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Overland Ryan 12-20-2010 07:34 PM

Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Hey All,

So an afternoon project turned into a headache, but it's finally done. I know there are some write-ups for how-to hardwire a radar detector into the fuse box, but not one for wiring into the overhead console. So here it is:

Need:
Radar Detector (Valentine One in this case)
Cables for detector, including wire crimp
T-20 Torx bit
Long Screwdriver
Zip-Ties to clean everything up
Flashlight

So to start, you need to pull down the overhead console. There are four clips that connect the console to the roof. They look like this.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...D/IMG_0601.jpg

Once off, it looks like this.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...D/IMG_0599.jpg

This is the harness you need to tap into. Its a 16-pin connector, but you want the yellow/blue wire that is in position #8, or the top corner wire.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...IMG_0602-1.jpg

Here is the crimp attachment that comes with the V1, sorry my flash is AWOL.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...D/IMG_0604.jpg

I did not take a picture of the ground, but I used a small T-20 torx screw in the middle of the black plastic where the console used to be. Once you have all of these connections, simply tidy up your cables. I used zip-ties here and secured them to the plastic headliner underneath the console. Probably the most painful part is re-attaching the console to the headliner. This is where I used the long screwdriver. The black plastic part moves, so you need something to press down on it to help re-attach. I opened the sunroof, and wedged the screwdriver in a small space between the metal of the car and the black plastic of the headliner. Once re-attached, power on your detector and admire your work! Keep in mind that this will always be powered when the car is on, including when you use the keyless entry to open the car.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...D/IMG_0607.jpg

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...D/IMG_0605.jpg

KITSOS 12-20-2010 08:58 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
great write up! if you had an auto dimming mirror with the connections in the back, you could have used a part of a spliced V1 cord.

MeanDean 12-20-2010 09:31 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Awesome work! Thanks for the write-up!

wk2silverbullet 12-20-2010 09:34 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Isn't it too high?

Overland Ryan 12-20-2010 09:43 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Its all a matter of what you like. I like to have it not impede my view, but its easily in my peripheral when driving to see alerts, and more importantly it can see our the rear window for rear target alerts. If you place it down low, you lose that.

wk2silverbullet 12-20-2010 09:49 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Overland Ryan (Post 320982)
Its all a matter of what you like. I like to have it not impede my view, but its easily in my peripheral when driving to see alerts, and more importantly it can see our the rear window for rear target alerts. If you place it down low, you lose that.

I mentioned it to you because when I called Valentine ( I was looking to get a radar, but I ended up going for the escort one because of the GPS feature), they went on and on about how the locatation of the device will affect the reception. the frame in the back window may be blocking the signal. You may want to call the and ask. They are very helpful.

PMD G8 12-20-2010 09:51 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Or you could have just bought one of these....

http://www.invisicord.com/index.html

moosehead 12-20-2010 10:02 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Nice work and thanks Overland Ryan. +1 rep.

KITSOS 12-21-2010 06:12 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PMD G8 (Post 320988)
Or you could have just bought one of these....

http://www.invisicord.com/index.html

Thank you! That's what I was referring to.

moosehead 12-21-2010 06:25 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Note that both the V1/Passport detector cords and the Invisicords are just a standard 4 wire phone plug with two wires only. The Invisicord style male ends can also be a cheap, easy DIY.

My wife keeps asking why I need a RD in a Jeep.

Overland Ryan 12-21-2010 06:41 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
At first I didnt think I needed one either. But after seeing how well this thing cruises at speed, I definitely need one!

mrjaydeeone 12-22-2010 11:11 PM

Re: Valentine 1 Hardwire
 
Nice work.
Quote:

Originally Posted by moosehead (Post 321389)
Note that both the V1/Passport detector cords and the Invisicords are just a standard 4 wire phone plug with two wires only. The Invisicord style male ends can also be a cheap, easy DIY.

My wife keeps asking why I need a RD in a Jeep.

yeah I have an Escort 8500 X50 in my WJ and I used a phonecord and hooked it up to back of autodim rearview mirror


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