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Wiring a radar detector

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 90K5, Jul 14, 2002.

  1. 90K5

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    Got a radar detector from a friend a little while ago, and it actually works pretty good...I want to wire it up so I don't have to plug it into my light er though. anyone done this? Can I strip the end of the wire and plug it into the fuse block on a circuit that has power in ACC mode, like the one my CB is on? Will that work, or does it need a different source? What about plugging it into the lighter fuse? Will it be hot all the time or just when the key is in the ignition? Thanks
     
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    I believe the cig. lighter will be hot all the time. I would hook it up with the cb since you know that is how you want it to come on.
     
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    To be on the safe side, wire up another cig lighter plug. Some radar detectors are diff voltage and the plug is also a step down or step up transformer. It's real easy to wire up a second cig plug. I usely just tie them up under the dash out of sight. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Where can you get another cig lighter plug?
     
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    Call around your local auto supply stores and get a universal lighter plug, wire as you want and just plug the detector in and leave it. I would wire it so it turns off when I turn the key off.
     
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    Wire it direct to a fused circuit that is on only when the truck is running................and ground the other wire to a good frame/chassis ground. Simple.

    This method keeps the wiring hidden. /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    You can get them at almost parts store. I get them alot of time from junk yards. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    Radioshack
     
  9. 90K5

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    I think there is only one wire...looked at it yesterday and it seemes that way...we'll see
     

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