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    Default Direct wire- noob question

    I've been using my V1 for a few weeks now and would like to finally get rid to the tell-tale curly power cable to my cig lighter....

    I've replaced a few car stereos for friends using 'paint by numbers' type instructions- so it's not entirely unfamiliar to me. I know how the hookup is supposed to work- my problem is that I don't really know where I should go to find the appropriate wire to clamp onto.

    I'm driving a 2001 Cavalier- any tips? Where to start looking? Where to find information?

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    Call a dealer and they should know where the aux. power drop is. You should have 2 of the...one for constant power, one for switched. If you don't feel like doing that, you can use a fuse tap, and tap into a switched circuit, like the windsheild wipers for example, so your detector only comes on when the car is on.

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    After asking around a bit, I finally took it to a mom & pop auto electric garage -the guy seemed pretty knowledgeable. He found and tested an spare fuse socket in my car, then modified the V1's direct wire connector by trimming the blue plastice around it, and slightly trimming, then bending the metal tab underneath and sticking it in the fuse socket and mounting the ground on a large bolt under the dash. He charged me $15 and I had to hide/run the power cord to the V1 myself, which was extemely easy to do.

    It looks great and, so far, works great- the fuse is on switched power and goes on/off with the ignition. Does this sound good or does anyone think it could be a problem?

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    Should be fine.

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    Switched is fine. I prefer it so that the V1 isn't on all the time, not only for battery life (though the drain is negligible) but that LED display would likely be a thief magnet at night if the car isn't in a garage.

    When I hardwired mine in, I tapped into the wire that powers the radio. It was easy enough to find (I have an aftermarket stereo so the wires are labeled). I also wired in a kill switch so I can turn off the V1 easily if I need to, say if I'm pulled over or if I'm stuck in traffic in the middle of False City.
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    Iím no pro but installs go like this. I take no responsibility for any ones use of the following.

    If you tap into the wrong wire however you could fry you cars electronics.

    Unless you want to jam the wire into the radio fuse, you need to get an Ohm meter or a 12volt tester (with the bulb that lights up). With the car running locate a wire with a constant 12volt current, when you turn the car off the current should be 0. Safest way is to locate the 12volt wire that goes to the radio and crimp into that wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpatz
    Switched is fine. I prefer it so that the V1 isn't on all the time, not only for battery life (though the drain is negligible) but that LED display would likely be a thief magnet at night if the car isn't in a garage.

    When I hardwired mine in, I tapped into the wire that powers the radio. It was easy enough to find (I have an aftermarket stereo so the wires are labeled). I also wired in a kill switch so I can turn off the V1 easily if I need to, say if I'm pulled over or if I'm stuck in traffic in the middle of False City.

    I also tapped into the 12 volt wire that powers my cd player, but when the stereo is too loud the V1 loses power and won't work. It doesn't shut off, but will keep resetting over and over until I turn the stereo down.

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    The V1 is sensitive to Voltage drops, you should make sure that it is not connected in parallel to high power consumers...

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    What I have done in all of my vehicles is use one of those ice pick looking testers that show voltage by the bulb lighting up.
    I test each fuse until I find the one that goes on with the ignition then off with the ignition.
    That's where the fuse tap goes.

 

 

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