OK, at the risk of posting some redundant info and pics, I found the write-up I did previously (for some reason I was smart enough to save it as a Word document - in the future I should do that for all of the detailed posts) and here it is:
Valentine One (V1) Installed
As mentioned previously in my “Electrical Phobia” thread http://www.************.com/showthre...ight=valentine
, I was determined to install my Valentine One radar (and laser) detector in my Raptor using two cool products:
1. The Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving mirror mount originally designed for the C6 Corvette;
Current price: $32.00
Here is the Great Lakes bracket:
2. The Invisicord Products wire (6” long version) designed for a stealthy installation of Valentine One and the Passport radar detectors.
Here is the Invisicord wire as delivered:
The Great Lakes mount had to be modified because the back of the Raptor mirror is different from the back of the C6 mirror (the Raptor’s snap-in wiring plug is located nearly in the center of the back of the mirror).
Here’s the Great Lakes bracket (with 3M adhesive) and the visor bracket that comes with the V1 detector (shown with the visor clip removed). The visor bracket clips onto the Great Lakes bracket and holds the V1 unit.
Picture of the Great Lakes bracket with the V1 Visor bracket together:
Back of the Raptor mirror as seen from the passenger’s seat:
Close-up of the 10-wire connector on the back of the Raptor mirror. Note: The 10-wire connector is used on the Raptors with the SYNC system. The 16-wire connector is used on Raptors with the mirror display:
Another pic of the assembled brackets:
Here you can see the Great Lakes bracket below the Raptor mirror. Note the female snap connector location and how the bracket will cover it:
Here are the connectors that are pressed into the sockets for the (1) switched power and (2) the ground wire:
When you remove the snap connector from the mirror you will see (if you put on your glasses) very small numbers on some of the pin locations.
Pin 1 on both mirrors is switched 12v. The color of this wire is blue with red stripe. On the Raptor the power to this pin stays on just like the radio does until you open the door or wait ten minutes. Pin 3 is ground on the 16-pin mirror. That wire’s color is black with purple stripe. Pin 10 on the 10-pin mirror is the ground. (Special thanks to forum member MarkT for this information!).
Not sure if you can see the numbers on the connector in this pic:
So I had to modify the Great Lakes bracket. I don’t have tools for metalworking (I’m a woodworking hobbyist) so I drilled a 1/2” hole in the center of the bracket. I used some heavy duty wire cutters to trim the excess metal (the bracket is painted steel – a good thickness). I used a file to deburr the edges and smooth the hole and cuts:
I pressed the yellow lead of the Invisicord wire into the Pin-1 socket. And I pressed the black lead of the Invisicord into the Pin-10 socket. I peeled off the double-sided tape protection and put the bracket in place and pressed it hard holding steady pressure to ensure it was securely in place. The double-sided tape is supposed to be good up to about 300F so it will hold the bracket and V1 securely in place:
Here you can see the blue switched power wire (lower right of the 10-pin connector). The ground wire is on the upper left on the 10-pin connector):
Here you can see forum member Microbomb’s pic of his Invisicord leads inserted into the snap clip on the back of the mirror:
Here you can see the Valentine One (“V1”) held in place by the V1 visor bracket which is held by the Great Lakes bracket:
It’s a very clean installation with no extraneous wiring or clutter:
The V1 unit has clear, unobstructed view ahead and to the rear offering me notification when radar and/or laser are being used:
Special thanks to forum members Microbomb and MarkT for their invaluable help. They identified the socket numbers for the switched power and the ground on both socket types (10-pin and 16-pin) and Microbomb installed the Invisicord in his Raptor with a Blend Mount and radar detector. You could have seen the original thread here but I understand it's been deleted: http://www.************.com/showthre...ight=valentine