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How to Install Radar Detectors

Required Tools:

  • Screwdriver and Screws
  • Wire Cutter
  • Drill
  • Wire ties

Corded radar detectors use suction cups, making it easy to mount them on the windshield. Clean the window, apply the suction cups, and snap the radar detector into the bracket piece. Simply plug them into the cigarette lighter and you’re all set.

If your windshield uses a special plastic coating to protect passengers in the case of an accident, it is unsuitable for suction cup mounting. You should mount the radar detector on the dash. Clean the bottom of the detector and the dash, and once dry, use the hook-and-loop tape to mount the radar detector onto the dash.

Remote mount radar detectors use a mounting bracket that you can screw into the ashtray or sunvisor. Mount it in a location that will not block neither the driver’s view or the radar’s sensors. For best results, mount the radar detector in a spot where it will have a clear view of the road.

Take the wires and run them through to the firewall. Run the wires through a grommet and bring it through to the passenger side compartment. Use wire ties to keep the hanging wires organized and secure. Now take the wires from the back of the vehicle and run them through to the passenger side compartment. Mount the radar detector and connect the free ends of the wires to the radar detector.

You need to connect the radar detector to the fuse panel to generate 12-volt power. Strip one end of a wire and connect it to the radar detector’s power input. Run the wire to the fuse panel and connect the wire with a fuse tap to the 12-volt power source. For the ground connection, you must undo a bolt or a screw on the dash (or drill a hole to add one). Use the crimping tool to crimp a ring terminal to the end of your wire, and then fasten the bolt/screw back into the hole.

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