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hi,

So all my cars I use radar detectors, and most are/have been mounted on the mirrors. usually I install them using a bicycle reflector mount, but this one I used a mount that was on my wife's old car that we had. I forget the name of the mount - found online on amazon easily im sure.

also, i noticed a lot of the radar detector threads to be a bash fest of idiocy.....lets refrain please because yes the jk is dog slow, but iit doesn't mean people here don't want a radar detector for their own reasons. anywho:

Bicycle reflector mount -inexpensive $7.99 mount option:
online examples:
Another Radar detector hardwire on mirror - Using bicycle reflector mount - MY350Z.COM Forums

DIY: Radar Detector Mount For as Little as $2 - Acura TSX Forum

Your Dirt Cheap Mirror Mount - Escort Radar Forum

Hardwired Radar Detector - DIY mirror Mount - Club Lexus Forums

https://www.google.com/search?q=bic...oTCNXor62mkMgCFReYiAod6pYIYQ&biw=1344&bih=844

I made my own mirror tap pigtail, but the product itself can be purchased here /amazon, etc:
MirrorTap Radar Detector Power Cords

I simply cut my radar detector power cord - identified the power and ground using a basic circuit tester - plus the simple on the plug identifies which is which

I then soldered the wires to a D9 pin connector I had laying around - depinned a few pins, smashed them flat with a hammer and they slide right into the JK mirror harness with no issue. you can buy a build yourself D9 pin connector as well if you want. $2.49:


Next you remove the rear view mirror using a T20 torx bit:


Open the door shown in the red box as you remove it and disconnect the wire harness coming from overhead:



Next, the mirror plug is a 16 pin connection harness - only about 4 wires are connected, but the only ones you need are the:
Pin13 (pink/green stripe) - Ignition power
Pin8 (black) - Ground


this picture online was the best i could find, and it may in fact be the same harness, but from another car, regardless, its simply to aid in identifying the correct wires to tap. - bust out your volt tester and check for yourself to ensure you have the right wires.

bingo, harness pins pushed into the corresponding spots and a single zip tie to ensure the wires dont ever yank out of the back of the harness



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Excellent. I have been waiting to install mine for some time as I wasn't ready to tackle the keyed power, this makes it easy. I have a blendmount that I am going to use to mount my Beltronics detector.

anyone looking for a blendmount can get a slight discount using this code: FRIEND125
 

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Who the hell needs a radar detector for a Jeep??
Who doesn't? Unless you are part of the majority that never goes over the speed limit. I don't have it for hwy travel, I have it for the surface roads where the speed limit is 45 and I may be doing 50 which in many towns is fine but in a few near me will get you pulled over.

I already had it from pre Jeep days so why the hell not use it.
 

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wow. nice!

side question.... what the heck is the purpose of having the power port on the back of the mirror???
 

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wow. nice!
side question.... what the heck is the purpose of having the power port on the back of the mirror???
I just tap'd power off the mirror existing wiring....not sure what you mean by power port...the harness plugging directly into the mirror is how this mirror comes from factory.

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I just tap'd power off the mirror existing wiring....not sure what you mean by power port...the harness plugging directly into the mirror is how this mirror comes from factory.

-J
oooooo so theres not just some empty port thats unused. you just tapped into it. got it!
 

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yep, thats the harness connector for the powered mirror, lights, autodim, etc...features of the mirror stock form. i just tap the existing wires...radar detectors don't even draw 2amps...so its very safe to do.

-J
 

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Very nice for an inexpensive solution.

I used to do the wiring tap thing for my V1, but now they offer an adaptor that plugs into the OBD port under the dash, and since I use it in different vehicles a lot, I just run a phone cord up the A-pillar and under the headliner, and then take the device and detector with me when I switch.

And no, I didn't get it just for the Jeep, but I'm glad I have it as it's saved me several times around town.

It should have been standard equipment in my STI!
 

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I have had mine since 2006, been in every vehicle expect my Jeep, but that is about to change :)
 

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Who the hell needs a radar detector for a Jeep??
A better question is who doesn't? Are there actually people that NEVER exceed the speed limit on surface, access, rural, highway, etc roads? The fact one speeding ticket, no matter how insignificant it may be is going to screw you out of several hundred dollars over a 3 year period via a fine and insurance rate hike. This is more than enough reason to get a radar.

I've got 5 cars and 2 motorcycles and do not drive any of them without a radar detector. They save my butt dozens of times per year. Doesn't matter if I'm in one of my 700+hp cars or my slow Jeep. I want to at least stand a chance against the Boys in Blue.
 

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... , I just run a phone cord up the A-pillar and under the headliner, and then take the device and detector with me when I switch.
That's what I have done myself, several times over the years.

Though, just to note, one could simply tap into the wiring harness for the mirror, up inside the windshield header. This way, one doesn't have to deal with the large connector on the back of the mirror. This is how many of us have powered our Homelink (see that thread for details).
 

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Great write-up, OP, saved me some time identifying which wire is which!! Thank you.
 

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I have Valentines on all my cars/cycles - It hooks directly to the car's ODB plug, so it uses power from there and the car's speed to mute under 1o mph - I just routed the wire under the windshield moulding, then under the dash when I removed it to install a new stereo. Suction cups to the windshield right above the mirror.
 
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