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I've only been loosely following this thread, only to sort of keep up on what's going on in the world. lol.

I used this dash cam power cable that taps into an existing fuse in the fuse panel at the paswsengers feet. Super simple to install, just run the cord up through the trim pieces to the camera area. No need to pull anything apart besides the access panel for the fuse box.

Here's a general search on Amazon for this style.
 

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Andy, I figured out a solution. I plugged the LE into the armrest 12V. Then wiretap the V1 to the windshield. The V1 and LE do not need to be connected physically. So while it takes up space in my armrest, rather have it in there than up on the windshied.

now just need to tackle the mirror tap. Did it on my M2 so this shouldn't be too hard after looking at the instructions on this thread. Thanks all.
Mojo: are you certain that the V1 and the Bluetooth module do NOT need to be connected physically? I’m extremely doubtful, but I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say that I’m certain it doesn’t work.

Basically, I don’t see how the Bluetooth module could communicate with the V1 if it’s not connected physically. My understanding is that the V1 doesn’t have any wireless communication ability.

While powering the Bluetooth module separately might allow it to connect to the phone/app, my guess is that anything you do on the app won’t actually get back to the V1.

FWIW, my V1 install thread is here: Valentine 1 with concealed display

There’s plenty of room for the Bluetooth module in the cubby where I put the BoB (but I couldn’t figure out a way to use the OBD dongle and the concealed display AND the Bluetooth module: I had to choose between concealed display and Bluetooth).
 

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Mojo: are you certain that the V1 and the Bluetooth module do NOT need to be connected physically? I’m extremely doubtful, but I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say that I’m certain it doesn’t work.

Basically, I don’t see how the Bluetooth module could communicate with the V1 if it’s not connected physically. My understanding is that the V1 doesn’t have any wireless communication ability.

While powering the Bluetooth module separately might allow it to connect to the phone/app, my guess is that anything you do on the app won’t actually get back to the V1.

FWIW, my V1 install thread is here: Valentine 1 with concealed display

There’s plenty of room for the Bluetooth module in the cubby where I put the BoB (but I couldn’t figure out a way to use the OBD dongle and the concealed display AND the Bluetooth module: I had to choose between concealed display and Bluetooth).
Roo, you are correct. I tried a mirror tap then to plug the 1LE into the armrest outlet. The V1 and 1LE do not see eachother, so they must be physically connected.

Is there any way to make it work with a mirrortap?

My other option is to connect both in armrest power. They run a cable up around the gloevox, up the pillar, and under the headliner.
 

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Thanks to the ts, @MakeitRain, I was able to easily perform my radar detector installation. I opened the plastic clamshell surrounding the rearview mirror and accessed the electrical plug. I tinned the wires from my radar detector adapter plug to a fine point and simply pressed them into the rear of the electrical plug (so that they are firmly against the positive and ground connectors) and then electrical taped them to the existing wires so that they will stay in place. The wires for the adapter plug exit the clamshell next to the post that holds the rearview mirror. the adapter plug nestles between the rearview mirror and the clamshell completely out of sight from the drivers position. A short cable attaches the V1 radar detector to the adapter plug. Having the detector mounted at the top edge of the windshield, as opposed to below the rearview mirror, works best for me.
Andy, got my mirror tap and V1 mounted.

However how the heck did you get the black adapter connected in this pic?
And then what type of cable did you connect from the connector adapter to the V1?
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Roo, you are correct. I tried a mirror tap then to plug the 1LE into the armrest outlet. The V1 and 1LE do not see eachother, so they must be physically connected.

Is there any way to make it work with a mirrortap?

My other option is to connect both in armrest power. They run a cable up around the gloevox, up the pillar, and under the headliner.
Bummer, it’s not often that I hope I’m wrong!

Like you showed in your next post, there’s no problem with the mirror tap “working”, but that you’ll have to get super creative if you want to hide the dual output accessory adapter thing AND the Bluetooth module. There just isn’t a lot of space up there (at least not easily accessible space: maybe there’s space above the headliner, but I don’t know and wouldn’t know how to loosen the headliner enough to check without possibly breaking something).

Your best bet might be to just tap the fuse box for power, which I believe is in the passenger footwell. There will be plenty of places to stash the various boxes/modules from there, and it’s a lot more straight forward to run it up the A pillar to the top of the windscreen on the passenger side.

Others have definitely done this before and posted on this forum about it: maybe not with a V1, but the process is basically the same regardless of brand. I don’t have the other threads handy at the moment, but if I find them I’ll send them your way.
 

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@mojorisin , I stripped and tinned the wire ends and shoved them into the harness connector plug inside the mirror cover. I then used a connector wire, like the one in your image, to connect to the V1. I have the V1 suctioned-cupped to the front glass, just to the left of the mirror. I've had zero issues and am 100% satisfied with the install. PM me if you like, for more info.
 

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I just managed to cram the V1 hardwire dongle, BOB dongle AND the iOS bluetooth dongle all up in the mirror housing. It was a PITA. I covered all of them with Tesa tape to reduce rattling. Went for a quick drive and everything is working. Glad I found MakeItRain’s original post.
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I just finished the DIY install that OP described on my '19 QV. I'll post up a video shortly. I used the same Radar Mount kit
 

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Thanks @MakeitRain for the tutorial and photos. I mounted my V1 using a Blendmount BV1-3030 and couldn’t be happier with the quality and install. Highly recommended!
 

