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eddie412

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I'm gonna install my BCT-7 in my car. I ordered the hardwire cord and fuse tap. Now my question is do I ground it first then hook the scanner up? Sorry this is my first time doing this.

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Hi, I just installed a fuse tap what you do is run the black ground wire to a bolt if you can’t find one use if you can't find a place like that. Peel back your carpet, find a place to drill a small self tap screw with a nice head (I use 5/16 hex) scrape paint to bare metal and screw down your o-ring connector. Just remember with self tapping screws if you use a drill, stop before you get it completely tight and tighten the rest by hand so the drill doesn't strip the threads or your hole.
 

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do all your connections before you hook to the scanner, but leave the fuse out of the fuseholder. once everything is hooked up, put the fuse in and hope it don't smoke! :)
 

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For best results run your wire directly to the battery. You should have a fuse on both the positive wire and as extra protection you should also have a fuse on the ground wire. As one of the above posters said do not put the fuse in until everything is connected. By connecting directly to the batter you will have a clean power source.
 
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