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I'm wondering which wire I can use as a switched power line for my Valentine 1 - it comes with a crimpy thing that will 'piggyback' off of an appropriate wire...just don't know which one to use. TIA

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You can use fuse fuse #27 in the fuse box. That is normally controlling the rear wiper in a variant. you dont necessarily need to piggyback off of any wire. there should be two wires for your hardwiring. One ground and the other with the fuse inline. I attached the gorund to a screw right around the fuse box and the wire with the fuse inline in the #27 spot.

Worked for me. Use at your own risk. Good luck.

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So how do I go about connecting to fuse # 27? Do I simply slide the male end of the wire in the slot, or do I need a special part. Thanks steve
 

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Mine had a fuse inline which made me feel safe about it. I did simply slide it into the slot and made sure that it was a snug fit. if you look into the slot you can see where the wire is connected. you want to make sure that the male end makes contact with the left side of the fuse slot. I did not use any special parts just make sure that the connection does not come loose and is a snug fit.

Good luck.

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Perfect timing! I got the to point yesterday of running all the wires, then pausing before doing the splice. Today, I was going to probe the fuse panel for an unused switchable, and now I don't have to spend the time.

Where did you place the V1 head unit? I'm currently immediately left of the mirror (seems out of the way), but it puts a bit more separation between the laser receptor and the front plate than I like. Center of the dash would be good for laser reception, but it just seems to scream "steal me".


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No splice needed! Simply take the end of the red wire, trip the plastic cap off the male end to expose a flat contact and slide it into fuse 27 slot. Attach the ground, run the wire and you're golden. I have mine to the left of center just below the mirror - works great...it looks like it has a nice view out teh rear window and is entirely out of the way. I ALWAYS take my V1 down when not driving...including the mount (I actually do it a few minutes before I get to where I'm going...a lot of mullets out there). It's a bit of a pain to do so but well worthg the peace of mind.

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I have my Escort 8500 mounted just under my rearview mirror and it is hardwired to the fuse box - but I don't like the fact that the wire goes down the A-pilar since I've got side airbags.

Any recommendations on hardwiring into the sunroof power? I want it to power off when they car is off. No luck in searching on this. Any ideas?
 

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As long as the wire is not crossing the airbag itself, you shoudln't have a problem. I simply tucked mine into the apillar without removing the cover. Also, the forces generated by the airbag charge will likely displace the cord wherever it's located. Remember, there are wires already running in the a pillar - run the power cord along with it. I'm not certain about power on/off access from the sunroof control....

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the big worry is if the airbag displaces the cable, will it turn the radar detector into a projectile... that would suck!
 

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helicine said:
Any recommendations on hardwiring into the sunroof power? I want it to power off when they car is off. No luck in searching on this. Any ideas?
http://vw.zimmynet.com/radar/

It doesn't power off with the car, BUT...with my previous RD, I left it on all the time, turning it off only if I was out of town for a week, no battery drain issues.. and my new one auto-turns off every 3 hours, so its no big deal.

I think the "active" 12V (that I used) is there for the lights. There should be a "switched" 12V up there too (since the sunroof power is switched), but I did not search for it.

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Finding out how to do this, was how I discovered this website.
Got to the information area for directions. Like everyone said you need to tap into slot #27. Go to Radio shack and buy a pack of 270-1204 fuse taps for $1.39. These just slide on the back of a fuse. Then attach the ground wire to some metal screw.
 

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If you have a GLX you could have the detector mounted on the windshield (the most ideal location) with the section cup bracket or with velcro (much cleaner and secure, IMO). and run the wire through the rear view mirror. I have done that with my BEL 980 and I am very satisfied with the results.

Basically you will need to crack open the stem that runs from you GLX rear view mirror (or other models that are equipped with the self dimming mirrors), run the wiring from your detector through it and around the windshield and A-pillar (tucking it in behind the trim and panels, and tap it into an empty fuse. Snap in the rear view mirror stem upside down, utilizing the open tab as an opening for the detector wiring.
The end result is very clean and subtle.
 

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Guy I know owns an Audi RS6 and said he hirdwired it into his rearview mirrow. It has a compass so it has power.

Can we do that since our mirrors have power too due to auto-dimming?

I have a 2003 Passat GLX.
 

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aowhaus said:
If you have a GLX you could have the detector mounted on the windshield (the most ideal location) with the section cup bracket or with velcro (much cleaner and secure, IMO). and run the wire through the rear view mirror. I have done that with my BEL 980 and I am very satisfied with the results.

Basically you will need to crack open the stem that runs from you GLX rear view mirror (or other models that are equipped with the self dimming mirrors), run the wiring from your detector through it and around the windshield and A-pillar (tucking it in behind the trim and panels, and tap it into an empty fuse. Snap in the rear view mirror stem upside down, utilizing the open tab as an opening for the detector wiring.
The end result is very clean and subtle.
What do you mean snap the cover back upside down? Doesn't that not look as clean as having the cover on the proper way?
 
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