Is this the hardwire cable?

lastdeadmouse

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I don't think anyone on this forum drives over the PSL.

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Until the first time they're alone in the back country on their new bike... the draw is too strong
 

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If you have a cigarette lighter plug, why don't you just use the cigarette lighter power cord that came with the detector?
That's what I'm using at the moment it's just really inconvenient having to open the case to unplug it everytime I leave the bike, the hardwire kit has a plug outside of the case. Also the cable is long and bulky and dangles around my handlebars..
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I'm assuming it's for a motorcycle headset input. Kinda hard to hear your RD go off when your blasting down the back roads at 100+ on a bike lol.
Currently have earphones running to my helmet, and a sena intercom system for music/GPS etc
 
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Two questions:

  1. Is your cigarette lighter socket switched with the ignition?
  2. Do you actually have some sort of plan to use that audio jack?

If the answer to the first question is yes, it’s switched, then you can simply tap into that circuit, regardless of the hardwire involved (various alternative commercial options are available or you can just make your own). The wires don’t need to be thick because the detector doesn’t draw much power. Don’t wire it directly to the battery. However, it’s not clear whether that cord you have is fused and at what amperage. The 10A fuse for the lighter socket circuit is good to have, and some would argue it’s enough, but the best practice is absolutely for the hardwire to have its own fuse, ideally at a much lower amperage (2A is plenty). Either way you’ll need to make sure you have a good grounding point to use.

If the answer to the second question is no (either in general or because you have a Bluetooth system for your helmet already), you can probably just cut off the audio jack cable on both ends and use that hardwire if it’s fused. If the answer is yes, it’s hard to tell from the pic the best way to accomplish what you’re looking for, as it appears it’s only designed to plug into the AUX input for a stereo on the bike (and maybe even powered off that radio circuit).
 

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