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Old 10-29-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Ok, So a while ago I posted about Radar detectors and tickets, this is a follow up thread. I got a used Escort 8500 X50 (Silver) for $135 and loved it for a few weeks, until I passed a speed trap without it going off. I didn't get pulled over, but it was a bit of a wake up call that I need a better detector. So I decided to shell out the 400-500 needed for my Valentine One setup.

My question is, has anyone hardwired their V1 to a 2013 Mustang? Is it easy do do or should I pay a shop to do it for me (I know a local guy who does car electronics) Also, I am planning on getting the concealed display so I don't have to look up every time. I have seen that you can mod them to make them colored instead of red, has anyone done this? Also, the remote audio adapter, is it worth it? What is the point in it?

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Can't answer your questions because I have not looked into radar detectors in a really long time... My thinking is tho that they change so very often that I would not permanently make a mod to my car for something that will be out dated in the next few months.... Jmo
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Well, the Valentine one is updated via software and hardware, but you can take the unit, send it back to valentine and have them upgrade it, then simply plug it back into your car. Which is one reason I am going with the Valentine one. Why would you comment on the thread if you didn't know? o.0
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Well, the Valentine one is updated via software and hardware, but you can take the unit, send it back to valentine and have them upgrade it, then simply plug it back into your car. Which is one reason I am going with the Valentine one. Why would you comment on the thread if you didn't know? o.0
Just giving my opinion on making a mod to a car that would end up being permanent.. With electronics no matter what they are they get out dated.. I know when my computer goes out dated I will not update the same one.. I usually buy the newer thing that is out there..

Jmo please take it for what it is worth... If nothing else it gets your thread to the top of the page for others who are more experienced or in my case not experienced to view your thread...
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Just giving my opinion on making a mod to a car that would end up being permanent.. With electronics no matter what they are they get out dated.. I know when my computer goes out dated I will not update the same one.. I usually buy the newer thing that is out there..

Jmo please take it for what it is worth... If nothing else it gets your thread to the top of the page for others who are more experienced or in my case not experienced to view your thread...
Well, it wouldn't be permanent, I can take it out any time I want, All hard wiring does is make it to where I don't have to plug it in to the cigarette lighter. the detector would start up automatically when I turn on my car.
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So I figured it out! I called valentine and asked them. No hardwired necessary. It's actually really cool the way they designed it. I buy this thing called Savvy, ($30) and plug that into my cars on board computer port, then just plug the V1 into that, and that gives it power and hides all the cords. It also powers the concealed display. Sounds cool! Thought I'd post that in case anyone else was curious.
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I just bought a 2011 GT/CS and installed mine.

I've had a Valentine One in my cars for a long time now and found the best setup for me to be a Blendmount mount which attaches to the rear view mirror bar, using 2 bolts, and an invisicord for power. The invisicord has 2 long skinny metal prongs on the ends, for 12v positive and negative, which plug directly into the power harness on the back of the mirror.



The whole setup takes about 10 minutes to install, start to finish, if you know which are your 12v positive and ground wires. There's no cutting, modifying what's there, it's just plug and play. The mount for the detector is just like normal, so you can take it down if need be, or swap it out to another car as I do, so I only need to own one, and can use it in all of my cars. It's as easy as grabbing my sunglasses to swap from one car to another. I've used this setup in about 6 different cars now, and the nice part is when you sell one car, it's easy to remove, then install on the next one.
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Sounds cool, but I think I am going to stick with savvy, that way the Valentine can see my speed, and it will auto mute if I am going below my set speed. It is also easier to adjust my concealed display that way.
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