: V1 Hardwire with BlendMount and Invisicord



CadV
12-31-08, 07:39 PM
First off want to thank RustedElvis for his Invisicord guide in the CTS section of this forum. Here is the link:
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-forum-2008-beyond/137007-easy-radar-detector-installation.html

To keep things simple I will paste his steps with some more detail and then give my guide on the BlendMount. I would do the Invisicord stuff first because I was having to move the mirror around to get the plug out. BlendMount limits how far you can bend the mirror.

Invisicord...

Step 1: Remove wire harness from rear view mirror. I folded the mirror to where it was facing the ground and then pushed in the clip on then pulled up. It is a little tough to get out the first time I kept working it from side to side.

Step 2: Once you unplug the harness you can then remove the plastic back plate from the plug. At the neck where the wires go in there are little clips on each side. Undo them and then you can fold the neck piece around. Now you can pop the back plate off. This took a little effort and wiggling to get it off.

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Step 3: Push ground with black wire on the top row, only wire on the top row. Push 12v with solid yellow wire on the bottom row (3rd wire from the left)

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Step 5: Push the wire plug back into the rear view mirror. Hardest part was taking the plastic cover off the wire harness. Detector powers on when the car starts and powers off immediately when the engine is turned off.

BlendMount...

Step 6: Package contents. All the tools you will need are supplied by BlendMount.

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Step 7: Take the suckers off the V1 mount and fasten it to the BlendMount.

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Step 8: The 08-09 CTS-V stem is 7/8" or 23mm so you do not need the bushing. Mount the BlendMount loose to the stem of your mirror and then adjust it to your liking.

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Conclusion: Invisicord is a must have in order to avoid messing with wires and it is extremely easy to use. The BlendMount is a quality product and not a cheap piece of metal. It is fully adjustable which makes it the best option available in my opinion (Adjustment is important considering every mirror is different). BlendMount is very fast with their shipping.

Short-Throw
12-31-08, 09:04 PM
Great post! Thank you!

cjwolverine
01-01-09, 09:10 PM
Great post! Thank you!

yes great post. Thank you. Now a question for you guys (and gals) with hard wire mounts. What do you do when you actually get pulled over?

Can you disconnect quickly and stash the detector?

I'm a firm believer that when the fuzz pulls you over and they see the detector, you are nailed for sure. Any solutions, or stories?

thanks
Chris

jvp
01-01-09, 09:17 PM
What do you do when you actually get pulled over?

In my opinion, this is where the advantage of using the suction cup mounts really shows. If you mount the V1 up near the junction of the windshield and the ceiling, you can, with a quick flip of your wrist, drop the visor over the detector. The visor (which is usually dark in color) will help blend the V1 into the lightly tinted band of glass at the top of the windshield.

The mounts that use the rear view mirror, et al, are very elegant and nicely done. Unfortunately, they leave the V1 right out in the open for the world (and, specifically, the police officer) to see. And, since I live in one of the few areas where detectors are still illegal, I have to be exceptionally careful of it being seen.

Suffice it to say, it hasn't been seen yet. :)

jas

Short-Throw
01-01-09, 09:36 PM
yes great post. Thank you. Now a question for you guys (and gals) with hard wire mounts. What do you do when you actually get pulled over?

Can you disconnect quickly and stash the detector?

I'm a firm believer that when the fuzz pulls you over and they see the detector, you are nailed for sure. Any solutions, or stories?

thanks
Chris

This is exactly why I wanted to find a mount that sits as high as the rear view mirror to the right and slightly forward. This makes it very difficult to see from the rear or the side of the car.


Mike

cavemantrader
01-02-09, 12:40 AM
CadV,
what length Invisicord did you use? Is the standard 8" enough?

Thanks

CadV
01-02-09, 01:01 AM
CadV,
what length Invisicord did you use? Is the standard 8" enough?

Thanks

Yep, that was more than enough.

JEM
01-02-09, 02:58 AM
The last two tickets I've gotten were in the Audi. First one, driving the car home after buying it, I had the Garmin plugged into the lighter to get out of the LA rathole and I figured I'd stop and plug in the V1 somewhere around the Grapevine. Waited one exit too long. A V1 in your briefcase does you no good. Adding insult to injury, half an hour after I get home I find the rear-seat lighter socket in the back of the console, nicely located for the GPS.

The next one, driving the three-year-old home from Legoland, taking the avoiding-LA-at-any-cost route east up 210 to 58. Babygirl was asleep so I had the thing turned down a bit. A bit too far. A V1 with the volume cranked down does you no good.

