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Old 12-31-11, 03:53 PM   #1
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Talking Just Installed Valentine One (V1) with Blend Mount

Hello, hope you guys are enjoying the last day of 2011.
Today I just installed my V1 on 2010 IS250 using Blend Mount.
Of course, I did read many threads here about this topic and very thankful that I wanted to share how I did it. I know everyone has different preferences so bear with me if don't like the way I did

1. I read many threads here line by line including this one.
http://www.clublexus.com/forums/is-s...l-post-14.html

2. I ordered Blend Mount (http://www.blendmount.com/valentine.html)
Remember to use coupon code "friend" for an upfront 12.5% off.

3. Then I ordered V1 Radar Direct Stealth Mirror Cord kit from eBay ($9.50 with Free Shipping)
I was going to use regular phone cord but found out that it's so thin that I don't have patience and skill to make it work. And also, I like the idea of extra protection with built-in fuse that Stealth Mirror Cord offers.

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4. I decided to use Rain Sensor for power source since this seems easier that I don't like to take out the mirror unit. On the Rain Sensor cover, there is a small tab you can take out with your finger tip.
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5. Pull out plastic tab. Don't force it too hard. It should come out nicely.
Then pull down the whole rain sensor unit cover.
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6. Take the wire harness out carefully. And You may need to bend the tips of Stealth Cord so it fits in the harness tightly.
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7. "BLACK" cord from Stealth kit goes to "WHITE" of harness.
"RED" cord goes to "BLACK" of harness from car.

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8. Test and make sure the connection is good.
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9. Zip tie the cords together and tuck them away. I put them through the mirror cords plastic covers.
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10. Put the Rain Sensor unit back in place. Make sure the glass sensor is clean and free of any lint, smudges, etc.
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11. Blend Mount fits nicely but I cut a strip of electric tape and lay it inside of mount to protect the mirror base just in case.
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12. Loosely tighten the Blend Mount so you can adjust the location and direction.
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13. Put V1 unit on the mount and adjust the height and angle again.
Note that you can adjust height with 2 screws on the front.
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14. I made sure it's all level and straight.
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15. Adjust back mirror from the base of mirror unit not from the stem so it doesn't affect the V1's position.
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16. Clean inside of your windshield with "Tint Safe" glass cleaner if needed.
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17. Enjoy your V1!
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Hope this thread is helpful to someone!
Happy New Year CL members!

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Old 12-31-11, 03:59 PM   #2
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Well done!
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Old 12-31-11, 04:04 PM   #3
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Very nice install! You must park in pretty safe areas cuz around where i am everyone i know hides their V1 when they park their car

Those things get stolen all the time!
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Old 12-31-11, 05:36 PM   #4
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Well done mate.
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Old 12-31-11, 05:40 PM   #5
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Looks good.. I have the Blend Mount on my Escort and love it. No wires!!
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Old 12-31-11, 05:47 PM   #6
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Wow.i see it cost 80 buck ans 12% off.it still a lot.i purchase my from a guy name Mike from here.he custome by hand with alunium.it look great and only cos 33 buck with 3 days ship.anyway your look great.i still afraid left it in my car sometime.
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Old 12-31-11, 05:59 PM   #7
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Very nicely written DIY!
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Thanks for the DIY!
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very nice!
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I just sold my radar mount, just wanna put something like fusa under rear view mirror
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nice clean mod! nice write up!
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very detailed write up,thanks!
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Looks good except when you get pulled over and the COP can plainly see your radar detector hanging down. I much prefer it to be as high as possible as the Police can't see it when standing next to my window.
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I wish the v1 didn't look so bulky tho...
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