Radar Detector - Hardwire Fuse Box

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This week I received my new Valentine 1 Gen 2 radar detector. I wanted to hardwire it, but didn't want to use the mirror tap. I decided to use a fuse tap to power the V2G2. The fuse box is located in the driver's footwell for US cars. Row C, slot 8 is the fuse for the Interior Mirror. The power switches on and off with the "ignition". The pink plastic covers that cover the fuses are a pain to remove. I called the dealership to ask how to remove it. I got a long speech about how it is a high voltage electric car and I shouldn't be touching anything in the fuse box. It was a useless and clueless conversation. I found a black tab at the end of the pink plastic. Even after releasing the tab, it is not easy to remove the pink cover. I broke the tab on row A. It won't make a difference since the fuses are well seated just like every other car.

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@wemct, your instructional turned a job that I had been dreading into a piece of cake. Thank you!
 

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@wemct thanks for this helpful information. As a quick question, do you have the thermally and noise insulated glass? I’ve heard this wreaks havoc with many radar detectors. I was thinking about mounting the detector in the non-insulated section near the mirror housing and hoping for the best.
 
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@wemct thanks for this helpful information. As a quick question, do you have the thermally and noise insulated glass? I’ve heard this wreaks havoc with many radar detectors. I was thinking about mounting the detector in the non-insulated section near the mirror housing and hoping for the best.
I have the standard glass. I think a small detector like the Radenso Pro M will work in the non insulated area. Good luck. My V1Gen2 seems like it would be okay too. I feel much better running the Taycan with the detector. Waze has become too spotty lately.
 

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@wemct

Thanks for this

Do the wires tuck in or do you have to remove pieces of trim?

And if you remove trim is there a trick about not breaking the clips?
 
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Thanks for this

Do the wires tuck in or do you have to remove pieces of trim?

And if you remove trim is there a trick about not breaking the clips?
Like you, I was also wary of breaking clips. That was the main reason why I didn't want to do the mirror tap method. The only panels that I removed were the covers to the fuse panels that you see in the pictures. The one for the foot well can be removed by getting your fingers under one side and gently getting the clips to release. The higher panel on the side of the dash I started on the side where it meets the doors and used a stiff piece of plastic card to avoid damaging the leather with anything too sharp. Everything else on the A pillar, door weather seal and roof trim were done by tucking the wire without removing anything.
 
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Everything else on the A pillar, door weather seal and roof trim were done by tucking the wire without removing anything.
Terrific. Thanks. I may actually give this a try - but doing it for a dash cam.
 

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This week I received my new Valentine 1 Gen 2 radar detector. I wanted to hardwire it, but didn't want to use the mirror tap. I decided to use a fuse tap to power the V2G2. The fuse box is located in the driver's footwell for US cars. Row C, slot 8 is the fuse for the Interior Mirror. The power switches on and off with the "ignition". The pink plastic covers that cover the fuses are a pain to remove. I called the dealership to ask how to remove it. I got a long speech about how it is a high voltage electric car and I shouldn't be touching anything in the fuse box. It was a useless and clueless conversation. I found a black tab at the end of the pink plastic. Even after releasing the tab, it is not easy to remove the pink cover. I broke the tab on row A. It won't make a difference since the fuses are well seated just like every other car.

Here some pictures.

V1G2-1_01.jpg


V1G2-2_01.jpg


V1G2-3_01.jpg


V1G2-4_01.jpg


V1G2-4b_01.jpg


V1G2-4c_01.jpg


V1G2-5_01.jpg


V1G2-6_01.jpg


V1G2-7_01.jpg


V1G2-8_01.jpg
Dude. So awesome you posted this. I did it step by step as you instructed. Perfection. Thx for making it so easy!!!!
 

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