My only concern with the mounting arrangement pictured here would be the extra weight of the V1 on the mirror-mounting puck. I have a hard enough time getting the glued-on mirrors to stay glued-on in some of my cars. I've got just about all our cars wired for V1 power above the mirror, but use the suction-cup mounts.

Would the V1 Remote Display gadget be compact enough to mount above/next to the mirror?

CadV
01-02-09, 09:10 PM
I came up with a little Invisicord tweak to be able to put the back plate on. The exposed wires looked a little tacky for a Caddy :P.

Take the flat part of the Invisicords and bend them in a 90 degree angle. I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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jvp
01-02-09, 10:18 PM
I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.


Focus? *blink* Hello? Did we learn how to focus our camera? :-)

I think you're too close to the object of interest in this case, and the camera's auto-focus can't deal with the range. Back of a couple of inches and see if you can get better focus.

jas

CadV
01-02-09, 11:33 PM
Focus? *blink* Hello? Did we learn how to focus our camera? :-)

I think you're too close to the object of interest in this case, and the camera's auto-focus can't deal with the range. Back of a couple of inches and see if you can get better focus.

jas

I was in a rush when I did this. Don't feel like taking it apart again. Hopefully people can live with the fuzzy pics.

01devillew/05 nav
01-06-09, 01:34 AM
I recently finished my V1 installation with the radar body mounted almost invisible (behind the right side of the mirror yet not abstructed by the right side sun visor), remoted volume knob (for convenience) and piezo (for maximum volume) and the display behind the rear view mirror glass. I don't know how to post the pics there are some in my profile I'll add some more. Later.

tedcmiller
01-08-09, 12:43 AM
Most digital cameras have a maco mode just for closeups. Normal mode will usually not focus as closely as needed. Using the LCD to frame the picture will show an out-of-focus conditon. Using the optical viewfinder usually doesn't.

tedcmiller
01-17-09, 01:11 AM
I have a question. CadV stated
Detector powers on when the car starts and powers off immediately when the engine is turned off.
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?

OldDrummer55
02-20-09, 05:15 PM
A few observations on this thread:

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 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_detector_detector ) to detect your radar detector. Be careful.

The Valentine remote system (I own one) only provides a method to relocate the bright red visual alarm. You hardwire the apporximately 1"x1" unit to a lower area of your dash so when the detector goes off, it doesn't light up the main unit, which can be seen due to it's windshield area mount. The best concept is the remote system. the detector receiver is mounted in the grill of your car and the control panel is mounted low in the dash area. Escort is selling this unit for about $1500.00, and testing indicates it works well. Pretty pricey though...

One concept to remember about speeding: If they are using an instant on (manually triggered) radar unit and you are the only car on the road, they'll nail you. They have to see you to shoot you. If there are other cars on the road your detector will pick up the police illuminating cars ahead of you and you'll have time to slow down. If they leave their unit on all the time, my V1 will pick them up 1-2 miles away depending on the terrain.

Drive safe and smart. Be aware of your surroundings and areas on the horizon that might conceal a speed trap.

jvp
02-20-09, 07:21 PM
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.

jas

CadV
02-22-09, 10:58 AM
I have a question. CadV stated
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.

S70RMP
02-22-09, 02:19 PM
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.

OldDrummer55
02-22-09, 07:48 PM
what is ironic is BEL is (or was) a Canadian company. Detectors are illegal in Canada, but they'll sell them to other countries!

jvp
02-22-09, 11:32 PM
the V1 is not invisible to RDD.

Your proof is where? BEL's advertising, perhaps? :-)

jas

OldDrummer55
02-23-09, 12:24 PM
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...

S70RMP
02-23-09, 04:06 PM
Your proof is where? BEL's advertising, perhaps? :-)

jas

http://www.radardetector.net/forums/valentine-one/42951-v1-vs-sti.html

jvp
02-23-09, 05:25 PM
http://www.radardetector.net/forums/valentine-one/42951-v1-vs-sti.html

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/detector-counter-measure-videos/30573-vg-2-vs-detectors-incl-v1-sti-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.

jas

Caddyscat
02-23-09, 06:47 PM
Ok Ok, total Noobie here to the detectors here. V1 is the weapon of choice? I like the invisicord mount (sans the blurry pics :hide:) 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.

