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Radar detector and installation

I am buying a radar detector to use on a couple of cross country trips. I am not really considering hardwiring because of the difficulty in doing so and because I will be using the detector infrequently on ling trips. So my option is to use the 12v power socket and run the detector cable to it through front console under the cup holders to the power socket console. I was hoping that I could drill a 1/2" hole to allow me to run the cable inside the consoles from front to back. My questions are: How dumb is this idea? Do I need to be concerned that I will drill into some important circuitry or component? Is connecting a radar detector to this power supply the most efficient way to do this? What could go wrong? Also I will be mounting the hopefully connected detector low on the windshield. I know that this is not optimal bu I hate to have wires hanging in my line of sight. Any comments? And finally, any opinions on which is best: the Uniden R3 or the Radensa XP?


  • I also use my detector for long trips only.

    I put some Velcro strips on the bottom of the detector (the "hook" half of the Velcro) and it sticks very well to the black fabric on the dash close to the windshield on the far left. It picks up signals fine from there.

    I route the power wire behind the display screen and into the lighter socket in the center console. You can still close the console door.
  • Well I wouldn't start drilling holes into my car interior but each to their own. If you will only be using this for longer trips why not just plug into the 12V and let the cable go behind the screen? Then you can remove at leisure and no holes!
  • I recently bought the Radenso XP and I’m happy with it; however, The Vortex Radar guy thinks the R3 may be the better choice.
  • For my Valentine 1 install I did the following:

    Use an old credit card to remove the triangle trim, having the glove box made this simple.

    Remove the trim piece to the right and the push/pin for the kick panel cover.

    Using your hands pop the trim (start by the middle of the seat and work your way up to the passenger kick).

    From the YouTube video I took a screenshot, and props to another poster here who stated it was the smaller of the 2 red wires. The video is of a Red 2019 and the video shows the VCRight wire.

    Multimeter ground in the threaded hole (there is no bolt here, there are 2 spots like this), and pos in the wire you just tagged.

    Closed all the doors, opened the drivers door, sat on the seat, hit the brake and Bob's your Uncle 12V.

    Passenger Kick for the VCRight (Thinner of the 2 Red wires -- See photo) I had a bolt that would screw into one of the threaded holes for ground.

    I did NOT use a relay, I am using the Valentine 1 hard wiring kit which is fused. I do not see a need for this an no one gave a valid reason to use a relay that I found. If something goes wack, perform the reset that was detailed to reset it.

    Turns on when I sit in the drivers seat and hit the break. Shuts off when I get out of the drivers seat.


    I will update if anything adverse happens.
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