2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2013; First off want to thank RustedElvis for his Invisicord guide in the CTS section of this forum. Here is the ...
To keep things simple I will paste his steps with some more detail and then give my guide on the BlendMount. I would do the Invisicord stuff first because I was having to move the mirror around to get the plug out. BlendMount limits how far you can bend the mirror.
Step 1: Remove wire harness from rear view mirror. I folded the mirror to where it was facing the ground and then pushed in the clip on then pulled up. It is a little tough to get out the first time I kept working it from side to side.
Step 2: Once you unplug the harness you can then remove the plastic back plate from the plug. At the neck where the wires go in there are little clips on each side. Undo them and then you can fold the neck piece around. Now you can pop the back plate off. This took a little effort and wiggling to get it off.
Step 3: Push ground with black wire on the top row, only wire on the top row. 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. 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.
Step 6: Package contents. All the tools you will need are supplied by BlendMount.
Step 7: Take the suckers off the V1 mount and fasten it to the BlendMount.
Step 8: The 08-09 CTS-V stem is 7/8" or 23mm so you do not need the bushing. Mount the BlendMount loose to the stem of your mirror and then adjust it to your liking.
Conclusion: Invisicord is a must have in order to avoid messing with wires and it is extremely easy to use. The BlendMount is a quality product and not a cheap piece of metal. It is fully adjustable which makes it the best option available in my opinion (Adjustment is important considering every mirror is different). BlendMount is very fast with their shipping.
In my opinion, this is where the advantage of using the suction cup mounts really shows. If you mount the V1 up near the junction of the windshield and the ceiling, you can, with a quick flip of your wrist, drop the visor over the detector. The visor (which is usually dark in color) will help blend the V1 into the lightly tinted band of glass at the top of the windshield.
The mounts that use the rear view mirror, et al, are very elegant and nicely done. Unfortunately, they leave the V1 right out in the open for the world (and, specifically, the police officer) to see. And, since I live in one of the few areas where detectors are still illegal, I have to be exceptionally careful of it being seen.
The last two tickets I've gotten were in the Audi. First one, driving the car home after buying it, I had the Garmin plugged into the lighter to get out of the LA rathole and I figured I'd stop and plug in the V1 somewhere around the Grapevine. Waited one exit too long. A V1 in your briefcase does you no good. Adding insult to injury, half an hour after I get home I find the rear-seat lighter socket in the back of the console, nicely located for the GPS.
The next one, driving the three-year-old home from Legoland, taking the avoiding-LA-at-any-cost route east up 210 to 58. Babygirl was asleep so I had the thing turned down a bit. A bit too far. A V1 with the volume cranked down does you no good.
My only concern with the mounting arrangement pictured here would be the extra weight of the V1 on the mirror-mounting puck. I have a hard enough time getting the glued-on mirrors to stay glued-on in some of my cars. I've got just about all our cars wired for V1 power above the mirror, but use the suction-cup mounts.
Would the V1 Remote Display gadget be compact enough to mount above/next to the mirror?
I recently finished my V1 installation with the radar body mounted almost invisible (behind the right side of the mirror yet not abstructed by the right side sun visor), remoted volume knob (for convenience) and piezo (for maximum volume) and the display behind the rear view mirror glass. I don't know how to post the pics there are some in my profile I'll add some more. Later.
Most digital cameras have a maco mode just for closeups. Normal mode will usually not focus as closely as needed. Using the LCD to frame the picture will show an out-of-focus conditon. Using the optical viewfinder usually doesn't.
Detector powers on when the car starts and powers off immediately when the engine is turned off.
Does this mean that the choice of connection (solid yellow wire) does not provide +12 V when the ignition switch is in the Run position, but only becomes active AFTER the engine is running? Or does it mean that the connection provides +12 V when the ignition switch is in the Run position?
Automobile(s): 09 CTS-V Black/black, Auto, Recaros, Sun Roof...
West Richland, WA
Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord
A few observations on this thread:
If you are using a detector in a state (VA) or country (Canada) where they are illegal, be advised it's just not the visual that will get you busted. Police use a RDDs ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_detector_detector ) to detect your radar detector. Be careful.
The Valentine remote system (I own one) only provides a method to relocate the bright red visual alarm. You hardwire the apporximately 1"x1" unit to a lower area of your dash so when the detector goes off, it doesn't light up the main unit, which can be seen due to it's windshield area mount. The best concept is the remote system. the detector receiver is mounted in the grill of your car and the control panel is mounted low in the dash area. Escort is selling this unit for about $1500.00, and testing indicates it works well. Pretty pricey though...
One concept to remember about speeding: If they are using an instant on (manually triggered) radar unit and you are the only car on the road, they'll nail you. They have to see you to shoot you. If there are other cars on the road your detector will pick up the police illuminating cars ahead of you and you'll have time to slow down. If they leave their unit on all the time, my V1 will pick them up 1-2 miles away depending on the terrain.
Drive safe and smart. Be aware of your surroundings and areas on the horizon that might conceal a speed trap.