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Radar detector and dash cam install

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Just finished my radar detector and dash cam hardwire installation. I thought I’d share the information in case others find it useful.

-Escort/Beltronics radar detector powered using mirror tap
-Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 powered using Garmin’s hard wire kit using fuse taps from the passenger footwell area

Parts used:
Mirror tap for Escort
Garmin parking mode hardwire kit
Some micro 2 fuse taps which I already had in my garage

I wish I could have just powered the dash cam from the mirror as well but Garmin needs a 3-wire power module to automatically switch between driving mode and parking mode. This module wouldn’t fit behind the mirror. So I ran the wire behind the passenger side door seal down into the fuse box located at the passenger footwell.

Mirror tap was very easy, I used the thinner prongs and got accessory power from the black and green wires. Counterintuitively, the black wire seems to be positive, go figure.

For the dash cam power module, I found two 20A fuses that are “spare” according to the manual. They are:
#4: permanent 12V
#37: accessory 12V
Ground was easy, there is a bolt just at the edge of the carpet.

Main goal was to keep these units out of sight and I’m pretty happy with the results!

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I find it quite maddening that with all the cameras in this truck, one still has to install an aftermarket dash cam. Super hoping this gets rectified before I take delivery. :confused:
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