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Old 11-16-2002, 03:53 AM   #1
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I have done a search, and gone back appx. 1000 threads without finding a thread regarding this, so bear with me if the subject has been trampled already. I want to install a Valentine One radar detector, but in the past have always found that during the summer, the suction cups tend to warp/melt/ or just plain lose their ability to suck. I saw a 4Runner that had built a custom bracket for his detector (non valentine 1) that attached to the top pillar. It wasn't anything fancy, but looked nice and eliminated the use of the suction cups. Combine that with the remote display, and hardwiring it into existing wiring, I think it would look real clean. Only problem, is I have a nonexistent imagination/creativity/ingenuity. I also have no skills with working with metal. Anyone with ideas or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-16-2002, 09:03 AM   #2
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Here is what I did-



No suction cups, uses the existing V1 visor mount so no fabrication. The only thing you have to do is remove the center visor, and drill a hole in the metal clip of the mount. Under the visor there is a black plastic push-pin that attaches the headliner to the roof, I removed this and used it to secure the V1 mount in place. So far it's been up there for about 9 months and it's still very secure.
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Old 11-16-2002, 04:59 PM   #3
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Just to put in a vote for the suction cups:

If you clean the spot on your windsheild properly, get the cups wet (lick em), then stick em on, they won't come off. I had my V1 mounted all summer on suction cups and it never let go...
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Old 11-17-2002, 12:10 AM   #4
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http://www.mobile-innovations.com/CUST-4.htm

this is the custom set up most of our cars have
its the V1 etched into the glass, the sensors are custom mounted in the headliners and switches are placed remotely on the dash.

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Old 11-17-2002, 06:32 AM   #5
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i've seen that on other sites but seems like such a hassle. who would beable to do that for a decent price?
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Old 11-17-2002, 07:18 AM   #6
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Default Mounting radar detectors.

Ever since my first FuzzBuster in the '70's and on the 15-20 units I've had since the best mounting has always been a 2 1/2" strip (harder half) of velcro stuck (crosswise for best lateral grip) on an inconspicous spot on top of the dash, and the fuzzy half stuck crosswise under the detector. Plug into cigarette lighter.

Whenever I park in a public place I just pull off the detector and set it on the floor. When you sell/trade the car heat it a little with a hair dryer (or park in the sun) and the dash velcro will peel off with no dash damage.
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Old 11-17-2002, 01:16 PM   #7
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Nice install. Very creative. I have a different philosophy with radar detectors. I want them to disappear completely. Your set up still allows for the detector to be seen from someone standing next to the window. It could be removed , but that becomes awkward when it has to be done quickly. I use a visor organizer strapped onto the visor. The detector is slid between the visor and the organizer making it completely unseen. The wiring runs up the drivers side pillar column and across to the visor. The remote on/off switch is in the ash tray. This set up is virtually invisible from outside or inside of the car. The remote viewer could be mounted anywhere. Mine is in the gauge pod between two fake gauges covered by a custom face plate of smoked plexiglass. To screen the sun I have smoked Plexiglas visor clipped to the bottom of the organizer that can be flipped down.
But no matter, never leave home without one. Saved me from two possible tickets last week. In one incident a state trooper was parked to the left of a T intersection on a very rural road to look for those who do not come to a complete stop. Picked him up long before I got there. With all due respect to everyone I always smile at the phrase “optimal placement”. I find the V1 sees around corners.
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Old 11-17-2002, 01:34 PM   #8
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I have mine velcroed to the center visor & wired into the mirror's power. You must use enough velcro to wrap downthe sides of the detector. Summer heat loosens patches that are only on the mating surfaces.

Standing outside looking through the wind shield, it is not at all obvious that a detector is mounted above the rearview mirror. It can be seen, but you have to know what your looking for. From the side you have to bend down further than normal to see it. Lastly, it is up high for max range, & is unobstructed to detect any laser light ups ... which has happened a few times.
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Old 11-17-2002, 06:01 PM   #9
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Just to put in a vote for the suction cups:

If you clean the spot on your windsheild properly, get the cups wet (lick em), then stick em on, they won't come off. I had my V1 mounted all summer on suction cups and it never let go...
I did the same thing. I cleaned the winshield area, licked the suction cups, then mounted it. I've had it on all summer til now and nothing has happened yet.
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Old 11-18-2002, 01:52 AM   #10
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Originally posted by Schleppy
Just to put in a vote for the suction cups:

If you clean the spot on your windsheild properly, get the cups wet (lick em), then stick em on, they won't come off. I had my V1 mounted all summer on suction cups and it never let go...


Try visiting relatives in Tucson, AZ.

