: Hardwired Radar (Passport) w/pictures



frdplay
05-18-10, 08:06 PM
Well, after much debate, I decided I wanted my radar mounted lower on the windshield, vs up high under the rear-view mirror. Mounting by the mirror made it a little more difficult to see and access the buttons on the unit. I pulled my radio out and and after a few beers and some over/under views with a flashlight and snake, I ended up bringing the wire up where the dash meets the firewall/windshield. The purchased the optional hard-wire line direct from passport, as it has an in-line muting button and radar warning (red) blinking light, similar to what's on the end of the 12 volt cigarette lighter plug. I wanted to keep this as the detector has a "night" mode, where the unit is almost dark and doesn't show different bands. You ONLY know there is something around by the red flashing light on the cigarette plug. Nice feature for night driving.

All in all, im pretty happy with the install. I wired it into 12v power when the key is moved to the "on" position and grounded to a bolt mounted to metal under the dash. If anyone has questions, would be more than happy to help.

PS... Must say i've had this Passport X50 for 3 years now and it works FLAWLESS. By far the best i've ever had! highly recommend.

odla
05-19-10, 06:43 AM
where are you located at?

Twitch
05-19-10, 08:14 AM
Since this is a passport, shouldn't this be posted in the appearance thread :tisk:
J/K
Post a pic of the passport from the drivers POV.

Tony

rangerrob
05-19-10, 03:35 PM
not a fan of passport... Valentine 1 FTW!

perfect
05-19-10, 04:34 PM
not a fan of passport... Valentine 1 FTW!

Quoted for truth!!

Also, I'm not a big fan of having the radar detector sitting on the dash like that even though it appears to be suctioned to the windshield. Thief magnet if you ask me.

I have my V1 hardwired and mounted directly under the rear view like a lot of people and I feel that most thieves would never consider looking there.

frdplay
05-19-10, 04:54 PM
where are you located at?

I'm located in Warren, MI.

Also, here is a picture from the Drivers seat.

frdplay
05-19-10, 04:58 PM
Quoted for truth!!

Also, I'm not a big fan of having the radar detector sitting on the dash like that even though it appears to be suctioned to the windshield. Thief magnet if you ask me.

I have my V1 hardwired and mounted directly under the rear view like a lot of people and I feel that most thieves would never consider looking there.


You have a point there, it could be attractive for thieves, however the wire comes out and the unit slides off the mount at any time needed. I guess if it's anywhere in the window and seen, it's a chance. I do admit it's probably harder to see it up there.

And for detectors... Everyone has an opinion... but my reseach showed the V1 as being outdated and over-priced. Below is a quote by radartest.com, April 2010. Again, to each their own, I guess.

The Valentine One is a highly sensitive radar detector--good enough that I declared it the winner of my 2000 Automobile Magazine shootout--but it's no longer top dog by default. The world of radar detection has changed significantly since the V1 was designed in 1991 by engineers Steve Scholl and Clarence Groth. The Apple IIsi also was hot stuff that year but Apple wisely chose not to continue trying to sell the same box. They replaced it with smaller, faster, better models packed with advanced features.

In a sense, the Valentine One seems to be trapped in a time warp. Even the owner manual reflects 1980s thinking, replete with statements such as "X-band [is] most common for moving and stationary [radar]." Excuse me? 48 of the 50 state highway patrols abandoned it years ago and even the two holdouts began using other frequencies more than a decade ago.

With an increasingly wide gap in the V1's level of sophistication compared to modern designs--not to mention a minimalist feature set, quirky ergonomics, an exceptionally chatty nature and stiff price tag--the competition is clearly passing it by.

CancerJCC
05-19-10, 11:13 PM
^^^ Interesting read. I totally agree that the V1 is outdated in its boxey case but as of last check (I suppose a year ago or so) it WAS still top dog. The only contender was the Escort 9500. Again I haven't looked because my V1 suits me better than I could need. The main threat you have to worry about is "Instant On" radar. (Well that is assuming you have a lidar jammer). If the cop is running radar the V1 will alert you in plenty of time even if it doesn't give you the temp, directional compass, or alert you of ambulances...

OP Nice hard-wire, no matter what unit you run I think we can all agree on hardwiring! Key on = V1 on.

rangerrob
05-20-10, 10:40 AM
in the window is always a thief magnet! had mine parked outside one night... drivers side windows shattered, V1 gone... the bill to fix the car was 4k, and I was out $400 for the V1 as insurance wouldn't cover it due to "it being used to evade police detection" per their fine print... last time i checked it was my personal property so it should've been covered (ranting)... I never had one issue with my V1...

frdplay, per your quote, what new competition is currently beating the V1?

Twitch
05-20-10, 11:06 AM
FRIGGIN SECURITY TOKENS!!! Short version

1. Dont leave your mount on the window

2. V1 is updateable. My unit will never get old.

3. All the top brands are good. This just happens to be a V1 forum :sneaky:



This mirror mount should work with your passport. Just FYI

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

AG'S-V
05-20-10, 02:50 PM
I'm a fan of both and ended up with a Passport, saved my ass numerous times. I have a buddy with a V1 and we need to trade sometime...

mitchntx
05-20-10, 06:47 PM
For as long as I've owned my V1 (10+ years), radartest.com has said the V1 is over-priced, ergonomically challenged, technically inferior, etc. etc. etc.

Yet, the V1 survives ...

greddy91
05-25-10, 02:11 AM
in the window is always a thief magnet! had mine parked outside one night... drivers side windows shattered, V1 gone... the bill to fix the car was 4k, and I was out $400 for the V1 as insurance wouldn't cover it due to "it being used to evade police detection" per their fine print... last time i checked it was my personal property so it should've been covered (ranting)... I never had one issue with my V1...

frdplay, per your quote, what new competition is currently beating the V1?

Last time I rode in your car you had your Dell laptop in the front seat - surely that's what you meant you were missing after the glass explosion.

tomm
05-27-10, 11:19 PM
In its day the V1 was the king but as technology has changed with the introduction of GPS and the rapidy spreading fixed speed cameras and red light cameras the V1 has fallen behind with the times. If you are only a highway driver you will be good with either but if you want to use it in the city the filtering is much better on the Escort (http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Escort_Radar_Detectors_s/1.htm) & Beltronics (http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Beltronics_Radar_Detectors_s/15.htm) radar detectors.

MikeV
05-28-10, 11:49 PM
V1 reminds me of an Atari 2600. Well maybe not that old but I love it for two reasons. Directional arrows and bogey counter. I couldn't imagine using a detector without either.