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post #1 of 88 Old 01-12-2010, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Wrangler JK windshield mount for radar detector

#1 set of pics is my old school method.
#2 is the new method. updated jan16.

Before I get flammed for having a radar detector in a Jeep.

1. I have a few cars in the driveway, they both require a radar detector. Volvo C30 and Audi A3, both turbos. I always take the radar detector out of the car and use it in the Jeep, if I'm going to be on the highway. I already invested in it. So why not use it.

2. JK Wranglers can actually go above the speed limit.

3. I'm in PA. In PA the speed limits are 35,45,55, very rarely 65. I spend summer weekends on the Jersey beach in Ocean City, no where near the idiots from Jersey Shore, the show. In NJ, the limites are the same as PA. But the police radar gear is on 24-7, so they are very detectable. Sitting in a median, dunkin donuts, whatever, I am alerted with proper notice to get under the speed limit, keep the radio down, and the hope the passengers are not hanging out of the jeep.

While I don't recommend them to everyone, if you live in a specific state that uses old school radar equipment, a good radar detector could save you money in the long run. Jeeps attract attention. While you may not do 90 mph in a jeep, you prolly go above the limit at times. A cop would pull you over, if you are going 7 over in a heartbeat. You have the top down and appear to be having fun. They don't want you to have fun...


# INSTALL METHOD, CHEAP AND EASY:

Anyhow, I have a Valentine1. The visor mount doesn't work b/c it just slides off and it will not rest at the proper angle. I dug through my parts drawers and found this:

GILSSON GPS ANTENNA SUCTION CUP MOUNT. Found them on ebay just now for 7.99. I feel that the four small suction cups provide great support for a Wrangler.
Garmin GA25 GA26 TomTom GO One Gilsson Antenna Mount - eBay (item 380196041144 end time Jan-17-10 10:00:43 PST)

You can bend the mount backwards so that it works perfectly on a jeep windshield. Just get some velcro and you're good to go. If you have a V1, cut out a small area for the grooves, so it works properly in other vehicles. Install the velcro in your home and let it sit before using it in the cold.

Reminder, the bracket comes in the natural position for a car w/s. But if you bend it, it will work You can customize it for any angle. Here is a pic of mine installed:



Since then, I removed the bracket, bent it a bit, so it does a better job of accepting the slightly round top of the V1. Pictured is the mount flat, and then bent to fit the V1 top.





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#2 / NEW METHOD:

Big props and thanks to Xtremjeepn for inspiring me to do this install last night. When I have some time I'll rewrite this with even more informative tips. I really enjoy this mod.

1. Order extra V1 mount and remove suction cups.
2. Order hardwire kit with integrated mute switch (round).
3. Start to run your wire from the mirror down through p-side door and across back of dash behind glove box.
4. Run the power cord to the cig lighter. Tap into the blue and pink with a t-splice connector. This is a switched 12v source. DRIVE SIDE 12V. There is an inline fuse in the hardwire kit, so it's safe.
5. Run the ground (it's linked to the power cable, so you can't go too far with this) up to the Bottom-left bolt for your stereo or mygig.
6. Drill hole in interior dash panel for mute switch, run switch into hole and lock with included lock washer and nut.
7. Hold up your V1 to desired location and get an idea on where you want it. Remove the radar from the mount. Use a pencil and mark the holes. Drill the holes with a tiny drill bit, to get them started. Insert some small screws.
8. Put the mount on and make sure it all lines up. Put some 3m foam in between to provide a little cushion/dampening.
9. Temporarily install the radar on the mount, if it all looks good, remove unit and tighten screws.
10. Rock n roll.

Again, Xtremjeepn deserves the props for this install. I prefer my switch method b/c my gf likes to hit the mute button, if I'm not paying attention. Xtremjeepn went with a flat mute switch on the steering wheel. Good stuff.

I will leave the mount and switch in the jeep if I resell. Next guy is all hardwired up and ready to go!

#4 Sucks. It's very tight under there, and I don't even have large hands. I should have just run my own power wire from the battery. Or use the extra 12v source that came with my lockpick2 (but I forgot about that).

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Yeah, You're gonna hear some ribbing over a radar detector... But whatever.

