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Old 01-25-2006, 06:23 PM
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Old 01-25-2006, 06:36 PM
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Old 01-26-2006, 11:37 AM
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Easiest and cheapest Valentine install

I know this has been covered here before but with so many new 650 owners, including myself, I thought I would share this painless "hardwire" install.

I mounted the Valentine 1 low on the windshield between the two binnacles. I then took the "phone" cord wire and inserted it in the V1. I pulled it taught and stuck it forward of the V1 against the windshield and ran it to the right along the windshield out of veiw until it reached the pillar. I then took a credit card and wedged the cord between the pillar and the dash until I reached the door. With the cord being black and the dash being black I was able to get it flush enough so nobody would ever notice it. I continued wedging it along the door until I had the excess cord lying on the floor on the passenger side. I plugged the connector into the outlet (in the footwell) and gathered the excess cord and tied it with a twisty. Then I took that excess cord and crammed it between the carpet and the upper plastic to make it dissapear and keep the cord taught so no one would get their foot caught in it. The carpet and plastic meet where your right foot would be if you were sitting in the passenger seat.

Professional install? No.

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Old 01-28-2006, 07:19 AM
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Does it detect radar behind you too? That's one of the main selling points of Valentine
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Old 01-28-2006, 03:16 PM
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Old 01-28-2006, 07:27 PM
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I know this has been covered here before but with so many new 650 owners, including myself, I thought I would share this painless "hardwire" install.

I mounted the Valentine 1 low on the windshield between the two binnacles. I then took the "phone" cord wire and inserted it in the V1. I pulled it taught and stuck it forward of the V1 against the windshield and ran it to the right along the windshield out of veiw until it reached the pillar. I then took a credit card and wedged the cord between the pillar and the dash until I reached the door. With the cord being black and the dash being black I was able to get it flush enough so nobody would ever notice it. I continued wedging it along the door until I had the excess cord lying on the floor on the passenger side. I plugged the connector into the outlet (in the footwell) and gathered the excess cord and tied it with a twisty. Then I took that excess cord and crammed it between the carpet and the upper plastic to make it dissapear and keep the cord taught so no one would get their foot caught in it. The carpet and plastic meet where your right foot would be if you were sitting in the passenger seat.

Professional install? No.

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Same process, except I went high. I just move to left side about 3 months ago. Much better there. Prior to that on right. No interference with anything and I like that it cannot be seen under normal conditions.
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Very Cool Corbradav....where did you tap to get the 12v? Can u take a pix of the area or wire where u pulled the power from?
I just got the Beltronics 995 and wanna tap into a acc 12v instead of using the passenger cig plug...Im using that for my phone charger.
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Old 01-28-2006, 10:43 PM
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BTW...how do u guys like the V1? Has it saved you from any tickets?
Im hoping the 995 will work as good as the V1.
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Old 01-29-2006, 05:32 AM
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Same process, except I went high. I just move to left side about 3 months ago. Much better there. Prior to that on right. No interference with anything and I like that it cannot be seen under normal conditions.
It doesn't look like you're using suction cups and the clip they are attached to. How does it stay up? It really looks good there. I have a problem getting the suction cups to work and just ordered replacements (again).

Hipertec...I use mine all the time and I think it's done very well. When it starts going off, pay attention because it knows they're out there. I doubted it a few times and nearly learned the hard way
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:20 AM
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I do use the suction cups, just cannot be seen easily. Only really see from outside.

Did not hard wire, I also use passenger footwell plug as I was treating this as a temporary mod until I did a full built in like a BEL Pro RX75 (Front radar and F/R laser), or K40 (front and rear radar and laser). But this works so well I have just left it alone.

Years age when cars only had one 12vdc plug I bought an insert that provided 2 sockets and another time with three off a single plug.g. I believe those are still available in auto parts stores so you could put two things (detector and phone) in the one passenger well outlet. It is so far underneath that nobody sees it. You could also get the 12vdc adapter for the glovebox flashlight socket for another source. Or cradle set up for phone (if you have right phone.
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:45 AM
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So how does a vert acomplish a similiar installation?

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Old 01-29-2006, 04:41 PM
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So how does a vert acomplish a similiar installation?

