I’ve owned them all, from Bel, to Cobra, to Escort &
Passport.But the Valentine One is the
only radar detector I trust in my
Porsche 911. Yes, I know that in the days of instant-on and VASCAR a radar
detector isn’t going to guarantee you won’t get a ticket, but coupled with alert
driving a Valentine One is going to save your butt over and over.
The V1 radar detector has three key characteristics that make it the best
radar detector in the world:
I also really like the optional remotely mounted
display. It lets me put the radar readout in an easy to read spot and let’s the
detector be mounted in an effective position without "giving itself
away" at night.
They are expensive, but worth it. One thing that
mitigates the price vs. other radar detectors is Valentine One’s upgrade policy. You can always upgrade your unit to
include the latest improvements.
I also have a 1995 BMW 540i Sport. For details on how I mounted my V1 in that
car (way cooler than what I did in my Porsche) check out my BMW
In attempting to figure out how to mount my V1 in my 911
I considered the following:
The mounting information on the V1 web site is pretty clear
about suggesting that the V1 be mounted in the middle of the car.
Anyway, there are three pieces to my V1: the detector,
the remote display, and the direct wire power adapter. Below I describe where
and how I mounted each. To give you an idea of how it looks when I’m driving see
the picture to the right.
There’s a flat surface on a bracket just to the left of
the ashtray under the dash. I affixed the direct wire power adapter to this
bracket using velcro (dual lock) that was included with the unit.
The picture to the right (click to view at higher
resolution) illustrates this. That’s the ashtray to the right of the
I used the same 12 volt power lead that powers my stereo
to power the V1. This lead is switched with the ignition so that the V1 turns
off when the car is off and is on when the car is on.
The power adapter has two RJ11 jacks on it. One for
plugging in the detector and one for connecting to the remote display. The wire
that comes with the unit for connecting the remote display is loooong, so I cut
it to length and used a RJ11 modular jack crimp tool to put a new connector on
(that’s another great thing about the V1: the use of RJ11 connectors!). This
wire is threaded up through the gap between the instrument cluster and the
steering wheel to the remote display (see the image below).
The coiled wire plugs into the other RJ11 jack and goes
to the left, under the steering wheel and up to where the detector is attached
to the windshield. If you look at the remote display image below you’ll see the
coiled wire in the background.
I really like the remote mount, especially at night.
The remote display is mounted to the steering column
with some velcro. Note that you want to remember to mount it on the part of the
column that doesn’t turn (Trust me. I felt pretty stupid the first time I went
around a corner after installing it incorrectly!). The wire from the remote
display goes through the dash (between the columnand dash) to where I mounted
the direct wire power adaptor.
The image at Images/radar1.jpg shows where the remote
display is mounted.
The image at Images/radar2.jpg shows the detector
itself mounted via the suction cups to the left side of the windshield. I
don’t put it here anymore (I put it in the middle where it has the best