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    Hey all, I finally got my hardwire kit and strung it all in last night. Looks sooo much nicer than that ugly cord hanging down. I placed it directory to the right of the rear-view mirror.

    The only thing I don't like is my mute button. It's velcroed in under my dash, but its not too secure. Very hard to stick stuff to the dash. Anyways, I was planning on cutting the whole assembly off so I could snake it up through the ashtray and make a custom mount. The power/ground should be easy, but has anyone every cut in a RJ11? I was thinking two male heads and a coupler to reconnect it. Has this been done? Anything I should know?

    Also, I was thinking about trying to open up that little casing where the mute/lights are held and mounting them custom under a flat piece of plastic I'm going to mount over the ashtray. That way I can get rid of the annoying power light, and have a nice clean looking install. Has anyone ever pulled one of these units apart?

    -Bill

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    I ordered the smartcord hardwire kit. I didn't like the way it looked in my car so I just wacked the phone cord off at a couple feet and spliced it into my existing power line I ran for my previous RD. The two middle wires in the phone card are your power. Can't recall the color scheme. One was green and one was red maybe? Green being ground. Using a multimeter you'll be able to tell in about 10 seconds which is which. Do a continuity check between the the terminating ends and the phone cord plug to see which is which.

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    This isn't the direct wire smartcord but I bet they're pretty much identical inside:
    http://www.wrxfanatics.com/index.php...3&t=22904&st=0

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    Also, if you have an RJ11 crimper and some ends it would be pretty easy to cut it and put a disconnect in it. But, why not just run the whole wire back throuh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Walt
    I ordered the smartcord hardwire kit. I didn't like the way it looked in my car so I just wacked the phone cord off at a couple feet and spliced it into my existing power line I ran for my previous RD. The two middle wires in the phone card are your power. Can't recall the color scheme. One was green and one was red maybe? Green being ground. Using a multimeter you'll be able to tell in about 10 seconds which is which. Do a continuity check between the the terminating ends and the phone cord plug to see which is which.
    OOH, and I bet "The Walt" is just itching to give "the Compu44" what's left of that smartcord kit, right? 8)

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    If I still had it I'd be glad to send it to someone. I my wife threw it away. She asked it I wanted to keep it while holding up this big ball of wire. Thinking I'd never have any use for it except for maybe extra power line length, and if I ever needed that any phone cord would work.

    Sorry Compu44. Thinking back, that was pretty stupid. I should have asked if anyone here wanted what was left before trashing it.

    You think I would have. Heck, I think I would have. I give things away like crazy all the time. Over the last few years I've given away a Palm III, Palm 515, Apple Newton, Apple Powerbook 5300c, clothes, dishes, pots and pans set, Whistler RD. I don't believe in selling anything that I've bought and received my money's worth out of it. Usually I replace something that is perfectly working for something that is bigger/better/newer, and the old one gets a new home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Walt
    If I still had it I'd be glad to send it to someone. I my wife threw it away. She asked it I wanted to keep it while holding up this big ball of wire. Thinking I'd never have any use for it except for maybe extra power line length, and if I ever needed that any phone cord would work.

    Sorry Compu44. Thinking back, that was pretty stupid. I should have asked if anyone here wanted what was left before trashing it.

    You think I would have. Heck, I think I would have. I give things away like crazy all the time. Over the last few years I've given away a Palm III, Palm 515, Apple Newton, Apple Powerbook 5300c, clothes, dishes, pots and pans set, Whistler RD. I don't believe in selling anything that I've bought and received my money's worth out of it. Usually I replace something that is perfectly working for something that is bigger/better/newer, and the old one gets a new home.
    No worries, if I get enough of an itch to get one, I will. I would have bought one to start with, but it came down to a question of the mute button being worth $30, and it wasn't. Wired mine up with phone wire I had lying around for nothing.

 

 

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