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Ok. I just traded in my 2008 Honda Civic Si coupe for a 2013 Si sedan. Mainly for the new tech, but also wanted an upgrade. I had quite a few after market parts (both performance and aesthetic) that I installed myself and found a great deal of detailed DIY's on 8thgencivic that helped me out tremendously. I wanted to direct wire my Escort 9500ix and found some good information on this site to help me do that. Perhaps I did not search hard enough; but I was unable to find a detailed step-by-step DIY on this site to install my detector so I thought I would give it a shot. Hopefully it will help others with their installs.

I have never done a DIY before so bear with me, but think my install is pretty clean. Otherwise; here goes......

Stuff needed:

Escort (or other OEM specific) radar smart cord, direct cord, etc). Paid 30 bucks for mine.
Mini-fuse add-a-circuit. Someone on this forum posted amazon link for $4. I paid $7 at auto zone.
Scissors
Cable Ties
5 amp fuse
3M Double sided tape
Credit card or debit card
Self Adhesive velcro (1/2" wide by ~2" long)
Wire stripper and crimp tool
10 mm socket on 1/4" drive ratchet

I started with the electrical part before I finish installed anything so I could make sure it worked. To be safe (as advised on this forum); I disconnected the negative battery cable.

It was helpful for me to mount the little remote that came on my smart cord first. Placement is obviously a matter of personal taste. However, I also assume practicality plays a role as well so I put it in a spot that I can reach comfortably without having to lean up or reach from my normal driving position. For this, I used the self adhering velcro (hooks on the remote/Loops on the car).

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If I had a gripe; it would be that you can see the wires a little bit as they feed down towards the handbrake console. They are black and you can place them carefully enough that they don't interfere with the little door opening and closing so no big deal. I guess I could have drilled a little hole in the plastic cover, but I'm not about to do that.

Next I removed the cover underneath the steering wheel. This is no issue as only clips hold it in place. I just gave it a bit of firm pressure and was able to remove this cover without breaking it or the retaining clips. The next photo shows how I ran the cords over to the fuse box. I kept them in place by finding some strategic places to zip tie them into place. They're not hard to find, but I would recommend a couple of things:
1). Avoid the holes where the removed cover clips in, and
2). Don't completely tighten the zip ties yet. You just want to keep the wires in place, but still be able to feed them through one way or the other.

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Now you've got the wires near the fuse box. Mine came with an in line fuse (2.5 amps). I left this in tact and cut the self-splicing connector off of the smart cord and crimped it into the crimp style butt splice connector that came with my add-a-circuit. Posts on this forum suggested a 7.5 amp fuse be installed in the add-a-circuit. I had a 5 amp and used it. I realize this creates a fuse redundancy, but played it safe. Comments on this subject are welcome as I really don't know what is best in this regard. Next comes the ground. I happened to find one very conveniently located right next to the fuse box on the right hand side. Sorry the pic sucks, but I think you'll be able to find it relatively easily.

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So now we've got ground and we got power after plugging the add-a-circuit into #23 fuse slot. I got that info from someone on this forum as well. Apologies for not remembering who specifically, but thanks a bunch for this little detail. Before proceeding; I tested my detector by reconnecting my negative battery terminal then connecting my detector to the smart cord and turning ignition on and off. On powers the radar and off turns it off. Now you can bundle and zip tie the excess cord for a clean install. All the other ties can be tightened and cut at this point as well. Here's what I finished with.

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Finally, we have to get the power cord from the fuse box to the detector's mounted position. I stayed with the tried and true spot right underneath the rear view.

There's a nice break in the covers that will allow you to go from the fuse box into the driver's side weather strip. I started from the detector and worked my way back to make sure I could tie up any excess near the fuse box. In my case, I had just enough cord with zero excess. I wrapped the cord around the rear view so if my suction cup fall it doesn't rip the power cord from where it fits between the headliner and the roof. I also wrapped the cord with double sided tape and stuck it to the roof (under the headliner) directly above the rear view.

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From there, use your credit/debit card to push the cord under the headliner all the way over to the side airbag column. You can fit the cord in right at the top of the plastic here to make it across to the rubber weatherstripping and down the periphery of the door.

Overall, I think it's a pretty clean install. It didn't take long except that I'm very detailed and wanted to make sure I did the best job I could. If you measure time in beers....it took me two.

Anyway, I hope this helps others who don't want to monopolize their 1 of 2 precious lighter plugs in the car with a radar detector (not to mention having a springy cord interrupt the view of the very cool civic control console).

Input is welcome, but please be gentle as this is my first DIY and I am new to this forum.

BTW. This is a great forum.:wigglesmiley:
 

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I just barely tucked the power cord underneath the plastic such that it is hidden but not enough to interfere with the airbag.
 

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I have the Passport Max2 with the blendmount, it was sad to find out there was no (positive) power up at the map lights, at least on my 14 si anyway
 

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Here is my Blendmount install. I also used a wire cover and some nice braided wire.
 

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I tucked mine into where one of the button blanks used to be. It's just wedged in there with some weather stripping. Eventually I'd like to integrate the smart module into a factory style button, but this will do for now. IMAG4439.jpg
 

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I'm concerned the wire coming across the headliner, to the weather stripping, across the A Pillar is obstructing the driver side airbag. Although it's "clean" and a fast install, I can't imagine running the wire across the side airbag to be safe. I believe the only safe way to do this is how College Hills Honda did. If you look at step #33 they don't run the wire in front and across the side airbag. They run the wire before the side airbag and down the A Pillar.

http://www.collegehillshonda.com/instructions/civic/2012/4dr/daynightmirror.pdf
 

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Which model Blendmount is this?
ID-HON-007?
I have no idea of the model number, been a while since I installed it. Sorry!!
 

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I have a fuse related question.

-Is this the proper way to install add-a-circuit? i.e. wire going out must be at the bottom of the fuse?
-Which side of the fuse gives the load, top or bottom?

Thanks!
 
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