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Old 10-26-2004, 02:08 AM   #1
Mrcoffee-atl
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Lightbulb Valentine 1 Hardwire 05 Legacy GT

There was another guide to hardwiring the valentine 1 to an '04 legacy, but I figured i would share my expierence with the 05. With this setup described below, the V1 will turn off when the car is off. There are a few other things I discovered that might help those trying to do this so here goes!


Tools you will need:
1 Flat head screwdriver
1 pair of pliers
Voltmeter (optional but recommended)
Wire cutters (again, optional but recommended)

At this point It is recommended that you disconnect the battery from the car as it will ensure that you don't short something out. I did not do this, but I did this late at night and needed the light.
* I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGED ELECTRONICS. THIS IS MEARLY A GUIDE*

Step 1:
Remove the light cover from the map light face. This can be done by inserting a flat head screwdriver into the side closest to the engine. Pop off one side and then the other and the whole piece should come right off.



Step 2:
Unscrew the two screws that are now visible. They hold the map light panel onto the car. There are now two or three tabs that you will need to depress in order to remove the map light panel.



Step 3:
You should now see a mess of wires. The ones of interest to us are the only ones not wrapped in black tape/plastic. These are the wires that carry power to the auto dimming mirror. Take the vampire tap (the little blue piece that looks like an alligator) and place it around the blue wire. This is the positive terminal. Use the pliers to crimp it around the wire. MAKE SURE IT IS CENTERED. The wires in this part of the car are somewhat small and the vampire tap Valentine includes in the kit is somewhat large. It could be possible to completely break the wire if you are not careful.
At this point you have a choice for grounding. You can go buy another vampire tap and connect it to the black wire, or you can connect the negative terminal of the hardwire kit to some grounded piece of metal. I did the second option but it took me some fussing.





The V1 kit comes with a piece for attaching it to a screw in the body work for a ground. It is U-shaped and looks like the blue piece on the right in the picture below. For me, this did not fit and required lots of bending. I would recommend a second vampire tap to attach the hard wire kit to the black wire or go to radio shack and obtain a large O-shaped connector like the middle two in the picture below. If you do decide to put a new end piece on the hardwire kit, simply cut it off with the wire cutters and crimp on a new one. The lackey at Radioshack can do this for you if need be.



Step 4:
If you did not use a second vampire tap, this part is going to be a little more difficult. Tuck the extra wire to one side and tape it in place so it does not rattle or move over the map lights and catch fire. If you have used a second vampire tap just screw in the unit and replace the clear plastic cover.
If you are like me and did not want to make an extra trip to radio shack, bend the U-shaped connector for the ground around the large black screw that holds the map face in place. This is somewhat of a hack but it does seem to work for me. Choose a side to install the ground and put the screw through the map light face. Put your newly bent O-shaped connector on the other side and screw it in so that you can put the map face back in. To make this more clear, you are putting the O or U shaped connector for the ground above the plastic of the map light face, but below the body of the car. Replace the other screw and the clear plastic face.



Step 5:
Mounting the connector piece is up to you. I attached mine with the included velcro right over the rearview mirror.



I hope this has been helpful to some one. If nothing else it gives you a chance to see things before you start cutting.
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Old 10-26-2004, 03:58 AM   #2
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You have just conviced me to get the Valentine 1 for my 05 leggy. You should definatly put this post or a link to it on www.LegacyGt.com.
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Old 10-26-2004, 11:47 AM   #3
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Hehe glad to hear it. I still need to sign up for a login there so maybe if you have one you could mention this over there.
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Old 10-27-2004, 11:05 AM   #4
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Will do
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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Sorry for th massive bump, but I have a question. Before putting the vampire tap onto the positive wire, do you need to strip the area where the vampire tap will go around?
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:17 PM   #6
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Sorry for th massive bump, but I have a question. Before putting the vampire tap onto the positive wire, do you need to strip the area where the vampire tap will go around?
nay. the vampire clip should cut through the insulation and make contact with bare wire. You should use needle nose pliers to really close the 'tap' to ensure contact...if it doesn't cut through, then you could strip a little bit off.

good luck!
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:19 PM   #7
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btw, mr coffee, i bet you can run the power and ground wires though the headboard towards the windshield...also, when i installed mine i left the entire unit in the headboard and ran cable out near the windshield and then down.

