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Old 05-14-2013, 03:30 AM
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Valentine One install with blendmount, inviscord on 2014 SRT

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Disclaimer: Do this at your own risk! I found this to be really easy, but do it at your own risk. i don't want anyone writing me to complain.

I am a huge fan of the Valentine one radar detector. I wanted to hard wire it so I picked up the best installation kit in my opinion made, the Blendmount.
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The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT takes model number BV1-2000



I then ordered a Inviscord so I could hardwire into the Jeep's power for the rearview mirror. There are several lengths, I went with the standard 8 inch with fuse built in.
(when ordering be sure to choose add fuse in the pull down option)



The cord arrived in about 5-10 days or so. I live in Canada so for those of you in the US, I'd wager it gets to you inside a 3-5 days at most.
One side plugs in the V1's side, the other has two prongs, one for power (yellow) and one for ground (black)
Before doing, make sure you have the suction cup mount for the V1 as you'll need to remove the suction cup part, and attach it to the blendmount arm as so:


Now comes the fun part… removing your mirror. Sadly I didn't take as many images as I would have liked, but I'll do my best to help you through this.
Ignore this pic already has my radar attached - this is to show you where to grab..



Put your two hands at the back of the mirror where it connects to the window.. one hand on right side, one hand on left side. Site in the passenger seat for this entire install btw. muuuuch easier with room. Back your seat up all the way etc, give yourself some space.
Now pull and twist to the right, or left away from the window, don't be afraid to use some force. Not much is needed, as the mirror is held on by a small bolt, you're slipping a nut off the blot basically, you'll understand more later on this. You need to twist it maybe an inch off where it sits naturally so not much of a twist is needed.

Once it comes off, you'll see two connections, one is white, one is blue. The white connection is held in place my small tab at the bottom. Use your thumbnail or a small screwdriver to apply some pressure, while gently pulling it away from where it's seated and it'll pop right out. Easy stuff. The blue one is even easier as there is a switch, a sliding switch that if you push the center tab down on the blue connection, then push the switch from it's place on the right to the left side, it'll pop right out. (see pic below if not sure of the blue connection/switch part I speak of)
Again, really easy. Not pressure is needed here.

So now you have the mirror assembly in your hand, hanging by two thick wires that go up into the headliner. Don't touch these, but they are plenty strong enough to let go of the mirror so it's hanging, if you need to take a break etc. Look at the plastic housing for the mirror base itself. (not the mirror, I am talking about the large plastic base that more or less looks like it attaches to the window)



I'll decode this for you. (this also is a great pic to show the switch piece on the blue connection I spoke of earlier)

The mirror is three pieces. The larger piece I outlined with green. The secondary piece I outlined with blue. The third piece is within the blue area, it's more or less a open nut, that is grooved with missing areas every 2nd area. So if a normal nut has six sides, this hole, has three. The socket that is attached to the mirror has all six sides, but three of them have small raised edges. So when installing or removing, you line it up, turn it 1/6th direction or right or left, apply pressure (push together) then turn back that 1/6th position and they should click into place, attaching the mirror… but we'll cross that shortly.

The red circles in this diagram are where the tabs are. These tabs are what keep the three pieces together, as one. The main piece has the socket hole. You see it dead center of the blue outlined area. The blue piece is held in by two tabs. Hold the larger piece in your left hand hand, and pull the blue piece away with your right hand. Do the left side of the unit first, you'll see how simply it separates. Now do the same on the right side. When done, you'll have this smaller plastic cover that makes up the cover for the screw where it connects to the window. It's cake getting it off.

Now you have the larger piece left, connected with the lower red tabs, these pull off the same way as the top, a little more pressure is needed. A little twist in the plastic seems to help this as well. Here's a close up of the bottom two tabs, again, circled with red. They look like they slide in from the top, they don't. The pull out from the side.



What you're looking at here is my Inviscord, already plugged into the power for the mirror. The bottom right side is power, the one spot to the immediate left of the bottom right is ground.

View from above:


view from below:


You *REALLY* need to jam these in here. It will be tight, you'll swear it won't fit. it will fit, as diagram shows.. but you really gotta push. Careful not to bend the wire and be pushing a bent wire as to not fray it unknowingly.

Now, you've got the power set up.

Before you put it back together, plug your V1 in, and put your Jeep into ACC mode by pushing the start button. You don't need to go into run but you can if you'd rather. Your V1 should beep to life if you've wires this the same as I showed you here.
So we're almost done. Now time to put things back together! First things first. You took apart the base right? Great, because otherwise, getting it back on is damn hard as I learned. If you took it apart, you're fine.

