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    Thread: My Valentine V1 hardwire install

    1. 10-15-2016 02:12 AM #1
      Just thought I'd share how I hardwired my V1 and where I mounted it. It fits perfectly on the passenger side of the rear view mirror and blends in with the dots on the windshield. Best of all, on the Golf, it doesn't block the visors from folding down. I didn't bother showiing how to remove the maplight fixture since that's pretty straightforward. I focussed on the wire to tap into.

      For those that need instructions on how to remove the overhead console, you can follow these posts:
      How to remove overhead console: clicky
      Once you remove the light fixture, you'll see two torx screws you can remove: clicky










      Last edited by fabric8; 03-06-2017 at 11:18 PM.

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      10-15-2016 07:55 AM #2
      Hey, thanks for the detailed write up and the pics! I installed my Escort ix9500 about a month ago.

      2 quick question: I know these radar detectors can pick up signals in front of you as well as in the back of you. Is the detector's ability to pick up signals from behind the car affected? I can't see this from your pictures, but it looks like the mirror is partially blocking it?

      I know there is a rain/ambient light sensor right next to the mirror, and DAP models have a camera for lane/traffic sign detection. Without knowing which features your model has, do you think this would affect the way the camera/rain/light sensor operate?

      I do like yours mounted high. I reckon it improves its ability to pick up signals. I mounted mine on the low part of the windshield and snaked the telephone wire to the driver side fuse box. It's in plain sight from the outside. I know I'm just asking for someone to break in and steal it, living in NYC and all. But I do prefer it low as it makes it easier to see while driving.

      Nice work, and thanks for he share.



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    3. 10-15-2016 10:54 AM #3
      I mounted it high per the recommended mounting instructions from Valentine One:

      "WHERE TO MOUNT THE V1 RADAR DETECTOR

      Valentine One radar detectors work best when mounted high in the windshield, and toward the center between the windshield pillars.

      When properly mounted, the front antenna will look forward through the glass. It must have an unobstructed view. Don?t put it behind the parked windshield wipers, or directly behind an in-glass antenna. Don?t position it so that it "looks" into the rearview mirror.
      The rear antenna will look rearward, between passengers and out the rear glass. It, too, must have an unobstructed view.
      Detector performance is enhanced by a high mounting position. Two reasons. For radar, a longer sight line to the horizon always helps. For laser, moving away from the hood and its sun reflections helps a lot."

      I've always mounted my V1 as high up in every car I've owned and it's always worked very well for me.

      I don't have DAP, but the radar and the rain sensing/ambient light sensors don't affect each other. Those sensors don't emit signals. But the ones for active cruise control/lane assist I believe do.

      Only about 1mm of the top of the radar is blocked by the overhead map light fixture, but both the front and reae radar eyes themselves have a clear line of sight. This setup worked perfectly well on the 2300 mile road trip I took when I bought the car from NC and drove it home to NV last weekend. I picked up "bogeys" accurately every time

      Having it high up and very close to the mirror makes it very inconspicuous. But if I were to park outdoors for an extended period I'd still take it off.

    4. 10-15-2016 02:48 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Adraenyse View Post
      Except this won't work on 17 (for the mounting position) with the cameras because we have a great big piece of plastic that covers that entire area.
      pic please?

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      10-16-2016 09:26 AM #5
      I made a video back in 2015, but deleted it, and then saw people asking how to get into the overhead console and made another video.


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      10-16-2016 03:33 PM #6
      Very helpful but my God, man, it looked like that piece was going to crack into a million pieces before coming out!
      I've had my Escort 9500ix wired into the overhead console of my 2 previous cars and this is just the info I was looking for. Thanks for posting.

    7. 10-16-2016 06:41 PM #7
      Has anyone tried using the blendmount for their v1?

    8. 10-17-2016 12:21 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by yumsauce View Post
      Has anyone tried using the blendmount for their v1?
      The blendmount has clamps for a round mirror mount which won't work on the R's rear view mirror, unfortunately.

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      10-17-2016 12:28 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by yumsauce View Post
      Has anyone tried using the blendmount for their v1?
      Quote Originally Posted by fabric8 View Post
      The blendmount has clamps for a round mirror mount which won't work on the R's rear view mirror, unfortunately.

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      As long as you have a 15/16 non-DAP car you can use the Blendmount VW009 which several members have used successfully (though it doesn't seem to be quite as smooth sailing as the manufacturer would have you believe). Unfortunately for DAP and 17s (which in the US are all DAP) this won't work...

      https://store.blendmount.com/radar-d...nts-c3832.aspx

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ts-the-R/page2

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post90459337
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    10. 10-17-2016 02:17 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by phobos512 View Post
      As long as you have a 15/16 non-DAP car you can use the Blendmount VW009 which several members have used successfully (though it doesn't seem to be quite as smooth sailing as the manufacturer would have you believe). Unfortunately for DAP and 17s (which in the US are all DAP) this won't work...

      https://store.blendmount.com/radar-d...nts-c3832.aspx

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ts-the-R/page2

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post90459337
      Thanks for sharing that info. Personally, I find that it would sit too low and to me, it doesn't look nice and isn't worth the $130 they're asking for it. To each his own though.