As for the creative install in the rear view mirror, my guess is that is much more money than I want to spend.
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Old 11-18-2002, 10:45 AM   #11
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Well, the only other thing I want to do now is take the remote display and build it into the speedometer cluster (down in the lower left corner). That way if and when I get pulled over My detector is out of sight and so is the remote display....
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Old 11-18-2002, 10:40 PM   #12
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I saw the V1 mirror posted above about a year ago while trying to find a how to on disassembling the V1 for a more stealth location. I heard bad things about disassembling them so I decided to pass.

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Old 11-18-2002, 10:51 PM   #13
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Well, the only other thing I want to do now is take the remote display and build it into the speedometer cluster (down in the lower left corner).
You mean like this?--



This is the older style remote display. The current one is larger because it includes the control knob, and it won't fit in there.
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Old 11-19-2002, 12:52 AM   #14
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here is what I was thinking of attempting...

I will probably end up getting the center guage pod for my WRX...and was thinking of cutting a small window in it, and gluing a piece of smoked plexiglass...and placing the V1 inside of it, and using the remote display.

The problems I forsee are;

1) You won't have any rear "protection"
2) That darn hoodscoop may be in the way if the V1 is too low.

I was thinking that radar detection from behind isn't that big a deal, casue you would have passsed by the cop and already seen it, and as for the hoodscoop, i love it too much, and if anything I will probably get a STI scoop soon
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Old 11-19-2002, 12:55 AM   #15
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I was thinking that radar detection from behind isn't that big a deal, casue you would have passsed by the cop and already seen it,
Unless mobile radar is being used.
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Old 11-19-2002, 09:04 PM   #16
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Like Mulder, I took out the center visor and mounted there. I like his approach, but I mounted mine inside a plastic projects box (standard electronics shop fare). So it doesn't scream "radar detector", although you can see that "something" is there. The cool thing, I think, is that I mounted the remote next to the clock. Required taking out some of the plastic around where the clock in the pod, but wound up looking very stock. Took the power from the clock, and ran the wire up to the main unit along the post.
I'll try to take some photos.
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Old 11-20-2002, 10:42 AM   #17
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=248479
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=245677

I've had V1 for 2 years and never saw suction cups melt even in 100F weather.
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Old 11-20-2002, 12:14 PM   #18
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Here's my solution. I drilled and tapped the base part of the stock center visor so I could put two screws through the suction cup holes of the V1 window mount. It holds the V1 perfectly level and high enough that it will clear the factory auto-dimming mirror (which is not shown in these pix). I then wired in a remote display.



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Old 11-20-2002, 01:40 PM   #19
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Sonic has an old V1 New ones are not that fat.
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Old 11-20-2002, 07:54 PM   #20
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You are correct; about 1998 vintage. One of my most valued possessions. I won't drive without a seatbelt or a V1.
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Old 11-21-2002, 10:25 PM   #21
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I have mine hidden behind a band of tint, above the rearview. Like others I've never had a problem with the suction cups. I actually prefer to replace them about once a year for, ummm... maximum suction capability you can get a whole bunch for only $1 from their website. And you can easily take it out to put in another car. Once I actually did an Auto-X with my V1 attached by suction cups. Tech inspectors were slackin'. Lucky it didn't fly out the window!

For the remote, I took it out of the housing so that I could still see the IC warning lights behind it. When the steering wheel is tilted all the way up it blocks the signal strength meter but I never have it up that high anyway.

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Old 11-23-2002, 10:55 PM   #22
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Here's a link to a photo album along with instructions on how I hardwired my V1. I have since changed the coiled cord to a short straight cord going from the power supply module to the V1. I've also relocated the V1 on the windshield between the mirror and the roof, on the driver's side. I have a band of tint on the top of the windshield that makes it less visible from the outside.

Enjoy!

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4292462839

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Old 11-24-2002, 06:35 PM   #23
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I went all the way. My theory was that any pieces that weren't well intergrated or concealed would invite (1) tickets; and (2) thieves. It also guarantees you are going to use it whenever you drive, since it is always up and powers on with the ignition.

My setup includes all three V1 components: the remote display; the remote audio controller; and the V1 unit itself. I had a custom fiberglass enclosure made to replace the factory center visor and maplights. I also had the remote display flushmounted. It is visible over the knuckles of your right hand when your hands are at 9 and 3.

I had to put it in this link because I cannot figure out how to post the photos!

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Old 11-24-2002, 07:20 PM   #24
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Here's my solution. I drilled and tapped the base part of the stock center visor so I could put two screws through the suction cup holes of the V1 window mount. It holds the V1 perfectly level and high enough that it will clear the factory auto-dimming mirror (which is not shown in these pix). I then wired in a remote display.



Has anyone drilled a hole in their dash to mount the remote screen? That flush mount style will look great imo.


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Old 11-24-2002, 07:30 PM   #25
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So are VA detector detectors fact or fiction? If they do exist, I wonder what detectors they can find?
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