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?
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?
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?
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.
). 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.