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Old October 28th, 2013
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Default Illustrated RedLine Speaker Replacement

A member asked me to document a how-to RedLine speaker replacement.

Tools Needed

#8 Torx bit and driver needed to remove and replace four screws holding RedLine case halves together.

Small Philips screw driver needed to remove main circuit board from upper RedLine case.

Small flat bladed screw driver needed to guide ribbon cable back into ribbon connector on circuit board.

Materials Needed

Soft towel or rubber pad to use as work surface to prevent scratching RedLine case when opening and closing.

Second soft towel or microfiber to polish front lens of RedLine. (You might as well do it when you have the unit apart.)

Plastic polish or fine paint polish like Meguiar's #80 or #82 to polish front lens.


Step 1.

Unplug power cable and remove suction cup mount on your Redline. Place unit upside down on soft towel or rubber pad.

Step 2.

Using a #8 Torx bit, remove the four Torx screws located on the bottom of your RedLine. Set screes aside. Remove bottom of Redline case by grasping it by the edges and lifting straight up.

Step 3.

Using a small Philips screwdriver, remove the two sliver screws located near the edge of the main circuit board next to the smaller circuit board where the control buttons are mounted. Set screws aside.

Step 4.

Locate the small ribbon cable spanning the two circuit boards of the RedLine. Locate the ribbon cable connector mounted on the small circuit board (the board with the control buttons mounted on it). The ribbon cable connector base is white and it has a brown "clamp" holding the ribbon cable in place.



Using your fingernail, grab the left or right side of the clamp and pull horizontally away from the connector base. Do the same on the other side. The the open position, the clamp will be about 1/16" away from the base. The clamp cannot be pulled completely out of the base.





Step 5.

Grasp the RedLine with your left hand and place your right hand over the circuit board. Flip the Redline over and lift the upper case straight up. The ribbon cable will freely slip out of the open connector and the main circuit board will be in your right hand.

NOTE from EscortRadar: the silver screws shown below do not need to be removed



Place the main circuit board on a soft towel.

Remove the red lens from the top portion of the RedLine case and set aside both parts.

Step 6.

Locate the speaker plug on top of the circuit board (actually, the bottom of the circuit board, but we flipped everything upside down). Using your finger nail, grab the edge of the white plug and pull it horizontally out of the tan socket.

Step 7.

The speaker is friction fit into a black rubber grommet holding the speaker in a hole cut into the main circuit board. Note the orientation of the speaker, speaker grommet, how the speaker is clocked in the grommet and the routing of the speaker wire. Note the angles cut into the speaker grommet to hold the speaker at a specific angle with part of the speaker on either side of the main circuit board.

Gently pull the speaker and the rubber grommet from the circuit board.

Push the speaker out of the speaker grommet.









Step 8.

Push the replacement speaker into the speaker grommet. Make sure the speaker is seated in the speaker grommet like the original. Make sure the speaker is clocked correctly in the speaker grommet.

Feed the speaker wires through the circuit board and gently work the speaker and speaker grommet into the cutout in the main circuit board. Make sure everything is oriented and seated as the original.

Step 9.

Route the speaker wire on the side of the main circuit board and plug the speaker wires into the socket mounted on the main circuit board. Note this is a one-way plug. Do not force.





Step 10.

Place top of RedLine case upside down on soft towel. Replace red lens. (You did clean an polish it, right?) It just slips into channels in the front of the case.)

Carefully place main circuit board onto the top of the RedLine case. Do this with a vertical motion as you do not have to drop the front or rear of the circuit board into place first.

Replace the two sliver Philips screws near the small circuit board.

Step 11.

Make sure the ribbon cable connector on the small circuit board is in the open position with the brown clamp pulled away from the base.

Carefully guide the ribbon cable into the connector.



Close the ribbon cable connector by pushing the edges of the brown clamp horizontally towards the base of the connector. You can do one side at a time.


Step 12.

Place the bottom of the RedLine case onto the unit and replace the four #8
Torx screws.
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Additional Photo

Routing Speaker wires - make sure the speaker wires fit into the half circle cut out in the main circuit board:



I'm still waiting on mt replacement speaker and took these pictures taking the RedLine apart.


I'll let you guys know how the replacement works after I install it.
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Sweet write up! Looks pretty simple to do, Im glad Larry is sending us out speakers to do this our selves if we feel confident to do it 20 minute job instead of 3-5 day turnaround with escort
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About 20minutes is right. Most of it spent on putting the speaker into its rubber grommet and carefully stuffing the grommet through the circuit board.

It took a hour to take pictures, resize them, upload them into a gallery, write the directions and link to the photos.
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Sounds like it's high time for Escort to find a new speaker vendor jeeez.
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Sounds like it's high time for Escort to find a new speaker vendor jeeez.

X2, I've gone through 3, most recently on the SC55..... But it's all good, the Redline and SC55 have been otherwise bulletproof!
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Nice article 1225 KPH. Thank you for taking the time to get pictures and posting it to our forum.

The mandatory fine print:
Escort Inc will not cover any damage that occurred from a customer replacing their unit's speaker.
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I love this photo! That red strip in the middle (I assume is part of the LNA front end) reminds me of accessing the core of the DeathStar!

The heart of the Redline's famous M3 horn!

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Nice article 1225 KPH. Thank you for taking the time to get pictures and posting it to our forum.

The mandatory fine print:
Escort Inc will not cover any damage that occurred from a customer replacing their unit's speaker.

Thanks.

Hopefully, my replacement speaker will arrive soon!
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I see that you actually got some courage to get this RD open. I am glad that now we have a write up on Escort forum too. For some reason it did not click to me to post my write up from the other forum. I am happy that you thought of that. Nice job. Keep it up.

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