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Do you have detector? Have you tried to fit high or low? Did it not work where you wanted? If all those can be done then the wire can be run hidden, I believe, in the same manner as the coupe. But all conjecture on my part as I have not been in Cabrio.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:15 PM
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Same process, except I went high. I just move to left side about 3 months ago. Much better there. Prior to that on right. No interference with anything and I like that it cannot be seen under normal conditions.
Thanks Dave. I am now a believer and when my high tech daughter gets here, she will be glad to help
One more question...do you leave it mounted? I remember one of the warnings in the Valentine manual was never leave it where it can be seen because it will be stolen. But yours seems to be almost invisible
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:32 PM
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Thanks Dave. I am now a believer and when my high tech daughter gets here, she will be glad to help
One more question...do you leave it mounted? I remember one of the warnings in the Valentine manual was never leave it where it can be seen because it will be stolen. But yours seems to be almost invisible

Yes, I normally leave it mounted except when leaving car in areas really unknown to me or when leaving for a few days like airport parking. Most locations are really safe (Military installations) where, of course, detectors are illegal May not be the best practice, but have had this detector (or its upgrade) since Jan 2000. Actually in other cars I have had this low on the windshield in the more common area, so it was more readily observed. In those configurations I used the remote as I absolutely hate piggy back tailgaters using my resources. I cannot tell u how many times I have lured some unsuspecting tailgater into a radar trap - I'ma baaaad boy as Abbott might say.
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:41 PM
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Good for you. I feel the same way too. Now I have all the information I need to fix mine up like yours. I really appreicate the tips. Am going to drive from California to Texas next week, and it will be so nice not to have the wire hanging down
And I thought he said " Who's on First?"
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:30 PM
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Do you have detector? Have you tried to fit high or low? Did it not work where you wanted? If all those can be done then the wire can be run hidden, I believe, in the same manner as the coupe. But all conjecture on my part as I have not been in Cabrio.
I currently have a Passport but I am going to put that one in the 7er and buy a Valentine this week. Is there a special wire I should get instead of the curly wire? Oh, is there a power outlet on the passenger's side (Visible)? I have this in the 7er but I did not see it in the 6er Vert...

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Old 01-30-2006, 09:28 PM
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I currently have a Passport but I am going to put that one in the 7er and buy a Valentine this week. Is there a special wire I should get instead of the curly wire? Oh, is there a power outlet on the passenger's side (Visible)? I have this in the 7er but I did not see it in the 6er Vert...

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Yep, power outlet tucked up under passenger foot well close to tunnel. Use 4 wire telephone cable. I bought extra thin just in case, but ultimately used regular telephone cable. You can get black, white or creme to try to minimize impact if any wire shows, but mine is all hidden.
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:38 AM
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A few questions

1) Ive heard the Escort / Passport is hands down the best detector out there. Have not heard much about Valentine. Do you guys actively opt not for the Passport? it is rated the best detector on the market in several consumer magazines.

2) There is a new version of it (the X50) that comes in a cordless rendition and supposedly works just as well as the corded version. Runs on two double A batteries and self powers off. Not sure I would trust it but reviews say its the first and best completely cordless detector out there that blows away all other cord-laden ones...

3) Forgiveme for a potentially dumb question cobra but where do you tuck the cord when you mount it top left? Other guy gave details as to where he tucks his as he's going along the base of the windshield. Couldn't find your details.

4) You all mention purchasing a different cord. I assume this is because the one that comes with the detector is that infuriating coiled cord? So any phone cord will do as a replacement? I assume it needs to be a phone cord that is a phone plug on one end and a standard wall plug on the other end, or cigarette lighter plug.... ? I feel like im missing something here...

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Old 03-07-2006, 03:54 AM
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Haven't heard much about Valentine????

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A few questions

1) Ive heard the Escort / Passport is hands down the best detector out there. Have not heard much about Valentine. Do you guys actively opt not for the Passport?
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I don't know where you did your research but Valentine is an awesome detector and MUCH better than the Passport. I've had both. Battery powered detectors don't work as well as there dc power variants.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:16 AM
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A few questions

1) Ive heard the Escort / Passport is hands down the best detector out there. Have not heard much about Valentine. Do you guys actively opt not for the Passport? it is rated the best detector on the market in several consumer magazines.

