Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DIY: Valentine One hardwire install

This post outlines hardwiring of my Valentine One radar detector. The same instructions can be used to wire almost any aftermarket electronic device. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Seriously. The toughest part is probably removing the (sometimes stubborn) plastic fuse panel trim piece.

Skill Level: 3/10

This is the idea behind the wiring:

  • Add-a-circuit kit (left)
  • Valentine 1 hardwire kit (right)
  • Zip ties
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • T20 torx screwdriver
  • Credit card
Step 1: Mount V1 on windshield using suction cups. This will give you an idea how much slack to leave when routing the power cable around the upholstery.

Step 2: Open fuse panel trim piece it is held by four clips. Prying with a flathead screwdriver is the easiest way to remove the trim piece. Wrapping a paper towel around the flathead to avoid scratching the plastic piece. It should "pop" out of place if you apply the right amount of force.

Step 3: Run power cable around uphostry, a-pillar, behind trim piece, and into the fuse box area. Credit card is handy for tucking the cable behind the a-pillar piece.

Step 4: Attach ground wire from the V1 hardwire adapter to body. Pick a bolt that's attached to the metal body frame.

Step 5: Connect cable to port labeled "main unit". Use provided velcro to attach V1 hardwire adapter to fuse box. Use zip ties as necessary to keep things tidy.

Step 6: Add-a-circuit kit is the easiest way to power an aftermarket accessories - just plug into any fuse slot .

Remove a fuse that turns on/off with ignition. Replace with add-a-circuit. Place original fuse in lower slot. Add a low amp fuse (3 or 5 amps) in the top slot.

It looks like this after the add-a-circuit kit is installed:

Step 7: Last step is to connect the add-a-circuit to red cable from V1 hardwire kit using the supplied wiring harness connector. Wrap the harness around the add-a-circuit red cable, crimp, and connect to red cable from V1 hard wire kit.

Wiring after everything is connected.

Step 8: turn on V1 to make sure everything is good to go BEFORE reinstalling the fuse panel trim piece!

Step 9: Reinstall trim piece. Done.

1 comment:

Benjamin said...

does this mean that you have to turn the V1 on and off, or does it turn on and off with the ignition?