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02-07-2004, 12:11 AM
I'm pretty convinced that Escort 8500 would be suitable for my needs. I'm about to order online for one but noticed that the smartcord (coiled) comes with the package.
2 questions:
1) How useful is this Smartcort?
2) If I intend to run the direct wire for a cleaner install, should I get the direct wire with or without the smartcord? The price is $29.99 (w Smartcord), $9.99 without.

Best price I could find is $249.96 with free shipping.


02-07-2004, 12:41 AM
Sure about the 8500? I recently sold my 8500 as it could not keep up with my new V1. Detection was better in the important Ka and Laser bands (detected farther down the highway on a couple known speed traps), and the bogey counter with directions just kept saving my butt in many occasions. Have a lot of multiple car speed traps where the cars hide if different locations, or one is driving up from behind and clocking while a sniper is out front.

02-07-2004, 01:57 AM
Let's not start another V1 vs. 8500 thread, you can do a search and find plenty of those. As an 8500 owner I can tell you that the smart cord does its job. It is nice to see the red light flash upon warning. There's also a mute button on the unit. One (of many) good things about the 8500 is that it has the patented auto mute feature. After a few beeps, it will quiet down (to nothing if you have the volume under half way). I say this because you may not need the mute button and the red light isnt all that neat. BTW, you'll love the 8500. As a previous V1 and Solo 2 owner, you'll be happy with your decision.

02-07-2004, 04:39 AM
My 8500 didn't come with a hardwire kit. So I improvised....see below link and check out my last post about installing unit using a plain old RJ11 phone cord, a RJ11 connector from radio shack and the suppiled coiled cord. I still can use the smart cord display. It looks stealth.


Hope this helps. I didnt even have to truly hardwire it.

02-07-2004, 06:45 AM
I use the 8500 and I'm very pleased. Mine is hard wired and I use the Smartcord as well. It's awkward to reach the Radar Unit when it's mounted so I had the smartcord placed on the dash in close range to silence the alerts when I wish. I have some pics here.. Passport Location (http://homepage.mac.com/theeggman1/PhotoAlbum8.html)

02-07-2004, 06:54 AM

1. The smart cord is very useful especially because of the mute button it has on it. Let's say you drive somewhere, and all of the sudden the unit goes off... at this point either you see a police cruiser and slow down, or you have the frequency feature enabled (which after a short time with this feature on, you'll learn what's a real threat and what's BS). Either way, my point is, this thing goes off, you get a hand of the threat and don't want to hear it anymore at that point - so instead of reaching your hand all the way to the mute button on the unit itself (which could be mounted pretty far and will require some effort to reach to), you just press the mute button which is on the lighter plug itself - much more comfortable IMO.

2. The direct wire is a replacement to the smart cord. When I purchased mine (over a year ago), the unit came only with the smart cord. I had to purchase the direct wire kit separately. The direct wire is basically the same thing as the smart cord (has the mute button as well), only it's not coiled and the wires are longer to enable you to run through longer paths. If you have some good electronic skills, you can splice the coiled wire, add some extension wires so it can reach wherever you want it to - and there you have it, your own direct wire.

If you want some idea of a direct/hard install of the Passport 8500, you can check out my install (http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4288850807)
As you can see in the pictures,I installed it high, above the rearview mirror, and behind the tint strip so it'll be invisible from the outside.

Let me know if you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer.