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Added "Mirror Tap" power cords product link https://www.mirrortap.com/ with RJ-11 connectors (they also offer new DC connectors) in all our vehicles including the Gen5 Outback to host an Escort 360 Max (cloud connected) radar detector. The MirrorTaps are available via Amazon,eBay, and other auto parts retailers. We have no affiliation with the manufacturer/vendors. This info is for the convenience of, and discretionary use of forum members.

Hope this helps - there are a few other wiring tap threads on this/other forums, but for other years/models/generations, and the wiring colors always seem to change. This is for the 2018 and possibly other Gen5 Outbacks. We had to use a voltmeter with thin wire probe adapters to test the wiring voltages from the front of the connector for this install.

This post is for a 2018 Gen5 Outback Limited (with auto-dimming mirror and eyesight) power tap considerations for radar detectors/drive camera and now that "Mirror Tap" offers DC plug types, power for driving cameras. MT should make some micro-USB and mini-USB power cords too.

Our rearview mirror connector coming down from the front center headliner/light console was shielded by a clip-on plastic covering trim piece that can be removed by gently pulling down on the piece closest to the headliner.

The 10-pin (not all positions used) MOLEX has two wires of interest - the pinkish orange ground in the bottom corner left as viewed from the rear of the plug, and the green switched 12v DC positive "center" (3rd from the left) bottom row again as as viewed from the rear of the plug. The black wire "typically a ground" was not use here. Please see thumbnail photos.

We had two types of tap connectors on our MirrorTaps, small round gold pins, and flat rectangular connectors. Both had the RJ-11 Escort 350Max compatible power termination connectors at the detector end. The tap tips are a tight fit in modern day multi-wire connectors, and needed to be ground to a pin-point tips to insert them into the connector backs.

When closing up, be sure to use zip-ties to secure the tap wires as a strain relief, so the wires don't inadvertently pulled out... Finally, snap the black plastic OEM cable trim cover back in place and you're done.

Observations/Considerations - We found in the 2017 Jeep, 2016 Ford SuperDuty, and 2018 Subaru, unlike earlier year vehicles, the MOLEX-type connectors are getting denser and the wiring sizes getting smaller. Not the usual 14-16-18 gauge wire and larger simpler connectors found in older vehicles, today more like 22-24 gauge and high density, multi-wire MOLEX-type connectors.

Tip modifications - we didn't have to use a Dremel with mini-grinding stone/wheel modify (sculpt/make smaller) the tap tips for the Jeep, but we had to do this for the Super Duty and the Subaru OB since they had "tight"/dense/tiny connector areas.

We ground the tap tips to a pin-point so they would force fit into the rear of the connector (in the correct wiring positions). When closing up be sure to use zip-ties to secure the tap wires as a strain relief so the wires don't inadvertently pulled out... Snap the OEM cable housing cover back in place and you're done.

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Just talking wiring above [Seems all the threads mentioning detector power installs get hijacked by discussions of the merits/failings of radar detectors... Concisely - There are radar detectors and there are radar detectors - cheap and costly - more capable and less capable. No detector will save you from speed laser typical in urban areas. Speed laser requires a jammer, and at that, skillfully used and properly installed - and finally - not cheap. Detector or jammer, skill and experience are required and you will never be 100% safe from speed enforcement equipment over lifetime.]
 

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First time poster here. I have 2018 3.6 Limited with Eyesight and Homelink mirror but with no exposed wiring harness. I removed the clip and have wires that are wrapped in what looks to be black ribbon like you would put on a present. Can you advise as to how I can get to the harness? I did this in a 2015 with Homelink with no issue. I am probably over thinking this but I just dont see where I can "tap" the mirror. Thank you!
 

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First time poster here. I have 2018 3.6 Limited with Eyesight and Homelink mirror but with no exposed wiring harness. I removed the clip and have wires that are wrapped in what looks to be black ribbon like you would put on a present. Can you advise as to how I can get to the harness? I did this in a 2015 with Homelink with no issue. I am probably over thinking this but I just dont see where I can "tap" the mirror. Thank you!
I'd also like to know here. 2018 2.5i Limited Outback, same as above.
 

