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///M Traitor
02-21-2013, 07:54 AM
Hello Guys, I successfully installed my new Passport 9500iX Radar Detector in my 2013 S6 recently and wanted to sare some pictures and basic info about the procedure. I chose to use the SmartCord direct wire for this radar detector (has remote mute and warning/power light on it).

https://www.escortradar.com/store/image.php?type=T&id=16153

First task was to establish an ignition switched power source and a good solid ground. For +12V I was able to find an empty fuse position (for an option that my car didn't have) in the Driver side Fuse Box (left of dash console). I was able to use a simple crimp-on quick-disconnect which slid nicely into the empty fuse position. The quick-disconnect was very narrow. The standard 0.25" wont work. I didn't measure it, but it's probably the 0.11" width.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag50/jdm160/image_zps7268d9b2.png

Ground was easy as well. There is a large mounting stud which had enough extra thread to fit an additional Nut on the stud to hold down a large diameter ring terminal for the ground wire.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag50/jdm160/9500ix_1_zps1270f06f.jpg


Wire routing was a little tricky because I didn't want to break any clips on my new car. But, like any other car, brute force is required to remove the A-pillar trim. Once removed, wire routing was very simple as I piggy-backed some existing clips.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag50/jdm160/9500ix_2_zpsc8fbbbd5.jpg

WARNING: As you may know, there is a side-curtain air bag on this vehicle. It is important not to damage this air bag during your install, and to route your wires carefully so you don't impede or interfere with the operation of the air bag. Also, consider that your visor mounted radar detector may become a projectile if your air bag deploys. I feel where I mounted it is safe based on the contour of the roof of the car, but that's for you to decide as well....

And, the finished product:

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag50/jdm160/9500ix_3_zpsfce1a385.jpg


Some notes about my Install:

Escort recomments to mount the radar detector in the windshield for best performance of the radar and GPS features. I find windshield mounts tacky, and just asks for someone to break into your car. The good news is that the GPS DOES function even though I have mounted the radar detector about 8" back from the windshield on the visor. I feel this location is perfect because it's almost impossible to see from outside the car, it's well out of the way of my head, and it does not obstruct the windshield at all.

I decided to use the SmartWire direct wire cord which has a mute button and two lights on it. I was going to open up the little box and install it perminantly into a blank panel on the car (there are two blank panels next the steering wheel), but I decided that was too much work and it's too soon to drill holes in the S6. So, instead I double-sided taped it to the steering column. It's very easy to reach the mute button in this position, and the warning light is bright enough to get my attention at night. I could always cover up the lights with some electrical tape if they bother me. The important thing is the mute button. It's used to store known false alarms into the unit, so it will not beep again for that same frequency of radar at that location (that's what the GPS is for).

Anyway, I hope this helps!

Chipless
02-21-2013, 08:24 AM
Nice, clean installation, and a good write-up. :)

NikosF
03-22-2013, 11:34 AM
DOes the Escort come with a visor clip, or do you have to bodge the windshield sucker to mount it like you did?

Thanks for the write-up!

monoseanism
03-22-2013, 03:06 PM
I did something similar with my R8, looks nice. But to be honest, the iPhone App "Waze" with its crowd-sourced police locator has saved my ass way more than my Escort ever has. Times are a changing.

///M Traitor
03-24-2013, 08:20 PM
It does not come with the visor clip - I purchased it seperately directly from Escorts website (https://www.escortradar.com/store/visor-clip-mount.html)

Jaxsully
03-27-2013, 03:11 PM
I did a similar installation on my A7. I wanted to remove the pillar cover but was worried. Maybe I will give it a shot this weekend.

On a side note my friends company sells outfits for police cars...radar, lights etc and we tested placement of the detector. I have the same model as you and that exact visor placement significantly reduced the rear detection distance. I don't have the spreadsheet in front of me but I believe it was around 200 yards effective distance. Just an FYI.

///M Traitor
03-28-2013, 06:47 AM
On a side note my friends company sells outfits for police cars...radar, lights etc and we tested placement of the detector. I have the same model as you and that exact visor placement significantly reduced the rear detection distance. I don't have the spreadsheet in front of me but I believe it was around 200 yards effective distance. Just an FYI.

No doubt... I figured it would. BUT the unit is so sensative, the effective range is incredible. Was that reduced by 200 yards, or 200 yards became the effective range for the rear?

Jaxsully
03-28-2013, 08:31 AM
200 yards appeared to be the effective range. Here is where I mounted mine with no degradation in detection. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/28/aju2uvah.jpg

///M Traitor
03-28-2013, 09:51 AM
Personally, I would rather lose some sensativity in the rear than advertise that I have a radar detector to cops or theives.... :-(

carnzen1
05-26-2014, 08:14 PM
I decided to use the SmartWire direct wire cord which has a mute button and two lights on it. I was going to open up the little box and install it perminantly into a blank panel on the car (there are two blank panels next the steering wheel), but I decided that was too much work and it's too soon to drill holes in the S6. So, instead I double-sided taped it to the steering column. It's very easy to reach the mute button in this position, and the warning light is bright enough to get my attention at night. I could always cover up the lights with some electrical tape if they bother me. The important thing is the mute button. It's used to store known false alarms into the unit, so it will not beep again for that same frequency of radar at that location (that's what the GPS is for).

Anyway, I hope this helps!

How did you thread the cord to the steering column? I have almost a continuous plate from the fusebox to the column. I'm in a B8 A4.

lnferno
05-26-2014, 09:24 PM
Funny this thread popped up. I've been debating where to put the SmartCord. Still undecided.

///M Traitor
05-27-2014, 05:10 PM
How did you thread the cord to the steering column? I have almost a continuous plate from the fusebox to the column. I'm in a B8 A4.

Take the lower kick panel off (above the pedals) and you will be able to route the wires as you please.