Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
My Ride: 330ci
DIY: STEALTH V1 Radar Install *pics Re-hosted*
Rehosting all my dead linked pictures. Mods, feel free to merge the threads.
Original thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=288495
Not the most challenging of installs, but it did have its complications. It's pretty straight forward, just relocating the functions/switches of the detector.
I'll be short but sweet. Basically, I found the concealed display offered by V1 as just a stupid selling factor. To me, the best place to get a look at your radar display is up by the rear view mirror (where the V1 is traditionally located) or the gauge cluster... to minimize how far you take you eyes of the road. To me, having the radar hidden was the point of the concealed display, not where you look. So I decided to relocate my radar to the back of the car, for a few reasons.
1.) If I decide to leave my windows down when running errands, I don't have to worry about somebody reaching in and swiping my radar detector
2.) If a cop sees my radar detector and pulls me over for speeding, he is less likely to give me just a 'warning'
3.) I don't want my driving view cluttered with more then it needs
so with this, I relocated the detector to the rear of the car. This being said, radar wave’s travel through most materials (glass, flesh, leather) with the exception of metal. So by mounting my radar detector in the rear window, I have not lost my ability to trace radar waves. Laser is different, but when that goes off it's pretty much too late anyways. Given the pros I stated above, the reduced ability to detect laser from the front has been reduced (however rear laser detection has been increased)
Research on a radar detector forum has tested this location and gave similar results in comparing rear and front mount. This being said, I move on.
first thing... this is a list of the things I did for the install:
1.) Installed detector at the rear window, passenger side center
2.) Hardwire into my accessory power
3.) Relocated the Buzzer/speaker to the front of the car
4.) Relocated the volume control to the front of the car
5.) Hardwired a mute function into my steering wheel buttons
6.) Replaced my OEM rearview mirror with a 2 way mirror
6.) Located the concealed display behind my rear view mirror
I still have a couple things to do, but I’ll post those updates later when 100% complete.
a.) I am replacing my frequency band surface mount LED's with different colors for easier identification. From the factory all the LED's are red. (i.e. Laser = blue led, X-band = green, orange, yellow..etc.)
b.) Fabricating a concealed mount at the rear window making it difficult to tell the radar is in the rear window, even when looking at it. The suction cups on the rear window would be a dead giveaway.
And the install.
Dismantled the guts of my V1 1.8
this is the buzzer/speaker that actually makes the noise, that's located at the front of the car, inside my rearview mirror.
this is the 3rd brake light where I ran all the wires to above my headliner. Instead of running several wires, i took a 10' printercable, cut the ends off it then soldered a less cumbersome connection on the end. I didn't want to solder things directly to the V1, because I still wanted it to be removable if I need to take it out for whatever reason.
here's the printer cable I used to run 11 wires from front to back above the headliner, the pin connector already soldered. Like I stated, I did this because it was cleaner then running 11 individual wires and making a mess with connectors etc.
the buzzer/speaker I replaced with a DC plug adapter. By putting the DC plug in I ran a couple wires to the front at the rearview mirror so my sound would be up front, not in back with the detector. Also this allowed me to plug/unplug that wire making the detector still removable.
I also wanted to incorporate the mute function so I tapped into the concealed display mute wire (it's a yellow wire that goes into the phone jack plug). By putting momentary switch (other leg of the switch is ground (-)) it enables the mute. So I made a momentary switch behind one of my inactive steering wheel buttons. This now mutes my V1 without removing my hands from the wheel.
I forgot to take a picture of the momentary switch, it's pretty sweet though. I ripped apart an old keyboard and fabricated it with that.
The switch was placed here on the silicon board, beneath the R/T button located on the left hand side of my steering wheel. When I push that button, it closes the circuit to the momentary switch, then muting the v1.
since my OEM mirror doesn’t allow any light through it, I had to replace it with a 2-way mirror. For this I went to Car Quest and purchased a generic replacement SIDE-VIEW mirror for a pick-up truck. Side view mirrors are usually 2 way mirrors to prevent glare. When a light source is placed behind the mirror, it can be seen. In this case...the v1 concealed display.
After obtaining the 2 way mirror, I cut it to the same shape as my original using the OEM glass as a template.
Here's what the display looks like through the glass/mirror. Again, the appearance will change when I change the LED's and figure out how to re-work the arrow indicator system. The volume control is also located inside my rearview mirror, the control knob sticks out the of the mirror housing so I can still adjust the volume if need be.
I'll show exactly how the rear detector is located and the overall finished look when I finish making the mold/fabrication process. But as a general install, this was how it was hardwired and relocated.
**This was the previous setup (currently being changed, because I can)**
I cut a piece of aluminum up and made a mount that tied into my rear passenger head rest. I decided to locate it here for a couple reasons. 1.) it keeps the radar detector low, which will help for Laser, since cops tend to shoot lower on the vehicle (just trying to increase my odds here) 2.) Keeps me physically out of the way of it, since laser can’t travel through human flesh
Powder coated the bracket “wrinkle black”
I then made a mold out of Foam. This mold will be used to make the housing to help disguise the V1:
Made the housing out of CF and here it shows the fitment:
Here are some of the mounting pictures, pretty self explanatory.
Though, I have decided to make some revisions since my interior is torn apart. The V1 and Display locations will be changed.