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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, Easy Radar Detector Installation in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Mr. Snappy - the 9500i radar detector has GPS in it also as part of that product. That is what ...
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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Mr. Snappy - the 9500i radar detector has GPS in it also as part of that product. That is what he is referring to. I got the 9500ci and the separate GPS module was mounted on the rear shelf at the rear window location. It is awesome.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by RustedElvis View Post
    Installed my radar detector a couple days ago to the rear view mirror in about 5 minutes. Installation was very easy thanks to a sleathcord (same as invisicord). My radar detector(Beltronics 965) will not work if it is not properly installed.
    Step 1: Remove wire harness plug from rear view mirror.
    Step 2: Remove plastic covering from the plug
    Step 3: Push ground with black wire on the top row, only wire on the top row.
    Step 4: Push 12v with solid yellow wire on the bottom row (3rd wire from the left)
    Step 5: Push the wire plug back into the rear view mirror, mount radar detector and start engine. Hardest part was taking the plastic cover off the wire harness. Detector powers on when the car starts and powers off immediately when the engine is turned off.



    http://s10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...t=100_3445.flv
    short video of power on/off of radar detector
    Great write up-thanks. just installed mine. Although it took me about 15 minutes to get the wiring harness off the first time all was good. thanks again

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    If you lower the unit so that it is not in the shaded area of the windshield you will notice a significant improvement in reception both front and rear.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by Bee iLL View Post
    I use this rear view mount in my Jeep for my beltronics sti but works with escorts also. I think valentine sells there own version of this mount. http://www.countryjoycrafts.com/350Z/escortmount.htm Not sure if it will work in the CTS, as I don't have one.
    That is the mount that I use on my mirror and it works great. Perfect install and location.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Does anybody know if this can be done with a Valentine One? Is there a way to connect it through the rear view mirror and if so, do I have to buy one of the specific power cables on their web site?

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrdestination28 View Post
    Does anybody know if this can be done with a Valentine One? Is there a way to connect it through the rear view mirror and if so, do I have to buy one of the specific power cables on their web site?
    Yes you can. Yes there is. No you don't. I have a friend who works for the phone company and with one quick look at the connector for the V1 he said I could just take any phone cord, strip the outer layer and use the wiring in there to connect to power. I told him I wanted something better so he hooked me up with a regular phone cord connector that he crimped onto 16 gauge wires and I used it for my power. I stashed mine in the cubby for the HomeControl remote and used the power supplied there.

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    I tried the plain mirror mount from Country Joy Crafts and the Invisicord harness on a new Beltronics GX65.

    The mirror mount is the 23mm version and the wiring harness is the 8" version. It all fits quite snugly.

    It's a nice variation on the suction cup windshield mount.

    Here is the finished installation that took 15 minutes with just the supplied allen wrench:



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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    The fin antenna on the rear of the roof is for receiving XM radio, not for the GPS. In both cases, the signal is receive only (inbound) - nothing is transmitted (outbound). OnStar does transmit when you ask for certain things or in the event of a crash, but this is not the same antenna as the GPS or the XM radio. It is the cellular antenna.

    Placing the RADAR detector behind the dots on the windshield will reduce the signal strength from both the microwave and LASER guns. It probably will not reduce the signal strength enough to make the unit inoperable, but for those who want maximum performance, do not place the unit behind the dots.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by LEOinDC View Post
    I tried the plain mirror mount from Country Joy Crafts and the Invisicord harness on a new Beltronics GX65.

    The mirror mount is the 23mm version and the wiring harness is the 8" version. It all fits quite snugly.

    It's a nice variation on the suction cup windshield mount.

    Here is the finished installation that took 15 minutes with just the supplied allen wrench:



    Great pics Leo. I have the same setup with my Escort Passport. Very custom, perfect location, and don't have to worry about it falling off.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by tedcmiller View Post
    The fin antenna on the rear of the roof is for receiving XM radio, not for the GPS. In both cases, the signal is receive only (inbound) - nothing is transmitted (outbound). OnStar does transmit when you ask for certain things or in the event of a crash, but this is not the same antenna as the GPS or the XM radio. It is the cellular antenna.

    Placing the RADAR detector behind the dots on the windshield will reduce the signal strength from both the microwave and LASER guns. It probably will not reduce the signal strength enough to make the unit inoperable, but for those who want maximum performance, do not place the unit behind the dots.
    Nonsense.
    I have had my Escort mounted on the dots for a year and it gets great reception for all threats. It also hides the unit from thieves and it almost impossible to see from the outside of the car. Hanging it from the bottom of the rear-view mirror will be visible to thieves imediately.

    You are also wrong about the fin/antenna on the roof. It serves 3 systems, XM, OnStar GPS, an OnStar Cell.....

    Here is the link WITH pictures

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-question.html

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Anyone have a tip on how to remove the back of the power cable (mirror power supply cable). I want to use the invisicord and jam the connectors in the back of the cable but there is a cap on it. Can this cap/cover be removed, if so how? Thanks

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    Go back to the links in this thread.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    A silly, simple trick but worth the piece of mind when, and if, the suction cups fail...

    I looped a piece of fishing line from the detector's suction cups mount and attached it to the sun visor securing bracket. Obviously, I've learned this through experience. Now, when your cups fail - you'll arrive back to see your detector swinging from the visor clip vs. hanging by the wiring or worse, crashed on your floorboard.

    Good luck!

    Eric

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    I've been using the joycrafts (sic) mount for about a year now and love it. It mounts the detector much more firmly than the suction cup mount. it also sits at a better level than the suction cups. With the On* mirror the detector doesn't really show itself off. I'm fortunate in that I have always used the Passport Solo so no wiring is needed and a good set of AA batteries last about 9-12 months.

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    Re: Easy Radar Detector Installation

    great write-up I am orderin the invisicord now.. I assume there is no difference between the 9,10 models and the 13 models correct?

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