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The protected (mesh) wire bundle ends in a clip-retained rectangular plug, you release the clip on the plug and pull it out of the plug socket just above the mirror. See the 2nd thumbnail in the OP - the pins are inserted in the back of the plug the left most wire bottom row a pinkish orange wire is the positive, and the third wire from the left bottom row is green - the ground. I typed in the colors backwards in the OP I need a MODERATOR to let me edit the post. Apologies.

The Wire Tap product now includes thin pin adapters that do not require pin grinding as mentioned in the original post that will push into the back of the plug. It's a tight fit but you can do it with an assist from a small sized needle nose plier...

Be sure to have your radar unit solidly suction cupped to the windshield. Ours fell off and dangled by the Wire Tap, damaging it, we had to replace it and that's when I determined the wire colors were crossed in my original posting - apologies again. damaged the original wire tap. the new wire tap product includes changable tips large and small, you can reverse the polarity after inserting the pins if they are crossed up. You can use a voltmeter to verify + and -
 
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KidA001 and 2018OutbackLimited

The protected (mesh) wire bundle ends in a clip-retained rectangular plug, you release the clip on the plug and pull it out of the plug socket just above the mirror. See the 2nd thumbnail in the OP - the pins are inserted in the back of the plug the left most wire bottom row a pinkish orange wire is the positive, and the third wire from the left bottom row is green - the ground. I typed in the colors backwards in the OP I need a MODERATOR to let me edit the post. Apologies.

The Wire Tap product now includes thin pin adapters that do not require pin grinding as mentioned in the original post that will push into the back of the plug. It's a tight fit but you can do it with an assist from a small sized needle nose plier...

Be sure to have your radar unit solidly suction cupped to the windshield. Ours fell off and dangled by the Wire Tap, damaging it, we had to replace it and that's when I determined the wire colors were crossed in my original posting - apologies again. damaged the original wire tap. the new wire tap product includes changable tips large and small, you can reverse the polarity after inserting the pins if they are crossed up. You can use a voltmeter to verify + and -

Thank you for the update, mine is now working with the wiring reveresed!!. However when I shift the car into park or reverse it must kill power to the mirror because my valentine will restart or not power up until I am in drive again. Any ideas?
 

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Thank you for the update, mine is now working with the wiring reveresed!!. However when I shift the car into park or reverse it must kill power to the mirror because my valentine will restart or not power up until I am in drive again. Any ideas?

2018OutbackLimited - apparently a better power source than mentioned is needed, because the power does indeed goes off in reverse as you mentioned. I'll add that to the list of things to be done. Currently trying to resolve today's issue - center console 12v power socket power loss, both fuses - the 10 Accessory and 20 amp for outlet are good.
 

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Obviously some are tapping into the wrong lead on the overhead console plug. There should be a switched with key power wire in the connector. The auto dimming mirror uses this pin. If the power supply is switching off in reverse, you have tapped into the wrong wire. Probing the rest of the plug should give you the proper wire.

The auto dimming mirror with homelink has a constant power on, and a switched with key.
 

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Not sure. Either a wiring diagram, or some probing needs to be done to find the correct wire. Probing in a canbus system needs to be done carefully. If you don't know how to do it, or use the improper tools, damage can occur to the BCM.
 

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Mirror-tapping a Valentine 1 to my 2017 Outback with Eyesight and Homelink mirror. Spoke to a Service Tech at the dealership and he confirmed everything in this harness is powered (except black/ground). Recommended using the pink closest to the black (lower left of attached image).
 

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Just did this on my 2020 Ascent Limited. Pinkish orange was 12V switched and the one right next to it (brown for me) was ground. I tapped the white connector that the black one plugs into because it's bigger and the wires are going in the right direction. I was able to use the smaller tips that came with the mirrortap without modifying them. Hope this helps.
 
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