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Are there any radar detector mounts for the Model Y?

everydaychris

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Feb 10, 2020
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FWIW, I posted this info in a similar, earlier thread:

Resurrecting this old thread to maybe help somebody, because I didn't see the Model Y hardwire threads were converging on an easy-to-wire positioning. My approach & results:

1. I'm finding the MYP is too fast and too quiet not to have a radar detector in it!
2. I don't like mounting options that block my view. While I think the Blendmount below the mirror or the mounts that position the RD above the screen can look beautifully integrated, both those approaches position the RD in the narrow eyeline below the mirror and above the screen. My preferred location is up and to the left of the mirror/camera placement. I just use the normal suction cup mount, which others seem to have trouble with, but I find if you clean the glass and the suction cups before installing, it will literally stay there for many years until the suction cup rubber yellows/hardens.
3. I use a V1G2 + JBV1 combination, and my goal was to run a direct wire across the top of the windshield and down the driver's side A-pillar to the driver foot well. It turns out you can easily do that without removing the headliner or A-pillar trim.

The key point is at the footwell, is there an easy place to pick up switched 12V power? This Model 3 video was intriguing to me, because it shows where to tap into the 12V accessory port (cigarette lighter socket) in the center console without having to go all the way to the console and take that apart. Same wire in a far easier access location.


What seemed to be an open discussion was whether this 12V power source was switched or not? The answer is yes, but it stays on for several minutes after you leave the car, so to some installers it looked like it was not switched. It is in fact switched in the Model Y, and presumably the Model 3.

I just used a normal wire tap in Valentine's direct wire kit with this wire and it is working perfectly.
Yes, So it's either that blue wire or you can do what I did.

And the 12v does turn off BUT if sentry mode is ON it doesnt
 

dn325ci

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Feb 26, 2021
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Yes, So it's either that blue wire or you can do what I did.

And the 12v does turn off BUT if sentry mode is ON it doesnt
Right, it is switched when the car goes to sleep. Frankly I had not noticed whether it was on or off with Sentry mode, but I'll be honest - it's such a tiny amperage draw that I would say it's not worth being concerned with unless you're going to park for many days, in which case I would have pulled my RD out of the mount to stow it anyway. Sentry mode itself is a massive energy consumer comparatively.

EDIT: Chris, was just reading your prior posts, and I think you already had this in mind, but to confirm for everyone this blue wire in the footwell literally is the cigarette lighter port circuit. I confirmed it with an amp clamp, as did the video creator. No need to run all the way to the center console to get it. Simplifies life greatly.
 
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Ada Diamonds

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@dn325ci - I was thinking the exact same location/strategy above the mirror on the driver side with suction cups. Are you happy with that location? I was even thinking about a small black vinyl sticker/vinyl on the glass then the suction cups to make it less conspicuous to both crackheads and police.

I've got a hardwire kit with a mute button inline so I don't have to reach up and obviously mute it:

Lastly, here's a video from @dn325ci of where to grab a ground as well:
 

dn325ci

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Feb 26, 2021
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@dn325ci - I was thinking the exact same location/strategy above the mirror on the driver side with suction cups. Are you happy with that location? I was even thinking about a small black vinyl sticker/vinyl on the glass then the suction cups to make it less conspicuous to both crackheads and police.

I've got a hardwire kit with a mute button inline so I don't have to reach up and obviously mute it:

Lastly, here's a video from @dn325ci of where to grab a ground as well:
@Ada Diamonds Yes, I think high and to the left of the rearview mirror/windshield camera box is the right place to maximize both vision and discretion. Very happy with this placement. It also minimizes the power cord slack out of the headliner. I'd say for those considering their options, try it - if you hate it you can always easily do something else. My belief is this is the way to go.
 

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