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DIY radar hard wire 2018 Tacoma

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by truckstick101, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. Jan 26, 2018 at 2:04 PM
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    truckstick101

    truckstick101 [OP] Master of the lean

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    SOOOOOO I'm new to the forum and didn't know exactly where to put this. LMK if I should move it?

    I live in California so a radar detector is a must here is my install.

    Parts/tools:
    Valentine one Radar
    Radar mount
    Hard wire kit
    Add a fuse kit
    Plastic no abrasion tool (optional)

    Plug the add a fuse into P.outlet1 or p.outlet2. I choice two which is the 12v outlet in the armrest. thought i would use it less.

    Pro tip! use the fuse puller from the fuse box in you engine bay to get the fuse out, its much easier!
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    I wrapped the wire behind the fuse box so it wouldn't drop down.
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    Push the wire up the side panel and up the A pillar. Use your plastic tools to wedge it in.
    feed it into the gap between the headliner and the glass until you reach the rearview mirror
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    Now remove the wire organizer by pulling down on the upper edge until it slides over itself
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    Pay close attention to the clips in the green circle. If you pinch the plastic at the blue arrows you can wiggle the wire organizer out.
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    Now route the wire behind the organizer and re-install it
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    mount your radar and plug an play!
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  2. Jan 26, 2018 at 2:14 PM
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    Tacowin1013

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    Nice way to tap, my escort had a hardwire kit which has a remote that I mounted above the steering wheel column so I can see when its going off if I have music playing loudly that I don't notice the radar going. You can also get a rear view mirror kit that directly plugs into the back of the rear mirror which makes running it much easier.
     
  3. Jan 26, 2018 at 2:17 PM
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    daohaus

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    i bought that very same mount for my wife's V1. I guess I'll have to for the truck, right now my V1 is suctioned to the windshield
     
  4. Jan 26, 2018 at 2:29 PM
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  5. Jan 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM
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    :notsure:
     
  6. Jan 26, 2018 at 2:32 PM
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    Means i subscribed / want to be able to refind the post for future reference . :cheers:
     
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  7. Jan 26, 2018 at 3:15 PM
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    Not to be nit-picky but it's called a radar detector. Living in California, I'm sure there plenty of radar's in police cars. :D
     
  8. Jan 26, 2018 at 4:01 PM
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    I fixed it just for you ... :smash:
     
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  9. Jan 26, 2018 at 4:08 PM
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  10. Jan 26, 2018 at 7:23 PM
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  11. Jan 26, 2018 at 8:05 PM
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    No splicing! The pins push into the mirror harness.
     
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  12. Jan 26, 2018 at 8:17 PM
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    Agreed. Used a similar mirror tap on my detector. Cool little devices and fully reversible.
     
  13. Apr 5, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    Which color wires are used for tapping from rear view mirror with +/- leads from radar detector wiring?

    Thanx,

    Justin
     
  14. Apr 5, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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    Justin,

    I forgot though I did use a test light to verify key on positive and negative
     
  15. Apr 5, 2018 at 12:33 PM
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    Rob Daman

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    a lot
    Thanks for sharing.

    I've used a v1 for over 20 years. Never let me down.
     
  16. Apr 5, 2018 at 1:19 PM
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    V1 for 20 plus years. I just stick it on the windshield and move it between several vehicles.
     
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    Would this take care of the majority of the cops? what other technologies are they using that wouldn't be picked up by this radar?
     
  18. Apr 5, 2018 at 2:12 PM
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    nice, thanks for the write up
     
  19. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:04 PM
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    It's not 100% fool proof. If you rely on it and don't pay attention to your surroundings, you'll still get dinged. It does,however, work Great on highways and interstates where there's tons of cars around and it picks up the signal to alert you. Combine it with Waze and you got yourself a great way to avoid a ticket. I like it for nighttime driving where you can't always see if it's a cop car but you'll know if his radar is on clocking your speed.
     
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    Depends on the region. For where I am in Canada radar detectors work well enough in real small towns, and you can get some radar detectors with built in GPS that warns you of red light cameras in cities. In bigger towns and especially cities though the radar detection itself doesn't always work. Most law enforcement in cities use laser (LIDAR, DragonEye, etc.) and the tech is just too fast for the detector to pick up on in time if it even has a laser detection. However, you can get laser jammers and they do a great job of warning you when you're getting targeted. Its worth mentioning that laser defense isn't completely ticket-proof, there are ways that the police can beat it, but there are ways to minimize that possibility.
     
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