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Title: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: Steve Poff on September 01, 2012, 10:22:27 am
I've tried using my Escort 8500 plugged into the accessory socket on the dash but the plug won't stay in place for more than a minute or two.  I've anchored the cord close to the socket but that didn't help.  Has anyone else encountered this problem and, if so, how did you solve it?
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: Son of Pappy on September 01, 2012, 10:55:48 am
Put a small piece of the fuzzy velcro on the plug, if you need more add another small piece on the other side.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: Conrad on September 01, 2012, 11:29:41 am
Or plug the thing in and shove a wooden tooth pick in there to hold it.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: ZG on September 01, 2012, 11:39:55 am
Or plug the thing in and shove a wooden tooth pick in there to hold it.

+1...
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: Son of Pappy on September 01, 2012, 11:43:38 am

+1...
A black toothpick, right? ;D
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: BackInTheSaddle on September 01, 2012, 12:03:18 pm
Had the same problem with my GPS until I hardwired it.  I thought it was just my bike as a defect, but it seems that the basic design is oversized.  I agree with the suggestions already made to "tighten" the fit into the socket.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: JamminJere on September 01, 2012, 12:10:30 pm
a wrap or two of black electrical tape around the plug where there are no contacts...

....black toothpick..  ::)

JJ
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: Steve Poff on September 01, 2012, 04:46:48 pm
Thanks, guys.  Don't want to hardwire it 'cause I use it in my car.  I'll do the tape thing.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: MikeERideWNC on September 01, 2012, 07:49:08 pm
Thanks, guys.  Don't want to hardwire it 'cause I use it in my car.  I'll do the tape thing.


OK... I will say it:

How will hardwiring it effect your car... It would work out better. Less crap to move around.
In fact I have my car hardwired, too.
The only issue I could see is if you are using the 8500 X50 Smart cord with your smart phone...
If you only have an 8500, then that is a mute point.
Anyways, this will get you going for 6.99.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Escort-Passport-Radar-Power-Cord-Cable-Direct-Hard-Wire-/160354431302?pt=US_Radar_Laser_Detectors&hash=item2555de7146 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Escort-Passport-Radar-Power-Cord-Cable-Direct-Hard-Wire-/160354431302?pt=US_Radar_Laser_Detectors&hash=item2555de7146)

The smart cord is a cool feature. You do need an 8500 X50 with Revision 3.6 installed.

Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: ZG on September 01, 2012, 08:51:15 pm
A black toothpick, right? ;D

Good for an extra 2 hp...  ;)
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: Pokey on September 02, 2012, 04:46:32 pm
Put a small piece of the fuzzy velcro on the plug, if you need more add another small piece on the other side.


Best way to do it for sure.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: MikeERideWNC on September 03, 2012, 10:05:02 am
It is amasing how many post whores replied to this exact topic from the same poster on every ZG forum across the net.

If I would have seen this topic sooner on other forums, I would not have wasted the time and effort to give a viable option.

What a waste of time.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: gPink on September 03, 2012, 10:12:59 am
And yet, here you are.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: McJunkie on September 03, 2012, 11:24:18 am
Added a Powerlet to the blank on the other side.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: ZG on September 03, 2012, 12:11:35 pm
And yet, here you are.

 :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: stevewfl on September 03, 2012, 01:13:37 pm
And yet, here you are.



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Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: B.D.F. on September 04, 2012, 02:36:00 pm
Have you tried wedging the plug in place with the stove knob key? It won't work but the bent key might take your mind off the radar detector entirely....

Seriously this is a common situation. Wrap something around the plug such as a couple of turns of electrical tape (not over the contacts though) and that should hold it in place. An even better way to go would be to wire the device into the bike using the acc. leads under the top / left fairing cover if that works for you.

Brian

I've tried using my Escort 8500 plugged into the accessory socket on the dash but the plug won't stay in place for more than a minute or two.  I've anchored the cord close to the socket but that didn't help.  Has anyone else encountered this problem and, if so, how did you solve it?
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: stevewfl on September 04, 2012, 02:51:47 pm
Bet a Honda 12v receptacle  works better  ::)
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Post by: orangewingnut on September 04, 2012, 03:25:11 pm
i had the same problem and i also use mine in the car as well as on the bike. bought a direct power cord from escort. i grabbed power from the wires going to the accessory socket and the other end just plugs into the radar detector with  a plug that looks like those u use in a telephone jack. I just unplug it when im not using it and let the wire hang down. I have a redline and im thinkin the 8500 is similiar.

Bill
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: ninjawarrior1400 on September 04, 2012, 03:29:06 pm
Cut a short piece of paper from 3x5 index card, wrap maybe a full turn of paper around the plug and push it into place, do it a few times until you feel there is a strong effort required to push it into place so it won't fall out.

Simple no cost fix.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: Pokey on September 04, 2012, 03:46:07 pm
Velcro pad in the socket works the best.....trust me. :thumbs:
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in.
Post by: CrashKLRtoConnie on October 22, 2012, 08:31:56 am
Velcro pad in the socket works the best.....trust me. :thumbs:

Worked great for my GPS socket. Cheap easy reliable water proof and looks good too.

Go Velcro Pad ...
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 22, 2012, 01:20:38 pm
I wrapped black electrical tape around the plug.  Worked great and didn't fall out once in 1300 miles.  Very happy.  Will use tape all the time.  Velcro scares me.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: gPink on October 22, 2012, 01:44:48 pm
Luddite.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: Conrad on October 22, 2012, 02:04:57 pm
I think that we need to get MG on this ASAP!    ::)
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 22, 2012, 02:06:41 pm
Luddite.

You do see that my clothing is a bit dated, don't you?  That should tell you something.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: gPink on October 22, 2012, 03:33:37 pm
The latest in milspec hardware.
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: Pokey on October 22, 2012, 04:54:19 pm
You do see that my clothing is a bit dated, don't you?  That should tell you something.


Ha very true.  ;D
Title: Re: Radar detector won't stay plugged in. Loose fit accessory 12v socket.
Post by: kennqc on October 27, 2012, 07:35:22 pm
single side 1/4 insulation tape like you see in the hardware store.  unpeel the proptective cover strip on the sticky side and cut to circumference length.  wrap around plug so that it seats about 1/4 inch down into the socket.  works like a charm on my gps plug.

ken