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*Disclaimer: Honestly I use my radar detector for informative purposes only, I rarely speed excessively, just like to know when law enforcement is nearby and running radar (I have an inexpensive unit anyway with relatively poor performance)

What is the best location for a radar detector in the '11 Equinox non-Nav/no moonroof?

1. At first I figure the top of the dash compartment lid, but makes this storage area a bit harder to access, also obstructs the drivers view a small degree, but would the radar eye have a clear unobstructed pathway out the rear of the vehicle when mounted here?

2. What about further back on the center of the dash behind the dash compartment lid, too close to the windshield to see all the way out the rear of the vehicle?

3. Mounted underneath the rearview mirror? I have seen some with this location in other vehicles, no idea if this would work with the Nox...?

4. Drop down/mount somehow at the end of the plastic headliner piece?

5. Another area I haven't thought about yet?

Also, has anyone hardwired their radar detector? Where did you place the radar detector? How did you run/hide the power wire? Which cable did you connect to for power and what method/connector type did you use to splice and make the connection? Pics would be great, no matter how it looks. In my other car I just use Velcro strips right on top/center of the dash and run power into the 12V outlet. Doesn't look the best but gets the job done.
 

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I have mine mounted on the windshield next to the rear view mirror. The power cord is tucked in the headliner and runs down the inside of the "A" post on the passenger side. It plugs into the fusebox with a fuse that powers up with the ignition. Piece of cake. ;)
 

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fireman591 said:
I have mine mounted on the windshield next to the rear view mirror. The power cord is tucked in the headliner and runs down the inside of the "A" post on the passenger side. It plugs into the fusebox with a fuse that powers up with the ignition. Piece of cake. ;)
Ah! That sounds perfect! So the radar detector sits on the driver or passenger side of your rear-view mirror? Did you use any tools to tuck the power wire into the headliner or A-pillar? Any concerns with air bag deployment in this area?

Which fuse number did you choose to connect to and why? Did you use a fuse tap (what type) or did you splice (what method)? Did you cut your OEM power cable?

Thanks.
 

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fireman591 said:
I have mine mounted on the windshield next to the rear view mirror. The power cord is tucked in the headliner and runs down the inside of the "A" post on the passenger side. It plugs into the fusebox with a fuse that powers up with the ignition. Piece of cake. ;)
mine is similar....i tapped in to a 12v source for my map lights.....mine sits driver side of the mirror....only small issue i have is that i cant push my sun visor all the way out towards the windshield when the detector is there....

as for power, each make/model can be different...my escort uses a standard phone cord for power....very easy to splice....
 

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Mine sits on the dash and is held in place with double stick velcro and powered by the cig lighter. It comes on with the ignition and the location is fine for both front and rear pickup.
 

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Mine is mounted up high to the right of the mirror, passenger side. Tucked the wier under the headliner and down the A pillar. Used the "add a fuse" on the fuse panel on the right of the center comsole. #13 i believe. I actually put silcone rtv on the suction cups and mounted the detector on the printed grid at the very top of the windshield. That way it never comes loose. Also no one can see it up there.
 

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Valentine V-1
Hangs from rear view mirror using the custom pictured mount
Wired to OnStar power using the Invisicord
easy to change between our 2 vehicles


http://www.invisicord.com/install.html
 

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MOCHANOX said:
Valentine V-1
Hangs from rear view mirror using the custom pictured mount
Wired to OnStar power using the Invisicord
easy to change between our 2 vehicles


http://www.invisicord.com/install.html
That's prety slick there. I wonder if that's just Valetine One hardware.....would like something like this for my Cobra.
 

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That's pretyy slick there. I wonder if that's just Valetine One hardware.....would like somethink like this for my Cobra
The rear view mirror mount is V-1 specific...
You buy the mount...it has holes tapped on the bottom to fit the V-1 factory suction adapter
You pull off the suction cups from that adapter and bolt it to the mount
Then mount it to the rear view mirror post (the round one between the mirror and windshield

I'm pretty sure back when...when I was searching for a "hard mount" for the V-1...I saw others available for different detectors...google is your friend !!! ;D

The inviscord is available in different configurations if I recall correctly...but for the V-1 with it's "modular telephone jack" it just plugs into the V-1 and then plugs in the OnStar connector on the back of the r/view mirror.

If you go to the Inviscord site link I posted you can see if they offer any "new"/different setups for other detectors without "modular jacks"
 

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Thanks Mochanox, I'll look into that. With my luck I'll get everything wired in and tucked away and my cheap Cobra radar detector will die. Just so hard to justify paying $300+ for a decent model.. Might keep the Cobra in the other car for now until I can find a nice V1, Beltronics, or Escort model.
 

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Here is a "dot com" picture of what the mount with an invisicord looks like in some kind of Chevy with OnStar
 

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Thanks for the links all! Looks very clean! Just what I am looking for...
 

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I installed the new K40 360i Into my 15 Equinox a few weeks ago http://www.k40.com/rl360i-radar-detector-pages-165.php . Yeah a little pricey but this will be my second system nad LOVE it. Fully concealed installation and well hidden unless you know what your looking for. I still need to mold the remote into the overhead panel and have it integrate like the stock controls.

In the install I went a "few" steps further and integrated OEM style water tight molex plugs and panel mount connectors so all of the sensors had had connections to hte body of the vehicle (much like higher end vehicles and the stock harnesses) and used stock reinforced cloth looming inside wiring areas integrating them fully into the stock harness so if any panels came off it all looked stock. the main unit also was equipped with inteioror OEM style molex connectors so that the main module can easily be serviced without having to cut wires. :banghead:


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