RustyShackleford Posted March 7, 2009 Share Posted March 7, 2009 Wanting to do a neat installation of my radar detector and Sirius Stratus 4, and wanting to keep the cigarette-lighter outlets free (for cell phones and the like) and minimize the wires running all over the place ... So I built a tiny custom power supply that is attached to the cubby and supplies 5v (for the radio) and 3v (for the radar) via coaxial DC power jacks (like those on any appliance that connects to a wall wart). Picture are attached. I also fabricated little cables to run from the DC jacks to the devices. There will also be a 3.5mm stereo audio jack for the radio. I couldn't figure out as clean a way to do the antenna, so I just snake the wire through the opening at the top of the cubby door. The radio will be mounted to the floor of the cubby using ryobi1's mount and an 810-AMP suction-cup mount. The power supply is built on a tiny piece of circuit board using some high-efficiency DC-to-DC converters and a few capacitors. The PCB is then glued to the top of the cubby with silicon sealant. The red/black wire pair connect to 12VDC (using the bullet connectors) via a wire connected to a chassis member behind the radio area (be careful, not all bare metal is a good ground, even for low-current) and to the center element of the cigarette-lighter by the ashtray. I can provide info on sourcing the various parts if there is interest ... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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