OldDrummer55
02-23-09, 09:48 PM
Ok Ok, total Noobie here to the detectors here. V1 is the weapon of choice? I like the invisicord mount (sans the blurry pics :hide:) 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... :thumbsup:

RapidRob
02-23-09, 11:22 PM
I've used a Valentine for many, many years and it's saved me a lot of unintentional cash transfer to the state treasury... :thumbsup:

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 ... :helpless:

Rob

OldDrummer55
02-24-09, 11:20 AM
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 ... :helpless:

Rob

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.

asabase
03-08-10, 08:49 PM
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.

Tony407
03-09-10, 08:38 PM
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.

Tony


Tony

neuronbob
03-09-10, 10:46 PM
^^^^^^
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.

lavaman
03-10-10, 10:34 AM
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.

Tony


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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.

CadV
03-27-10, 07:25 PM
FYI for those of you with a 2010.

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

CadV
03-27-10, 07:27 PM
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.

IBNR
03-28-10, 12:17 PM
^^^^

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!

IBNR
04-03-10, 05:02 PM
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.

neuronbob
04-03-10, 06:13 PM
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.

CadV
04-03-10, 09:43 PM
This is a must do mod for V1 owners. Glad you like it because I couldn't live without mine.

Caddyscat
04-03-10, 11:05 PM
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.

IBNR
04-04-10, 12:52 AM
^^^^

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.

neuronbob
04-04-10, 03:37 PM
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*).

:woot:

CadV
04-04-10, 04:12 PM
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*).

:woot:

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

Lambo
05-29-10, 08:22 AM
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.

Johnsteph10
07-26-10, 11:45 PM
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?

mugatu22
07-27-10, 12:58 AM
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.

Domsz06
07-27-10, 10:06 AM
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...

cdog533
07-27-10, 12:09 PM
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?

If you take the cover off that plug, you should see like 10 wires running into a white plastic block. You simply JAM the little invisicord metal prongs down next to the correct wires. It's shown at the top of the thread.

Then bend em 90 degrees, slap the cover back on, and it's good.

bbott
01-20-11, 11:13 AM
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.

creed2
01-25-11, 09:21 PM
bbott & johnsteph10..... I also have asked about being able to install the invisicord on a 2011 V sedan. Have you or has anyone been able to complete the install for a 2011? Ive not had any response or luck. Im trying to switch out my Valetine One from my ZO6 into my 2011 V Sedan. The problem /difference is the the 2011 V does not have a simple plug that just goes into the back of the mirror, I think this may be because of the OnStar Application for cellphones. Its connection runs through a metal post down from the headliner into a black plug that connects into the mirror, the invisicord plug doesnt seem to wanna fit into the pink ( postive ) or the black ( negative ). Can someone please offer there $.2 about this install?.................................. THANKS

markrn
01-28-11, 07:55 PM
I ran into the same problem with my 11 sedan, I went with this stealth cord in the 12 inch version. Gives you enough length up the mirror post to mount it to just to the left of the mirror. Get the one for the g37/g35 as they have thinner, rounder spades. Works like a charm just have to use a little pressure getting them to fit snugly. The spades on the invisicord are way to wide. Received the cord promptly via usps. :o http://www.stealthcords.com/shop/product.php?productid=16166&cat=280&page=1

Tom_E
01-28-11, 08:10 PM
I ran into the same problem with my 11 sedan, I went with this stealth cord in the 12 inch version. Gives you enough length up the mirror post to mount it to just to the left of the mirror. Get the one for the g37/g35 as they have thinner, rounder spades. Works like a charm just have to use a little pressure getting them to fit snugly. The spades on the invisicord are way to wide. Received the cord promptly via usps. :o http://www.stealthcords.com/shop/product.php?productid=16166&cat=280&page=1

I installed one in my Coupe using the mirror connection, so yes it can be done easily. Well pretty easily.. :)

creed2
01-28-11, 09:19 PM
Just ordered the one for G37 as you recommended. It looks like it will work since it has the smaller connecting probes.....Thanks very much for your help!!!

markrn
01-28-11, 11:57 PM
NP glad I could help

e6t
01-29-11, 03:04 AM
Is the v1 still the way to go?

markrn
01-29-11, 10:50 AM
It comes down to personal choice, i've had my V1 for close to 8 yrs, service is excellent not that its needed much like new bezels and an recalibration. I like that it has a huge KA range in distance out on the road. I'm a traveling nurse on the road alot and have also found that K band is also good as the north dakota patrol uses it as well. But there are others just as good. I use this site alot for info http://www.radardetector.net/forums/. :-)

Gonzales25
01-29-11, 11:11 AM
FYI for people with the coupe, i just tried to put in the invisicord and the ends were to wide to slide into the connectors. I tried to trim them down still didn't work. So I got frustrated cut the the ends off and exposed the ends, then I took a razor blade shaved off enough of the wire cover to expose the wires on the harness hanging down (pink + ..black w/ white strip -), Then I wrapped the invisicord around the wires put a little electrical tape to cover everything up. Connected my detector and everything works perfect.

