Are the Uniden Remote Mute/ Hardwire kits worth it?

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I searched a few posts and see where some people have used an escort remote mute/hard wire (which I already have one from my previous Redline) with limited functionality.

I am reading a bunch of negative reviews on Amazon about the Uniden hard wire kit with mute. There is talk about broken fuse holders, and buttons getting stuck. Also it looks bulky, ugly, and cheap compared to my Escort version.

Currently I am just running an RJ-11 from the windshield mount above my mirror, down the Driver's A-pillar, under the dash and into my glove box where it then connects to the factory cord that I pull out and plug in when I use it. I am still able to close the glove box while in use, but I would rather put a remote mute that is Hardwired back on my steering column like I had for my Redline.

What is everyone's thoughts? Is the Uniden brand good enough? Should I try the Escort and live with any limitations? Should I keep it as is?

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Think about this - you have a $4-600 detector. Is a $30 kit from the manufacturer worth making sure that it works as intended without harm?

Also others some work some the leds do wonky things and some the buttons don't work properly for uniden.

Not messing with it just works.

Get it and an add a fuse kit, remove the fuse holder from the Uniden kit and it will be flawless.
 

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I've had the Uniden one installed since February, a short time after I got a new vehicle and didn't want to use the mirror tap I had been using. I got it in anticipation of hating the R7 mute button location. Used it with my R3 until the R7 came out and have had no issues so far.
 

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The one I installed in my truck a year ago has so far had a broken fuse holder and now the mute button is stuck in. I’m now just living with it like I would have bought the cheap universal hardwire kit.
 

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Also have the one from safe n sound. Been running it for a long time now, ZERO issues.

It’s nice to be able to mount the little mute button anywhere you want basically. I have mine under my shifter boot, when my hand is resting on the shifter, it’s easy to feel and push with a finger.
 

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I like my uniden hardwire kit. It was a royal pain to install and I had to convert it to a wire tap, but its good. Its next to my knee, close to the left steering column so I can reach down and mute it
 

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+1 more for the Safe n Sound wire. Flawless
 

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Think about this - you have a $4-600 detector. Is a $30 kit from the manufacturer worth making sure that it works as intended without harm?

Also others some work some the leds do wonky things and some the buttons don't work properly for uniden.

Not messing with it just works.

Get it and an add a fuse kit, remove the fuse holder from the Uniden kit and it will be flawless.

It's not the price, they are very cheap actually. It is the reports of the quality issues. Hell I would spend twice as much as long as I was sure the button doesn't break within a month and then I have to rewire it all over again. I'm a buy once cry once kind of guy.
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I use the one from Safe-N-Sound and I love it!! Only been using it for a couple of months but I've had zero issues. Uniden Direct Cord w/Flat Mute Button Kit - "Be Safe with Safe-N-Sound1.com"

I'm kinda liking the stealth look of that flat mute button. I may have to give that a try.
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The one I installed in my truck a year ago has so far had a broken fuse holder and now the mute button is stuck in. I’m now just living with it like I would have bought the cheap universal hardwire kit.

See this is what I am concerned about
 
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There have been a few reports of issues with the Safe n Sound cords with the R3:
Unfortunately my custom made cord from Safe and Sound only lasted about a year and stopped powering up my R1 a couple of weeks ago.The cord i got was nowhere near as good as an Escort or V1 cord.Rather disappointed,had it made with the LED light and flat mute button.Hope you get it right again
Mine was doing it way back when safe-n-sound first started supplying cords and I called BRD and he said before making a claim run the uniden cord and it stopped.
This is after I tried a 2nd SNS cord that did the same thing.

I've had issues as well. That said, I'll probably be ordering another one in the near future and just crimping a new RJ14 connector on it before installing. They are super convenient with the mute button and LED in-line.
 

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My brother has the Uniden Hardwire for his R3. The fuse holder fell apart, but the mute box/button/led are still all functional over a year later.
 

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The one from Safe n Sound able to dim too?
 

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I like mine. I bought it when the R7 came out because of the awkward position of the side mute button.
Edit: That Sugru stuff is great for mounting things. I used it to mount the button in the pic.
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Maybe I will order one of each and see which one fits my needs better.

I like the Safe and Sound's simple stealthy look compared to the OEM, but I'm the kind of person that usually goes OEM to prevent any "issues".
 

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So, I ordered the Uniden Hardwire kit, and I will admit that it isn't quite as huge and ugly as it originally seemed from the online pictures in the ads. Not as stylish as the escort, but it will do.

I had to extend the power leads by several feet to get over to the passenger side fuse panel on my F150 Supercrew, but I had plenty RJ11 to reach the center of the windshield.. The fuse holder did not seem too fragile, and the mute button has a good positive click, so hopefully this will last me a while.......Thanks for everyone's in-put.
 
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I have had one in my Suburban for a while and it works great. I read about the issues, but have not had any at all.
 

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