I recently installed & hard wired a new V1 + remote + micro/muting switch in my 06 Ford Escape.
Here are a few quick pics I snapped of the install:
The V1 hides up near my windshield tint strip (It just peeks out below it to read ahead) & is completely invisible from outside (I have very dark tinted windows all around). I was afraid the rear detection might suffer because of the placement, but that has not been the case at all.
I mounted the remote in my gauge cluster & when it lights it catches my attention visually every singe time. I do want to have an LED color mod done however (anybody know where I can get it done now??)
I bought the micro switch off ebay & it works super. I would have made one myself, but the ebay one was so cheap I couldn't see bothering to make it myself.