Sorry I started rambling.............

e6t
01-29-11, 11:24 AM
It comes down to personal choice, i've had my V1 for close to 8 yrs, service is excellent not that its needed much like new bezels and an recalibration. I like that it has a huge KA range in distance out on the road. I'm a traveling nurse on the road alot and have also found that K band is also good as the north dakota patrol uses it as well. But there are others just as good. I use this site alot for info http://www.radardetector.net/forums/. :-)

I've done some time on there... There are many fans of each and they just seem to yell at each other.

I bought a V1 two years ago and it seemed to false a lot, but that may be because i pass 3 hospitals on the way to work.

I may try a redline just for shigiggles.

markrn
01-29-11, 11:38 AM
Yup it does at times, just need to tweak the settings alittle. Whats weird is to get laser falses but with the newer vehicles and the way stop lamps are placed just something to get used to. When my v1 finally dies will look at the ones with gps logging especially with the newer automated radar stations.

bbott
01-30-11, 10:16 AM
Just ordered the one for G37 as you recommended. It looks like it will work since it has the smaller connecting probes.....Thanks very much for your help!!!

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?

creed2
01-30-11, 07:27 PM
Yes I think so

majdewey
01-31-11, 06:17 PM
This past weekend I hardwired my V1 in my 2011 CTS-V Coupe. I just completed the write up with pictures for the forum, but my post was not allowed because I'm new and can't post links to photos until I have 5 post. Guess I should of read the rules. I'll post my required post tonight and redo the write up.:bonkers:

tinman
02-01-11, 12:20 PM
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.

Tony407
02-01-11, 03:13 PM
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.

Tony

tinman
02-01-11, 03:21 PM
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.

Tony407
02-01-11, 03:30 PM
Dead nuts on target, Tony.

Ahhhh...the mental image... LOL

tony

bbott
02-04-11, 12:41 PM
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?

Domsz06
02-04-11, 01:14 PM
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.

bbott
02-06-11, 10:07 AM
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.

danman_s
03-05-11, 06:56 PM
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.

fl1cts
03-06-11, 09:45 PM
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.

tomm
03-08-11, 10:27 AM
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 (http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Beltronics-STi-R-Plus-Radar-Detector.html) - 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.

e6t
03-08-11, 11:15 AM
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.

Stillborn
04-11-12, 10:50 PM
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. =]

allinmyhead
04-12-12, 01:45 PM
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?

tinman
04-12-12, 01:50 PM
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

litig8r187
04-12-12, 04:15 PM
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.

thebigjimsho
04-12-12, 07:34 PM
Agreed. All speed measuring devices are supposed to confirm visual estimates.

I have been, on a number of occasions, the beneficiary of a rabbit in front of me. I have caught laser reflections or pass through from cars in front of me. In the tunnels in Boston, laser has bounced off the wall tiles and my V1 has picked it up.

On another occasion, a MA State Trooper hit me with laser on a blind curve. Since I knew exactly where and when he nabbed me, this served as part of my cross-examination of the officer. However, like how it has happened on all 3 cases that have gotten to the trial stage, the officer did not show and my case was dismissed.

Anyone who says laser detectors are useless is either a liar or ignorant of the facts...

DRL650
07-28-12, 12:06 AM
I have read conflicting wires? some say Yellow wire and some say Middle Pink? My 2011 Vette The switched power is middle pink? any one here know for sure? Thanks in advance.

Crystal Red CTS-V
07-28-12, 10:45 AM
Tried and tried to find a way to do it in my '12 Coupe, but with the Rainsense wipers, none of the previous threads on how to connect it apply. I ended up just getting a long black power cord and running it up under the headliner edge, down the A pillar and along the bottom passenger door moulding to the rear power accessory at the rear of the console. It actually turned out quite nice. I agree, the '11 Vette is much easier!

