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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-15-2009, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Dummy Fuse Question

I got myself a new radar detector for christmas and got a Direct-Wire Power Cord. Detector is a Escort 9500iX if it matters. The "kit" is a single cord, it has a +12 volt 1/4" male SPADE lug and of crouse a ground loop to attach to any screw on the frame. It also comes with a 3M connector that will pinch onto a wire, says it has to be between 14 and 18 gauge.

My question is, WTF does all that mean. Can I put that "spade" anywhere, or is my best bet to use the 3M connector. And if it is, where do I put it. I read this post a while back How To: Hardwire Radar Detector so I can see how to access everything I need to get too, but I'm used to just rows and rows of fuses, not the paint by numbers layout the ION has stuffed in the console there.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-15-2009, 05:36 PM
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there should be a diagram on the piece that you have to take out to access the fuse box (if you don't have it i can take a pic out of the manual for you), you can tap into the cig lighter, sunroof, power thing, most of them have a fuse number 15.
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dtcd... thatts funny. werent u just working around there on ur car lol but first time i looked at that fuse box i felt the same way. sodtcd should be right i think mine is 15 also

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Ok, so a 15 fuse should do. any idea what the gauge on the wires are or what you think the best place to splice into the cig lighter line?

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ok here's what you do. buy an "add-a-fuse" this will allow you to use the same circuit as the sunroof fuse without tapping wires. crimp on a short length of 16 or 18 gauge stranded wire. on the other end of that wire, crimp on a female spade connector that matches the one on your radar detector. plug in a fuse for the radar detector and the fuse trom the sunroof. plug in the add-a-fuse where the old sunroof fuse went. plug in the spade connectors. screw down the eye loop to a ground. plug in your radar detector.



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ok here's what you do. buy an "add-a-fuse" this will allow you to use the same circuit as the sunroof fuse without tapping wires. crimp on a short length of 16 or 18 gauge stranded wire. on the other end of that wire, crimp on a female spade connector that matches the one on your radar detector. plug in a fuse for the radar detector and the fuse trom the sunroof. plug in the add-a-fuse where the old sunroof fuse went. plug in the spade connectors. screw down the eye loop to a ground. plug in your radar detector.
Be aware that you will need 2 fuses in your add a fuse. that will save you hours of pulling apart and re soldering don't make my mistakes

Do you have an owners manual or does your piece that you pull out have the diagram?
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no you only need one, and it comes with the add-a-fuse. you re-use the fuse you're replacing for the original circuit



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not trying to be a dick and argue with you cause for all i know yours only used 1, but i needed 2 lol thats what caused me so much damn frustration with my interceptor install tonight.
So to OP if yours doesn't work off one stick another one in there.
I lucked out cause I dont have a sunroof so i just took that one out completley
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lol no, you misunderstand me. you will need two fuses for the "add-a-fuse" to work. however, it should come with one (5A i think), and you should use the one from the sunroof or wherever it is you're plugging it in. so you shouldn't need to buy extra fuses.



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lol no, you misunderstand me. you will need two fuses for the "add-a-fuse" to work. however, it should come with one (5A i think), and you should use the one from the sunroof or wherever it is you're plugging it in. so you shouldn't need to buy extra fuses.
ohhhhh haha yeah gotcha lol .
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