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I just bought a Passport 8500 X50 Blue via the group buy section ($285. shipped!) and after a few days of watching it bounce up and down and clack away over every bump (yes, it's in contact with the glass) I want to try a better mounting location.

If you leave the suction cups on the glass (or even if you remove them, the marks that remain) they inform any inquisitive/acquisitive type to conclude that the detector is in your arm rest, awaiting removal. Also the higher the mounting point the greater the detection range, especially when cresting a hill. So I want something at visor level. I've ordered a flat hardwire cord to run down the A-pillar to the fuse box #27 but expect that visor mounting will leave the detector in a too "nose down" attitude unless I partially open the visor (too geeky). I've considered using the clip not on the leading edge of the visor but rather on the leading edge of the padded area of the roof liner, where it meets the glass. (i.e. wedging the tail of the clip between roof and liner material) But HOW TO SECURE IT THERE??

Any friendly advice will be appreciated (and yes I tried the search function, no luck).
 

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Well, I don't have as fine a radar detector as you, but I've found that mounting it on the dash (right up against the window) works fine.

The dash height is enough to clear the winshield wipers and the hood. I originally had it mounted up high with the suction cups, but it didn't seem to offer any greater sensing range than having it on the dash. I also have it hard wired into my fuse box.

I just used Velcro to mount it on the dash so when I leave the car, I pull it off and lock it in my glove box.


Jimmy :)
 

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I have my V1 mounted just beneath and to the left of my rearview mirror. It's hardwired as well. No obstruction front or back. As for the suction cups leaving marks...not a one. If your windshield is clean, there is no need to lick the cups - they hold very well....never a problem. That metal bar across the cups makes removing it a snap.

When I remove it I simply wrap the cord around the rearview mirror housing (you would have to be looking for it to find it) and place my detector in the left lower dash pocket....out of sight and probably the last place anybody would look.

looks, function, convenience and peace of mind....ahhh

steve

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Mounted near the mirror is very visible from outside, when I get round to it I'm putting my V1 in the very top left corner of the screen where my fat head makes it harder to see and the tinted strip at the top of the screen makes it less visible.
 

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Unless you're in a state that has a law against using them t's actually not that visible. I mount it just high enough so that it blends w/ the mirror (that is not my goal but simply the case). Sure, you can see it from behind if you're following me at night but other than that it blends quite well.

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I have the regular 8500, hardwire it off of the rear view...take off the cover that covers the moonroof actuator and motor (it just pulls off..held on by clips...).

then take off the clear piece covering the dome lights (pull it toward you and it'll come off) then take a phillips...unscrew the two screws...pull down the moonroof switch/dome light assembly...

then you'll see a white clip...press in on it and pull it'll come off and you'll see a connector...this is the one that feeds the power to your auto dimming rearview. i forget which wire it is, so just use a test light on the connectors....try each of them with the ignition on accessory..if it lights then turn the ignition off and see if the light goes out....if the light goes out you found an ignition source....splice into that...

for the ground just scrape away some paint where the moonroof assembly screws in....then just use that as your ground...

you'll have plenty of room to shove the wires...i suggest you get the following from escort...

https://www.escortradar.com/cp/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi?&pg=store&sub_pg=prod&ref=20

mount it to the passenger side visor. and no..the cops will not be able to see it. believe me. ;)

https://www.escortradar.com/cp/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi?&pg=store&sub_pg=prod&ref=15

you'll also need that...use that as your main hardwire.

good luck!
 

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I mountes my V1 like ve0h but to the right of the mirror. I tapped in to the sunroof motor hot wire. The biggest red wire in the harness. Stuck out just enough wire to plug in the V1. When I remove it, I tuck the plug in up in the headliner.
 

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Thanks to all, especially ne0h. I've already ordered & received the visor clip & flatwire cord. I'll run it off some + wire in the sunroof bundle (don't have auto dimming mirror - GLS) and probably hang it off my visor. My wife uses her visor all the time and the space on that side of the mirror is taken up by my Fast-Lane pass transponder. If the sun ever gets in my eyes I'll just pull over to the side of the road until it passes and then drive like hell to make up the lost time. 8)
 

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I used the visor clip to clip my detector to the front of the headliner, ahead of the visor and just to the left of the mirror. It is the perfect spot. I had to cut up the visor clip a bit to make it fit right but it came out great.
 

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I second Jimmy Dee: my vintage 8500 works just fine glass mounted just above the level of the wipers. Hardwired to the fuse panel, run through the gap at the front of the dash, pull the unit and mount and it is pretty hard to know it was there, certainly defeat a casual observer.....
 

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I ended up following JB's advice. It's hard to get the top of the visor clip around the headliner's leading edge but if you tug down in the middle of the span it's easier, then just slide the clip it to the right once it's in. I'll leave the clip in place and use the quick release button (once I go around the tactile learning curve) to dismount & stow it out of sight when needed. Thanks to all who responded.
 
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