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Ok I decided to hardwire my Valentine 1. The install should work for any detector. Others have noted that they could not find a 12v lead off the rear view mirror, so I tried the overhead console.

The console (I have Homelink) pops off very easily. You open the sunglass compartment halfway and you can pry open the edge of the console with just your fingers. You should now see this:



There are three connectors to the console panel: 1 at the front (small black) is for the Homelink buttons, the middle connector (black) is for the LED ambient light, the rear one (brown) is for the interior light switch for the doors.



I tested all three connectors and could only find a good 12v + and - at the rear connector for the interior light switch. The left most yellow wire is 12v + and the right most black is - . The yellow wire is triggered with door opening and stays on until all accessory power shuts off. When you lock the car it shuts quickly, otherwise is remains on for maybe 20 sec

I used vampire taps and wired in the Valentine harness. The cord to the detector easily wedges thru the front of the console out to the area around the rear view mirror. There is also tons of room to stow away any wiring up there.

All tapped in and powered right up:



For tools, the connectors need a small screwdriver to release the clips, and otherwise the only other thing required is taps and a voltmeter. Takes 30 min max
 

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Well disregard the previous post - as is the radar detector will not work in the daytime lol! It only works when the nighttime ambient light is triggered.

Back to the drawing board. I removed the old setup and this time removed the entire overhead console - not just the panel. There are two T10 screws to remove:



Then there are two friction fit tabs up front that just pull straight down.



There is a main wiring harness to the overhead console on the left side that you can disconnect.



Testing all the wiring shows that the black wire is a good ground, and the leftmost purple wire with white stripe is a good 12v positve that directly is triggered by the ignition. Engine on, power on; engine off, power off.





Just an extra step but now all seems to work properly. I think the purple wire with white stripe is the power lead to the passenger airbag light on the overhead console.
 

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Nice job, may I suggest you get a blend mount for your v1. I bought mine online it attaches to the rearview mirror stem and to the v1. Works great. As for power to v1 I use Saavy by v1 plugs to obd2 port no extra wires and you can set the speed as a cutoff. So say in the city don't want to hear anything less than when you are going 30 set the dial. I currently use all three worth it to me. Plus if you have an iPhone v1 just released the Bluetooth piece where your phone is the display.
 

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there are two purple wires with white stripes. Which one did you use? Try the one closest to the yellow wire. Mine works perfectly all the time
 

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Note to self: Read entire post before attempting as I just tried the original post and was wondering why I wasn't getting power. Sigh, I'm afraid to pull the splice connectors and have severed copper so they shall forever stay in place. Time to pick up more splice connectors on the way home.
 

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By the way, thanks again. I just used your guide to wire up my dash cam so that it will come on and off with the truck.
 
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