2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2013; Agreed. All speed measuring devices are supposed to confirm visual estimates.
I have been, on a number of occasions, the ...
Agreed. All speed measuring devices are supposed to confirm visual estimates.
I have been, on a number of occasions, the beneficiary of a rabbit in front of me. I have caught laser reflections or pass through from cars in front of me. In the tunnels in Boston, laser has bounced off the wall tiles and my V1 has picked it up.
On another occasion, a MA State Trooper hit me with laser on a blind curve. Since I knew exactly where and when he nabbed me, this served as part of my cross-examination of the officer. However, like how it has happened on all 3 cases that have gotten to the trial stage, the officer did not show and my case was dismissed.
Anyone who says laser detectors are useless is either a liar or ignorant of the facts...
This past weekend I hardwired my V1 in my 2011 CTS-V Coupe. I just completed the write up with pictures for the forum, but my post was not allowed because I'm new and can't post links to photos until I have 5 post. Guess I should of read the rules. I'll post my required post tonight and redo the write up.
2011 V Coupe, I just finished hardwiring with Invisicord yesterday. Totally different from other approaches (no plug on back of mirror). I used the 8" invisicord and and the Blendmount setup.
1) pull the wiring cover off the mirror bracket (easy pry off, just pops off, angle the mirror down if you need better access)
2) remove bolt from mirror holddown to window (small star head, angle mirror back up to get a straight shot at the bolt)
3) slide up mirror until it is off the window metal tab, then rotate it 180 to where you can see/access the tiny latch in the square electrical connector (it normally is hidden facing the window, don't try to pry/push in the small white dots on each side of it like I did, they don't do anything).
4) take a small screwdriver and just press in the latch and the connector will pop apart, now you have the mirror completely off and in your hand.
5) Invisicord prongs are fine as is, no need to cut, shave, bend, etc if you do it my way. You will be pushing them into the "mirror-side" of the connector, so the colors don't mean anything; you have to match up the wires to the ones that are colored pink (for yellow) and black/white (for black). Watch out, there is a brown/white that threw me off for a bit (and a yellow too which other V's use, but not the Coupe).
6) Once you have located the pink wire and black/white wire on the "car-side" of the connector, note which "mirror-side" wires match (they are both on the "bottom row" of the connector when it is sitting in installed position.
7) Route the invisicord wire up through the hole in the bottom of the mirror bracket, to where the wire will end up coming out the "bottom" of the entire bracket, just past the window metal square.
8) push the connectors into the two wire holes, it will take a bit of pulling/tugging/aligning, but since the whole mirror is off in your hand its easier to work with.
9) once the wires are fully pushed in, pull the entire invisicord tight, then lay the "phone cord" body of it in the narrow channel on either side of the bolt hole that screws into the window metal square, then out the "bottom".
10) now take the whole mirror, connect to connector, slide onto metal square (making sure not to pinch the phone cord part of invisicord), screw in mirror bolt, and pop back on beauty cover. you are done.
This method has the cord coming out the bottom of the mirrror bracket, which curves right around and plugs into my V1 mounted on the blendmount. If you prefer the wiring coming out the "top" of the whole thing you'd need to bend the wiring 180 degrees, or try to push the invisicord pins into the "car-side" of the connector/etc. I like the clean look of the wire coming straight out/over to the V1.
Automobile(s): 2011 CTS-V sedan HIS, 2012 CTS4 coupe- Her's
Amityville, New York
Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord
ok I finished the install on 2011 Sedan, thanks in part to this thread, Randy's post above mine, and to blendmount's website.
100% you can connect the wires into the mirror, I used an angled needle nose because my fingers couldnt grab the wires.
I removed the mirror completely from the car, this made it super easy
I snapped the cover back on. Simple- no drilling, nothing to come apart except the mirror
Took me longer to get the blendmount on.
Question- I cant seem to angle this thing straight so is it normal to have it angled slightly to the right side of the car? Meaning the display is angled towards the driver but the detector is aiming towards the right side of the road
not looking at it right now, but i think (?) you have two joints. one where the stem hits the window mount and one where the stem hits the mirror. you can adjust those a little. however, i didn't like the blendmount putting the v1 right below the mirror and blocking my view. i just made the extension in my video on the other thread http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...etector-3.html as shown. one option to get a little better position to me anyway.
blend mount as i bought it mounts the V1 right below the mirror. i made an extension and cocked it 90 deg so it places the V1 behind the right side of the mirror. I had the mirror laser etched so you can see the indicators on the mirror, but the V1 itself isn't even visible from the driver's view. watch the video on the thread i listed above and you'll see what i mean.
if you use it in the stock blendmount manner, it will probably rotate with the stem and is only adjustable to rotate with two joints up and down/forward and back, however you want to say it. by me making that little slip joint piece in the video though and turning the blendmount 90 deg, i have more degrees of freedom to work with. make sense? because now what used to be a second vertical adjustment becomes a horizontal adjustment.