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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 e6t Is the v1 still the way to go? That's like the old debate of Chevy vs. ...
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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by e6t View Post
    Is the v1 still the way to go?
    That's like the old debate of Chevy vs. Ford. Personally, I bought a V-1 and love the arrows as well as the reception. Got the remote readout, too.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by e6t View Post
    Is the v1 still the way to go?
    Certainly can't go wrong with it. Personally, I like the GPS capabilities of the 9500ix. If Valentine ever gets on board with GPS, it'd be hard to beat.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony407 View Post
    Certainly can't go wrong with it. Personally, I like the GPS capabilities of the 9500ix. If Valentine ever gets on board with GPS, it'd be hard to beat.

    Tony
    Dead nuts on target, Tony.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    Dead nuts on target, Tony.
    Ahhhh...the mental image... LOL

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by bbott View Post
    Ditto, I just did the same. When I tried to install with the invisicord this weekend, I realized the prongs were too large and did not fit. Hopefully this stealth cord works better!!

    On a side note, for 2011 sedan is it still the pink (2nd row) and black/white (1st row) wire to connect to?

    Can you guys confirm the wire coloring for a 2011 CTS Sedan?

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony407 View Post
    Certainly can't go wrong with it. Personally, I like the GPS capabilities of the 9500ix. If Valentine ever gets on board with GPS, it'd be hard to beat.

    Tony
    yeah I wish Mike Valentine would go ahead and add that to the V1. I personally prefer the arrows, so that way I know if I need to watch out or not..... but we all have our preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbott View Post
    Can you guys confirm the wire coloring for a 2011 CTS Sedan?
    Bump. I used the pink and b/w wires but it did not work. My mirror light turned red and produced a static noise.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by OldDrummer55 View Post
    what is ironic is BEL is (or was) a Canadian company. Detectors are illegal in Canada, but they'll sell them to other countries!
    I was looking for information on the BlendMounts and I saw the comments about detectors being illegal in Canada so I thought I'd clear that up.

    Detectors are only illegal in half of the provinces in Canada. They are completely AOK in BC, Alberta, Sask, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and most electronics stores here will sell Bel/Escort detectors in the auto GPS/stereo sections.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by bbott View Post
    Has anyone installed the invisicord for a 2011 CTS sedan? There is no exposed cable, I believe it's all running through the metal mirror post.
    Same problem here, no exposed plug in my mirror so where do you hook the invisicord to for power?
    BTW, just traded my 2009 sedan for a 2011 coupe and it's a total different car.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Quote Originally Posted by danman_s View Post
    I was looking for information on the BlendMounts and I saw the comments about detectors being illegal in Canada so I thought I'd clear that up.

    Detectors are only illegal in half of the provinces in Canada. They are completely AOK in BC, Alberta, Sask, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and most electronics stores here will sell Bel/Escort detectors in the auto GPS/stereo sections.
    In Canada the new best unit is the Beltronics Sti-R Plus - It has better sensitivity than the V1, Has GPS Capabilities & is completely immune to all RDD (Radar Detector Detectors) so you can drive through areas where they are banned and they can not detect that you have a detector. As a plus the detectors can be firmware updated without sending the unit in.

    Valentine seems to be fading away. They have no GPS and are easily detected in banned areas. While Escort & Beltronics has been year after year adding new technology Valentine has done nothing to improve their product.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    just bought a 9500ix and an invisicord... will let you guys know my thoughts as I have them. I used it on a roadtrip this weekend and i must say the range this thing has is unreal. you could be doing 1000 mph and slow down in time to avoid a ticket when the LEOs are using constant on.

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    just wanted to add to the thread. great product, easy install of both mount and cord. thanks for the pics of those that forged the way. very helpful. i love my hard-wired valentine all over again. =]

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Sorry for the tangent, but you guys will be the ones to know. I've never owned a radar detector, and luckily haven't had a speeding ticket in 10+ years. Unfortunately, I have a sneaking suspicion all of that is about to change now that I have a V.

    Are radar detectors still mostly relevant? I'd just assumed that laser was the preferred tool of traffic enforcement now and was looking into those instead of radar detectors.

    Can someone give me a quick 101?

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Valentine 1 is highly recommended along with others. Yes, they are still relevant. Some folks also get laser jammers, but on a personal note I am not yet sold on their effectiveness.

    http://www.valentine1.com

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    Re: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord

    Laser is still not the most common form of speed enforcement in the US. K and Ka band are, by far the most common and, therefore, good radar detectors can be very effective. Laser has some disadvantages for LEOs. They must be "aimed" and can only be used stationary, so, it has some significant disadvantages. However, if you get hit with laser, 99 times out of a 100, your busted. I am not familiar with the training that all LEO get but I am familiar with Texas DPS. They are actually trained to visually estimate vehicle speed at + 2 mph. They must do this to be qualified to use radar or laser. They must re certify regularly to keep that certification. So, at least in Texas, the odds are the Trooper has visually spotted you and estimated you speed and THEN merely confirmed it with laser.

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