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Passport 8500 audio to helmet

I have a 2006 LT with a Passport 8500 and have not been able to get the audio into the helmet. I have attempted to use the aux plug in the communication system without any luck. I was under the impression that all I had to do was plug the jack in and hear the unit in the headset. I even attempted to locate a wire in the harness to hard wire the Escort as well, but again I have not had any luck. Is there anyone who has attempted this installation? Les
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Do you have your radio/comm in Aux Mode. My understanding is if you run an audio device through the aux input on the comm system control box you can only hear it when in the aux mode. In other words you won't be able to hear your passport while listening to the radio. To get to the aux mode you have to cycle through using the CD button on your console. To hear your passport regardless of what your listening to, Intercom, CD or Radio you have to wire your audio output of your passport directly to the radio input. Get confirmation from the guys on this board who are a lot smarter then me first!

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Everything Doug said is correct,
the only time you'll hear the detector is when you're in Aux mode with the comm system on.
To me that was unacceptable, so I figured something else out, this works with an Escort also.

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I have a 2006 LT with a Passport 8500 and have not been able to get the audio into the helmet. I have attempted to use the aux plug in the communication system without any luck. I was under the impression that all I had to do was plug the jack in and hear the unit in the headset. I even attempted to locate a wire in the harness to hard wire the Escort as well, but again I have not had any luck. Is there anyone who has attempted this installation? Les
If you don't have a GPS pluged into your VOICE II you can wire your radar detector into supplied plug for GPS audio.
This plug is located under the left side of the stingray and is a plug that has two wires going into it. Just tap into those wires and you'll hear radar detector alerts in your headset. This plug has priority over the radio, cell phone and CB/FRS/GMRS.

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If you don't have a GPS pluged into your VOICE II you can wire your radar detector into supplied plug for GPS audio.
This plug is located under the left side of the stingray and is a plug that has two wires going into it. Just tap into those wires and you'll hear radar detector alerts in your headset. This plug has priority over the radio, cell phone and CB/FRS/GMRS.

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I have the GPS on the bike as it came from the factory. Can I still tap into the line to hear the radar?
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I have the GPS on the bike as it came from the factory. Can I still tap into the line to hear the radar?
Yes, but you'll need to make and install a "passive mixer". An easy to make passive mixer will protect both the GPS and the radar detector from damage to their amplifiers. It does this by preventing audio signals from being backfeed from either device to each other.
Do a search for passive mixer and you'll find the info you need to make and install one.

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Re: Passport 8500 audio to helmet

Note that the 8500 does indeed connect to the comm system and can be heard with everything turned on. Its not connected thru the oddements box but connected directly with a whip located next to the 8500 bike location.

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Re: Passport 8500 audio to helmet

I just purchased an 8500 for my "03". Where did you purchase the "whip" and where does it actually connect?
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Re: Passport 8500 audio to helmet

Before you go to all the trouble of putting it into your headset you might want to re-consider. When it goes off it is deafening and shocking. If you can't get to the mute button (inside a weatherproof box) and a trooper pulls in behind you on the freeway you are going to be listening to the radar detector screaming inside your head for miles. Go to Cycle Gadgets and get a Radar Screamer ($99) and hook it to your 8500. It has an easy to mount switch for loud, soft or mute, and you can hear it at highway speeds. My .02.

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Before you go to all the trouble of putting it into your headset you might want to re-consider. When it goes off it is deafening and shocking. If you can't get to the mute button (inside a weatherproof box) and a trooper pulls in behind you on the freeway you are going to be listening to the radar detector screaming inside your head for miles. Go to Cycle Gadgets and get a Radar Screamer ($99) and hook it to your 8500. It has an easy to mount switch for loud, soft or mute, and you can hear it at highway speeds. My .02.
Or you could just turn the volume down...

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Re: Passport 8500 audio to helmet

Not when it is in a waterproof housing.

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