fibuz

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Old 01-20-2005, 08:27 PM   #8
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You have just conviced me to get the Valentine 1 for my 05 leggy. You should definatly put this post or a link to it on www.LegacyGt.com.
good choice! although I love my v1 and reco it a billion times over, be aware that you can hardwire any detector to the system by simply cutting the power cord, adding an inline fuse, and powering/grounding properly.

but still get the v1...worth every penny.
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:25 AM   #9
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yeah, i got it and hard wired it. Used 2 vampire clips on the homelink mirror power source. NO cables showing, all is good. Sits above rearview, turned around visor clip and its attached to the roof liner.
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:41 AM   #10
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Just be careful about the tint at the top of the windshield as it can sometimes block the sensor that faces the front of the car. I know valentine has a list of cars that are known to cause problems if the detector is placed at the top of the windshield and I don't think the legacy is on there.

Still, I want to find a cop and have him hit me when I put the detector in the tint area and see if it affects the sensitivity at all.

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Old 08-11-2006, 01:27 AM   #11
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thx for the tips
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:59 PM   #12
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Any chance this could get emailed to me? All the pics are gone which makes a lot of the work guessing, and I don't want to hack apart wires while guessing lol





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Originally Posted by Mrcoffee-atl View Post
There was another guide to hardwiring the valentine 1 to an '04 legacy, but I figured i would share my expierence with the 05. With this setup described below, the V1 will turn off when the car is off. There are a few other things I discovered that might help those trying to do this so here goes!


Tools you will need:
1 Flat head screwdriver
1 pair of pliers
Voltmeter (optional but recommended)
Wire cutters (again, optional but recommended)

At this point It is recommended that you disconnect the battery from the car as it will ensure that you don't short something out. I did not do this, but I did this late at night and needed the light.
* I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGED ELECTRONICS. THIS IS MEARLY A GUIDE*

Step 1:
Remove the light cover from the map light face. This can be done by inserting a flat head screwdriver into the side closest to the engine. Pop off one side and then the other and the whole piece should come right off.



Step 2:
Unscrew the two screws that are now visible. They hold the map light panel onto the car. There are now two or three tabs that you will need to depress in order to remove the map light panel.



Step 3:
You should now see a mess of wires. The ones of interest to us are the only ones not wrapped in black tape/plastic. These are the wires that carry power to the auto dimming mirror. Take the vampire tap (the little blue piece that looks like an alligator) and place it around the blue wire. This is the positive terminal. Use the pliers to crimp it around the wire. MAKE SURE IT IS CENTERED. The wires in this part of the car are somewhat small and the vampire tap Valentine includes in the kit is somewhat large. It could be possible to completely break the wire if you are not careful.
At this point you have a choice for grounding. You can go buy another vampire tap and connect it to the black wire, or you can connect the negative terminal of the hardwire kit to some grounded piece of metal. I did the second option but it took me some fussing.





The V1 kit comes with a piece for attaching it to a screw in the body work for a ground. It is U-shaped and looks like the blue piece on the right in the picture below. For me, this did not fit and required lots of bending. I would recommend a second vampire tap to attach the hard wire kit to the black wire or go to radio shack and obtain a large O-shaped connector like the middle two in the picture below. If you do decide to put a new end piece on the hardwire kit, simply cut it off with the wire cutters and crimp on a new one. The lackey at Radioshack can do this for you if need be.



Step 4:
If you did not use a second vampire tap, this part is going to be a little more difficult. Tuck the extra wire to one side and tape it in place so it does not rattle or move over the map lights and catch fire. If you have used a second vampire tap just screw in the unit and replace the clear plastic cover.
If you are like me and did not want to make an extra trip to radio shack, bend the U-shaped connector for the ground around the large black screw that holds the map face in place. This is somewhat of a hack but it does seem to work for me. Choose a side to install the ground and put the screw through the map light face. Put your newly bent O-shaped connector on the other side and screw it in so that you can put the map face back in. To make this more clear, you are putting the O or U shaped connector for the ground above the plastic of the map light face, but below the body of the car. Replace the other screw and the clear plastic face.



Step 5:
Mounting the connector piece is up to you. I attached mine with the included velcro right over the rearview mirror.



I hope this has been helpful to some one. If nothing else it gives you a chance to see things before you start cutting.
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