DRL650
07-28-12, 07:04 PM
Tried and tried to find a way to do it in my '12 Coupe, but with the Rainsense wipers, none of the previous threads on how to connect it apply. I ended up just getting a long black power cord and running it up under the headliner edge, down the A pillar and along the bottom passenger door moulding to the rear power accessory at the rear of the console. It actually turned out quite nice. I agree, the '11 Vette is much easier!

Well that stinks..Your idea might also be the way I will go. Thanks.

DRL650
08-11-12, 04:54 PM
For my 2012 There is a red wire between a green and green/white wires. This is +12
volts switched by ignition on.

The black/white wire is a ground. Zip tie the cord to the wiring harness
for strain relief and tuck it under the cover.

Simple install.

Mr. LCP
08-12-12, 06:44 PM
How about for a 2009? I haven't gotten around to wiring my V1 yet.

DRL650
08-12-12, 08:09 PM
How about for a 2009? I haven't gotten around to wiring my V1 yet.

Check out this. http://www.invisicord.com/vehicleapp/index.php?vehmodel=cts

Fastcar
10-22-12, 10:00 AM
For my 2012 There is a red wire between a green and green/white wires. This is +12
volts switched by ignition on.

The black/white wire is a ground. Zip tie the cord to the wiring harness
for strain relief and tuck it under the cover.

Simple install.

Yup,that is how my V1 is wired. did it once and apparently didn't get a good connection. So exposed the wire and with a little solder it is truly hard wired.

McGuffy
10-22-12, 11:28 AM
My '12 Coupe is wired just like DRL650 says - works great - detector stays on for a few min after you shut the car off, but it does go off eventually.

dennych
10-22-12, 11:14 PM
Hmm, keeping this in mind for when I get mine

neuronbob
10-23-12, 07:34 AM
Is this the same for the 2013s? If I go through with purchase, I'll be doing a direct switch in the dealer's parking lot. The operation in my 2009 took literally 60 seconds.

MaximumPwr
10-23-12, 05:39 PM
For my 2012 There is a red wire between a green and green/white wires. This is +12
volts switched by ignition on.

The black/white wire is a ground. Zip tie the cord to the wiring harness
for strain relief and tuck it under the cover.

Simple install.

What he said.

dennych
10-25-12, 03:04 AM
which one are you guys buying?

are you guys talking about this?
http://invisicord.com/osc2/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=31

neuronbob
01-28-13, 11:05 AM
I finally hardwired my V1 to my new wagon.

For my 2013, there is a PINK powered cable and a black/white ground.

Also, the regular Invisicord blades are simply too wide to fit. I bought another cord with narrow pins and I just installed it yesterday. It's from an outfit that sells on eBay, Safe-n-Sound, and it cost $11.50 shipped. It comes with a fuse attached, unlike the Invisicord, with which you have to pay $5 extra for that. Fits great and now I'm all set up. LINK (http://www.ebay.com/itm/280269445867)

So if anyone wants my old Invisicord for their older (2009-10) V, I'm willing to sell.

khoeysr
01-28-13, 11:41 AM
I installed blendmount and invisicord myself in my 09 and 11. On the 12 I had it at the dealer so I had them do it. The lead comes out of the harness and is easily accessible.Don't know where or how it is connected.

I have had great experiences with my dealer so I did not hesitate to let them do it. Since I had basically lucked into it twice already, I didn't want to push my luck.

wetcoast
01-28-13, 02:17 PM
I did a write-up with pics here.....

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2009-cadillac-cts-v-general-discussion/246153-escort-passport-9500ix-radar-detector-hardwire.html

neuronbob
01-28-13, 03:23 PM
That's a good writeup. However, having owned both a 2009 and now a 2013 V, the wiring harnesses are different between the two and so is the mounting point on the mirror (none on the 2012-13, definitely present on the 2009).

Otherwise, the same basic principles apply to that extensive an install. :thumbsup:

marcusp23
04-01-13, 11:31 AM
Can you guys confirm the wire coloring for a 2011 CTS Sedan?

Bumping this to see if someone can help answer this question before I dive in and start messing with wiring. Thanks

cadillaxe
05-14-13, 08:12 PM
no, but hoping someone answers so i can do my '13 as well :)

neuronbob
05-14-13, 11:22 PM
no, but hoping someone answers so i can do my '13 as well :)

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2009-2013-cadillac-cts-v-general/265852-2012-wire-use-invisicord-radar-detector.html#post3206235

Here you go, bud. I had to do this on my '13.

cadillaxe
05-15-13, 08:07 AM
I finally hardwired my V1 to my new wagon.

