Airbag Question: Hardwiring Radar Detector

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  1. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    i picked up an X50 and the hardwire kit and then realized that I have an airbag in the A-pillar of my suburban and i'm not sure what to do...it's been years since i've taken the inside of a car apart.

    can i still pop the a-pillar cover off or am I going to have to "stuff" the wire inside of it?

    any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The A-pillar cover will split off along the rear edge, so the cover will get jammed against the windshield instead of catapulted into your face. (Not to mention, the pillar and anything attached to it will be trying to move forward at 60mph while the frame of the car isn't moving anymore, so it will naturally move away from your head anyway.) As such, you can attach things to the pillar cover, just be careful not to damage the airbag behind it.

    If you don't know how to remove the cover, buy a shop manual.
     
  3. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    Cover should just pop right off. Just don't disconnect any of the yellow airbag wires and you should have to worry about anything.
     
  4. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    I already had a compass/temp_gauge/homelink/map_lightsin the headliner directly above the rear-view mirror... I tapped into that power to hardwire my cobra radar detector (just cut the stock "cigerette" style plug and did some soldering/heat-shrinking.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    if you do decide to wire down the a-pilar then I recommend you disconnect your battery and wait an hour.
     
  6. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    I don't know how to put this in a way that won't piss you off, but I'd recommend another brand over Cobra. Valentine V1, Escort X50 (or their new model I guess), or Bel RX65 (not sure if they've updated past this yet).

    P.S. Why are you using another member's avatar? lol.
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Good point. It's always nice to know your airbags still work, but not when the airbag, a bunch of tools, and your face are all within a few inches of each other.

    And veonake, he didn't swipe the AV, he changed his name. We once knew him as Jolly -- now, we call him Potty. :fawk:
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I know everyone bad-mouths cobra. I bought it the day before I drove down to LA and needed it basically right-now. It was the best I could find locally. Honestly, I've never had it let me down. It goes off and I see a cop. It may not be the "best" on the market, but I'm not a lunatic driver, and it's worked out well, thus far. I got one speeding ticket where I was going with the flow of traffic and the cop really did single me out... So I wanted some extra insurance against that happening... I hear it beep, I slow down.

    you mean the avatar that *I* created in photoshop??? Who else has it? They stole it from me then, and I demand a ban.
     
  9. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Ahhh, guess I should've noticed the post count, hi jollyogre..
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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  11. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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    we played with a lot of detectors, before we picked up the bel pro line... we live in a rural area, and sometimes they can be too senstive... but we have not had anyone complain they didn't work.:o
     

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