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      10-17-2016 04:38 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by fabric8 View Post
      Thanks for sharing that info. Personally, I find that it would sit too low and to me, it doesn't look nice and isn't worth the $130 they're asking for it. To each his own though.
      I agree with each of your points. Some people like these things though.
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    12. 02-28-2017 09:11 PM #12
      I have the tap from blendmount. It has 2 prongs to plug in. Doesn't have a ground like you mentioned. Any idea which 2 plugs I should plug into?

    13. 02-28-2017 09:44 PM #13
      If this is the blendmount tap you're talking about:


      You would want to connect the red wire tap to the black wire with yellow stripe and connect the black wire to the ground post.

      If you're trying to connect your taps directly to the mirror harness, you'll see the black wire with yellow stripe at the connector. That's where you'll connect the red wire. For the negative, I can't remember which one exactly is the ground, but if you have a multimeter, check for continuity using any ground on the car and one of the other remaining wires on that mirror harness.
      Last edited by fabric8; 02-28-2017 at 10:46 PM.

    14. 03-01-2017 04:59 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by fabric8 View Post
      If this is the blendmount tap you're talking about:


      You would want to connect the red wire tap to the black wire with yellow stripe and connect the black wire to the ground post.

      If you're trying to connect your taps directly to the mirror harness, you'll see the black wire with yellow stripe at the connector. That's where you'll connect the red wire. For the negative, I can't remember which one exactly is the ground, but if you have a multimeter, check for continuity using any ground on the car and one of the other remaining wires on that mirror harness.
      Yes that's it. Going to try and tackle this now

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      03-01-2017 05:05 PM #15
      My Valentine 1 goes off all the time in my golf, I'm guessing it's the DAP? I took it out.

    16. 03-01-2017 06:06 PM #16
      You need the update that turns on Junk K band blocking. Works fine in my DAP equipped car

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      03-02-2017 02:45 PM #17
      thanks. I'll send it in.

    18. 03-02-2017 09:29 PM #18
      I got mine installed. Escort Redline. Now anyone have the part # handy for the trim that covers the wires? I guess I wasn't delicate enough and broke some tabs 😔

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      03-02-2017 10:48 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by J.Iverson View Post
      thanks. I'll send it in.
      It's expensive. I elected to buy a brand new detector instead with higher ratings.

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      03-03-2017 10:56 AM #20
      Is this wiring (the black and yellow switched wire) the same on a 2016 GTI SE? Would love to hardwire my dashcam from there rather than from the fusebox if possible. Thanks!

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      03-03-2017 11:32 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Dariof View Post
      It's expensive. I elected to buy a brand new detector instead with higher ratings.

      I'm curious, what did you buy? My V1 is probably 10 years old . Probably time for me to purchase a new one.

    22. 03-06-2017 09:24 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by fabric8 View Post
      ...I didn't bother showing how to remove the map light fixture since that's pretty straightforward. I focused on the wire to tap into.
      Can you give a quick recap of how to remove the map light? I haven't really looked yet, but any advice in prep for a not so mechanical guy doing this would be appreciated. I'm not a total n00b (used to install car stereos back in the 80's) but new cars these days are full of funny little clips and such holding everything together.

      Thanks!

    23. 03-06-2017 11:14 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by joels1234 View Post
      Can you give a quick recap of how to remove the map light? I haven't really looked yet, but any advice in prep for a not so mechanical guy doing this would be appreciated. I'm not a total n00b (used to install car stereos back in the 80's) but new cars these days are full of funny little clips and such holding everything together.

      Thanks!
      I found this for you and it's just what I did:

      How to remove overhead console: clicky
      Once you remove the light fixture, you'll see two torx screws you can remove: clicky

      I'll add this to my OP as well.

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      03-07-2017 12:57 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by J.Iverson View Post
      I'm curious, what did you buy? My V1 is probably 10 years old . Probably time for me to purchase a new one.
      Those were my exact thoughts and my V-1 was also around 10 years or so.

      My V1 kept giving me nothing but false alerts due to all the cars out there with DAP's.

      V1 wanted over $200.00 to upgrade and I pay postage. I figured I could get brand new technology but knew it would probably cost more.

      I purchased an Escort iX. Although it was almost double the price (I found it for $350.00 direct from Escort) of a V-1 upgrade, it is a far better unit and rated higher among polls. All that I miss are the arrows, but when the detector goes off, I just slow down. No big deal where the threat is coming from...if it's there, it's there.


      http://radartest.com/best-radar-detector.asp

      http://www.ratedradardetector.org/bl...adar-detector/
      Last edited by Dariof; 03-07-2017 at 01:01 PM.

    25. 03-07-2017 03:27 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by fabric8 View Post
      I found this for you and it's just what I did:

      How to remove overhead console: clicky
      Once you remove the light fixture, you'll see two torx screws you can remove: clicky

      I'll add this to my OP as well.
      Thanks for the quick response man!

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