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Hello all. I joined the forum recently when I found the Gigathread for the latest infotainment system update that fixed all of the things I hated about it. If you use Car Play or Android Auto and you haven't installed the update yet DO IT.

Anyhow, I told the folks in another thread on here that I really like BlendMount products from past experiences, and said that I planned on getting a mount for my 2020 Outback and would do a write-up on it if I did... so I'm on here trying to give back to the community.

I have not been sponsored in any way by J28 Designs for writing this up... I really do just love their products and this is my third car to use one of their mounts. They are not cheap in quality, or in price, so you truly get what you pay for in my opinion.

The radar detector that I hard mounted and wired is an Escort 9500ix that I have had for years now and is still working as good as the day I bought it. It has survived through my two previous cars being totaled in collisions, and both times it was mounted in a BlendMount FWIW.

The mount I purchased is a BBE-2001R but I think the mounts are more-or-less the same across their product line as far as the basic design concept. It is a high quality metal bracket which attaches to the mounting post of your factory rear view mirror. The mount itself is highly adjustable so it is easy to tweak it to hang where it will function well and be easy to see. Once mounted, you barely notice that anything is there when viewing from outside of the vehicle. No annoying suction cups falling off, no worries about it interfering with the EyeSight camera system, its just a [email protected] good mounting system.

I also purchased an MTX-1015 MirrorTap power cord which easily tapped into the existing MUX power connection for my Homelink rear view mirror. In order to access the stock MUX connector for my mirror I had to remove the console from the ceiling where the EyeSight stuff lives.

It is easy to remove. There are two bolts that can be accessed inside of the the sunglasses holder compartment that you remove first.
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After that you use a plastic body panel tool to loosen the two retaining clips that are on the end of the console furthest from the windshield. There is one on each side. If you don't have a panel tool yet go buy it or please stop modifying your own car. They came loose easy on mine but always take your time and use the proper tools. Last, there are two more retaining clips near the windshield end of the console close the the eyesight cameras. Pop those loose using your panel tool and the whole console come down and you can let it hang out of your way.
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Jiggle the cord that is attached to your homelink mirror and find the other end in the ceiling under where the console was removed. That is where you will find the MUX connector that gets tapped. In my vehicle, I tapped into the center yellow wire for an ignition-on 12v power source, and the brown wire a ground. When I turn the ignition on the radar detector fires up at the same time as the rear view mirror does, and it stays on until the mirror is powered back off.

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It took a little bit of finesse and trial-and-error to figure out the best way to route the wires so that they would be long enough to reach my radar detector. It ended up working out great in the end, but I think it would have been a bit easier if the power cord for the MirrorTap was a couple inches longer. After getting the wiring all cleaned up and routed I reinstalled the factor plastic wiring cover and then I got to work installing the detector mount and adjusting its various pivot points until I had my radar detector hanging exactly where I wanted it.

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Once I had the detector sitting pretty I tightened everything down on the mount and reinstalled the overhead console. Make sure your device powers up as expected before buttoning everything back up otherwise Murphy's Law may come into play. The end result looks like the radar detector might have been a factory accessory option.

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If you find yourself looking for a really clean way to mount a radar detector or dash cam in your 6th gen Outback I cannot recommend BlendMount products enough. Go check them out and support small businesses that build good stuff!
 

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It ended up working out great in the end, but I think it would have been a bit easier if the power cord for the MirrorTap was a couple inches longer.
Great information! So if one was to purchase the MTX-1020 rather than the MTX-1015 it would be preferred? I am still working it out in my head to install a dash cam. Still thinking of having the power go through a battery-bank stored in the sunglass area. What is missing is what to do about the 5V step down prior to the b-bank and how to get nice connectors...
 

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Great information! So if one was to purchase the MTX-1020 rather than the MTX-1015 it would be preferred? I am still working it out in my head to install a dash cam. Still thinking of having the power go through a battery-bank stored in the sunglass area. What is missing is what to do about the 5V step down prior to the b-bank and how to get nice connectors...
I would contact J28 Design and tell them what kinda of dash cam you want to install. It looks like they focus on BlackVue cameras but you could always modify it or DIY something similar. The MirrorTap is offered in 3 lengths (10", 15", 20") and 2 different connector types (RJ11, and "DC plug").

I found the 15" to be the exact length I needed without much to spare. The 20" would be easier to reach your device with more flexibility for routing but you'll prob have a bit of slack wire to tuck up into the roof area.
 

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Great write up and you are the second person I've come across recommending the Blendtech so I have my order in for my V1 gen2 I just upgraded to from the gen1. This will also be my first time using my plastic body tools I got to do stuff like this to the OB. Thank you for this writeup.
 

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A little slow here so I got the BV1-2001R version of the mount. It states the "plastic oval clip around a wire and the stem, the clip must be removed to install the mount." I found that clip and wondered about it. Luckily I abandoned the install at that point and will go back and try again with that clip removed.
 

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It seems there may have been a slight production change. Our 2020 Outback (just got) has the mirror connector tucked just underneath rear-view mirror base transition (just like our old 2014 OB). Super easy! Should have checked there first before going through the trouble of the disassembling the overhead assembly. Fortunately that wasn't too hard of a job.

FYI, our 2017 OB had to be accessed through the overhead assembly like yours.

The pins of interest are: pink (constant 12V), brown (switched 12V) and black (ground).

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