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So once getting in there I only have the blue connector on the drivers side. Empty slot on passenger side. So I found brown is ground, purple didn’t power it up at all, and black with red has power all the time. Is it ok to just hook it up to constant power and turn the detector off when parked?
 

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Caymanistas:

I never go far without a V-1 operating in my car.

On the new cars, all the interior power switches off. Keys removed, door opened, then closed, then in about 2 minutes, all interior power goes off. All you have to do is use the outlet in the passenger compartment and run the wire up the outside A-pillar between the materials.

I did it on my 911T and it was every bit as good as a hard-wired setup. No permanent modification of the car and it can be installed or removed completely in minutes. I also did this with my '06 Cayman S, but it didn't shut off. I was always leaving it on and ran the battery down more than once...no longer a problem.

Because it doesn't shut off immediately with the key, it doesn't stop and reboot every time the stop-start activates.


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I'm really interested in this thread. I posted a question about installing a ALP system and possible warranty infractions in the general forum.

Are you guys concerned about installing MirrorTap and it voiding your warranty? I'm worried about basically doing any mods and running into issues.

I'm also looking at a regular RD system in addition to the ALP. I'm looking at a Radenso Pro M because of the native visor mount for it (although I'm told the Uniden R1 would be best for my area - all Ka band 35.5 and laser). I'm in California and it's illegal to mount anything on the windshield. I'm concerned that any dash mount suction cup system won't hold or be positioned high enough to be effective. I have the Sport Chrono package, so any dash mount would be on the passenger side.

Since you guys are tuned into RD systems, I'd love to hear your thoughts. My 718 is my daily driver and I have a 75 mile commute to work each way. My route has numerous speed traps.
 

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I'm really interested in this thread. I posted a question about installing a ALP system and possible warranty infractions in the general forum.

Are you guys concerned about installing MirrorTap and it voiding your warranty? I'm worried about basically doing any mods and running into issues.

I'm also looking at a regular RD system in addition to the ALP. I'm looking at a Radenso Pro M because of the native visor mount for it (although I'm told the Uniden R1 would be best for my area - all Ka band 35.5 and laser). I'm in California and it's illegal to mount anything on the windshield. I'm concerned that any dash mount suction cup system won't hold or be positioned high enough to be effective. I have the Sport Chrono package, so any dash mount would be on the passenger side.

Since you guys are tuned into RD systems, I'd love to hear your thoughts. My 718 is my daily driver and I have a 75 mile commute to work each way. My route has numerous speed traps.
A couple of options to explore for the RD mount- If you are interested in an R1 the Radenso XP visor mount is compatible. I run an R3 on one and it works great. I actually have it mounted to the headliner in my BMW to get it further up and out of the way. Another option, is a BlendMount. If you are not familiar, it mounts to to the rearview mirror neck and allows the RD to sit just below the mirror. I've got my CS set up this way. By the way, I'm in Georgia and the same rule applies with regards to attaching anything to the windshield.

In both cases I use a MirrorTap to get power to the detectors. Not really worried about dealerships not honoring a warranty claim since it would be very difficult to break a car system using a MirrorTap. I have an issue myself since I'm going from the R3 to R7, I'll need a different set-up in the BMW.
 

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I also use a BlendMount (and MirrorTap as I mentioned earlier in this thread). I've done that combo on numerous previous vehicles and have never had a single issue.

When trying to power a dash cam, I have noticed on both my Audi RS3, and now the Cayman, that if I tried to tap into the same circuits, the car drops the voltage. I guess as some sort of protection mechanism? MirrorTap by itself works, and I had to run the camera down to an empty fuse slot.
 

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I'm really interested in this thread. I posted a question about installing a ALP system and possible warranty infractions in the general forum.

Are you guys concerned about installing MirrorTap and it voiding your warranty? I'm worried about basically doing any mods and running into issues.

I'm also looking at a regular RD system in addition to the ALP. I'm looking at a Radenso Pro M because of the native visor mount for it (although I'm told the Uniden R1 would be best for my area - all Ka band 35.5 and laser). I'm in California and it's illegal to mount anything on the windshield. I'm concerned that any dash mount suction cup system won't hold or be positioned high enough to be effective. I have the Sport Chrono package, so any dash mount would be on the passenger side.

Since you guys are tuned into RD systems, I'd love to hear your thoughts. My 718 is my daily driver and I have a 75 mile commute to work each way. My route has numerous speed traps.
No worries with using taps to get power. Please see this old thread where I posted photos of my installation with the Radenso detector and Blendmount.

https://www.718forum.com/forum/electronics-audio-lighting/7586-blendmount-hardtap-mirror-tap.html

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I'm going the Blendmount/MirrorTap route. When I do the car selector, it suggests the 15" connector, as opposed to the 10" connector. It seems like 15" would leave a lot of slack. The DC plug looks like one of the molded plugs, so I don't think an installer would clip and reconnect on the end - perhaps the other end is easier to cut and reattach?

Those of you who have this type of setup, do you remember if you went with the 15" or 10"? Does the 15" leave a lot of slack? I'd rather not have to wrap the extra cable around the BlendMount arm and have it look clean.

I've got an email into BlendMount about this, but would love to hear from someone who has this type of install.


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I'm going the Blendmount/MirrorTap route. When I do the car selector, it suggests the 15" connector, as opposed to the 10" connector. It seems like 15" would leave a lot of slack. The DC plug looks like one of the molded plugs, so I don't think an installer would clip and reconnect on the end - perhaps the other end is easier to cut and reattach?

Those of you who have this type of setup, do you remember if you went with the 15" or 10"? Does the 15" leave a lot of slack? I'd rather not have to wrap the extra cable around the BlendMount arm and have it look clean.

I've got an email into BlendMount about this, but would love to hear from someone who has this type of install.


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I'd recommend the 15" as well.

I re-used an older one, which is 12", and it seemed a little tight. You can easily put any extra slack in the overhead console portion.
 

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I ordered a BlendMount and MirrorTap today and wanted to give them a plug for being a really nice company to deal with. They returned emails and phone calls promptly and were very helpful, going beyond my expectations.
 

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So interested in the mirror tap myself now @vhs - but I am going to use it for a Dash Cam - probably the Viofo A129 Pro 4k. For my V1 (Valentine One) used their Saavy connector which simply plugs into the OBD port on my 718. No connecting power or ground...its a clean install that I know doesn't void warranties. Fyi think the Saavy from V1 would work with most radar detectors utilizing the RJ power connector (V1 / Escort / Radenso / Uniden).

@vhs - can you make note of the wires you tapped into when you do the install for everyone? Thanks!!
 

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Some folks have two connectors up in their mirror base instead of one, but only the base one has the connectors of brown (ground) and black and red (power). I was mounting a inexpensive camera that runs on 5 volt so I used an adapter/tap combo. I mounted the camera base close enough to the mirror base that only the USB lead sticks out from the mirror base cover. Pictures in my showcase show camera placement.
 
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