For my 2013, there is a PINK powered cable and a black/white ground.

Also, the regular Invisicord blades are simply too wide to fit. I bought another cord with narrow pins and I just installed it yesterday. It's from an outfit that sells on eBay, Safe-n-Sound, and it cost $11.50 shipped. It comes with a fuse attached, unlike the Invisicord, with which you have to pay $5 extra for that. Fits great and now I'm all set up. LINK (http://www.ebay.com/itm/280269445867)

So if anyone wants my old Invisicord for their older (2009-10) V, I'm willing to sell.

awesome, thanks! Just ordered the safensound cable, and guess i'll also have an old invisicord to sell soon unless i can send it back. I have the blendmount ordered, but will need some tweeking to get it behind the mirror, not below it. already talked to the outfit in WPB about modifying the mirror for the display.

only thing i have yet to figure out is will i just reach behind the mirror to hit mute or volume adjust, or do i mount that somewhere else? any thoughts?

cadillaxe
05-15-13, 08:09 AM
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2009-2013-cadillac-cts-v-general/265852-2012-wire-use-invisicord-radar-detector.html#post3206235

Here you go, bud. I had to do this on my '13.

bi+chn! posted over there since that's the relevant series for ours. thanks!!

E-Ticket
05-19-13, 09:27 AM
This past weekend I hardwired my V1 in my 2011 CTS-V Coupe. I just completed the write up with pictures for the forum, but my post was not allowed because I'm new and can't post links to photos until I have 5 post. Guess I should of read the rules. I'll post my required post tonight and redo the write up.:bonkers:

2011 V Coupe, I just finished hardwiring with Invisicord yesterday. Totally different from other approaches (no plug on back of mirror). I used the 8" invisicord and and the Blendmount setup.

1) pull the wiring cover off the mirror bracket (easy pry off, just pops off, angle the mirror down if you need better access)
2) remove bolt from mirror holddown to window (small star head, angle mirror back up to get a straight shot at the bolt)
3) slide up mirror until it is off the window metal tab, then rotate it 180 to where you can see/access the tiny latch in the square electrical connector (it normally is hidden facing the window, don't try to pry/push in the small white dots on each side of it like I did, they don't do anything).
4) take a small screwdriver and just press in the latch and the connector will pop apart, now you have the mirror completely off and in your hand.
5) Invisicord prongs are fine as is, no need to cut, shave, bend, etc if you do it my way. You will be pushing them into the "mirror-side" of the connector, so the colors don't mean anything; you have to match up the wires to the ones that are colored pink (for yellow) and black/white (for black). Watch out, there is a brown/white that threw me off for a bit (and a yellow too which other V's use, but not the Coupe).
6) Once you have located the pink wire and black/white wire on the "car-side" of the connector, note which "mirror-side" wires match (they are both on the "bottom row" of the connector when it is sitting in installed position.
7) Route the invisicord wire up through the hole in the bottom of the mirror bracket, to where the wire will end up coming out the "bottom" of the entire bracket, just past the window metal square.
8) push the connectors into the two wire holes, it will take a bit of pulling/tugging/aligning, but since the whole mirror is off in your hand its easier to work with.
9) once the wires are fully pushed in, pull the entire invisicord tight, then lay the "phone cord" body of it in the narrow channel on either side of the bolt hole that screws into the window metal square, then out the "bottom".
10) now take the whole mirror, connect to connector, slide onto metal square (making sure not to pinch the phone cord part of invisicord), screw in mirror bolt, and pop back on beauty cover. you are done.

This method has the cord coming out the bottom of the mirrror bracket, which curves right around and plugs into my V1 mounted on the blendmount. If you prefer the wiring coming out the "top" of the whole thing you'd need to bend the wiring 180 degrees, or try to push the invisicord pins into the "car-side" of the connector/etc. I like the clean look of the wire coming straight out/over to the V1.

Good luck!
Randy

cadillaxe
06-17-13, 08:42 PM
ok, finally finished the radar mount project

-bought the safe n' sound with narrow pins, but cord still too long, so made my own shorter one
-bought blendmount, but didn't like the low hanging v1, so made a different plate to include that puts it to the right of the mirror. this allows me to not see it in my vision, but it's still hanging up high with antennas in clear view front and back, access to mute/volume, etc. but not cables down to dash, just power from the mirror

vid to follow...

