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Installing Wiring along Windshield Headliner and Down Pillars

I'm about to install an Beltronics STi-R Plus Radar Detector.

Normally the Radar receiver mounts in the Grill.
I prefer not do that.

I plan to mount it up around the right side of the rear view mirror.
I've seen a few people do that.
I might have to put GPS Antenna up there too.

Wires need to run across the windshield, down the pillars and probably into the center console.

I'm curious if anyone has done a similar project for possibly this application or something else. And has any photos or Tips of running wires or getting access to places I'll need to.

Hmmm, I wonder if I can tap the GPS Antenna for the Radio.

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Re: Installing Wiring along Windshield Headliner and Down Pillars

Piss easy to do, I have done this with my dash cam.
See here for ChrisA's pics of install - Dash Cams - Down Under

Simply tuck the wire under headliner above windshield.
I have my getting power from the AC outlet in the media cubby, so slightly differently routed at the end, but basically the same.
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Re: Installing Wiring along Windshield Headliner and Down Pillars

That's perfect. Thanks.

I keep having to flip things around Left vs Right

Any reason why you chose to go down drivers side?

I was thinking if I have to get over to the center console that there would be less interference going via the passenger side.

Was the rubber stripping you pulled back down along the pillar glued on?

I have like 6 components to install.

Radar Antenna above rear view mirror (passenger side)
GPS Antenna (possibly above the glove box)
Control and Display (somewhere near USB Connector)
Control Module (all wires come to it) (inside center console glove box).
Speaker (not sure where that is gonna go yet)

I might put the GPS Antenna in Center Glove Box too (double side sticky to bottom of the intermediate tray).

So almost everything would be in center console. Except Radar Antenna.
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Re: Installing Wiring along Windshield Headliner and Down Pillars

No particular reason to route it that way, other then that door is open. The cable is coming of the dash cam on that side, and the AC outlet is also on that side, but there is no reason it couldn't go passenger side.
Neither of us had an issue going drivers side. I do need to look at mine again, and see if the cable is getting crimped by the centre console right where I have it coming out into the media cubby. I have been meaning to look at it for ages, whenever I do, I will have a look and see if passenger side is cleaner.

There is a lot of space behind the Uconnect system if you want to store the Control Module or anything else there, and that seems pretty easy to get out too.
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Installing Wiring along Windshield Headliner and Down Pillars

I'm looking to install an STi-R plus as well. I've moved this detector among 3 different cars (BMW X5, M3, and Audi S4) so am pretty familiar with installing it. No-go on the non-std GPS antenna. Interesting way to mount the front receiver - in putting mine under the front tow hook. The rest of the details are still TBD. Thanks for the info on hiding cables in the headliner.

I'd put the speaker under the front dash, near the dead pedal.

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Re: Installing Wiring along Windshield Headliner and Down Pillars

I got my STi-R+ all in.

The Speaker fits nice in the back of the console above USB Port.
Control and Display are stickied to the bottom of the bezel of USB Port.

GPS Antenna is above Glove Box. There is a metal box above glove, I think it has something to do with air bag. I stuck it with magnet to the side of it. Still verifying.

The mount to headliner for receiver came out really good.

Can't decide where to put tiny LED.

I will post pics soon.

No holes drilled, no wires cut. Can take any component out in 5 minutes.

I tapped power from back of cigarette lighter.

Bulk of cables go from USB area to glove box. 2 Ft.
All extra wire tucked under console. Lots of space.
And some extra wire above glove box.

The 3ft lead on receiver is tucked in overhead console.

Mounted interface in top tray in dashboard glove box.

The glove pulls out easy as well as the tray.
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