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I just finished doing this one... (archive)

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Posted by Shawn McCurdy on March 11, 2001 at 08:45:24:

In Reply to: Valentine One - Anyone used/installed? posted by acao on March 10, 2001 at 17:00:14:

I mounted the V1 on the dash, using Ron Stygar's delrin mount, and the remote under the A/C vent at the left end of the dash. Putting it here entails drilling a hole (*GASP*) in the dash. That was almost the hardest part.

The basic procedure went like this. After drilling the hole in the dash, I needed to run the V1 wire to the driver's side footwell. But the only way it would go down the hole was towards the passenger side. So I ended up taking out the glove box, fishing the wire to that side, then fishing it through to the driver's side. I then tapped into a switched power source that was in one of the main wire bundles up under the driver's side dash, and ran ground to the grounding nut near the footwell speaker. Getting to the wires and the grounding point entailed taking out two trim panels, the one farthest forward under the dash and the one on the side that covers the speaker. I also partially removed the third trim panel right under the dash so that I could more easily get to the wire bundle that I needed. Working up under the dash requires a fair amount of contortionism.

I went ahead and used the power module where you plug in both the V1 and remote units but I think Ron did his install without the module. The last part was putting a switch into the red wire of the remote unit; this allows you to switch back and forth from the V1 to the remote by flipping the switch. I used the blank just to the left of the steering wheel to mount the switch. You can see the little silver toggle switch in this picture.

Also see www.mz3.net for some more V1 hardwiring info.

Shawn



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