'm just trying to prevent the crime of opportunity from happening to the 'Greyghost'

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    now what does it mean it your detector says laser.. mine said that last night.. but i didnt see any cop.. it was going crazy.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    I called BEL and asked, 'Besides a true laser report what else causes a laser report on our detectors'. She told me cellular towers can cause it to go off.

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    but normally laser means your busted correct?

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    Re: Hard wired my radar dector to left post.

    normally, laser means your busted, but here are some flas alarms I have found:

    1. Laser cruise control systems on newer cars
    2. High intensity reflected light (My pass seatbelt reflected the sun to the V! and set it off once)
    3. My own headlights reflecting back (the car in front had a clean paint job and was white, and when the correct angle hit, it set off the detector)

    In reality, a true laser warning does mean "Pull over, your busted."

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