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Old 07-21-2001, 10:25 PM   #1
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Post Custom installation of Valentine One Radar Detector

Using some hints on the procedure I learned here, I was able to hardwire my new Valentine One radar detector in my WRX. It came out very nice and neat, and it required nothing more than a pair of pliers, a phillips screwdriver, and a wire brush. The procedure could apply to any brand of radar detector.

Rather than clutter up the forum with 13 pictures and captions, I put it all in an online album. Click on the link below to see it.

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Old 07-21-2001, 11:39 PM   #2
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Nice install directions. Now all i need is the valentine one radar detector and a WRX J/K

Good enough for some attention from the subaru mod god "North"

Does North already have this documented? Oh well, nice job!

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Old 07-22-2001, 05:06 AM   #3
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Not bad. Not quite as hidden as mine, but unless you know about mine, there is no way you'll find it without searching around the cabin for a bit.
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Old 07-22-2001, 12:00 PM   #4
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Thanks, guys. It's my first mod! Not bad for a newbie, eh?

Maybe more to come... I'm hoping Cobb gets an "authorized" installer down this way!

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Old 07-22-2001, 12:37 PM   #5
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Here is how I did mine.

http://www.scoobymods.com/mods/impreza/v1.php

People never see where it is. I put the remote display inset in the dash bezel by dremeling a spot to fit it. (I got a used bezel from Teagues for when I want to sell the car)


And the main unit is under the passanger headrest. It can see front and rear just fine. I've had it this way for a long time and it works well. If I have a passanger I can move it to the window but it actually still works well with someone sitting there. It just throws off the direction arrows. I mostly drive alone though. With tinted windows it's very hard to see the main unit. This is nice because I don't get people leaching off me when I drive down the road and theives can't see it either



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Old 08-16-2001, 07:32 PM   #6
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I am in the process of hooking up my V1 as i type this and found this thread after searching a bit. A big fat THANK YOU to you Mike Barr - excellent well illustrated instructions.

I don't have the remote so i'm just doing a real stealthy install w/ the flat power cord through the top, and using the wire brush from my grill to ruff up the ground connect maybe i'll get the remote sometime in the future and run it down there. in the meantime, this works just fine.

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Old 08-16-2001, 09:23 PM   #7
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I'm baffled. Since you used the Compass Mirror connector's Yellow w/ Red stripe wire for power, why didn't you also use that connector's Black wire for ground and avoid all that business with the wire brush?
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Old 08-16-2001, 11:08 PM   #8
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Old 08-17-2001, 12:26 AM   #9
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Thank you, I think you did a superb job with the pics and explanation. I did this but would like to relate my changes to your option:

I agree with Jon, I tapped into the ground (blk) wire, so much easier. Go to Radio Shack and get those tap in clips. I would not want the plug in gizmo velcroed to my windshield, I stuck it inside and under the roof liner near the light fixture, plenty of room. I used the "phone" type cord to the detector, still plenty of room for the excess. No coiled cord mess around this way, so much better! Very neat and clean. The detector can be stuck where ever you want after that, plenty of cord left. If you add the remote, just run the wire thru the roof liner as you suggested. This provides a much more neat and clean install.
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Old 08-17-2001, 01:42 AM   #10
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I notice that Mike looks like he has the standard mirror...

anyone done this that has the auto-dimming mirror and any ill effects by doing so?

I'm planning this project on the weekend, but want to be sure I'm not gonna mess up the auto-dimming/compass mirror by tapping into its power source...

Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2001, 02:02 PM   #11
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2.0 guy,

I have done it with the power source from the dim/compass mirror. Had it this way for four months and not a problem. It is a simple task and simple concept. The V1 or any detector draws very little current on that circuit and way below the fuse rating.

OBTW, even if you don't have the mirror option the wiring is still there to use. Thx Subaru.
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Old 08-17-2001, 02:12 PM   #12
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Brad,

good enough for me! Thanks.

Just wanted to be sure that I wasn't going to have any negative effects by using the power from the mirror...



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I have done it with the power source from the dim/compass mirror. Had it this way for four months and not a problem. It is a simple task and simple concept. The V1 or any detector draws very little current on that circuit and way below the fuse rating.

OBTW, even if you don't have the mirror option the wiring is still there to use. Thx Subaru.
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Old 08-17-2001, 08:57 PM   #13
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Hi Brad,

Good suggestions. When I have time, I'll go back and tidy things up a bit. Time??? Got a 10 week old. What's TIME???

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Old 08-17-2001, 09:18 PM   #14
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Thanks Mike,

Knowing that you have a 10 wk old I don't know how you had the time. Anyways, great presentation.
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:19 AM   #15
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drat!

well, while taking the dome light out, I noticed the right side screw didn't come out, so I shook it a bit and it still didn't come out...

ok fine (it was out from the metal, just wouldn't come out from the plastic housing)

I finish the wiring, put the left screw in, and go to put the right one in... guess what, it comes out, falls somewhere on the floor of the car.

Looking for 15 minutes with a telescoping magnet and I couldn't find it...

figures... the light is in place well, but I'd like to make it back to new, so I guess a trip to the dealer.

My right side windshield washer nozzle doesn't spray either, so I might need to drop in and report that...
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2.0 guy,

I can relate buddy. When I first did mine in April the right hand side screw fell perfectly in the crack in the emergency brake area. Boy was I pissed I thought. Do I have to remove all that stuff to get at it? Yes a miracle, the magnet long thingy worked and got it out. Praise the Subaru god.

The point of this is, check the crevice below where the hand brake is. Mine was there, hope yours is as well.

Good luck a fishin
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Old 08-18-2001, 02:04 PM   #17
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Brad,

that was the first place I checked (based on the sound of the drop). Had no luck with the magnet, and couldn't see with a flashlight eithe.

Of course, things like this can always turn up, so maybe operating the e-brake a few times will make it visible.

thanks!

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Old 10-07-2001, 02:40 PM   #18
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hey guys,

Here is a great tip, a friend of mine did this to his Jetta and I did it to my WRX.

1. Remove suction cups from the V1 windshield mount.

2. Remove center flip-down sun visor (above rear view mirror),
it is a single phillips head screw.

3. The V1 windshield mount can be mounted in place of the sun
visor with the stock screw. Some minor boring of the V1
windshield mount center screw hole will be required to
fit the visor screw. (note you'll need to angle your cut
to get it to mount in the right angle)

I'll post some pics later
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subscribe to old thread. for good info
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