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Just traded my wife's XC90 for a 2009 XC70-- like the vehicle very much, especially with the bluetooth and the USB/iPod connector.<p>Want to hard wire my radar detector like I've done before in the XC90 and in my S60R, and am looking for help.<p>I've routed the power wire to the fuse box under the glove box. Which fuse to use? Moonroof is #10 (20 amp). Or, should I try an unused slot?<p>Next question-- where to find a good ground? Lots of manly plastic under that dash, but not much metal.<p>Thoughts, anyone?
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (paxcam)

I've been meaning to tackle that project myself... do you mind sharing the exact route of the wire, and any instructions?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>paxcam</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just traded my wife's XC90 for a 2009 XC70-- like the vehicle very much, especially with the bluetooth and the USB/iPod connector.<p>Want to hard wire my radar detector like I've done before in the XC90 and in my S60R, and am looking for help.<p>I've routed the power wire to the fuse box under the glove box. Which fuse to use? Moonroof is #10 (20 amp). Or, should I try an unused slot?<p>Next question-- where to find a good ground? Lots of manly plastic under that dash, but not much metal.<p>Thoughts, anyone? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not sure what the fuse configuration on the veh. is but usually the fuses for the switched lighter plugs work best. Rarely any load, and switched. <p>There is likely a ground point near the fuse panel, search around (you may have to pry trim off).
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (Needsdecaf)

There's no switched lighter plugs on that fuse block. The moonroof is the only thing that might make sense for tapping power. This fuse block uses the mini fuses, so the whole block is small and has a plastic cover that won't allow for the fuse taps to jut away from the panel. <p>I'll work on the problem tomorrow and report back.<p>As for routing, my remote switch is located next to my right knee, velcroed to the side of the console. The wire is routed in the joint between the console and the dash, over the console and down into the seam that continues to run down to the footwell. The fuse block is adjacent to that.<p>I'll post some pix when I get a chance.
 

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Thanks for the efforts. I wasn't able to find a switched output earlier but I didn't look all that hard.<p>My TomTom was on all the time unless I remembered to turn it off :-( Gone now anyway !<p>Now looking for a good feed for a permanent iPhone charge connector so keep up the good work !<p>
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (notthestig)

I have been able to find a good ground, tapping into a bracket under the steering wheel. <p>However, when I tap into the fuse panel under the glove box, all I get is continuous hot power. I'm looking for switched power so I don't have to turn off the radar detector when I park the car.<p>Anyone know which wire under the dash will give me switched power?<p>Thanks for any help.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>paxcam</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have been able to find a good ground, tapping into a bracket under the steering wheel.<p>However, when I tap into the fuse panel under the glove box, all I get is continuous hot power. I'm looking for switched power so I don't have to turn off the radar detector when I park the car.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wow, so the fusebox is under the glovebox but you had to run a wire all the way across to the driver's side to get a ground? So there's no good ground spot on the passenger side near the fusebox? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (Lotus99)

It's actually easier to run a single ground wire under the driver's dash than routing both ground and hot wires around the console and in the seam to get to the fuses under the glove box.<p>The seam between console and dash is very tight and I didn't want to try forcing two wires there.<p>However, with the fuse box unswitched, it looks like I may have to run the hot wire back under the driver's dash to find switched power.
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (paxcam)

I will post this question again-- Has anyone found a switched power lead under the dash of an 09 XC70?<p>I'd like to run switched power so my wife doesn't forget to turn the radar detector off each time she exits.
 

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<p>Paxcam I think Notthestig has mentioned in his iphone mount thread something about a switched fuse. so he may be able to help. <p>cheers<br>Hatdriver<p>ps sorry for putting you in Stig!!!
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (Hatdriver)

Hatdriver-- thanks for the heads up, but after reading the thread, there's no mention of a switched power source under the dash.<p>I'm hoping I don't have to take the console apart to tap the cigarette lighter. Surealy, someone else has found a switched power lead.<p>Many thanks,<br>paxcam
 

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Re: Wiring for Radar Detector (paxcam)

Curious, if you were to pop in and ask your service advisor, or even better the tech at the dealer, would they tell you? May be worth a try, unless someone has a repair manual or something on this forum.
 
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