Remember the Day??? When it was easy to hardwire a device?

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Hey All....
After pulling plastic / carpet etc to install a Dashcam and Radar Detector in my Porsche....and same goes for other new cars.

Remember the day when it was easy to find a ground?
Easy to pull side panel plastics to hide wires?
Easy to find an unused fuse to put your Hot wire underneath?

Some of you all that have done these crazy great looking installs - I applaud you.

My back and patience have made Hardwiring not a fun task anymore.... LOL
 

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Huh... I feel like it's getting easier in most ways. Fuses are a little more complicated though.
 

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Remember the day when it was easy to find a ground?
My back and patience have made Hardwiring not a fun task anymore.... LOL
Dad always said “Don’t get old” but, unfortunately no-one was listening
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heh, I think it also depends on the car. My Miata was like legos. It was easy to pop off plastic panels and stuff cables into panel gaps. With my Audi, the tolerances and interior panel gaps are much tighter so you can't easily just stuff a cable in there the same way.
 

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Ditto what vortex said.
I'm loving my new crown Vic for this kind of stuff. Every single part of the car is blatantly simple and the setup is almost made for countermeasures.
For example, finding hot wires and ground, routing those wires up to the camera in my BMW took me about 2 hours when everything was said and done. Today I needed a 12v power source in the vic so I just pulled one of the many excess hot wires from under the dash and boom - 5 minutes got me switched power.

I installed a radio too today and it was so easy. A couple days ago I installed a new serpentine belt in about 5 minutes total. It's awesome
I can't wait to do permanent countermeasure installs in it. It's so much easier than working on the bmw.

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Forget the panels! Those are the easiest. Its the damn fuse you have to look for. Now with modern technology with keeping the car on per say, so your phone can monitor the gps location, starting it remotely, etc. There are no fuses which die when the car shuts off. You'll have to do some experimenting with it until you find the on/off fuse. Such a pain!
 

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Ditto what vortex said.
I'm loving my new crown Vic for this kind of stuff. Every single part of the car is blatantly simple and the setup is almost made for countermeasures.
For example, finding hot wires and ground, routing those wires up to the camera in my BMW took me about 2 hours when everything was said and done. Today I needed a 12v power source in the vic so I just pulled one of the many excess hot wires from under the dash and boom - 5 minutes got me switched power.

I installed a radio too today and it was so easy. A couple days ago I installed a new serpentine belt in about 5 minutes total. It's awesome
I can't wait to do permanent countermeasure installs in it. It's so much easier than working on the bmw.

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These things are fantastic if they are still wired up from service life. Mine is only a civilian model, but it's still basically the same wiring as the fleet models. For example, I have wiring for the ticket dome light that's not even installed. It's just capped behind the headliner. Easy place to pull a dash cam tap from.
 

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Welcome to the wonderful world of German Engineering lol... Nothing seems to come apart easy! We took the entire dash out of my dad's pilot a few weeks ago in about 20 mins... It took me double that just to pull the factory sub out of the 911, and that was an easy job!!!!
 

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Dont even bother finding a ground. Just use a ring terminal connector and put it under. It takes little time and works 100% of the time (pic below). Add-a-line's will save a lot of time as well
 

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Have you considered using a mirror tap for power?
 

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Depends on the vehicle. Ir was an easy source on my Nissan Pathfinder but it just does not work well on my Porsche Cayenne.
 

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Simple. Don't buy new cars. Says the man who just yesterday hardwired his R1 into a 20 year old Miata. Took like 10 minutes.
 

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