117418

Cadzilla8
06-17-13, 08:53 PM
Hey neuronbob and axe. You both have extra invisacords? I would be interested in buying one of them. I have my escort hardwired to my mirror but the wire they provided aren't the base the it doesn't give very good signal/power. Shoot me a pm. Thanks

neuronbob
06-17-13, 09:59 PM
Nice install axe. :thumbsup: Very original.

Cadzilla8, I'll try to locate my Invisacord. Note that it is the one with the wide blades.

cadillaxe
06-17-13, 11:18 PM
Thanks Bob. i'm happy with it.

zilla, I've got mine lying right in front of me. PM you in a sec.

Bigron
06-18-13, 10:36 AM
So with a 2010 do I need the thin blades?
Also, color for power/ground?
Thanks in advance.

khoeysr
06-18-13, 02:03 PM
I had the invisicord/blendmount setup in my 09 V sedan and my 11 Vcoupe. Did all the installation myself. When I got my 12 coupe I had the dealer tap in while I was picking the car up. Nothing to it, and no explosions or electrical problems since, so I can't offer much other than to say I probably would always have the dealer do the electrical stuff from now on.

cadillaxe
06-19-13, 07:47 AM
i'm not positive on this, but at some point i think they went from the big connector on the mirror itself to the small connector above the mirror, and the thinner blades work best for the latter, though not sure what years. is that right, Bob? Ron, if you post a pic, would be easier to make a guess.

the install was overall pretty basic stuff. i have a video i'm stitching together right now on it. hardest part for me was making the bracket extension for horizontal mounting of actual V1 behind the mirror. hopefully have that posted by the weekend.

flatrockguy
06-19-13, 09:08 AM
Everyone is aware that the invisicord is just a phone cord, right! You can just go to your local store and pic one up for a couple bucks cut it to your specific length and solder on a couple pins yourself.

Cadzilla8
06-19-13, 04:31 PM
What radar detectors do you guys have? I have an escort smart radar and I'm not really satisfied with it. I made a thread before I bought it but most of the old folks here weren't crazy about the idea of speeding and avoiding cops. Right now I'm looking to try and sell mine and move to either a V1 or escort redline.

flatrockguy
06-19-13, 04:41 PM
I have the Escort 9500ix and am very happy with it but you may want to take a look at the new Escort Passport Max which seems to be the latest and greatest.

https://www.escortradar.com/passportmax/

67 455 Bird ragtop
06-19-13, 06:26 PM
Everyone is aware that the invisicord is just a phone cord, right! You can just go to your local store and pic one up for a couple bucks cut it to your specific length and solder on a couple pins yourself.

I always wondered about that. LOL ...Nice tip. I have PLENTY of wire and plugs. I'll look into it.

cadillaxe
06-20-13, 07:38 AM
almost true. there's also an inline fuse in the invisicord type devices. literally a small phone cord, inline fuse on power side, and the two blades/pins. you will have to a) figure out which wire goes where and b) solder the thing together. i made my cord shorter, so had to buy phone connectors and the tool for crimping, and spent more on that than i did on the invisicord in the first place, but by all means it can be done.

as far as model, i've had V1's on the aprilia, the s1k, and now the V. it's all i'll use as at the time i started buying them, it was the only one that had a rear antenna too and the directional arrows. i don't know if other devices now have that, but i've always considered V1 to be the gold standard. For the bikes, i always used the HARD system too, as it allowed me to have the LED flicker by my eye and i didn't have to watch the dash.

flatrockguy
06-20-13, 07:53 AM
True on the fuse, I had all the stuff, so it didn't cost me anything. For the do it your self guy who likes to tinker it's something to spend a little time doing:D

cadillaxe
06-20-13, 07:59 AM
exactly. i bought the cord AND had to tinker because of my mounting setup, needed it shorter.

quikag
06-20-13, 10:37 AM
Guys, I just did this last week on my '12 Sedan. My '12 sedan had the very small connector, so the invisicord I bought (the normal one) the blades were too big and didn't fit. Luckily, my Dad is very handy with stuff like that and he ran to radioshack and crimped on the male crimp connectors for a RS232 connector after cutting off the normal invisicord blades. Those connectors are very small and round, like a mini probe. Those slid right in next to the PINK wire and the black/white wire. We then ran the cord down to the Blendmount I bought and everything works great. Powers on when I turn the car on and turns off as soon as I turn the car off (and maybe open the door).