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Thanks to everyone's instructions, inputs, and pictures, I was able to successfully install my V1 with the MirrorTap power cord. Here's what I've done:
  • I used the suction cup mount for my V1 instead of the using the BlendMount or any other mirror mounts. There's two reasons, first is the cost of the BlendMount. Second, for me mounting under the mirror blocks the view. This may not be an issue for some. My V1 is high up, not as visible, and I still have a clear view.
  • My visor is still usable mounting it high and to the left of the mirror. I can pull the visor straight down and a little bit beyond.
  • I saw comments from other suggesting to get a longer cord, so I got the 15". I had plenty of slack left. I think the 10" long cord should be plenty if you're mounting with the suction cup (left of the mirror).
  • I was able to slip the cord through one of the ventilation slits in the big trim piece. It'll be a tight fit at first, but it will fit. Just make sure to hold the cover up to the mirror otherwise the cable may come out the wrong side (yes, I made that mistake). I can easily slide the cord in to hide the extra slack.
  • When removing the big trim piece, I used an arts and craft bone folder and a micro fiber cloth to protect the windshield. It was too difficult to pry it open with my fingers (don't have trim prying tools). Like some else said, it's easy to remove once you get started and becareful with the flying smaller trim piece. I can confirm you won't break any of the 4 clips off, it's just a very snug fit.
Let me know if you have any questions or need more details.

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If you want something with a slightly lower profile, I have used this for a few years and love it for the V1:


It mounts high up behind the visor which you can still put down.
 

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Thanks to everyone's instructions, inputs, and pictures, I was able to successfully install my V1 with the MirrorTap power cord. Here's what I've done:
  • I used the suction cup mount for my V1 instead of the using the BlendMount or any other mirror mounts. There's two reasons, first is the cost of the BlendMount. Second, for me mounting under the mirror blocks the view. This may not be an issue for some. My V1 is high up, not as visible, and I still have a clear view.
  • My visor is still usable mounting it high and to the left of the mirror. I can pull the visor straight down and a little bit beyond.
  • I saw comments from other suggesting to get a longer cord, so I got the 15". I had plenty of slack left. I think the 10" long cord should be plenty if you're mounting with the suction cup (left of the mirror).
  • I was able to slip the cord through one of the ventilation slits in the big trim piece. It'll be a tight fit at first, but it will fit. Just make sure to hold the cover up to the mirror otherwise the cable may come out the wrong side (yes, I made that mistake). I can easily slide the cord in to hide the extra slack.
  • When removing the big trim piece, I used an arts and craft bone folder and a micro fiber cloth to protect the windshield. It was too difficult to pry it open with my fingers (don't have trim prying tools). Like some else said, it's easy to remove once you get started and becareful with the flying smaller trim piece. I can confirm you won't break any of the 4 clips off, it's just a very snug fit.
Let me know if you have any questions or need more details.

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I’m not following the rationale in mounting it on the driver’s side where it inhibits visor placement, where use and performance are obstructed by visor deployment, and it obstructs outward visibility, when all of those problems are resolved by using the same position on the passenger side.
 

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If you want something with a slightly lower profile, I have used this for a few years and love it for the V1:


It mounts high up behind the visor which you can still put down.
Thanks. I would still like the flexibility of removing the mount.
 

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I’m not following the rationale in mounting it on the driver’s side where it inhibits visor placement, where use and performance are obstructed by visor deployment, and it obstructs outward visibility, when all of those problems are resolved by using the same position on the passenger side.
Everyone has their individual preferences, left, right, under the mirror, or down low at the bottom of the windshield.
For me, the driver side doesn’t obstruct my view, I can still use the visor, and easily reach the mute button.
 

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Everyone has their individual preferences, left, right, under the mirror, or down low at the bottom of the windshield.
For me, the driver side doesn’t obstruct my view, I can still use the visor, and easily reach the mute button.
I know people have preferences, but I want to know if there’s a reason for those preferences besides them being the first thoughts that popped into someone’s head.

When we understand problems, we can find better solutions. When we discuss problems, we become aware of solutions.

It seems impossible that something in front of your face, attached to the windscreen, does not obstruct outward visibility to some extent. The rearview mirror obstructs outward visibility forward, but while gaining critical rearward visibility.

If it’s that much easier for you to reach the mute button with the DS placement rather than the PS placement, okay, I get that. I have periodic shoulder pain that restricts my mobility, so I understand reach as an issue.

So I was just asking, looking for understanding. Some detectors have remote control units to address some of the placement limitations, some being hardware bits as with Escort, some with phone apps, like Valentine.
 

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I know people have preferences, but I want to know if there’s a reason for those preferences besides them being the first thoughts that popped into someone’s head.

When we understand problems, we can find better solutions. When we discuss problems, we become aware of solutions.

It seems impossible that something in front of your face, attached to the windscreen, does not obstruct outward visibility to some extent. The rear view mirror obstructs outward visibility forward, but while gaining critical rearward visibility.

If it’s that much easier for you to reach the mute button with the DS placement rather than the PS placement, okay, I get that. I have periodic shoulder pain that restricts my mobility, so I understand reach as an issue.

So I was just asking, looking for understanding. Some detectors have remote control units to address some of the placement limitations, some being hardware bits as with Escort, some with phone apps, like Valentine.
Gotcha. I agree one would have the best visibility if placed on PS side. DS placement definitely has a lot better visibility than the mirror mount and not as noticeable. I don't have an issue with the DS placement as it's just about at the headliner, so it's above my line of sight.
 

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Gotcha. I agree one would have the best visibility if placed on PS side. DS placement definitely has a lot better visibility than the mirror mount and not as noticeable. I don't have an issue with the DS placement as it's just about at the headliner, so it's above my line of sight.
But remember that the V1 has a rear antenna for detection from police approaching from behind as well, so if it is too high up, it won’t “see” through your rear window and alert you.
 

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But remember that the V1 has a rear antenna for detection from police approaching from behind as well, so if it is too high up, it won’t “see” through your rear window and alert you.
Yup, the rear antenna is still under the headliner and a little higher than yours.
 
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