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Any way to get a valentine 1 to work with Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Stimyg, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Stimyg

    Stimyg Member

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    Has anyone gotten a V1 radar to work inside a Model S? If not, is there any solution for an external mounting? If not... Well, what? I really really love the way my V1 works and would love to keep using one in this car. But if not, what have people used and liked?
     
  2. rdalcanto

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    The two MS I test drove had a radar detector low on the windshield in the middle of the dash. There should be no difference between a Valentine and an Escort. I should have my car in 3-4 weeks, and will be able to try my Valentine in that location. I used to keep it high on the passenger visor, with the remote display hidden where I could see it, but it sounds like the signal can't get through the windshield up there.
     
  3. bluetinc

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    I've done the same in the past. There is a whole thread on ezpass stuff on the windshield that you can look at but the bottom line I've found is that it makes no difference where on the windshield you put the V1, the signal in some bands is reduced significantly, and in others it's fine. Laser works normally. I'm hoping for a updated windshield to come out with a small cutout in the IR film for ezpass's and RDs.

    Peter
     
  4. rbt3

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    I use my V1 everyday in my MS, and have not noticed any issues at all. It works exactly as in my Porsche Panamera. I place it at lower windshield centrally with suction cup mount. It has already saved me from multiple tickets! Used it on the drive home from factory in Fremont to Vegas without problems as well. I'm not sure why some people are having problems with their detectors working properly, but I have not had a problem so far in 2500 miles.
     
  5. Stimyg

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    What is your VIN? Is it possible they changed the windshield in later-produced cars?
     
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    I have my Escort mounted with suction cups on the lower left side of the windshield. I just got my MS a few weeks ago. In the Model S the radar detector has a problem getting a GPS fix (for location-based muting and for red light cam warnings). Sometimes it can get a GPS fix and sometimes it can't. In my previous car the same unit always got a fix without any problem. The actual radar detection feature still works ok, although I think the sensitivity is reduced a little in the Model S. We have those "Your speed is" radar blasters in our area so it's easy to test the functionality, but this also makes for a loud journey when there is no GPS fix to mute the alerts for these every time we drive by them. Them Model S should have a built-in radar/laser detector that uses the car's GPS. That would be a great feature!
     
  7. rbt3

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    My VIN is 6025, don't know about the windshield or not, but I still have not had any problems with my V1 working, I'll try to post a picture of where I have it mounted when I get a chance.Good luck and hope yours works fine too.
     
  8. kunal

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    So I've noticed a weird thing with my V1. Basically the rear laser arrow just goes off non-stop. I think the laser is going off due to picking up something from the screen. Anyone else have this problem?

    I prefer keeping the V1 up higher because then can reach it in case I do get pulled over.
     
  9. bluetinc

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    Yes, if mine is pointed anywhere near the screen the laser goes off on mine too.

    Peter

     
  10. kunal

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    Anyone have pictures where they have mounted their V1's for the best results?
     
  11. artsci

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    Install it on the crossbeam behind the nose cone use the remote in the cockpit. That way you'll have a stealth install. The laser detection won't work but that's worthless on the V1 anyway.
     
  12. GaryRudolph

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    How is that working for the arrows and rear detection in that location? Curious how it compares in signal detection being lower in the nose cone vs. being higher on the upper part of the window with the window coating reducing the signal (haven't confirmed it's worse).
     
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    Higher up will be better but I should work quite well there. Rear detection will be compromised for sure but not completely.
     

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