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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; A quick comment about the Valentine 1. It's an awersome detector as far as detectors go. Escort however has already ...
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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    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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    I chose to go with the Escort Passport 9500 ix instead of the V1 primarily because of the internal GPS. I appreciate the reminder of red light camera intersections ahead and speed traps... It also identifies false alarms along your usual routes and blocks them out keeping it quieter on my daily commute. So far I'm pleased with its performance.

    I have not had experience with V1 but understand it is a great detector. It was my second choice. I wish the Escort could communicate the direction of detection like the V1 does.

    I installed the detector using an Invisicord & Blend Mount. It is a nice clean setup and the detector is easily removed when I park the car publicly leaving no suction cup marks on the glass for the would-be-thief to easily identify my car as a target.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    FYI for those of you with a 2010.

    Instead of a solid yellow wire you will have a pink wire.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    As for the comparisons I could not live without the arrows on a V1. If someone else came out with something similar I would look into it.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    ^^^^

    Not to add fuel to the fire unnecessarily, but I have to agree. That said, one of my partners now swears by the Passport 9500ix after years of being a V1 fanboy.

    Back on topic, some sort of detector hardwire install is absolutely going to be my first "mod" on this car!

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Just finished my Blendmount/Invisicord hard wire. Looks and works great. CadV is correct; the positive contact on the Invisicord hooks to the solid pink wire on 2010 Vs. Ground is the same as in the original DIY. Thanks to all for getting the word out on this, it's brilliant.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Just got home from work and found my Blendmount/Invisicord, will be installing tonight. A well-deserved reward after working over 70 hours this week.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    This is a must do mod for V1 owners. Glad you like it because I couldn't live without mine.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    I ended up chucking my invisicord, the metal prongs are just too large and dont allow the wire cover to be re-installed properly.

    I also couldn't live without the arrows on the V1.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    ^^^^

    Caddyscat, check CadV's trick earlier in this thread of bending the contact prongs on the Invisicord 90 degrees before inserting them into the mirror wiring harness. Works perfectly and the cover absolutely goes back on properly making the whole thing look OEM clean! For me anyway, that was the easiest part of the whole deal.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    CadV, YOU ARE DA MAN! I'm sitting in the car RIGHT NOW with a complete install.

    Getting that plastic box off was HARD, but your words inspired me, and before I knew it the thing was off. Now my Invisicord is in, the Blendmount is on, the V1 is fully operational without sucky suction cups, and I'm ready for my trip to Toronto next weekend (*ahum, turning the V1 off, of course, as soon as I hit the Peace Bridge crossing, ahum*).


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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by anonfrank View Post
    CadV, YOU ARE DA MAN! I'm sitting in the car RIGHT NOW with a complete install.

    Getting that plastic box off was HARD, but your words inspired me, and before I knew it the thing was off. Now my Invisicord is in, the Blendmount is on, the V1 is fully operational without sucky suction cups, and I'm ready for my trip to Toronto next weekend (*ahum, turning the V1 off, of course, as soon as I hit the Peace Bridge crossing, ahum*).

    Sweetness. It's nice and clean which is fitting for a 70k caddy.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    I just completed the install with the Passport 8500 on my 2010 and as CadV stated the 12v wire is red/pink vs. yellow (It's still the 3rd wire). Without this forum I would have never discovered this mount/cord. Thanks to all.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Ok, I seem to be dumb!

    I cannot figure out how to install this invisicord thing -- are people plugging it directly into the mirror and how so? I can't find a plug on the back of the mirror.

    I took off the 2 piece plastic cover covering the cord that goes into the headliner and down to the mirror. I figured out how to unplug it from the harness....but I don't see where people are plugging it in!

    It looks like people are somehow plugging it directly into the back of the mirror but I just don't see how that is possible...

    Can someone post some closeup pics with some VERY detail step-by-step instructions?

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    This is an awesome little invention, nice work. I may have to pick one up. I've always hard-wired my detectors into my cars but they certainly took 100x more effort than this "invisicord" thing requires. Nice!

    BTW I'm also a V1 owner and believer. The arrows, after you've driven with the detector for a month or two, become impossible to live without.

    I'm still considering picking up an Escort as well though. Many routes I drive have SigAlert radars every few miles (SigAlert is a traffic monitor system in So Cal, not a ticketing machine)...and it sets off the damn V1 no matter what mode it's on. It would be nice to have the GPS and "learning" feature of the Escort for these fixed alarm positions.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    I have the inviscord in my z06 and it's ok... You have to be really careful so that you don't break the small little tabs when you bend them or else you SOL. I prefer to hard wire into the fuse panel, butmore work, but the cleanest option to date IMO.

    What I have and I'm getting ready to install in the z06, and then the v2 is the american trobphies mount, up on the passenger side visor. It sits directly below the z06's black box and you can't see the V1, and it doesn't loose any front or rear signal. Then go to ebay and buy the slim mount remote display. It is much slimer and has an extra small mute button you can attack to your windshield whiper control, or your light control. The display then lights up right in your dash, I plan on putting it inbetween the speedo and tach. This way people don't see your v1 and follow you for the radar, and also it's out of sight, out of mind.

    I have had 1 for 10 years and got 3 tickets in the last 10, granted 2 were in the last year but were all to laser here in TX. I plan on buying a Laser Interceptor soon for both cars as well. Now I have 3 v1's, one in both my cars and then the fiance has one too.

    I'll post pics when I do it, if no one else has...

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