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Old February 21st, 2012
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Default 9500ix powering from sunroof/dom light switch box

I am considering installation of direct wire power connection for Escort 9500ix radar detector connecting to sunroof/dom lights switch box on the car roof near the rear view mirror. Does anybody have suggestion(s) or experience on this topic to share?
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That power connection will probably work. The detector only needs about 1A max. The only issue you may have is a voltage drop when opening or closing the power sunroof. I would temporarily hook up the detector to this connection and power it and the car on to make sure the detector works. Then try opening or closing the sunroof. The detector will issue a low voltage message if the voltage drops too low.

Also be sure that whatever direct wire to the detector you use is fused. I recommend a 2A fuse.
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I am considering installation of direct wire power connection for Escort 9500ix radar detector connecting to sunroof/dom lights switch box on the car roof near the rear view mirror. Does anybody have suggestion(s) or experience on this topic to share?
Ironically I just did exactly that at lunch today. The sunroof power in my car is switched, which is what I used. Make sure you don't get the map light power source since those are usually on all the time and sometimes regulated by the computer.

The only down side is that if you have the standard-sized fuse in the cord that you're tying into your sunroof wiring, it can be a little bulky. Plus if the fuse ever pops, then you have to fish around in your headliner to find the fuse holder to replace it.
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If the direct wires are not long enough then splice some extension wires onto the direct wire and have the fuse come out behind your dash somewhere.
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Old March 1st, 2012
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Default Custom made direct power cord

I am considering a direct wire to my radar detector with power connection from nearby sun roof/dom light switch box. I think I may need to make a custom made fused short (about 2 feet) power cord that runs under car roof liner and has 2 conduits (probably) at the power source (sun roof switch box) and 4 conduits for RJ11 plug on the radar detector end. I am considering using a telephone cord cut to proper length and a fused 2 conduit wire also cut to connect together. Could someone please give me some instruction on how to connect wires between two cords (transfer from 2 conduit to 4 conduit cord)? Is it better/possible just to cut the direct wire from the manufacturer/store to proper length and still keep the installed fuse on the wire? Any other thoughts/suggestions on this idea?
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Old March 5th, 2012
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Only 2 wires of the 4 are used to power the 9500ix and other Passport detectors that use the phone connector type of power. So there are only 2 wires to connect to your harness, not 4.

Your safest route is to get one of their hardwire kits so you don't get the voltage connected backwards. There is somewhere around 10 feet of wire, so you'll have way mor than you'll need if you connect it to your sunroof power which is, as you said, about 2 feet from your detector.

Actual phone wire is very difficult to use because the wire is more like cloth. It doesn't solder well and crimping isn't durable. To save time on my last install, I used 24-gauge network cable and crimped my own end on it, but I made 100% sure I had the wiring exactly the same polarity as the included power cord. It worked out OK, but this last install, I waited for the UPS guy to deliver the genuine cable.

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