Look at the window where the mirror attaches:


See the red circles? These are the ridges I spoke of.

Now, look at the mirror arm piece that is where the wires are, where your Inviscord is set up etc.


See how it's three prongs? The three edges from the bolt on the window seat under these prongs. So, you have to line the two up, twist to right or left 1/6th a turn, basically around 1/2 an inch to an inch.. push up.. you'll see it going deeper to the glass, then twist back. Snap.Now it's on! That was the hardest part!
Putt your Jeep in ACC again, test V1. Still working? (making sure you didn't inadvertently pull a wire out from the inviscord. if you did, no worries, mirror comes off easy now that you know how to do it, right?



See how it lines up once installed? Simple stuff.
Now, insert the white tabbed piece from earlier. Now the blue. The blue is a little finicky because the blue housing holds the a wire plug, you need to line it up perfect, push it on, then slide the switch from left to right this time, over the middle tab and it'll click in place. Don't force this piece.. if it's lined up, it'll slide in easy. If it's not lined up, it won't, so jiggle it a little.

Now it's time to put things back together with the housing.

The Inviscord is not long, so hang it down in the middle of the base piece in the front, where the mirror arm is. Don't worry, it'll fit.. Now push the the larger plastic piece up, lining up the tabs from before, there are two. Once you have it lined up, give it a light punch on the right side to set the right tab, then the left side to set the left tab. You'll audibly hear them click into place.

Now the last piece for the plastic housing goes in, and this literally just slides down into place and clips in with next to no pressure.
Done.

Now it's time to install the Blendmount. This takes some patience, because it's a small area.

Use the tools (allen key) that come with the blendmount and remove half the buckle so you can slip it over side of the mirror arm that is only about an inch in side. Yes it will fit and hell yes, it's tight.

Once around with the grey padding, take half that is not connected, put the screw in the bottom part, place the allen key into the holy for it and then line it up with the piece on the mirror arm. Precision, patience, easy stuff. Screw a few turns to get it in, but not tight. Now find the other screw do the top.



notice where the cord is coming out of the bottom housing? You can also see both screws here top and bottom for the right side of the assembly for the blendmount mirror mount.

Another view for the cord itself:



Here below and as well as above, you can see how small the arm for mounting is when attaching to the mirror. Tight fit, but completely possible.



Last step, on the arm that comes down to the V1 itself you'll see two screws near the base where it connects to the V1. These control the height of the V1. if you want ti tight up against the mirror or lower down. Myself, I wanted mine as small as possible.. so with a simple allen key adjustment (again, allen keys come with blendmount install kit), it's set up and done.

Now plug that sucker in!





Hopefully this helps one of you!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:14 AM
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Re: Valentine One install with blendmount, inviscord on 2014 SRT

While it's of no use to me (in Australia) i gotta say thanks for the great write up.

FYI, in Aus, radar detectors are illegal except in Western Australia and supposedly the police radar can detect if you have one.
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Great work. I might have to try this. A little daunting though...
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Great work. I might have to try this. A little daunting though...
thanks man - it was actually really, really straight forward and easy. If you've ever tinkered with your computer, this is waaaaay easier.
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Re: Valentine One install with blendmount, inviscord on 2014 SRT

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While it's of no use to me (in Australia) i gotta say thanks for the great write up.

FYI, in Aus, radar detectors are illegal except in Western Australia and supposedly the police radar can detect if you have one.
There are two detectors on the market that the Police cannot detect, but they are also the more expensive models.

Beltronics STi-R and then Escort Passport 9500ci

Beltronics owns Escort, so it's basically the exact same set up, one has blue text, one has red. These are true stealth installs and come with option to add laser jammers/shifters.

I considered this greatly, but spending $1000-$1500 just for the detector before install, then another $500 for shifters before install.. ouch. After install cost is near $2500-$3000 area.
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Question: Can the detector still slide off the holder? I live Maryland and on occasion enter DC and Virginia where it is illegal.
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Question: Can the detector still slide off the holder? I live Maryland and on occasion enter DC and Virginia where it is illegal.
Yes, it slides in and out quick and painlessly just as if it was in the holder on the glass with suction cups. When I go anywhere, I unplug the cord, tuck the cord around the blendmount stem and take the V1 with me.
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Re: Valentine One install with blendmount, inviscord on 2014 SRT

Very nice, looks good...
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