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Stealth V1 install in C4S cab


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I have thought long and hard about finding a discreet installation for my new Valentine 1 radar detector. Because I drive a cab, I needed to place the unit out of sight when parking with the top down. I also don't like the fact that cops and other drivers can see the unit anywhere near the windshield from behind or in front (also when I park in a public garage I don't want it visible). I am willing to sacrifice some of the superb functions such as laser detection and rear alert. Most of my local law enforcement (NJ/NYC area) use the old fashioned radar equipment, anyway.

So here is what I did. I installed the remote display and on/off/volume remote in one of my cubby spaces, using the OEM CD holder surround. I had to get creative using foam tape and picture frame insert to trim everything out.

I installed the actual unit in the rear of the cab. The power is hardwired into the phone connector behind the batwing. I had to remove the cover behind the seats and cut away some black plastic trim by the top/center so that the V1 could fit as high as possible. Then I built a small metal shelf and attached it with double sided tape. Running the wire from the front center console through the tunnel under the rear center console, and then around underneath the carpet under the rear seats, past the rear speakers. I had to cut an opening into the carpeted board, and the front of the V1 now protrudes about 3/4 inch into the space between the seatbacks. I cut some extra carpeting from the back of the board and mounted it on a curved cover to complete the concealed installation.

It works very well -- I was surprised at how many signals it picks up, and it even catches all side radar and most rear ones (even though there is a metal partition behind it).

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