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Old 11-09-13, 11:33 PM   #16
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I haven't gotten my 3IS yet, but I want to buy a mounting bracket for the rearview mirror. The kind that holds on to the back of the mirror.

Can anyone take side view picture of their rearview mirror for me?

Also, anyone know if it is possible to hardwire it to the home link system?
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Old 11-17-13, 01:52 PM   #17
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Reviving this thread a bit. We've had our new IS350 for about 6 weeks and I'm finally getting around to hardwiring the Valentine1. On all my other cars, I've had success tapping the wires of the homelink mirrors using Invisicords. However on this car, I cannot figure out how to remove the overhead lights/sunroof panel controls to access those wires. I can get both cover panels off but unlike other cars that didnt reveal a couple screws/bolts to finish removing the entire assembly. Has anyone do this? If so can they tell me how?
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Old 11-17-13, 03:47 PM   #18
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Why not just tap into the mirror's harness ?
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Old 11-17-13, 03:49 PM   #19
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It must be integrated, I dont see a connector on the backside of the mirror like older versions.
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Old 11-17-13, 04:55 PM   #20
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There is.
I did the stealth kit install for my valentine.

Will shoot some pictures tomorrow.
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Old 11-17-13, 05:33 PM   #21
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There is.
I did the stealth kit install for my valentine.

Will shoot some pictures tomorrow.
I just looked again. There is no connecter on the mirror, the wires are in the stalk that connects it to the base. If I slide the cover back for the wires, I still don't see access to the connectors.
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Old 11-17-13, 05:46 PM   #22
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Looks pretty awesome. I wonder if you have your phone hooked up BT to your car it displays the messages on the navigation screen.
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Old 02-10-14, 07:23 PM   #23
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Hey guys, I'm looking forward to investing in a radar detector soon.
Any suggestions on a good radar detector I should get into?
And for the volt plug is there any other spot I could plug it up into beside my center console?
Thanks!
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Old 02-10-14, 08:13 PM   #24
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Ive had my V1 several years and wouldnt trade it for any others.... Highly recommend. I have it connected to my mirror with a blendmount and hardwired to my rear view mirror. Great setup.
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One more vote for Valentine 1.
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Ive had my V1 several years and wouldnt trade it for any others.... Highly recommend. I have it connected to my mirror with a blendmount and hardwired to my rear view mirror. Great setup.
Man, I've been considering V1 forever! But I guess i'll just have to save up some more again. Would you recommend anything else beside the V1? Also, what if I don't want the hardwire setup yet? Is the only way to hook it up through the center console for power?
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V1 is a great detector!
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V1 is a great detector!
I've heard man, haha. It's too expensive for the budget i'm working with. I will probably save up for a few months and then buy it. Thanks for your input!
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Old 02-11-14, 07:14 AM   #29
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I have a escort max it works pretty good saved me literally 6 times on the way down to orlando!
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Old 02-11-14, 09:20 AM   #30
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While the Valentine V1 has been the benchmark unit for years (and still continues to be during tests), other manufacturers of radars haven't just been sitting around twidling their thumbs.

Check out the Escort Passport 9500ix:
Amazon.com: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue Display): Car Electronics Amazon.com: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue Display): Car Electronics

It's lightyears ahead of the V1 in terms of technology (i.e. using GPS to mark & prevent false positives). The V1 is extremely sensitive and will chirp a lot more often for no reason. The biggest reason that I like the V1 is for their patented "arrows" that tell you where the signal is coming from - not sure how long Valentine has left on this patent, but that's the reason you don't see other manufacturers copy/replecate this in any, way, shape, or form.

You should search online to compare the 9500ix (or 9500ci - which is hardwired, more sensitive than the 9500ix, and comes with some laser "shifters") with the V1 if you're shopping in the upper/high end of the radar market.

Btw, here is an excellent forum (http://www.radardetector.net/forums/forum.php) if you're interested in hearing thoughts from people that test and/or use these higher end units day in and day out.

Give that you stated these are above your price range, I would look into the Beltronics RX65 (
Amazon.com: Beltronics RX65-Red Professional Series Radar Detector: Car Electronics Amazon.com: Beltronics RX65-Red Professional Series Radar Detector: Car Electronics
). I have two of these units and they are excellent. I'm sure you can even find them cheaper if you search on eBay/craigslist/etc. The GX65 is a bit higher end than the RX65 if you want to go that route since it includes GPS technology.

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