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DIY: Install a C8 radar detector using your rear view mirror for power

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  • DIY: Install a C8 radar detector using your rear view mirror for power

    Hi all,

    I wanted to share this quick video with you on how to install a radar detector using your rear view mirror for power. Just buy an RJ11 plug & use a unit that has the smallest connectors possible, I got the 3 pack from Amazon that had all 3 & the smallest ones are the only ones that work.

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    I hope this helps.

    Thanks,
    Rich

    NOTE: EXTRA, USEFUL STEP SUGGESTED BUY “JEFF8“ IN POST #25.
    Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C

  • #2
    That is so much simpler and quicker than I imagined it would be. Thank you c8vettepartsonline!
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 22 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Thank you, this is on my list
      GMO Rapid Blue, 3LT, HTO tension/twilight blue, FA5 CF interior, Z51, FE4 magnetic ride, E60 front lift, Q8T spectra gray tridents, STI composite rockers, VQK splash guards. Built 7/24, delivered 8/28.

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      • #4
        Hi all,

        Here is the three pack of radar detector hardwire power cords I purchased online as I didn't know what size would work. The smallest ones pictured did the trick. They are delicate so be gentle.

        Thanks,
        Rich

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        Last edited by Richrat; 07-17-2020, 08:48 PM.
        Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C

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        • #5
          Wow thanks you saved me the headache, brilliant

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          • #6
            Can you tell us what the three pack was called on Amazon? So we can search for it?

            Thanks,
            Lee

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            • #7
              OK finally found it. "Xislet 15" Radar Detector Hardwire Power Cord Mirror Wire Plug Tap Replacement for Escort Valentine One Uniden Beltronics with Inline Fuse Mount RJ11 - Set of 3" on Amazon $16.95.

              Thanks.
              Lee

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Texas BA View Post
                OK finally found it. "Xislet 15" Radar Detector Hardwire Power Cord Mirror Wire Plug Tap Replacement for Escort Valentine One Uniden Beltronics with Inline Fuse Mount RJ11 - Set of 3" on Amazon $16.95.

                Thanks.
                Lee
                Thanks Lee, sorry I forgot to post that! You really only need the super small one's.

                Rich
                Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C

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                • #9
                  Is there a DIY to effectively shorten the wire without buying shorter lengths?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by C8broughtmeback View Post
                    Is there a DIY to effectively shorten the wire without buying shorter lengths?
                    Not that I’m aware of, I made the video because I couldn’t find one on the Internet & have waited too long to install mine. I wrapped mine in a small coil inside the cover so you only see a little bit of cord.
                    Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C

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                    • #11
                      Just a suggestion for future how-to videos, by anyone. Start the video from the beginning, instead of after the work is done.
                      SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

                      Purchased 5/2/2015,
                      >36,000 miles

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                      • #12
                        Thanks
                        roy lt

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                          Just a suggestion for future how-to videos, by anyone. Start the video from the beginning, instead of after the work is done.
                          Gotcha meryerwb, I was trying to keep the video as short as possible.

                          Thanks,
                          Rich
                          Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C

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                          • #14
                            I did the same thing with my explorer but I wired in a dashcam. Can't wait to get my 2021 or 2022 C8. Still paying off the Explorer. Good video

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                            • #15
                              I presently have a valentine one powered by the rear view mirror powered by one wire.

                              My question is why do I need a red and black wire on the c8?

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