I am a newbie here on the forum and wanted to share this modification I did to my 12 volt cord.
I hope this is ok to show a modified cord for my 8500. Dont know if anyone has tried something like this:
It seemed that no matter where I place the RD, I never had a good visual on the flashing led. I say this as opposed to the audio beep, because some times I listen to my stereo a little louder and it overcomes the beeping of the 8500 even when I have adjusted the volume under advanced mode to "extra loud". I removed the red led thats normally in the cig plug and soldered a pair of 20 gauge stranded wire in its place. I installed the red led into one of those keychain led housing that had a visor clip to attach to a ballcap. Now I can point the led right at my eye and have no problem seeing when the RD is going off even if the stereo is extra loud in car. This setup has been working for 8 months and I like it. Because the led is red I do not lose my night vision. However when I first installed this on my mirror, I was going down the hiway and saw a red flashing light from "what appeared to be my rearview mirror" and thought the cops were on my tail :shock: , but realized when I turned the radio down it was only my RD.
Just thought I would say hello to all and thanks for the information you all post here...Very Informative.