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DIY Hardwire - - - Passport Solo S3

I take 2-4 long (2,000 mile +) trips to the East coast each year to visit with family. Having acquired the Crosstour, I wanted to use my Solo S3 that I typically use for rental cars with it. The following is a brief presentation on the process of hard-wiring the Solo S3 into my 2012 Crosstour.

Requirements:
---Check the service manual to determine how to properly remove the garnish below the steering wheel.
---Purchase small gauge wire plug-in connectors.
---Purchase an ATM mini fuse tap device. (Note that the Crosstour uses ATM mini low profile fuses but the regular ATM mini tap will work in a vacant location. If you wish to use an occupied location, you must purchase an ATM mini low profile tap.)
---Purchase a Solo hard-connector. I got mine on eBay.
---You will need: 8mm wrench (socket), connector crimps, tape

1--The first step was to take the service manual and trace the wiring of the vacant fuse cavities in relation to the ignition switch in the ON position.

2--The service manual showed that vacant positions 31 and 13 were ignition-switched. Their location is shown on the diagram below.



3--The ATM mini fuse tap is shown below. It's available at most auto parts stores.



4--The tap is installed and the circuit is successfully tested for 12v with the ignition switch in the ON position. A location for a ground connection using the screw at the base of the Bluetooth Module is identified using an ohm meter to test the grounding of the bracket where the screw is located.



5--The tap and and hard-wire require new connectors.



6--The new connectors are installed and the package is ready to be mounted to the fuse box vacant location #13.



7--Using a windshield smartphone/GPS ball mount, the Solo is located in order to run the wiring.



8--The wiring is run behind the upper corner of the dash between it and the A-pillar, beneath the trim gasket and down to the base of the dash.



9--The excess wire is wrapped and bound using a velcro strap and then hidden behind the the garnish panel housing the hood release latch.



10--The ground wire is mounted to the bracket, the tap is inserted, the wiring and the tap are then connected.



11--The batteries are removed from the Solo and the functionality using the ignition switch is tested. SUCCESS.



12--The VSA connector is mated to the VSA switch prior to restoring the steering wheel lower garnish.



13--The steering wheel lower garnish is replaced and the project is finished.

 

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It's a portable, battery operated radar detector by Escort that also has a direct 12v input option.
 

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I have a passport 9500 and plan on installing the hardwire kit, so thanks for this post.
I have the 9500 molded into the sun visor on my S2000 roadster. I may buy another for the Crosstour instead of using my Passport that I bought for use in vacation rental cars because the 9500 is so much more capable.

Please post up about how your project for the 9500 turns out.

Thanks.
 

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Does the fuse box on the passenger side foot well also use ATM mini fuses?? I am going to hard wire my SiriusXM receiver into the car and that fuse box seems easier for me to access.
 
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