- Title Page- Turn Up the Volume on Your Radar
- Original Author- VSG Member - Highside
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CRANK IT UP!
a little tired of trying to hear my radar detector while at highway speeds (65
mph - 70+ mph) so I decided that it was time to do something about it.
It just so happened that as I was cleaning my workbench the other day, I came
across a pair of small, 2" diameter dome speakers that I had used for another
baked project, oops, I mean't potential tech-tip. Anyway, I thought that one of
these speakers might just do the trick for increasing the volume of my radar
detector. I removed the detector from the bike and held the speaker in place on
the bottom of the unit. Surprise, it fit nicely! Away we go!
The detector is a Uniden Model LRD 6299SW, with Laser, X, K, & KA Detection.
The speakers were a cheap set of 2" domes that I had purchased from Radio
Shack some months earlier.
With no regard to impedance matching or Ohm's Law (or Murphy's) for that matter,
I set off on my quest. Time to play amateur electronics technician.
The basic steps, with accompanying popup photos, were as follows:
and speakers, if not previously owned. Pre-mount
the radar detector on a windshield-mounted bracket, nestling the unit
See here for an
It works pretty well in this location!
Your mounting methods, location or power options may vary. My detector
powered from a switched hot wire located in the headlight shell. Check
owners manual for wiring options.
Open up the
Locate the existing speaker or piezo-type buzzer.
best position for the external speaker, based upon your
detector. My speaker fit best on the bottom of the detector.
Mark and drill
detectors case to accomodate the new speaker wires. They
should be hidden inside the speaker base when the unit is fully
In other words, be careful where you drill the hole.
The speakers I
had a mounting ring base plate that enabled me to precisely locate the
through the newly drilled hole, paying close attention
which side of the drilled detector case is out. You don't want to have
resolder the speaker wires twice. Don't ask...
length of the speaker wire, yet leave it long enough for future
disassembly if necessary. There is usually very little room for a lot of
Heat up your
soldering iron and tin the trimmed ends of your new speaker
wire. Next, quickly solder the first (new) speaker wire lead onto one of
legs or terminals of the existing speaker inside of the detector. Then
second (new) speaker wire lead and quickly solder it onto the opposite
terminal of the existing speaker. See photo.
are now wired
simultaneous operation. You may opt to eliminate the internal speaker,
Your unit is
now ready for reassembly.
Now you must
the detector case. I first attempted to hot glue the base plate ring
detector body. This didn't work too well. I finally settled on
ring to the detector case. This worked. Your methods may vary based upon
your detector and speaker selection.
quickly whether you inserted the wire properly, either from the
inside or outside of the detector case. Test fit the case back together,
careful attention to the routing of the new speaker wire inside of the
Don't allow it to pinch or to lay across any if the integrated circuit
located inside of the unit
reassemble the unit by reinstalling all of the case covers, windows and
Right Side View,
Left Side View.
This worked for me, using the items listed above. The author assumes no
responsibility if you burn up your Valentine One or other detector.
at your own risk and own expense. But, it does work! I can definitely
detector better now!