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capobianco
12-12-2013, 10:17 PM
I currently use a Valentine One radar detector (a must have item) and have it plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. I would like to hard wire it but haven't even looked under the dash.

Does anyone know where the best place to hard wire into a switched power source?

Kurumi
12-12-2013, 10:46 PM
You can hardwire it to the fuse box. Any of the 5A fuses are good as far as I remember.

trevc
12-13-2013, 09:48 AM
I mounted mine to the rear view mirror which I replaced with one with autodim and homlelink. Ran the power for both from the sunroof.

musicsurf
12-14-2013, 08:51 PM
I mounted mine to the rear view mirror which I replaced with one with autodim and homlelink. Ran the power for both from the sunroof.

You could also wire in another 12v outlet from the back of the cigarette lighter. That what I did for my GPS and hid all the wires under the dash.

Abarth Phreak
12-22-2013, 02:41 AM
You could also wire in another 12v outlet from the back of the cigarette lighter. That what I did for my GPS and hid all the wires under the dash.

Sounds like a great idea. Do you have pics by chance?

Abarth Phreak
12-22-2013, 02:43 AM
I mounted mine to the rear view mirror which I replaced with one with autodim and homlelink. Ran the power for both from the sunroof.

Trevor, you may have posted it elsewhere before, but what is the model # of the mirror you installed? Also, any pics of it?

trevc
12-22-2013, 06:26 PM
The model # on the mirror is 0BIHL3. I bought it used on eBay.
It is made by Gentex and I think their generic model # for this one is 50-GENK40A. It autodims and has Homelink.
Trevor, you may have posted it elsewhere before, but what is the model # of the mirror you installed? Also, any pics of it?

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1090_zps6e857f64.jpg

Abarth Phreak
12-23-2013, 12:17 AM
The model # on the mirror is 0BIHL3. I bought it used on eBay.
It is made by Gentex and I think their generic model # for this one is 50-GENK40A. It autodims and has Homelink.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1090_zps6e857f64.jpg

Thanks. Looks good. Was the mirror mount a direct fit? (Wedge Type or Cam lock?) Was looking through the Gentex systems already, just wanted to know which one you chose and if any issues at install.

Kurumi
12-23-2013, 12:19 AM
I have the same mirror. It is not a direct fit. You will need to get a replacement keystone (that metal bit that sits on the windshield) for it to fit properly. I can't remember off the top of my head which one to get but you can get it from Napa. There is a guide on how to install it on a certain rosso colored forum.

Abarth Phreak
12-23-2013, 12:48 AM
I have the same mirror. It is not a direct fit. You will need to get a replacement keystone (that metal bit that sits on the windshield) for it to fit properly. I can't remember off the top of my head which one to get but you can get it from Napa. There is a guide on how to install it on a certain rosso colored forum.

Sorry Kurumi, I think I was editing my post at the same time you were entering your response. I added the two common types then saw your post here. It is either a cam lock type then, or most likely a proprietary version and definitely not a wedge type.

lillo24
12-23-2013, 01:46 AM
The model # on the mirror is 0BIHL3. I bought it used on eBay.
It is made by Gentex and I think their generic model # for this one is 50-GENK40A. It autodims and has Homelink.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1090_zps6e857f64.jpg

hey Trevor, that setup looks great. I do not have a moon/sun roof. How would I connect one of those Gentex mirrors + radar? thanks

trevc
12-23-2013, 09:40 AM
It fitted on the existing wedge mount but was a little loose. I padded it with a thin piece of rubber and it has been great for over a year now.


Thanks. Looks good. Was the mirror mount a direct fit? (Wedge Type or Cam lock?) Was looking through the Gentex systems already, just wanted to know which one you chose and if any issues at install.

trevc
12-23-2013, 09:44 AM
Thanks.
You need to be comfortable with car wiring and using a soldering iron.
As these are low power devices you may be able to run them off the interior light power feed or you could run a new fused 12v feed from the fusebox in the driver foot well. I think there was somebody else that posted on one of the forums that did it that way.

hey Trevor, that setup looks great. I do not have a moon/sun roof. How would I connect one of those Gentex mirrors + radar? thanks

RagingBullWinkle
12-23-2013, 10:12 AM
Going out on a limb not sure if it's cool to mix red and blue? My apologies if this is over the line.

Hot wire Radar with pictures; also note the pics of the installed escort smartradar detector
Is my old car but have the same set up in my 2013. Great unit it was made for the 500.
The ONLY thing the driver can see is the small display on the mirror.

http://www.fiat500owners.com/forum/26-fiat-500-diy-section/7136-hot-wire-radar-pictures.html#post123008

Scootin159
12-23-2013, 11:14 AM
I got a "SAVVY" unit for my V1 (i.e, the OBD2 interface). This unit allows you to auto-mute the V1 below a set speed (I have mine set to 35mph), which makes it so your V1 is auto-muted in parking lots, etc. - a very nice feature. It also gives you a power source for the V1 - so I just ran a length of phone cord up the A-pillar (the trim just pulls off), and then across the front edge of the headliner. Completely concealed install (except about 3" of phone cord going into the V1 from the headliner), and the unit auto powers on/off with the engine, and auto-mutes below 35mph.

The SAVVY unit is ~$70 anywhere you buy it.

capobianco
12-29-2013, 08:56 AM
I got a "SAVVY" unit for my V1 (i.e, the OBD2 interface). This unit allows you to auto-mute the V1 below a set speed (I have mine set to 35mph), which makes it so your V1 is auto-muted in parking lots, etc. - a very nice feature. It also gives you a power source for the V1 - so I just ran a length of phone cord up the A-pillar (the trim just pulls off), and then across the front edge of the headliner. Completely concealed install (except about 3" of phone cord going into the V1 from the headliner), and the unit auto powers on/off with the engine, and auto-mutes below 35mph.

The SAVVY unit is ~$70 anywhere you buy it.

Thanks Scootin159. I didn't know about this. This is exactly what I need. Simple, neat, and also adjustable for threshold speed. I'll order it now!

Rags747
06-08-2014, 11:25 AM
I mounted mine to the rear view mirror which I replaced with one with autodim and homlelink. Ran the power for both from the sunroof.

Ran my Escort 8500 X50 from the sunroof/dome light power today. Get a flathead screwdriver and pry just enough to get your fingers under the sunroof/interior dome lights bezel. Bezel has two front clips and two rear clips that will finally release with some gentle tugging. Run your black ground to black and your red or power to I believe the yellow and red wire and you are pretty much set. I mounted the Escort high and just to the left of the mirror with an Escort bracket with 3M tape pad, wanted to get away from the suction cups.