2) There is a new version of it (the X50) that comes in a cordless rendition and supposedly works just as well as the corded version. Runs on two double A batteries and self powers off. Not sure I would trust it but reviews say its the first and best completely cordless detector out there that blows away all other cord-laden ones...

3) Forgiveme for a potentially dumb question cobra but where do you tuck the cord when you mount it top left? Other guy gave details as to where he tucks his as he's going along the base of the windshield. Couldn't find your details.

4) You all mention purchasing a different cord. I assume this is because the one that comes with the detector is that infuriating coiled cord? So any phone cord will do as a replacement? I assume it needs to be a phone cord that is a phone plug on one end and a standard wall plug on the other end, or cigarette lighter plug.... ? I feel like im missing something here...

Thanks.

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I had a cordless Passport a few years back and replaced it with a corded version after a couple of months. The cordless was heavier and tended to sag from the mounting. The battery life was horrible with the version I had (2 AA, also) and I was replacing batteries every couple of weeks. Lastly, I seemed to have better performance with the corded version. All this was a few years ago, and perhaps things have changed, but that was my experience. With a little care and diligence, the cord can be tucked away and hidden.
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I have always had my Valentine 1, I wouldn't trade it. My friends have all commented that it seems I start slowing down (because the radar picks up something) before they even detect anything with theirs.

As it is now I never have the V1 hooked up because they are illegal in Va. and D.C. but whenever I go to Md. it comes back on.
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I don't know where you did your research
Valentine 1 seems to be top of the line but Escort/Passport have flooded me with reviews calling it the best, in all my research. Im actually shocked you haven't read the endless raving reviews about the Passport raising it to "the best" and top of the line. They are all over the internet and magazines. I don't know how you missed them.

First source is CNET.com, the internets most popular electronics review web site that every single person I know relies on for quality consumer reviews. They gave it a 9.2 out of 10 which is unheard of.
http://reviews.cnet.com/Escort_Passp...-30895900.html

Aside from that:

Motor Trend Magazine - "Top of the pyramid for radar and LIDAR protection"
Forbes Magazine - "The Passport 8500 may be the best Radar Detector ever made"
Popular Mechanics - "State of the art"
Car and Driver - "Good performance and a long list of features"
RadarTest.com - "Raises the bar another notch in high performance radar detection"
Motorcycle Consumer news - "Valentine 1 has been able to name its price, but now theres a less expensive alternative, and ample indepenent test data indicates its a serious contender."
Automobile Magazine
Speed Zones Magazine - "Top dog of Radar Detectors - the ONLY detector to report constant on and instant on radar over hills from nearly 2.5 miles away"
Backroads Magazine

I've also read countless reviews in countless articles, but yes - Valentine 1 does seem to be higher performance. Maybe they just don't market it as much, or the Valentine is just not as prevalent due to restrictive cost, or maybe I have just somehow managed to miss reviews on it for the last 3 yrs. ..... But it is clearly not "out of this world" to consider the escort one the best alternatives for less cost.

Since a lot of us are blessed financially, its clear from everyone's comments I should get the Valentine.

Anyone have insight to questions 2, 3, and 4 ?

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In '05, I conducted a real world, side by side test of the Escort vs V1 on a trip from MD to Detroit for the NA Auto Show.




Granted, I forgot to bring the X50, so it was the 8500 but the only difference is the additional pop protection which is a non-factor as far as I was concerned. And there may be some issues due to interference between two detectors mounted this closely together, but....

...the bottom line is that the V1 beat the Escort hands down when it came to alerting. It consistently alerted first, sometimes by a significant margin, mostly just momentarily earlier.

Unfortunately, I own the two escorts and one of my friends riding with me owned the V1. I know which I'd buy if I were making the decision today.

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In '05, I conducted a real world, side by side test of the Escort vs V1 on a trip from MD to Detroit for the NA Auto Show.




Granted, I forgot to bring the X50, so it was the 8500 but the only difference is the additional pop protection which is a non-factor as far as I was concerned. And there may be some issues due to interference between two detectors mounted this closely together, but....

...the bottom line is that the V1 beat the Escort hands down when it came to alerting. It consistently alerted first, sometimes by a significant margin, mostly just momentarily earlier.

Unfortunately, I own the two escorts and one of my friends riding with me owned the V1. I know which I'd buy if I were making the decision today.

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I agree. I just bought my V1 and it detects very well. Escort for me is CRAP!

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