I have a radar detector- I've used radar detectors in every vehicle I've ever owned. People have this perception that if you have a radar detector you must want to drive 100mph

Anyway... Mine came with a suction cup mount that just required a little bending to put the detector at the right angle. Sorry, no picture of it though.

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Anyway... Mine came with a suction cup mount that just required a little bending to put the detector at the right angle. Sorry, no picture of it though.

I have a V1, the windshield mount laughs at my jeep w/s. The visor mount sucks, it just slides out. So I had to look at other options. You got lucky my friend


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Yeah, You're gonna hear some ribbing over a radar detector... But whatever.

I have a radar detector- I've used radar detectors in every vehicle I've ever owned. People have this perception that if you have a radar detector you must want to drive 100mph

Anyway... Mine came with a suction cup mount that just required a little bending to put the detector at the right angle. Sorry, no picture of it though.
My Radar mount consisted of a 3in lift and 35in tires. I can still speed but I don' think the engine likes it very much.

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My Radar mount consisted of a 3in lift and 35in tires. I can still speed but I don' think the engine likes it very much.
I have the same setup... The real solution- 5.13 gears

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I have been there, done that in all my cars and I learned one lesson...All my cars now have "cruise control".. With todays technology, they are always a step ahead of you....Set it and forget it..
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I have been there, done that in all my cars and I learned one lesson...All my cars now have "cruise control".. With todays technology, they are always a step ahead of you....Set it and forget it..
Cruise control is a bad idea for city driving

Seriously... I don't use radar detector on the highway. Speed limit is 70mph, and I'm drinking gas at an incredible rate holding 75mph. I have no need to go any faster, and no LEO in TX is going to stop me for doing 75mph in a 70mph (some areas of the state even have 80mph speed limits).

So my radar detector is strictly for city driving speed traps. Areas where the speed limit suddenly goes from 45mph to 35mph for no apparent reason. Situations like that.

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the big TX! HEY I'm in pa buddy, my speed limits are 55. so I use my detector!


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I didnt know that it was possible to speed in a Jeep. All kidding aside, when I had my volkswagaon GTI and Jetta before that, I had radar detectors. Once I got my first Jeep, i just stopped speeding. They handle awful at high speeds anyway. Of course, I used to live in NYC and now I live in the country in upstate NY so that may be another reason why I stopped speeding.

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55mph! YUCK!!! Hell even the highways inside Houston are 60mph, 65mph in some places. I don't think there is a 55mph speed limit anywhere And then outside the city it goes up. Gotta love TX.

Of course the state is so damn big that it takes hours to go from one city to the next. So we need high speed limits just to decrease the travel time.

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55mph! YUCK!!! Hell even the highways inside Houston are 60mph, 65mph in some places. I don't think there is a 55mph speed limit anywhere And then outside the city it goes up. Gotta love TX.

Of course the state is so damn big that it takes hours to go from one city to the next. So we need high speed limits just to decrease the travel time.
hmmm I thought you had like 75, maybe that is NV and the like.

anyway, we have 55 on most highways, rare sections of "toll road" we have 65mph. and many rural roads are 35.

so I guess this is a major reason why there is so much flaming over radar. you need to look at the region of where it's being used.

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hmmm I thought you had like 75, maybe that is NV and the like.

anyway, we have 55 on most highways, rare sections of "toll road" we have 65mph. and many rural roads are 35.

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There's areas of TX with 80mph- TX is the only state with limits that high.

But yeah, you're right- the region being discussed should be taken into account.

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Michigan is nice. Most roads are 45, rural roads are all 55, and highways are 70. The really nice thing is that you can cruise 5 over on just about any road without fear....though, on the flip side, the lack of police enforcement allows people to cruise at 90 on some major highways around detroit. If you arent going at least 10 over in those areas its just dangerous. I remember driving one of those roads a few years ago, keeping pace with the flow of traffic, and wondering why my camaro is making so much noise. I look down and see we're all cruising at 95.

Forget that crap. 75 on the highway is nice, but 95 is ridiculous. I just putt around at 70 in the slow lane on those roads in the JK now. Let them be pissed off.

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70mph limit would be ideal!
even still, here, they sit in the left lane and do the same speed as the folks in the right lane.

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