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Old 03-19-2011, 08:33 AM   #1
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Radar Detector Install in Vert - help

Has anyone found a way into the overhead lights by the mirror to hard wire a radar detector??
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #2
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I have always hard wired them off the fuse block and run the wire behind the passanger A-Pillar and windshield molding. I clip the detector on the passanger visor and the wire is right there, out of sight. Make sure you tap a switched fuse.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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Here's where I mounted mine. It's just above the fuse box so wiring was very easy.
I put a small rubber button the the left front of the radar detector to level it out and a small piece of velcro tape on the from of the radar detector to hold it in place.
This worked great for the year I had my coupe and I did it the same way now on my vert.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:23 PM   #4
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I am radar detector challenged, but aren't they illegal in the state of Florida?
Melbourne, you have my cars twin....
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:39 PM   #5
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I am radar detector challenged, but aren't they illegal in the state of Florida?
Melbourne, you have my cars twin....
They are not illegal in FL.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:44 PM   #6
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Here's where I mounted mine. It's just above the fuse box so wiring was very easy.
I put a small rubber button the the left front of the radar detector to level it out and a small piece of velcro tape on the from of the radar detector to hold it in place.
This worked great for the year I had my coupe and I did it the same way now on my vert.
I like that 'Hard-wired' look. How difficult was it to do?


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I am radar detector challenged, but aren't they illegal in the state of Florida?
I think VA is the only state they are illegal in.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:45 PM   #7
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Illegal only in Virginia and Washington DC.

Military bases also but someone else can confirm that.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:20 PM   #8
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I haven't seen the Vert Camaro yet- but this might work. If I can ever go the radar detector route this is how I will go on my 2010: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53330
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:48 PM   #9
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Illegal only in Virginia and Washington DC.

Military bases also but someone else can confirm that.
Thats a Roger on the Military bases, I challenged the police here for use only iaw with state law and the SW district Big Navy rewrote the instructions and BACK dated it 1 year. Can no have,Can no use or confiscation Will happen.
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:41 PM   #10
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I'm going this way with my Escort 9500ix.

http://www.southerncarparts.com/cama...nt-p-2653.html

There is a cord that can be used to connect into the power on the mirror

http://www.southerncarparts.com/corv...ord-p-601.html
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:17 PM   #11
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This is how I did mine, should be the same for the vert
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:18 PM   #12
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Blitz,

Here's a few pictures of how mine is connected.

I put some rubber buttons I had laying around on the left front and left rear of the radar detector to level is out (see first pic) and put a piece of velcro on the front of the radar detector to keep it in place. With the fuse panel cover removed, the power cord is easily routed down next to the pillar into the fuse box area.

I connected the power and ground as shown in the second pic. Power comes from fuse position F18.

The third pic shows the piggy back fuse connector I used (not sure if that's the proper name). I purchased it at Advanced Auto Parts. Worked great!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:06 PM   #13
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I'm working on a write up for installing my rear view camera and mirror with lots of pics. Should be up in a few.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:03 PM   #14
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Nice... thanks for the pics. I will definitely do this if I pull the trigger on radar detector. One of the reasons I didn't want one was b/c of the cord dangling down!
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #15
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I've been using a detector for well over 20 years - all of the detector reviews have always said mounting should be as high as possible on the windshield, keeping it at the dash level reduces efficiency, buy some 100-200%. Thought I'd throw that out, I don't want to chance reducing how well it works on a ticket.

Just bought the wife a V1 for her '11 vert with a concealed display to be a little more stealth.

Nice job on the pics.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:59 AM   #16
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installed an escort radar detector near the mirror. used the "monster" suction cup and the hard wire they sell so no wires are cut or modified. used a fuse tap i got from auto zone. the panel up the side of the windshield just snaps right off. i pulled the screw out at the sun visor to get the wire across the top, the dome light can be removed with a trim tool. i used a plastic putty knife to push the tabs along front of light housing. just dont force it. clean job and took about an hour.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:40 PM   #17
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Thought this was cool for the HUD if I could stealth the actual RD...

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:22 PM   #18
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Any of you guys in the Houston area wanna make some money!!???!! I have ZERO confidence I could do the backup camera and add the radar detector without having pieces of my Vert all over the garage and NO idea how to put it back together before my wife comes home (sounds similar to Pulp Fiction)! Sigh....
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:12 AM   #19
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Any of you guys in the Houston area wanna make some money!!???!! I have ZERO confidence I could do the backup camera and add the radar detector without having pieces of my Vert all over the garage and NO idea how to put it back together before my wife comes home (sounds similar to Pulp Fiction)! Sigh....
Road trip to New Orleans and we could knock it out in an hour easy.

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Old 12-16-2011, 02:29 AM   #20
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http://www.blendmount.com/
This company sells the mounts and the plug to get power from the mirror.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:02 PM   #21
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if someone can send me instructions on how to paste an image, I will include photos of the blendmount and smart wire set-up *frustrated*
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:25 PM   #22
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blendmount with smart wire set-up

wire tap is a cinch...pins pull power and ground off the onstar plug-in.
The only shortfall of the mount is lack of independent Z axis articulation...the detector has to move with the mirror mounting stem...I got it straight and where I like it. If my wife drives, it gets all screwed up.


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Old 01-19-2012, 06:41 PM   #23
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Just bought the wife a V1 for her '11 vert with a concealed display to be a little more stealth.

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TX - Where did you mount the concealed displayed? I'm having trouble picturing a location where it would I could see it but not think it looks out of place.

Could you post pix?
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:13 AM   #24
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i'm in a 2012 vert. Tapped into pins 2 & 5 on the connector with regular phone cord (Valentine 1). Tinned the ends to make it easier to slide in, and mounted to the right of the mirror. I'm tall below the mirror left to big a blind spot.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:21 PM   #25
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ok the piggyback fuse you have is using a 20 and a 30 amp fuse...most of these piggybacks have a limit of 10 amps...is this a different type??
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