Radar Detector

pangelpip

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Hi everyone! Okay so first off I am NOT a speed demon. Obviously, since I have an Encore. However, I do drive 200 miles per day and mostly interstate. I for the most part use cruise control but there are times I go to pass a truck and need to stay the same speed as cars in passing lane to get ahead of them. Many times I do this there is a cop sitting right there. I decided to invest in a radar detector just to alert me when not to pass. I am just sick of that knot in my stomach like he is going to come after me. I was told as much as I travel for work I should have one even if I am not constantly speeding.
So, I am wondering if anyone has any knowledge on how to direct wire an escort 9500 to my new Encore? Also, do you know of this voids the warranty at all? Thank you in advance!
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prohidium

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Connect to the accessory power in the fuse panel behind the tilting compartment to the left of the steering wheel. Get one of the mini fuse add a circuit adapters that are available. Then run the wire from the dash up the driver side door seal to the pillar and then up the pillar across the headliner to the mirror area where your unit would be mounted. I installed a dash cam this way. You may have to get creative.
 

NormT

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What modem 9500? Hopefully it is a newer one as the technology the last couple of years has really improved.

I run the latest Valentine One with Savy that powers the unit through the OBD port. It has adjustAble speed settings that mute the volume below preset speeds like sitting on a corner with a automatic door opener that set off radar detectors. For anyone looking $350-450 is a good price range for a good detector.
 

Daaavid

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Connect to the accessory power in the fuse panel behind the tilting compartment to the left of the steering wheel. Get one of the mini fuse add a circuit adapters that are available. Then run the wire from the dash up the driver side door seal to the pillar and then up the pillar across the headliner to the mirror area where your unit would be mounted. I installed a dash cam this way. You may have to get creative.
A bit off-topic, sorry, but which dashcam do you have? Did you use a 12V to 5V step-down converter?

What modem 9500? Hopefully it is a newer one as the technology the last couple of years has really improved.

I run the latest Valentine One with Savy that powers the unit through the OBD port. It has adjustAble speed settings that mute the volume below preset speeds like sitting on a corner with a automatic door opener that set off radar detectors. For anyone looking $350-450 is a good price range for a good detector.
Also running the V1, although without the Savvy. Disabling X-band will fix all of that, at least most of it for the greater part of Houston and Texas, but with you being in Ohio I don't think that will be possible since I hear they still use X-band up there! Also, the 9500 has the ability to update via USB. Of course you'll have to pay for the updates, but I believe they give you 3-months free of databse updates. The actual software for detecting radar and laser is limited by the actual hardware, but the software will optimize the detection speed. Most of these database updates are for redlight and speed cameras for the Escort products.
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pangelpip

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Thank you everyone! Yes, the Escort 9500 is new. It is steep in price so I am hoping it proves useful and lasts a few years. Thanks again!
 

NormT

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So much depends on your traveling areas to determine how your radar detector should be programmed. Here in Ohio the highway patrol's new silver Dodge Chargers got fitted with....the old X-band radar. There is allot of laser from every level of police the V1 is the best in sniffing out laser and the only detector with rear laser detection.
 

prohidium

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A bit off-topic, sorry, but which dashcam do you have? Did you use a 12V to 5V step-down converter?
I bought a 12v socket with bare leads and wired it to the fuse panel and then plugged in the adapter that came with the dashcam. It was a DVR207 or something like that. It actually uses closer to 6 volts. On my other car I did the same thing and just put a USB plug into the socket to give me the 5 volts and chopped up a USB cable using the power wires only and direct wired to the dashcam which does work on 5 volts.

On the Buick, there is a lot of room to lay a socket behind the dash and plug what ever you need into it. Simply tie wrap it to keep it from rattling. I used an existing screw in the area for ground in both cases. Works great.
 

Daaavid

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So much depends on your traveling areas to determine how your radar detector should be programmed. Here in Ohio the highway patrol's new silver Dodge Chargers got fitted with....the old X-band radar. There is allot of laser from every level of police the V1 is the best in sniffing out laser and the only detector with rear laser detection.
I just find that so... odd. Haha. Unfortunately, once you're hit with laser you are toast. However, I think what you meant was laser bouncing off of other cars. Now that is the V1's specialty. I believe it is one of the best for the windshield radar mounts right behind the Bel STiR that requires a hardwire to your car's body.
I bought a 12v socket with bare leads and wired it to the fuse panel and then plugged in the adapter that came with the dashcam. It was a DVR207 or something like that. It actually uses closer to 6 volts. On my other car I did the same thing and just put a USB plug into the socket to give me the 5 volts and chopped up a USB cable using the power wires only and direct wired to the dashcam which does work on 5 volts.

On the Buick, there is a lot of room to lay a socket behind the dash and plug what ever you need into it. Simply tie wrap it to keep it from rattling. I used an existing screw in the area for ground in both cases. Works great.
Okay, thanks! I do not have the Buick anymore, but I stick around here to see what's going on haha. I might just purchase the step-down for a cleaner install. The fusebox does not seem to have much room for a cigarette lighter to hang around in. Planning to purchase the G1WH.
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KSDeputy

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I am a retired deputy sheriff, I do not speed. Prior to getting the Encore I had a trailblazer for ten years. I had a radar detector in it, I wanted to know when my fellow peace officers were shooting microwaves at me. The one I used is now outdated, and I have been looking at the same model Escort that you have. Before spending the money for that, however, I am wanting a new scanner to hear the new $ 12 million digital system the county I worked for has put into service. I am waiting for a new model to be introduced and evaluated. If I can't find a scanner I like, I will probably buy a radar detector. By driving the speed limit I almost get run over whenever I drive, in a small vehicle like the Encore, that is really scary.
 
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