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    I have a valentine v1 and this is how I hard wired it. I purchased a hardtap hard wire kit from blendmount on amazon for $29.99. No tax free shipping!


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    I put the v1 where I wanted it on the windshield and pre measured the cord.

    Then I cut off the fitting on the red power cable and stripped the wire covering off.


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    Remove fuse #18. Twist and insert the bare red wire into the fuse slot. Replace the 20 amp fuse to press fit the fuse and bare wire in place.

    Remove a black bolt that makes contact with a nearby metal housing. Replace with the included ground wire loop.

    This hardtap kit comes with an inline fuse. This kit goes a little overboard because of the ground wire and extra fuse, but I figured it wouldn't harm anything so I left them on. I then tucked the wire into the A pillar and across the top of the windshield. You can use your fingernail or gently with a small screwdriver.

    The v1 now turns on and off with the ignition and works perfectly!

    Sorry I had to attach the rest of the photos separately.

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    Hey Nacho, I have a few questions I hope you don't mind answering. Just got the ATS and looking to hard wire my V-1. I have two thoughts about where to put it: 1-Get a BlendMount and place the V-1 under the rear view mirror, or 2-Place it on the driver's visor (as you did, and as I had it on my 325i). In either case, I assume that it would be easiest just to run the wires under the headliner and down the A column. But then again, any idea if one can hook-in directly into the overhead console/rear mirror instead of running to the fuse box? Does the Invisicord really make a marked difference in appearance when compared to the original V-1 cord? In either install it would seem to me that there is very little wire showing. Lastly, are you able to turn down your visor with the V-1 clipped in? BTW, what is that plug you are holding in your last picture?

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    If anyone with an auto dimming mirror has tapped into the mirror, would love to hear how it went. I assume the housing attached to the window and the mirror post just pries off, but would be good to know which wires you tapped into on the harness (I don't have a voltmeter and was thinking of taking to professional installer) and what length cord you used. I have a passport 8500 and was thinking of buying a Blendmount mirror mount and a mirrortap power cord.

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    OK, cdp, that's the other way to go. I agree that tapping into the mirror should be a way to activate the RD, but I would also like to know just how to get into the mirror and which wires (ground and live-with-ignition-ON) one needs to splice into.

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    Back from the dead.

    My 2014 Standard has a totally different fuse box. Of course, since it's a Standard with only CUE, many fuses aren't used. Here's a couple of shots, one of the fuses and the other of the cover showing what they're for:

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    Using a voltmeter, all I can find are permanently powered fuse positions. The top (in the picture) fuse positions seem to have a bus on the top side while the next two rows seem to share a bus. All of the other positions not occupied by a fuse have no electrical connections in them so are useless. The fused positions are are powered except for the one on the bottom right which doesn't seem to have power at any time. I even tried CB1 but it's always powered, too. Unless there's something I need to do to fool the car into thinking the door is closed I see no way to get switched power here. Maybe it's a 2014 thang?

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    So here is the thing, I can appreciate the practicality of the "invisicord" as I had it on my 2011 GS Vette...The ATS with all of it's auto dimming stuff lis very complicated unless you know what you are doing.....stay away from that at all costs.. who needs a dealer telling you the fail was due to your install!!
    I have the Escort 9500 with the "BlendMount". I added the Smart Cord so I do not ever have touch the 9500 except to turn it on (it turns itself off when it does not sense motion). The smart cord needs a 12v source, if you look at the fuse box there are "open" slots so i added a fuse there and grabbed a ground off a bolt in same area.It took me 5 minutes to run the cable from mount (tucked in headliner with plastic screw driver), pulled pillar piece of enough to run the cable inside and straight into Fuse Box. The smart cord "remote" box which replicates both the display as well as button to mute and "lock out" thru GPS, mounted that in right corner of gauge cluster for easy "reach" to mute. The cable from that runs straight down under steering column which has a huge gap covered by rubber (sloppy if you ask me) that allows for the column to move for tilt adjust. Took a wire coat hangar to "feed" it thru to fuse panel and wala...very clean very functional.Took me 20 mins max. I have the drivers assist with the Cam/Radar for active cruise, which is very amazing to watch, and only when I am directly up against something do I get a K band hit, like pulling in the garage, since that is tracked in GPS I have locked that out .
    Hope this helps

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    I installed A V1 using a 10" invisicord and a blendmount J28 below the rear view mirror on my 2013 ATS Premium. Took about 35 minutes after finding out how to remove the cover on the console mounted to the windshield behind the mirror. The 2013 ATS does not have a removable plug behind the mirror, but it does have a mirror connector in the console. Make sure you have a 10 inch cord, the 8 inch is too short, and get the one with the skinny bayonets. The invisicord attaches to the black ground wire and the lavender wire on the rear of the plug. Really close quarters, and a slim pair of needle nosed pliers helps get the bayonets started. The plug is on the left side of the console(driver side), and the cover can be removed by inserting a thin knife blade under the edge of the plastic cover left side close to the top of the windshield. Once it pops loose, it can be separated into two sections and removed completely to make access much easier. Once the invisicord is installed, it is routed through the opening that surrounds the mirror stem when reinstalling the console cover.

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    I have also installed a V1 into my Luxury via the wire from the fuse box being snaked along the dash-A pillar intersection and then along the roof liner to the driver's visor. Yeah, I opted to have the V1 clipped onto the visor instead of using the Blendmount. My reasoning for not using the Blendmount was that if I did, I felt that the V1 was just too visible hanging down from the rear view mirror. With the V1 on the visor, it is quite hard to see from the outside and looks too "bulky" hanging down from the mirror.

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    Nothing on 2014 fusebox differences?

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    I installed my valentine one using a fuse tap in the heated steering wheel fuse. Ran the wire up the A pillar and across to the mirror. Ran another wire to the top of the steering wheel for the remote display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jguerdat
    Nothing on 2014 fusebox differences?
    Did you ever figure out where to easily get a switched12v?

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    Re: Hard wire a radar detector; anyone do this yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by onecleancaddy View Post
    Did you ever figure out where to easily get a switched12v?
    Nope but based on the post above yours makes me think that using fuse 25 as seen in my pictures several posts up will work, just as it did for shooter2384. Worth a shot. Not sure why it didn't seem switched but I was measuring with the door open which activates things so...

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    I measured them all with the door shut, fob outside the car. Wait for 30 seconds to ensure everything shuts off and 12v stays. On every spot..

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    It's really easy if you use the fuse tap. Try one of the fuses and if the radar detector isn't on and off when you want it to be, just try a different fuse.

    I knew I only wanted the radar detector on when I would be able to use the steering wheel heater (when the car is running).

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