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Valentine One radar detector installation

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by FTLRKT, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. FTLRKT

    FTLRKT Member

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    Do any of you other Model S owners use a Valentine One radar detector?

    The coating on the windshield completely blocks K & KA band signals from reaching the Valentine One, even when I mount it directly behind the "open" area at the top of the windshield next to the mirror mount. Actually, it's a rather impressive coating Tesla has put on. However, it renders my Valentine One completely useless.

    I'm actively looking for a solution to mount the Valentine One elsewhere and run the concealed remote display into the cabin. If anyone else is trying to do the same, please share your thoughts here.

    Please note that I am not interested in other brands of radar detectors. I have tried them all, and none of them outperform my 14 year old Valentine One.

    Thanks
     
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    I am a V1 lover/user as well ....

    Nothing to offer but support.
     
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    Unfortunately all I can offer is support as well, I've been watching the EZPass discussions closely and am a little worried that I'll have to modify something to get the V1 into the car...

    Peter
     
  4. v12 to 12v

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    Count me in on the support group. I've been pondering this as well
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    Maybe we can reach out to V1. I wonder if it would work if the unit was behind the clear nose cone. I don't even know if that area is accessible yet.
     
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    My BMW 750 has a window in the window coating at the lower middle section. That's where my V1 works perfect. Tesla should have the same.
     
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    I'll be a member of the support group too...I don't want to have to sell my V1 when the Model S arrives, hell, I'll need it more than ever!
     
  7. v12 to 12v

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    I'll contact V1 now to see where to start. It looks like there is enough interest if there is this many replies in such short order.
     
  8. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

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    Also a V1 fan, have been wondering the same. Unfortunately Valentine has never offered any of the fancier hidden/alternative mount options that some of the other brands have introduced.
     
  9. v12 to 12v

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    I just remembered that the front nose cone won't work because the rear signal would be blocked.
     
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    No, they're a bit 'old school' in that respect. I also use the Savvy to keep the thing quite when I'm below 35, it also makes for a really easy wiring job, but I'm not sure the Model S even has an OBD port, does it?
     
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    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

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    I have seen the techs working with a computer plugged into what I assume was the OBD port, which they accessed near the cubby under the display.
     
  12. FTLRKT

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    I actually don't mind buying another V1 and mounting it rear-facing, and mounting a separate one front-facing. That's fine with me. It's a knowable $500 cost that I can choose to buy or not.

    I looked behind the nose cone. It's probably doable, but it is very close to the radiator and I would not want to impede that functionality. Wiring should not be an issue, should be very easy to route a phone cable to the fuse box or OBDII port for the Savvy.

    I'm considering taking my V1 apart to see if the detector component could be removed, and placed into a custom-designed housing that fits flush with either one of the side mirrors, or another to-be-determined location. Maybe it has separate front and rear detectors that could be separately mounted. Not sure yet. Trying to avoid this level of complexity to resolve a fairly straightforward problem.

    With regards to the "open" area of the windshield, it looks like it should actually be large enough to fit the front detector portion of the V1, but the rest of the V1 body gets in the way.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I was going to get an escort smart radar to replace my old v1 but I guess I'll need the one installed in the bumper now.

    V1 has too many false alerts for my taste and it seems escort is better nowadays.
     
  14. FTLRKT

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    I only use the V1 on the highway and freeway. There it has really never faulted for me. In the city, it's basically useless for me as cops seem to mainly use laser and I haven't yet discovered an effective laser detector.
     
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    I also have a V1. I got it a couple of years ago. It includes a laser detector. So it does: X, K, Ka, L.
     
  16. JakeP

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    Yes but if they hit you with the laser, they pretty much got you. There is little laser splash to give you advanced warning.

    Given that I really only use my V1 on long highway trips, I may not need it as much with Model S, as range concerns will dictate more reasonable (though not necessarily legal) cruising speeds.
     
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    Yeah, the laser detection is really only good for telling you that you've just been caught. I've got a V1, and an Escort9500 in our other car, and neither of them offer any defense from laser, by the time they're going crazy, it's too late. I've never had a jammer before, but will consider it for the S, since there's a lot of use of laser around here.
     
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    #19 mcornwell, Oct 27, 2012
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    Love both of my V1's. The windshield coating is all the more reason we need a Trapster app for the 17" display...
     
  20. mklcolvin

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    Uh-oh, I'm a V1 user too. Didn't know about this issue, and I was looking forward to moving my V1 to my new baby... Didn't Valentine offer a concealed mode adapter awhile back?
     

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