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Old 08-11-2003, 10:59 PM   #1
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Question Just bought a V1 - where to put it / how to wire?

Hey guys -

Just bought a Valentine One today and need your advice....

first, where is the best place to put it (I didn't buy the concealer)

second, should I have bought the concealer?

finally, can anyone explain (w/ pics if possible) how to directly wire this to my Sti's electrical system


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Old 08-11-2003, 11:41 PM   #2
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Well I will describe my setup as a start. There are a whole number of ways to wire the detector and I am describing just my own. If you do a search you can find them. The principle I describe below is the same though.

1. Figure out where you want the dectector.
2. Find the location of nearest swithed power wire ( a wire that has voltage when the key is turnd on)
3. Find a ground.

First the unit used for hard wiring is a little black box with 2 rj11
phone jacks in it. It has a red positive wire with an inline fuse and a black wire which is used as a ground.
Pop off the little pod that contains your clock (it just pulls off) and then unplug the molex connector going into the clock. Look at the side of the clock and you will notice it is labeled . You are looking for ACC (accessory power) sometimes called switched power. The red wire on the valentine one adapter goes to the wire on the molex connector which coresponds to ACC . Look for the GRD which is a black wire on the clock and hook it up to the black on the valentine one adapter. Thatís it as far as wiring. They sell little clips that attach one wire to another at radio shack.
I keep my valentine one detector under a thin visor organizer attached to the visor, The telephone wire runs from the hard wire adapter described earlier down under and across the dash. I pulled off the pillar that runs up the left hand side of the windshield. It also just pulls off. The wire runs up there and across to the visor area.
Hope this helped some
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:59 PM   #3
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Could it also be wired to the output for the compass mirror?
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Old 08-12-2003, 01:35 AM   #4
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I plan to use the mirror wiring for mine, and mount the V1 right by the rear view mirror. I have this setup in my Ford Contour now, and it works great, except I'm using interior light wiring that is hot all the time. I've not drained my battery yet.

See this link for install instructions using the mirror wiring. The wiring is there even if your STi doesn't have the auto-dimming mirror.
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:06 AM   #5
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I just connected mine into the fuse box. Find a fuse for an item switched on when the ignition is turned on, then slip bare stranded wire into the fuse hole, then insert the fuse. Easy!

I ran one of the V1 cables up to the left side of the driver's visor and clipped the V1 there. The wire is run behind the A-Pillar trim.

I use the remote readout (very useful!) and placed it on the gauge trim just above the steering column. It blocks a couple of the less important idiot lights.

This setup works great for stealth and ease of use. The main detector stays dark with the remote readout connected. The remote shows all the info right where you're used to looking: the gauge cluster.

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Old 08-12-2003, 05:54 AM   #6
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I've mounted mine clipping under the back edge of the passenger's visor. I clip my garage door opener above the visor to keep the V1 level while driving. When I leave the car I move the opener. With the visor stowed in the up position, the V1 can't be seen from outside the car, so I keep it there. I originally used the lighter adaptor and cup mount 4" above the center of the dash, but I had remove it when not driving.

I accessed the mirror power (blue wire of 3 wires) by removing the dome light, and grounded to one of the 2 mounting screws of the dome light. I routed the straight power cable out from the front of the roof liner going back above the passenger visor an forward to the V1 below the visor. Again this way you can't see this wire while standing outside the car.

I hope this helps.

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Old 08-12-2003, 07:03 AM   #7
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I too used the mirrow wire, but mine is not blue. None of the three wires that fed into that connector were blue. But use a volt meter, its one of the wires on the end, then use the screws for the dome light as a ground. All of the wiring tucks up between the roof and head liner. The V1 should be mounted as high as possible. Mine is just to the right of the mirror.
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Old 08-12-2003, 11:29 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by rlavalle
I just connected mine into the fuse box. Find a fuse for an item switched on when the ignition is turned on, then slip bare stranded wire into the fuse hole, then insert the fuse. Easy!

Russ
Ghetto.
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Old 08-12-2003, 11:31 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Could it also be wired to the output for the compass mirror?
yes thats how mine is hardwired....I tapped into the power outlet for the outdimming mirror..
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Old 08-12-2003, 01:10 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by quynce


Ghetto.
My definition of Ghetto is something that looks shakey or is unreliable.

This is rock solid and super easy... about as reliable as a fuse, and easily removable without a trace.

Russ
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:03 AM   #11
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Years ago while flipping through some car audio mags I had seen where some people had their radar detectors (not necessarily the V1) disassembled and mounted the display inside the rearview mirror with the detecting guts mounted elsewhere (like just behind the grill). Has anyone else seen what I am talking about or did I just dream all of this up? Does anyone know what it would take to do something like that; even if it is not put into the mirror? I would maybe just like to be able to put the detector hidden behing the grill and have the display somehwere else; any info or opinions are appreciated.

TIA,
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:20 AM   #12
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By mounting the receiver that low, you greatly reduce the effective range of the detector.
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:44 PM   #13
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Escort sell "stealth" detectors where you mount all the sensors on the outside of the vehicle (front grill, rear number plate etc.) and the actual monitor/control module is mounted inside (tiny box about 1x4 inches)...........as someone else stated, detectors mounted low like this can sometimes be less effective (offer less range) than something mounted up high.
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Old 08-13-2003, 01:15 PM   #14
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Default power for V1

i attached that little "root-beer-barrel" sized power converter, bought directly from Valentine, to the light assembly, ont he roof liner, between the visors.

then i custom-cut a short telephone cable to stick out where the middle-front of the headliner meets the windshield.

V1 fits perfectly above the rear-view mirror, int he space between the mirro and the top of the windshield.
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