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Has anyone messed with the vehicle's wiring yet? I'm looking for the wire that switches on by the "turn" of the ignition. I was hoping someone had a pic and can point it out.
 

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Not here, but it sounds like you're looking to hardwire something? If so, I've done this the easy way before, by wiring directly to the fuse box (I usually pick the same fuse that operates the 12V oulets and add an in-line fuse from Radio Shack).
 

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I was thinking about that. How is it done? Did you use a voltage meter, hold it in place and turn on the ignition to watch the meter go up?
 

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The fuse for the cigaret-lighter is for 15A.. should be ok to put an extra output on the same wire if your not gonna use it for some crazy stuff.

Must say that im a bit irritated that there is no 12V output in the back seat. Gonna make a holder with charger for my phone in the front and put a 12V output in the backseat for my son to use. Still waiting for mats thou :/
 

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No, no voltage meter. I bought an extra cord for my Garmin navigation unit, stripped the wires down, wired up the in-line fuse to that (red wire was the "hot" one), then just inserted the stripped end of the red wire into the fuse box where the 15A fuse is for the cigarette lighter (this way the Garmin will only power up when the car is on).

Here is a photo (not from a CT though):
 

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I was thinking about doing that, but I found an add-on wire tap fuse that 'piggy backs' on the already existing fuse off eBay.
 

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YuDanJa - Have you done anything with this yet? I received my SmartCord hardwire kit for my Escort radar detector and am going to be hardwiring that once I find the time.
 

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YuDanJa - Have you done anything with this yet? I received my SmartCord hardwire kit for my Escort radar detector and am going to be hardwiring that once I find the time.
hi jimmy. i got sloppy and lazy on this one. i simply stripped the wire and shoved it in with the accessory fuse. what the heck...it works. :)
finding a place for the ground wire got me scratching my head... eventually found some bare metal; bolt beside the left vent. again...what the heck...it works.

edit: lol its been a while since i last posted on this thread. just realized i did exactly what you did on your last post
 

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Ok, thanks. Yeah, honestly it really doesn't make a difference...the wire is still connecting to that fuse box either way. Did you add an in-line fuse to be safe?
 

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Ok, thanks. Yeah, honestly it really doesn't make a difference...the wire is still connecting to that fuse box either way. Did you add an in-line fuse to be safe?
actually, i tried, but the cover of the fuse box would not close...so i scrapped it and just shoved in the bare wire.
 

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I am going to wire up either an additional USB charger (for phones) and/or a heavy duty DC line using a mechanical relay switch (with an inline fuse) I won't get my CT until August but will post up pics.
 

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actually, i tried, but the cover of the fuse box would not close...so i scrapped it and just shoved in the bare wire.
Oh, you're talking about the piggy-back type that installs at the fuse box. They also sell in-line types at Radio Shack, it's a red wire, with a plastic fuse holder wired in-line and a normal fuse is within the holder. You then just add that wiring between your fuse box and your electronic device. I got mine @ Radio Shack when I hardwired my Garmin Nuvi in my old car, but my radar detector hardwire kit already came with the in-line one. :)
 

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Oh, you're talking about the piggy-back type that installs at the fuse box. They also sell in-line types at Radio Shack, it's a red wire, with a plastic fuse holder wired in-line and a normal fuse is within the holder. You then just add that wiring between your fuse box and your electronic device. I got mine @ Radio Shack when I hardwired my Garmin Nuvi in my old car, but my radar detector hardwire kit already came with the in-line one. :)
I would have gone with the in-line wire tap thing (the mirror did come with one), but I had no idea which wire to tap in to among the bundle of wires behind the fuse panel. Plus, I was tired of squirming underneath there and said 'screw it'. :D
 

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I would have gone with the in-line wire tap thing (the mirror did come with one), but I had no idea which wire to tap in to among the bundle of wires behind the fuse panel. Plus, I was tired of squirming underneath there and said 'screw it'. :D
Maybe I didn't describe it correctly. :confused:

I bought this product below. Splice this onto the end of the device wiring and then wire the other end of this into the fuse. No "tapping into existing wiring" required.

10-Amp Inline Fuse Holder for 1¼x¼" Fuses - RadioShack.com
 

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YuDanJa - Have you done anything with this yet? I received my SmartCord hardwire kit for my Escort radar detector and am going to be hardwiring that once I find the time.
I bought the hardwire kit in anticipation of receiving my car, in hopes that I could get the dealer to install it for me prior to delivery. Unfortunately, they won't install wires for anything that they don't sell. Since I want the radar detector installed just to the passenger side of the rear view mirror, with the wire dropping down from the headliner, I'll probably need to remove the trim piece on the windshield pillar. I don't want to do that with a brand new car. So, I'll probably take it to a local car stereo place and hire them to install the wire for me.
 

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Is there room to wedge the wire in there using a plastic compound knife/puddy blade? That's what I used for my install (I see you saw my pics on the other thread), but I didn't run it up the A-pillar, so not sure if it can go in that way (without needing to remove the trim)? I'll take a look at my car in the AM and see if it looks do-able.
 

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any update on add-a-fuse?

i saw quite a few on amazon. i also saw there isn't a spare 15a fuse so i gotta go buy one to match the accessory powered 15a for the tap.

i will look into this more to add an auto dim/compass/homelink rear view mirror when my car arrives.
 

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any update on add-a-fuse?

i saw quite a few on amazon. i also saw there isn't a spare 15a fuse so i gotta go buy one to match the accessory powered 15a for the tap.

i will look into this more to add an auto dim/compass/homelink rear view mirror when my car arrives.
I really don't think that's an option with this car, unless you take off the fuse box cover permanently, that's the only way it will fit.
 
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