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post #1 of 18 Old 09-11-2016, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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570S Radar Detector/Power Source Location?



I’m bummed out that the only DC power receptacle is located inside the center console glove box.
I want to use my Valentine Radar Detector and am looking for a good place to mount it and pick up ignition switched power source either from a fuse box or hardwire.
I also wondering if anyone has been successful mounting a radar detector using a rear “view mirror mount” and power via a “Insti-cord”?
Any suggestion will be deeply appreciated!
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I’m bummed out that the only DC power receptacle is located inside the center console glove box.
I want to use my Valentine Radar Detector and am looking for a good place to mount it and pick up ignition switched power source either from a fuse box or hardwire.
I also wondering if anyone has been successful mounting a radar detector using a rear “view mirror mount” and power via a “Insti-cord”?
Any suggestion will be deeply appreciated!
Jim
found the power wasn't really 12v off the adapter anyway so would be worth a try from the mirror.
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I’m bummed out that the only DC power receptacle is located inside the center console glove box.
I want to use my Valentine Radar Detector and am looking for a good place to mount it and pick up ignition switched power source either from a fuse box or hardwire.
I am using the center console for my V1 and it is an ignition switched power source. Why not just use that?
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I am using the center console for my V1 and it is an ignition switched power source. Why not just use that?
These are $200k cars. Why not install a remote mount radar/laser diffuser??
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These are $200k cars. Why not install a remote mount radar/laser diffuser??
thats what i have on all my cars, Escort 9500ci. how ever if i am really going for it i also put another passport in the window as well but found in the Mac it made the elec flutuate
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These are $200k cars. Why not install a remote mount radar/laser diffuser??
I agree that sticking a V1 to the windshield is suboptimal.

Having said that I am an OEM type person to a fault and very design orientated. I don't like the look of any of the installs I have seen and the idea of "cutting up" my car gives me nightmares.

For me to be happy I would have to design and manufacture my own housing for the controls. I have the capabilities to do all of that but I am busy with things that actually pay the bills so for now it is a V1 stuck to the windshield.
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I am using the center console for my V1 and it is an ignition switched power source. Why not just use that?


Were do you have the V1 mounted and were you able run the wire invisibly without having it draped over the dash?


For the time being, until I can figure something out, I have the wire draped over the dash, running along the center counsel and into the center glove compartment; it is ugly and there has to be a better way!


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Were do you have the V1 mounted and were you able run the wire invisibly without having it draped over the dash?


For the time being, until I can figure something out, I have the wire draped over the dash, running along the center counsel and into the center glove compartment; it is ugly and there has to be a better way!


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I am doing the same as you for now.

If you come up with a better solution please post some photos.
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I am doing the same as you for now.

If you come up with a better solution please post some photos.
Patrick, I did manage to find a better location for my V1 Radar Detector and the wires are now virtually invisible.
  • I mounted the V1 between the Instrument Panel Housing and the driver side “A” pillar. (see pic #5)
  • I ran the V1 flat telephone wire in the crevice between the dash and the “A” pillar. (see reference pointer in picture pic. #6)
  • Ran the wire down and under the “A” pillar rubber molding. (see pic. #7)
  • Ran the wire under the driver’s doorsill rubber molding.
  • Tucked the wire under the plastic trim piece on the “B” pillar. (see reference pointer in pic. #8)
  • Ran the wire behind the driver’s seat and then up to the center console DC outlet.

    The only place that the wire is really obvious is sitting on the floor behind the driver’s seat; however, this is a much cleaner installation than draping the wire across the dash and into the center console! The front/rear reception from the new location is excellent and convenient for the driver to read.

    Jim
P.S Sorry guys, I was unable attach pictures; I'm getting a message that I need to manually resize the pics and unfortunately I can't figure out how to do that.
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I am getting my car in a week or two. I can't believe there is no power available from the rear view mirror. I guess with no homelink maybe there is no auto dimmer or power either.

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I have an Escort Max 360 mounted on my rear view mirror using a blend mount. I asked McPhilly to run a hard wire for me behind the interior. They have done a great job making this look seamless and clean!

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If you couldn't get power from mirror, I'd pay a pro to hardwire. Should only be a couple hundred bucks tops.
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I have an Escort Max 360 mounted on my rear view mirror using a blend mount. I asked McPhilly to run a hard wire for me behind the interior. They have done a great job making this look seamless and clean!
I also have a Max 360 hardwired in my 12C. The power supply above the rear-view mirror in the 12C is not adequate (I assume also not adequate in the 570). I googled in 'universal rear view mirror mount' and found one that worked perfect on the Max 360. Had to run wire into the rear-view mirror upper housing (fit perfect), then along the upper windshield in the roof panel (also fit perfect), into the A pillar, down through the door rubber seal and to the fuse box for power. All works perfect; comes on automatically when I start the car.
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This is probably non responsive, but although I have a V1, I use a battery powered Passport Solo attached to the passenger visor. Due to the minimal grip, I added a soft plastic insert to provide additional grip. I've found that the superior performance capability of the V1 doesn't matter on the twisty canyon roads I have fun on, and the Passport has warned me with enough time to react.
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Patrick, I did manage to find a better location for my V1 Radar Detector and the wires are now virtually invisible.
  • I mounted the V1 between the Instrument Panel Housing and the driver side “A” pillar. (see pic #5)
  • I ran the V1 flat telephone wire in the crevice between the dash and the “A” pillar. (see reference pointer in picture pic. #6)
  • Ran the wire down and under the “A” pillar rubber molding. (see pic. #7)
  • Ran the wire under the driver’s doorsill rubber molding.
  • Tucked the wire under the plastic trim piece on the “B” pillar. (see reference pointer in pic. #8)
  • Ran the wire behind the driver’s seat and then up to the center console DC outlet.

    The only place that the wire is really obvious is sitting on the floor behind the driver’s seat; however, this is a much cleaner installation than draping the wire across the dash and into the center console! The front/rear reception from the new location is excellent and convenient for the driver to read.

    Jim
P.S Sorry guys, I was unable attach pictures; I'm getting a message that I need to manually resize the pics and unfortunately I can't figure out how to do that.
Wow, and I thought I was special...mine is run exactly the same way. Very inelegant, but it works.
One problem is the 8' V1 power cord is just a foot or so short and trying an aftermarket 12' changed the resistance(?) so that the V1 wouldn't work. I ended up putting an extension on the power plug. Luckily I'm tall and the seat stays all the way back and hides it.
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