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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Originally Posted by OldDrummer55 If you are using a detector in a state (VA) or country (Canada) where they are ...
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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by OldDrummer55 View Post
    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
    The VG2 that most police organizations are using that detects detectors is useless against the Valentine-1. That is unless the police officer is almost right on top of you while you're using your V1.

    Dr. Valentine is ever vigilant about keeping up with the various technologies. So if a better VG2 becomes available for cops, Mike'll beat it.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

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    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?
    It turns on when you turn the key to run.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by jvp View Post
    The VG2 that most police organizations are using that detects detectors is useless against the Valentine-1. That is unless the police officer is almost right on top of you while you're using your V1.

    Dr. Valentine is ever vigilant about keeping up with the various technologies. So if a better VG2 becomes available for cops, Mike'll beat it.

    jas
    If you want an invisible detector then there is only one the Bel STi Driver
    the V1 is not invisible to RDD.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    what is ironic is BEL is (or was) a Canadian company. Detectors are illegal in Canada, but they'll sell them to other countries!

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by S70RMP View Post
    the V1 is not invisible to RDD.
    Your proof is where? BEL's advertising, perhaps? :-)

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by jvp View Post
    The VG2 that most police organizations are using that detects detectors is useless against the Valentine-1. That is unless the police officer is almost right on top of you while you're using your V1.

    Dr. Valentine is ever vigilant about keeping up with the various technologies. So if a better VG2 becomes available for cops, Mike'll beat it.

    jas
    I've never been in that situation, so what you're saying is if I spot a police car coming towards you in VA, I should turn my detector off? Is there any residual signal from the detector that the VG2 can pick up? Interesting...

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by jvp View Post
    Your proof is where? BEL's advertising, perhaps? :-)

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    http://www.radardetector.net/forums/...v1-vs-sti.html

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    OK, a discussion forum on radar detectors, with no mention of the VG2 anywhere. Or did I miss it? Just constant statements of, "Don't use the V1 if you're in VA".

    Assumedly it's because the police officer can possibly SEE the V1, vs. the BEL's remote antenna. But, if the officer can't SEE the V1, and he isn't sitting right on top of you with a VG2, then he isn't going to know you have it.

    Check your same forum, specifically the video here:

    http://www.radardetector.net/forums/...9500i-etc.html

    YES the VG2 can see the Valentine. ONLY if the officer is right on top of you. As I've already said (twice) in this thread.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Ok Ok, total Noobie here to the detectors here. V1 is the weapon of choice? I like the invisicord mount (sans the blurry pics ) and since the CHP have been multiplying like rats out here in CA to raise funds for the state - I think a detector is a MUST for me when I get the CTS-V.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by Caddyscat View Post
    Ok Ok, total Noobie here to the detectors here. V1 is the weapon of choice? I like the invisicord mount (sans the blurry pics ) and since the CHP have been multiplying like rats out here in CA to raise funds for the state - I think a detector is a MUST for me when I get the CTS-V.
    I've used a Valentine for many, many years and it's saved me a lot of unintentional cash transfer to the state treasury...

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by OldDrummer55 View Post
    I've used a Valentine for many, many years and it's saved me a lot of unintentional cash transfer to the state treasury...
    Hey Drummer - how do you intend to mount your V1 in the V2? I'm considering a v1 also, but in this state, the revenue collectors tend to find a reason to stop you if they just see a detector mounted in your car. They don't like em ...

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by RapidRob View Post
    Hey Drummer - how do you intend to mount your V1 in the V2? I'm considering a v1 also, but in this state, the revenue collectors tend to find a reason to stop you if they just see a detector mounted in your car. They don't like em ...

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    Mounting is a good question. Since Valentine doesn't offer a receiver remote mount system, I'll probably go with the BlendMount and Inviscord, but have the remote visual alarm module mounted somewhere discreet on the dash. Yes, if a police officer stops you for speeding and sees a detector, you'll most likely get a ticket. I've never experienced a cop pulling me over just because I had a detector. The need other probable cause (except in VAand Canada) to stop you. But if he's already stopped you, I guess he's got you, detector or no detector.

    One thing I've noticed lately is more and more people are mounting their GPS devices on windshield mounts. If police are actively looking for detectors, this will confuse their hunt.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    I finished wiring up my homemade invisicord. Be careful when hooking it up. Mine didn't work the first time because I used some phone cord out of the junk drawer. Apparently I managed to pick up a crossover cord and my red and green were backwards on the end I cut off. Of my 3 black phone cords, two were crossover cables, and only 1 was a regular phone cord. I think the two crossover cables came out of my UPS for serial communication. I had no idea such a crossover cable existed.

    Also, the connector cover is very easy to get off if you know what you are doing.

    1) Unsnap the top tabs. You can see one but there is another on the other side. There is a hinge on the back side (towards the center of the car), so the part you just unhooked isn't going anywhere.

    2) The main part of the connector is held in by 3 tabs, 1 long vertical one on the passenger side and 1 each on the top and bottom of the driver side. First, pull down slightly on the bottom driver side corner. That corner should pop loose. Next, lift up on the top driver side corner and that corner should pop loose. Next, rotate the whole cover towards the long tab on the passenger side and it will come off. If you couldn't get the first two tabs off, you can use a small screwdriver to poke in the slots on the back of the cover to lift on the top and push down on the bottom to pop the tabs loose instead.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    OldDrummer, you have some very good insights. Completely agree with you about instant-on RADAR. But it's kind of a redundant term. All police RADAR units are "instant on", it's just whether or not the particular officer decides to drive around all day with the beam active ALL the time, or if they only activate it when they see a speeding car. And just for everyone's information, technically, officers are supposed to be prompted by their visual observation of a speeding car FIRST, and then they validate that observation with a RADAR reading. It should NOT be the other way around.

    And also for thought, for those of you that hide their detectors when getting pulled over, keep in mind that many officers will know before they even walk up to your car if you're using one. So if you're going to hide it and he either sees it anyway or finds out about it during the traffic stop, be aware that this will likely earn you a ticket even more so than just having one to begin with. And no, trying to hide one behind a visor is just plain silly in my opinion. Most cops usually scrutinize everything within the driver's reach anyway, so if you're going to hide it you might as well do a good job.

    13 years full-time patrol experience speaking. I've written my fair share of speeding tickets.

    A quick comment about the Valentine 1. It's an awersome detector as far as detectors go. Escort however has already been neck-and-neck with the V1 (endless debates about this topic) and with their introduction of GPS into their newer detectors, Escort certainly appears to have the upper hand for the moment. It's only time until Valentine does the same.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    ^^^^^^
    Thank you for the insight from the other side of the window. I have been pulled over only once (not in the V) with my V1 on. I didn't even bother to hide the V1--he caught me fair and square and I said so when he asked how fast I was going--and I was pulled over going exactly 9 over the limit on the freeway. I was polite as I always am and was let go with a warning.

    Honesty is generally the best policy when dealing with a LEO.

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