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Old 08-07-2005, 03:51 PM   #1
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Please help w/ Escort 8500 hardwire install

Have any of you done the hardwire install without the Direct wire cord or the Direct wire Smart cord kit? I have read that people have just done it with regular phone lines. Is it necessary to ground the phone line like they do with the direct wire kits? Thanks guys!
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Old 08-08-2005, 04:41 AM   #2
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Have any of you done the hardwire install without the Direct wire cord or the Direct wire Smart cord kit? I have read that people have just done it with regular phone lines. Is it necessary to ground the phone line like they do with the direct wire kits? Thanks guys!

From what I believe, there is only a positive 12V and a ground lead that is in the RJ-11 (phone jack head style) connector for the Escort 8500. Yes, you will need to connect the ground. Just connect it to a screw that has contact to the metal frame of the car. I assume you will be installing it through the moonroof control panel area, so just find a screw behind the moonroof control panel and attach the ground wire to the screw. As for the postive 12v lead, you can connect it to the homelink (i think it's called homelink) power cable. If you don't have the homelink system installed in your car, there should be an unused white connector that is wrapped up in that black/gray felt tape thingy. Use this link to get a visual idea of where to find the power connector and set up the whole thing:

http://64.177.26.92/DIY_V1.htm (this DIY guide has good details instructions with pictures)

I bought the direct wire kit just to be safe and clean, but using a standard phone line should work just as well. Just take note which pins on the phone jack head has the postive 12V lead and the ground lead. Piece of cake to install. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2005, 09:19 PM   #3
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From what I believe, there is only a positive 12V and a ground lead that is in the RJ-11 (phone jack head style) connector for the Escort 8500. Yes, you will need to connect the ground. Just connect it to a screw that has contact to the metal frame of the car. I assume you will be installing it through the moonroof control panel area, so just find a screw behind the moonroof control panel and attach the ground wire to the screw. As for the postive 12v lead, you can connect it to the homelink (i think it's called homelink) power cable. If you don't have the homelink system installed in your car, there should be an unused white connector that is wrapped up in that black/gray felt tape thingy. Use this link to get a visual idea of where to find the power connector and set up the whole thing:

http://64.177.26.92/DIY_V1.htm (this DIY guide has good details instructions with pictures)

I bought the direct wire kit just to be safe and clean, but using a standard phone line should work just as well. Just take note which pins on the phone jack head has the postive 12V lead and the ground lead. Piece of cake to install. Hope this helps. Good luck!

thanks for the help. it went over really well. looks nice and clean!!
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