I did a write-up with pics here.....
I did a write-up with pics here.....
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.
no, but hoping someone answers so i can do my '13 as well
Here you go, bud. I had to do this on my '13.
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?
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.
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...
vforum 9 v1 install.JPG
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
Nice install axe. Very original.
Cadzilla8, I'll try to locate my Invisacord. Note that it is the one with the wide blades.
Thanks Bob. i'm happy with it.
zilla, I've got mine lying right in front of me. PM you in a sec.
So with a 2010 do I need the thin blades?
Also, color for power/ground?
Thanks in advance.
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.
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.