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Old 11-22-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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DIY - Valentine V1 Radar Detector Installed to Rear View Mirror

I just finished installing my V-1 to my rear view mirror and it turned out great.

I used two products for the installation I got off eBay. First I used a "Stealth Mirror Cord" from Safe-N-Sound1 because it has smaller wires to push into the back of the connector than the inviscord which has to be filed down to fit. Then to attach my V-1 I used a mount from Blend Mounts. The mount was expensive, I also got the one that is hinged, but it gave the best mounting flexibility for adjustments on the install and I didn't mind spending a little more and doing it right the first time for my Camaro.

First using a #20 torx undo the mirror and slide it up the windshield bracket to remove it from the windshield. Then there is a two piece plastic cover over the connector and wire that goes to the mirror this will pull away from the windshield and down from the roof. To release the power connector take a small screw driver or pointed object and push in the release pin on the front of the connector and it will come right off.

You should now have the mirror completely removed.

Next you'll need to connect the Stealth cord. On the side of the connector closest to the metal winshield bracket is where you'll push in the Stealth cord wires. On one end you'll see a black and white striped wire, push the black stealth cord wire into the back of the connector where this striped wire goes in. On the opposite side of same row of wires there is a red wire which is one wire back from the end, there is a green wire on the end. Push the red stealth cord wire into the back of the connector where the red wire goes in. It's a little tight to get the red wire back in there, but use some thin needle nose pliers and take your time.

I then reconnected the connector to the car and fired up the V-1 to make sure the connections were good before I went on.

Next I used two cable ties to tighten the stealth cord to the existing wires to secure the connection.

I then installed the Blend Mount to the mirror and headed to the car to reinstall the mirror adjust and tighten it all up.

Everything went together fantastic and it looks great, for me this is much easier and cleaner than messing with running wires to the fuse box and/or cutting an soldering wires.

Now here are my pictures:


Red wire inserted into back of bracket into existing red wire slot next to Green wire, it's hard to see but there are two red wires in this slot.




Black wire into black and white striped wire slot



Cable tie the wires



Ready to reinstall



Plastic covers back over connector



Front View



Left Side



Right side



Second view Right Side



I hope this helps some of you with your radar detector installation.

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Old 11-22-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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looks good! this looks like the route i want to go!!!
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:21 AM   #3
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wow.. this is great.. I've ordered the stealth mirror cord last week, was wondering which wire to use from the mirror.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #4
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Glad I can help out............

The two wires I used are switched and work perfect.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:26 PM   #5
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Nice write-up! Just ordered all the parts.
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:46 PM   #6
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Just installed mine per your instructions; worked out great! I ended up notching one of the plastic covers where the new wire comes out. The fuse holder built into the wire ended up right at that junction so I snipped out a 1/4" notch with diagonal cutters and filed the edges smooth.
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:53 PM   #7
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nice write-up and install. But weird thing is that I used an invisacord and it fit perfectly.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:14 PM   #8
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Glad to see that the Camaro mirror mount is the same size as the one in my TBSS..great write up. Although I made my own wires for the back of the mirror to power the stealth display, so its totally PnP, instead of wire splicing.
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:48 PM   #9
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I don't have the auto dimming mirrors with my 1LT and wires in the connector are different on the mirror side. So I have to tap into the top connector instead.

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Old 01-31-2010, 12:47 PM   #10
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where did you get the blend mount from?
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:01 PM   #11
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This is a great thread (I love the search function). I've been giving this a lot of thought since I ordered my Camaro. Great write up!
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:44 PM   #12
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You guys really dig the V1? I have been wanting to invest in a detector...I've been SOTP'ing it for the last 20 years and sometimes it don't work out...lmao

Anything bad to say about em?? I've read great things.

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Old 04-16-2010, 08:43 AM   #13
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Hay Clutch, thanks for the post, very good job. I have been looking at the Blend mount and wondering if the RD positioned below the mirror creates and even bigger blind spot there. After having it installed for some time now are you finding the RD blocking your vision, or have you learned to look around it?
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:29 PM   #14
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where did you get the blend mount from?
http://www.blendmount.com/
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:30 PM   #15
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Hay Clutch, thanks for the post, very good job. I have been looking at the Blend mount and wondering if the RD positioned below the mirror creates and even bigger blind spot there. After having it installed for some time now are you finding the RD blocking your vision, or have you learned to look around it?
It does create a slightly bigger blind spot but hasn't been an issue.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:55 AM   #16
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Wow, this is an awesome mod! This is my next one for sure!

*update: All parts ordered. Can't wait to do this one!
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:28 AM   #17
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This is a beautiful write-up. Thanks so much!
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:00 PM   #18
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IMO the valentine 1 is the best detector I ever owned. That installation is clean. I mounted mine on the driver visor and ran it down the inside pillar to the fuse box.You can barely see any wire. I guess it was the cheapest and fast way. If it wasn't allready in I would do it your way. Nice job!
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:27 PM   #19
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Used your write-up this weekend and installed my V1 - thanks! Really nice placement and function.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:43 PM   #20
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black to black pink to red?
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:10 PM   #21
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Thanks for a great write-up! Installed my V1 Saturday and it looks great!
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:04 PM   #22
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Oh wow, Nice!
I wish it wasn't illegal to have radar detectors here in Virginia , I could so use one of those!!..
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:15 PM   #23
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That's a great looking installation. Do you need to disconnect battery? BTW, the Valentine is absolutely the best detector available. I had one in my 2004 SVT Cobra. Saved my bacon many times. LOL!!
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That's a great looking installation. Do you need to disconnect battery? BTW, the Valentine is absolutely the best detector available. I had one in my 2004 SVT Cobra. Saved my bacon many times. LOL!!
No need to disconnect the battery.
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black to black pink to red?
Clutch's instruction are pretty clear:

Red wire inserted into back of bracket into existing red wire slot next to Green wire, it's hard to see but there are two red wires in this slot.

Black wire into black and white striped wire slot.
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