Radar Detector / Camera wiring options

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Agree with JWardell. It is a trade off of performance vs how it looks. You also need to evaluate what law enforcement is using in your area to determine how much performance you need (I am in California). I found the battery operated Escort models did not work well. I have been very happy with my Escort 9500 detector mounted on a bean bad in front of the Touchsreen and plugged into a front USB port using a USB to 12-volt converter. The Touchscreen does block my viewing of the radar detector display but I get plenty of audible warning. The nice part is that it is hardly visible while sitting in the car or from the outside (makes my wife happy). No wiring hassles at all and it allows me to easily move between the two Model 3's we own for trips.
 

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With the exception of having the remote for V1, I'd avoid putting the detector at the bottom of windshield for Model 3 just because it's too far away to press mute or change volume.
If anything my placement is a shorter reach than the review mirror. But that may be true if centered behind the display. Like I said, depends where you decide is best for you.
 
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I still have my custom colored V1 remote mounted in the gauge cluster of my old WRX with industrial strength Velcro. It would be easy to mount directly ahead of the driver in a Model 3 but would look really silly all by itself on the dash.
 
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I just got an Uniden R7 and wired it using a V1 hard wire adapter kit to the VCLEFT point. Ran an RJ-11 up the left A-pillar along the wire harness and across. Works well. This replaces an old V1 that was kind of tired (lacking the latest filtering, and app capability)

Overall I like it, but the R7 is bigger and the included mounts make it hard to position exactly where I want it. Also I prefer the placement of the V1 laser sensors. The R7 uses a light pipe on the top and I'm pretty sure the headliner blocks it to the rear in my preferred mounting area.
 

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I just got an Uniden R7 and wired it using a V1 hard wire adapter kit to the VCLEFT point. Ran an RJ-11 up the left A-pillar along the wire harness and across. Works well. This replaces an old V1 that was kind of tired (lacking the latest filtering, and app capability)

Overall I like it, but the R7 is bigger and the included mounts make it hard to position exactly where I want it. Also I prefer the placement of the V1 laser sensors. The R7 uses a light pipe on the top and I'm pretty sure the headliner blocks it to the rear in my preferred mounting area.
Just received my R7. Are you using the suction cup mounts? Would like to mount it to the left of the rear view mirror.
 
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Just received my R7. Are you using the suction cup mounts? Would like to mount it to the left of the rear view mirror.
Yes. I'm using the dual suction cup mount I the picture above. I'm not super happy with it, but it is adequate. the Valentine One's suction cup mount is much better, more adjustable, and less bouncy. They have ones that are permanent 3M tape for the R3 and older units, but there is some question as to whether they fit the R7 properly, so I've held off on that. Also the 3M tape is "stick once and hope you got it right."
 
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Yes. I'm using the dual suction cup mount I the picture above. I'm not super happy with it, but it is adequate. the Valentine One's suction cup mount is much better, more adjustable, and less bouncy. They have ones that are permanent 3M tape for the R3 and older units, but there is some question as to whether they fit the R7 properly, so I've held off on that. Also the 3M tape is "stick once and hope you got it right."
The R3 two suction cup mount does work with the R7. It is about 10mm shorter and seems less bouncy. I may order an extra off ebay and may also try one of the 3M tape mounts. I don't like the size of the one cup mount. I agree the V1 mount is better.
 
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The R3 two suction cup mount does work with the R7. It is about 10mm shorter and seems less bouncy. I may order an extra off ebay and may also try one of the 3M tape mounts. I don't like the size of the one cup mount. I agree the V1 mount is better.
I did order an R3 mount based on your recommendation. I think normally the shorter R3 mount would positioned the R7 such that the rear of the detector would hit the windshield. The rake of the Model 3's windshield near the top is almost horizontal, so I'm thinking it might work better than the included R7 mount and not hit the windshield.

There are 2 R3 mounts on eBay, one with red-backed tape and one with white-backed tape and I've heard they are different. There are conflicting accounts on if they work or not.

I haven't checked the hole spacing between the Uniden 2-cup mounts and the V1, but I was thinking something like this might work if you removed the suction cups and just screwed the Uniden bracket directly to this V1 mount: https://www.ebay.com/i/223442280237 -- you might have some adjustability with screws and washers that you wouldn't have with the permanent mounts.
 
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I did order an R3 mount based on your recommendation. I think normally the shorter R3 mount would positioned the R7 such that the rear of the detector would hit the windshield. The rake of the Model 3's windshield near the top is almost horizontal, so I'm thinking it might work better than the included R7 mount and not hit the windshield.

There are 2 R3 mounts on eBay, one with red-backed tape and one with white-backed tape and I've heard they are different. There are conflicting accounts on if they work or not.

I haven't checked the hole spacing between the Uniden 2-cup mounts and the V1, but I was thinking something like this might work if you removed the suction cups and just screwed the Uniden bracket directly to this V1 mount: https://www.ebay.com/i/223442280237 -- you might have some adjustability with screws and washers that you wouldn't have with the permanent mounts.
The hole spacing in the V1 mount is 50mm, the R7/3 mount is 40mm to center of the cups. there is enough metal on the Uniden mount to open it up to fit the bracket. I will order this mount and see how it works: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Uniden...rwAAOSwti5cl2lH:sc:USPSFirstClass!42765!US!-1
 
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@Kypilot -- I improved my mounting a bit by using the R3 bracket with the R7's suction cups. The R3 bracket, as you noted, is shorter. The R7's suction cups seem to be a bit lower profile as well. The combination of the two let me tuck the detecter even tighter above and to the right of the mirror.

I think I need to setup a remote mute switch, because while you can reach it, it isn't very convenient. Also I'm sure the R7's rear laser visibility is pretty obscured... but I'm not sure the R7's laser capability is really as well designed as the V1 (I think the light pipe is suboptimal). I don't think laser from the rear is so important either (but I could be wrong)
 

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I still don't understand using a blendmount. Maybe because I'm tall, but the rear view mirror already blocks enough of my vision when looking to the right. Adding a 3" device that hangs below it just makes no sense to me.
 
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