Cliff Notes: My 2012 Sedan had the small mirror plug, so I had to get special small connectors to get it to fit next to the pink power wire and black/white ground. I did email Invisicord about my problem and he said he would add a note to his website that later year CTS-V's may use a smaller connector.

cadillaxe
06-20-13, 01:51 PM
i think bob provided the link above to the thinner blade one i have by someone else. safe n' sound maybe or something like that?

cadillaxe
06-24-13, 05:47 AM
Here's a quick vid on the install/operation of my mirror mounted V1


http://youtu.be/1rqJoAw7-uY

RobF300
09-05-13, 07:17 PM
ok I finished the install on 2011 Sedan, thanks in part to this thread, Randy's post above mine, and to blendmount's website.

100% you can connect the wires into the mirror, I used an angled needle nose because my fingers couldnt grab the wires.
I removed the mirror completely from the car, this made it super easy
I snapped the cover back on. Simple- no drilling, nothing to come apart except the mirror

Took me longer to get the blendmount on.

Question- I cant seem to angle this thing straight so is it normal to have it angled slightly to the right side of the car? Meaning the display is angled towards the driver but the detector is aiming towards the right side of the road

I dont see any side to side adjustments

cadillaxe
09-05-13, 09:22 PM
not looking at it right now, but i think (?) you have two joints. one where the stem hits the window mount and one where the stem hits the mirror. you can adjust those a little. however, i didn't like the blendmount putting the v1 right below the mirror and blocking my view. i just made the extension in my video on the other thread http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2009-2013-cadillac-cts-v-general/265852-2012-wire-use-invisicord-radar-detector-3.html as shown. one option to get a little better position to me anyway.

RobF300
09-05-13, 09:40 PM
There is no side to side adjustment
Cadaxxe- blocks your view of what?

cadillaxe
09-05-13, 09:52 PM
blend mount as i bought it mounts the V1 right below the mirror. i made an extension and cocked it 90 deg so it places the V1 behind the right side of the mirror. I had the mirror laser etched so you can see the indicators on the mirror, but the V1 itself isn't even visible from the driver's view. watch the video on the thread i listed above and you'll see what i mean.

RobF300
09-06-13, 06:12 PM
nice work, got to be honest im not going to send my mirror out to be modified- but by sliding it off to the side does it aim straight ahead or a little to the right?

cadillaxe
09-06-13, 07:20 PM
i have mine aiming straight ahead. seems like the blendmount has a joint in it, then you bend the bracket to the V1 clamp for fine tuning up and down when made like mine.

RobF300
09-06-13, 10:16 PM
Its a side to side thing, not up and down. So you bent the bracket a little?
It could use a swivel

cadillaxe
09-07-13, 09:24 AM
if you use it in the stock blendmount manner, it will probably rotate with the stem and is only adjustable to rotate with two joints up and down/forward and back, however you want to say it. by me making that little slip joint piece in the video though and turning the blendmount 90 deg, i have more degrees of freedom to work with. make sense? because now what used to be a second vertical adjustment becomes a horizontal adjustment.

macdaddy1225
05-18-14, 12:22 PM
I just tapped my onstar plug above the onstar rearview mirror with a mirrortap for my valentine one. it was the purple wire between the 2 green and white wires for ignition on and off power. the negative was the blk/white wire. i have a 2014 srx lux model. Bought a mirrormount for more adjust-ability of my V1.

macdaddy1225
05-18-14, 12:36 PM
I just tapped my onstar plug above the onstar rearview mirror with a mirrortap for my valentine one. it was the purple wire between the 2 green and white wires for ignition on and off power. the negative was the blk/white wire. i have a 2014 srx lux model. Bought a mirrormount for more adjust-ability of my V1.

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p35hp
06-29-14, 08:05 PM
2011 CTS premium trim sedan. New owner. Removed Invisicord from my old Deville. Looking at the back of my mirror, I see no hint of any sort of cover to remove so as to gain acess to connecter block. No visable wires going to mirror. Is removal of mirror required to gain access? Stumped! As to the BlendMount. Is it solid as to vibration?

cadillaxe
06-30-14, 07:13 AM
i'm confused. the link you have is for a trim kit, not a car. not sure how that's relevant. if it's an 11 CTS, you should be able to pop the cover off behind the mirror and find what you need. i thought (trying to remember) the plastic cover went on after the mirror was installed. didn't have any vibration problems with my blendmount, and i even added the 90 deg slip joint so i could mount it next to the mirror and not under it.