wasn't sure whether to post this in the Cheetah forum or V1 forum, but I thought it would be more appreciated here. just wanted to share some snapshots of my V1 install in my RX8, with concealed display embedded in my Cheetah mirror and remote mute button mounted in dash blank.
Dash blank with mounting hole drilled in:
phone cord + w/10k resistor soldered to the button:
button mounted in, view of the back:
front view, finished:
all mounted up!:
this is the V1 concealed display, out of the box:
here's the display out of its case. i should have but didn't photo document all the changes i made, but in short, the phone jack was mounted onto the board, and as you can see, i pulled it off the board and used a bit of phone cord to extend it off.
i also removed the photocell and jumpered it with a 10k resistor. the photocell adjusts the brightness of the display based on ambient light meaning it shows brighter in the daytime and dims at night. obviously being mounted inside the mirror means it would always be dim, which is bad.
i could have mounted the photocell outside of the mirror like i did the phonejack, but i'd rather have it bright all the time, especially since my mirror has other displays on it that don't have this feature and it would look inconsistent. here's the result:
daytime shot mounted in the mirror:
couple shots in the dark garage (will take better night shots later):
i know a lot of people don't like it in the mirror, saying it's too visible from outside, inviting cops and, to quote, 'other drivers crowding up behind you so they can live off your detector warnings ' but the latter especially is just plain idiotic IMO.
at any rate, the 8's got pretty small rear windows and mine is tinted pretty dark. i like to have everything in my direct line of sight and of course it's tough to beat for clean looks and general aesthetics. i've actually never gotten tagged for a speeding ticket since investing, but i would just reach over and shut it off if i did. the RD itself is just clipped to the passenger side visor, hard wired in. the display is dark on the unit itself with the CD obviously, and with the tint strip on the windshield and tints on the front doors as well, i never take it down or worry about it when i park. no one ever looks up there anyway, regardless of tints. my other car actually got broken into and they didn't notice my Bel STI on the visor of that one either.
well.. there it is! another project off the checklist. i may pull the display again and solder in different color LEDs for band identification and threat strength, mostly for the cool factor. if any one has extra LEDs please PM me