: Valentine Radar Mounting Options



Short-Throw
12-28-08, 02:14 AM
I had a bracket from Great Lakes Trophies & Engraving that screwed into my passenger visor mount to hold my Valentine in place on my Z06.

http://69.89.25.185/~trexsoft/t-rexsoftware.com/greatlakes/images/v1c6visormount-mounted.jpg

I understand I can purchase an invisicord for the hard wire application.

What's available for the CTS/CTS-V to actually hold the Valentine up? I'd rather not use suction cups if I can avoid it.

I found this from an older thread.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/Gxxr1/DSC05921.jpg

Is there any thing available that will mount the V1 up high and just to the right of the mirror like my first pic? I'd rather not have to make one myself. :banghead:



Thank you,


Mike

Cub Cadet
12-28-08, 06:49 PM
Go with what is in your lower picture that hangs off of the rearview mirror. I have that mount and invisicord for an Escort 8500i in my Trailblazer SS and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!! I hate suction cups and will never use them again for anything. I have had the mirror mount in my Trailblazer SS for over two years without any problems. In fact, the guy that makes those mounts is local to me. He started off making them for the Nissan 350Z crowd and branched out to all other types of vehicles.

thebigjimsho
12-28-08, 11:06 PM
Ahh, a Valentine1 fan. Smart man. A V1 in a V2? Excellent!


As for helping on this subject, I got nothin'. But hopefully you'll have it set up for when I get mine. Thanks in advance...

CadV
12-29-08, 12:13 AM
Hey Mike,

You got a couple options.

1) http://www.countryjoycrafts.com/ConnectorForRadarDetector.htm
2) http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_Other-Vehicle-Parts__BlendMount-Custom-Mount-for-Valentine-One-V1-Radar-Det_W0QQitemZ190276713324QQadiZ2878QQadnZOtherQ20V ehicleQ20PartsQQcmdZViewItemQQptZOther_Vehicle_Par ts?hash=item190276713324&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A543%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1309

I went with the second option because it is adjustable. It is 10 dollars more but every mirror is different and there is no guarantee it will fit under the mirror nicely and I don;t want a gap. I am picky so I paid the extra 10 to be able and tweak it myself. From what I have found our stem is 7/8" or 23mm.

I ordered the BlendMount (http://www.blendmount.com/forumdisplay.php?f=12) and the Invisicord (http://invisicord.com/osc2/catalog/index.php?cPath=24&osCsid=85da5e662f73cb7d6c258ca38813bb03) and will post a guide once I get it installed.

Short-Throw
12-29-08, 12:36 AM
Thanks for the replies Cadet and CadV! It looks like the mirror mount is the best to date. What I loved about the Corvette mount was, it really was incognito.

Mike

Short-Throw
12-29-08, 12:39 AM
Ahh, a Valentine1 fan. Smart man. A V1 in a V2? Excellent!


Do you know how many times I erased V1 in my post and spelled out 'VALENTINE' to avoid confusion? :cookoo:

jvp
12-29-08, 05:38 AM
Mike -


I understand I can purchase an invisicord for the hard wire application.

Have you tried the Invisicord yet? The mirror plug on the CTS is a little different than that on other GM vehicles, the last time I looked at it (admittedly, that was a few months ago). Upon visual inspection, it looked like the plug would make it very difficult to slide the Invisicord wires into it.

Hopefully I'm wrong on that one.

jas

CadV
12-29-08, 09:43 AM
Mike -



Have you tried the Invisicord yet? The mirror plug on the CTS is a little different than that on other GM vehicles, the last time I looked at it (admittedly, that was a few months ago). Upon visual inspection, it looked like the plug would make it very difficult to slide the Invisicord wires into it.

Hopefully I'm wrong on that one.

jas

There is a cover you have to take off to expose the wires.

jvp
12-29-08, 09:47 AM
There is a cover you have to take off to expose the wires.

Do you then cut the ends off the Invisicord wires and strip them a bit? Or do you leave the little metal slides on them and just wedge them into place?

jas

CadV
12-29-08, 11:00 AM
Do you then cut the ends off the Invisicord wires and strip them a bit? Or do you leave the little metal slides on them and just wedge them into place?

jas


No cutting/stripping is the beauty of the Invisicord. You put the metal ends in the back of the plug like this:

Check this thread out:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-forum-2008-beyond/137007-easy-radar-detector-installation.html

jvp
12-29-08, 11:12 AM
No cutting/stripping is the beauty of the Invisicord. You put the metal ends in the back of the plug like this:

I know. I use it in my Corvette. :-) The point I was trying to make was: I thought GM changed the mirror plug on the newer CTS such that sliding a piggy-back wire into the back of them would be impossible. But, if I'm mistaken about that, then, cool. :-)

jas

CadV
12-29-08, 11:27 AM
I know. I use it in my Corvette. :-) The point I was trying to make was: I thought GM changed the mirror plug on the newer CTS such that sliding a piggy-back wire into the back of them would be impossible. But, if I'm mistaken about that, then, cool. :-)

jas

I took my plug out last night and popped the cover right off exposing the wires. The other thread I referenced is exactly what mine looks like.

I just wanted to make sure the plug did not change. Like you said it did not look like you could expose the wires.

Short-Throw
12-29-08, 07:26 PM
Mike -



Have you tried the Invisicord yet? The mirror plug on the CTS is a little different than that on other GM vehicles,
jas


I took my plug out last night and popped the cover right off exposing the wires. The other thread I referenced is exactly what mine looks like.

I just wanted to make sure the plug did not change. Like you said it did not look like you could expose the wires.


Good feedback guys, thanks!

Dave Golder
12-29-08, 09:53 PM
I used an invsi cord to install mine and use clack double sided tape to tape bracket to windshield and you can not see it in the tint. Works great.