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I just wanted to give a good look at what an Escort Passport 9500ix with the mirror install kit looks like in my 2013 Tundra.

I tried to find a detailed thread on a radar detector install, heavy on the pictures, but just kind of got bits and pieces. So if this thread is redundant, I apologize. Im a simple guy, that likes easy instruction and thought if there is anyone out there that isn't so good with DIY's, this one you might just be able to do.

I was tired of the suction cups on my windshield and the cord draped over my radio.:


I'm sure you could make a bracket for a lot less than you would pay for this one, but i liked the clean look of this one that I bought directly through Escort.

Here is the kit. A little pricey, but the materials, especially the bracket, are top quality:


Bracket:


Power wire, with a fuse built in:


Comes with everything you need:


First I took off the plastic wire covers. They easily pop off. This one wont fit after the installation and will not go back on:


These will go back on:




Wire covers popped off, Slide the harness off its hook and disconnect male from female:




In the 2013 at least, on the receiving harness, your ignition wire/power is the black wire and the ground is the brown wire. You will see on the male end of the assembly, the baby blue wire is the power (leading to the black on the female part of the harness) and the ground wire is white with a black stripe (leading to the brown wire on the female part of the harness).The best part about this is that you don't need to splice into your factory wires. On the harness (the one on the mirror side, receiving end) you will take the power and ground wire and push them into the correct slot. Don't force it, there is four corners to each wire hole. One of those will let the wire slide in for a nice tight fit. And remember, you will place the power wire in the black wire slot and the ground in the brown wire slot. (Black and brown wires are on the bottom right of the picture):


This is just a view of the male end of the assembly. You will see on the male end of the assembly, the baby blue wire is the power (leading to the black on the female part of the harness) and the ground wire is white with a black stripe (leading to the brown wire on the female part of the harness):


Wires in the slots:


I used a little electrical tape, nice and tight, so the wires wouldn't pull out. Here is a tip, when you wrap them up, twist the harness sideways like its actually going to be, then wrap the tape around it. If you dont, when you go to plug it in and start bending the harness in place, your wires may pull out:



You might want to make sure it works before you get everything put back up:


Next, put the wire harness back on its hook and place the two plastic covers back over the wires. Then loosely attach the bracket and center is up:




I clipped my detector on to make sure it was where i wanted it, then I tightened down the screws on the bracket:


Make sure its nice and strait from the outside:


Just use a zip tie to snug the wires down to keep it clean:




You may have to move it around a bit to make sure its strait, but you should end up with something that looks professional. I think these trucks are so nice and everything I do to mine, I want it to look like it belongs:






Hopefully this was useful. Thanks!

My truck new, first Tundra. May 2013
 

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I didn't even know Escort made a bracket like that, real cool mod. I got a 8500 and just hardwired it to go right above the rear view mirror but I just might get that mount.
 

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Looks clean...
just curious why you pushed the wires into the harness and didnt use wire taps


I have a Beltronic Radar Detector... but i left it in my wifes car...
Only problem i would have with hard wiring it would be that i couldnt hit the mute button thats on the plug....
That and I got popped twice with instant on laser... so i just figured i might as well not bother... and keep it under 80..
 

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Thanks for the pics.
 

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Looks clean...
just curious why you pushed the wires into the harness and didnt use wire taps


I have a Beltronic Radar Detector... but i left it in my wifes car...
Only problem i would have with hard wiring it would be that i couldnt hit the mute button thats on the plug....
That and I got popped twice with instant on laser... so i just figured i might as well not bother... and keep it under 80..
It just seemed easier to push them in the harness. You don't have to cut into the wiring that way... I would hate to short out my mirror or something. If you used those, you would have togo further up the wires so you could hide the tap or leave it exposed. The plastic covers wouldn't hide it I don't think.

The mute button is on the tip of the nose of this radar so its pretty easy to hit. The nice thing about this radar detector is that after it starts going off, after a couple seconds it quiets itself. The other thing is if it senses the same frequency in the exact gps coordinates 3 times, it learns that is a false read, an automatic door or something. If you drive back by and there is nothing for it to sense, it unlearns the spot.

Yeah lasers will get you if you aren't carefull. If it goes off, you have about a second to slow down.

This thing had saved me so much over the last 2 years. Its not like I'm a speed demon or anything, I just drive an hour to work and an hour back everyday and pass several highways and have to go thru a couple of towns with nice little speed traps.
 

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very nice write up!
 

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I believe that's a 9500 ix, not the 9600ix. Unless they came out with a new model.
I got the remote mute button for mine. Comes in handy.
 

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Doesn't the mirror block the rear sensing?
Its pretty sensitive. I don't think it does. The reason I say that, is when I pass a cop with his radar on, on the other side of the street facing me, the detector goes off well before i get to him and keeps sensing his radar well after i go by. Ive had cops far behind and it goes off well in advance too. So if it does interfere, its not by much. I well outweighs having crap hanging off my windshield. I thought if it did, i would make a custom one or modify this one to where it lets the detector hang down half an inch more. For now it looks like i wont have to do that.
 

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There is a rear facing laser sensor on the top of the detector. Not sure how much it picks up with roof pillars, headrests, people's heads, etc in the way.
 
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Great post!!! I just received my V1 mount in the mail from Blendmounts.com. It is identical to your mount except it's for a V1 of course. Can't wait to install it tomorrow.

Thanks again saved me time looking for the correct wires to tap.
 

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Great post!!! I just received my V1 mount in the mail from Blendmounts.com. It is identical to your mount except it's for a V1 of course. Can't wait to install it tomorrow.

Thanks again saved me time looking for the correct wires to tap.


Be sure to throw up some pics after your install. I've got a V1 I've been trying to figure out what to do with also.
 

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Excellent, I have been wanting to do this with my 9500ix since I bought the truck as the cord has been wearing marks into the center stack plastic.

Question though. Do all of the tundras have that power supply up there above the mirror? I do not have the homelink / backup mirror. just an old fashioned "dumb" mirror. Is there still current I can tap into up there?
 
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Excellent, I have been wanting to do this with my 9500ix since I bought the truck as the cord has been wearing marks into the center stack plastic.

Question though. Do all of the tundras have that power supply up there above the mirror? I do not have the homelink / backup mirror. just an old fashioned "dumb" mirror. Is there still current I can tap into up there?
If there is nothing powered going to your mirror, you will have to look for a different power source. Something that is hot when the ignition is on and shuts off when you take your key out. Does yours have a clock or anything in the ceiling console? what year do you have? my friend has an '08 with the clock and backup cam in the ceiling, so if you have that you could use that power source. if you dont have anything running there, you will have to run the power and ground to your fuse box inside.
 
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