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Where Is The Best Place To Mount Radar, well i mean that in the sense of the best way to mount it and have it look clean - less wires visable and **** like that. . . i was thinkin of maybe placing the wires from behind the dash coming underneath and into the cig lighter - yet it seems like to much work for a Police Radar. . .lol. i got the new Cobra XRS 9300. :).
 

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Wow.. just having a radar/laser detector (I assume your talking detector) on your car looks sweet enough, forget about wires and "bad looks".

-Brandon
 

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I have mine right dead lower, center part of the windshield. the wire comes down around the right side of the dash. It doesn't look too bad.
 

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i have mine mounted near the top of the windshield, just to the right of the mirror. Then i ran the wires up into the headliner and down to the fuse panel. tapped it into the circuit for the cig lighter, and i'm good to go, with about 1" of wire showing
 

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The higher on the windshield the better.

Our cars are low enough to the ground without handicapping a radar detector by burying it at dash level.

Mount the thing in either upper corner of the windshield or hide it somehow in the otis/evic console.

There are existing switched +12v lines in all those places you can use for power.

Someone (Escort??) makes a 'remote' radar detector. You put the receiver module as high up on the car as you can and the indicator module/lights gets mounted somewhere lower where a cop can't necessarilly see them.
 

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There actually is a radar detector made that looks like (and is) a rear view mirror. Looks great and stealthy but no idea how good it is...
 

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Having the detector higher on the windshield is of no real added value. However, you don't want it so low that your wiper arms interfere out the front or that it's too low for a rear antenna (if so equipped) to have a clear view out the rear window. In fact the laser detector (as useless as they typically are due to the physics of the laser gun) is more likely to detect lower on the windshield.

As for remote units there are several, K40 makes a very nice one as well as Bel and Escort but you're talking some significant cash for any of them.

As for how to keep it clean looking, you can easilly run the wire under the rear portion of the dash (portion that covers the center channel speaker) and run it down to the fuse panel area where you can fuse and tap for power without messing with a cigarette lighter adapter...
 

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im doing our intrepid like this, i did this to my truck, cut it down to size, ran a lead off the speaker terminal to the aux phone in on my pioneer deck setup, ran a wire from a warning led to the phone stereo mute line in, and put the detector in my head liner, you can really see it unless ur close, and when it goes off, my stereo mutes, and things start beepin, i used to get pulled over cuz i couldnt hear it over my music...
 

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my radar detector manual says to mount as low on the center windshield as possible (without having the wipers in the way) since radar is directed to a vehicles bumper, at least thats what the manual says
 

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Radar will reflect around enough that as long as the detector antenna is far enough away from the ground plane of the vehicle (i.e. the roof line or other chassis component) it will detect it. Lower is more critical for laser detection since the most common targets are front license plate and headlamps due to their high reflectivity and the laser beam is quite narrow and not prone to random dispersion...
 

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dbaudiopro said:
Radar will reflect around enough that as long as the detector antenna is far enough away from the ground plane of the vehicle (i.e. the roof line or other chassis component) it will detect it. Lower is more critical for laser detection since the most common targets are front license plate and headlamps due to their high reflectivity and the laser beam is quite narrow and not prone to random dispersion...

yeah thats what i meant lol. thanks for the clarification. :bgtup:
 

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Mounted mine right above the rear-view, then patched the wires in with the auto-dim mirror, looks clean as a whistle and it's rather natural to look up there anyway. Also it's very low profile where it's at.
 

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In my Firebird, I used to keep it mounted in the upper-left corner of the windshield and ran the wire behind the pillar, under the dash and straight to the fuse panel. About an inch of wire showing and keeps the detector out of sight from anyone looking in (at least a casual glance anyway).

I have not done it with the Trep but would imagine it would work the same way.
 

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I've run mine above the mirror in the last 5 cars I've had radar in
Easy to run the wire under the headliner, down the door pillar and right into the junction block next to the dash. I fixed my ground to a screw already there and put a terminal on the end of my positive wire and plugged it into the terminal for the asedcroy outlet, unfused unfortunately. I got my power outlet fused on all the time and you don't want your detector on all the time. I got it so it goes on and off with the key. Figure above the mirror is high enough to "see" them before I do!!
 

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Mounting them up high can actually greatly decrease the sensitivity of the antenna which in turn will greatly decrease your warning distance. Center of the windshield would actually be pretty optimal, but not very logical or safe while driving. Lower on the windshield keeps it away from the roof line (ground plane of the vehicle) and out of your typical viewing area...
 

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dbaudiopro said:
As for how to keep it clean looking, you can easilly run the wire under the rear portion of the dash (portion that covers the center channel speaker) and run it down to the fuse panel area where you can fuse and tap for power without messing with a cigarette lighter adapter...
EXACTLY how mine is done! Looks very clean.
 

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tx2002intrep said:
EXACTLY how mine is done! Looks very clean.
Mine too... was easy, just ran it across the headliner, down the doorframe, and ran a wire to the cig-liter.. spliced it in, and *poof*! clean - nice, and turns off when you shut your car off! wait.. not exactly...
 
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