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Just installed the mirrortap by only removing the homelink panel, not the 4 mirror housing panels. Took 5 minutes and works perfectly. Sure, there is a small amount of visible cable but barely noticeable. Honestly, unless you are installing a smart cord for Escort Live I see no reason to direct wire and not use the mirrortap (I am trying the new Passport with built in Bluetooth). I went with the 15" long 0.08" and it fits perfectly. Thanks OP for the write-up!

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i've seen the mirrormount and i think it looks fine. i couldn't tell it was there and had to go in for a closer look.

is it true that you're getting commission for recommending the blendmount and that's the true reason for your statements?

i must admit that after seeing it, i personally went with the mirrormount because it doesn't make much sense to get the more expensive blendmount when something else looks fine, works well and gets the job done.
Gtron. I'm not too worried about how it looks based on the pictures I've seen. Just want to confirm with you the mirrormount is secure and keeps the V1 just below the mirror. Can you confirm? Thanks
 

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I just finished mounting my recently update V1 Blendmount. Thanks for the great instruction. Mine was only slightly differerent on my 2014 Cayman S 981, the hot wire is black with a red strip and the ground was solid black. I spent more time confirming this than the actual install. It turns on and off with the key.
 

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Gtron. I'm not too worried about how it looks based on the pictures I've seen. Just want to confirm with you the mirrormount is secure and keeps the V1 just below the mirror. Can you confirm? Thanks
sorry for the late reply. not sure if you still need the info but i'll update for other readers just in case.

i have an escort but it's perfectly aligned. i don't want you to take my word for it though so i will take a picture of it and post it for you monday.
 

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Thanks. Decided to play it safe and go with the Blendmount and I'm pleased with the setup, but not sure whether it was worth the extra money. Will be interested to see how your setup looks.
 

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I think I blew a fuse, as mine suddenly stopped working . Anyone know which fuse to look at? I'm worried the the yellow harness has shorted out as I can't read any voltage on my meter from it. Any idea what it goes to? or what fuse goes to it? My Home link seems to work as the garage door fires and lights still go on and off

SOLVED! Probably should have figured this out as the product is called "Mirrortap" It goes to the mirror itself. Driver's side footwell, Fuse -Row D, #9. I had checked the fuse and in the dim light of the foot well it looked fine. It wasn't until I got it in the sun light I could see it was blown. . Confirmed with my meter. New fuse and all is well.
 

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Just did this install by only removing the homelink/ map light piece and running the wire from behind where the 2 plastic trim pieces meet on the boxster. It actually comes out easy if you take a credit card and push the metal pins from each front side. Was kind of confusing at first...best I can say is just take the credit card and push in each side (from the front) to unclip the metal pins. This is useful to know because when they replaced the windshield, the glass shop had no idea how to remove it so it was left in.

Took me 30 min start to finish going really slow...includes unpacking and going back/forth from car.

the bend mount kit is really high quality and a lot smaller than you'd think or pictures make it seem. It's like less than 3 inches long. Kind of crazy that tiny thing cost like 120.

The only problem now is the iPhone bundle isn't connected...using this method you will not be able to have it working because you need a 2 port device (one for valentine one and one for the iPhone Bluetooth dongle). Somehow this 2 port thing allows the Bluetooth dongle to communicate to valentine one via its power cable...meaning you can't just put the dongle somewhere else. I put mine the glovebox so that I can use the power cable from there to connect valentine one temporarily to reprogram, otherwise need to find a way to get it to work full time...not sure if that's possible.
 

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can i still use dashcam after mounting the passport max with blendmount?
i am planning to get Thinkware F750 without the screen.

thank you
 

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i have been using the radar detector for 4 days now.
i have passed at lease 6 police cars on freeway and local. the radar detector never sounded once.
it only gave few x and k alerts, and nothing was spotted.

i heard if police did not turn the radio on, they radar detector will not do anything.
is this the case with me?
and what is the reason to have radar detector if almost all police are not using radio?
 

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Correct, police don't drive around with radar constantly on. They use their eyes to find speeders and then turn on radar to document. In cases like this, a radar detector is only going to help if you catch the radar leaking as they point at another car.

Sad to say, so far my valentine one makes an excellent pharmacy locator but pretty much useless otherwise.
 

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I too installed the Blendmount with MirrorTap on my 15' 911 CS only removing the Homelink Panel and it appears neat and clean. Almost drove all the way to Nashville TN for a certified MirrorTap installation crew to do the job but ddd's instructions did the trick for me - Thank you very much ddd!!!
 

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Thanks to all the previous posts. I also used the 0.050" tap width with the 15" recommended harness. I decided to retain the suction cup mount so I could put the Valentine One to the right of the rearview mirror instead of below. As such, I could probably even use the next length which would allow me to tuck my harness further along the headliner. The 4 piece mirror trim was a bit of a pain. I don't think it was necessary to remove the lower section. For me, probably on the upper right piece needed to come off as I elected not to drill any hole. There was enough gap between the upper right piece and the glass to snake the harness through. Any way, for me to the trick was to slide the upper two pieces apart laterally which initiated the separation of the pieces.
 

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I used a DIY Blendmount I found in the 987 forum made out of bicycle reflector parts.

http://www.planet-9.com/987-cayman-and-boxster-electronics/37014-el-cheapo-rearview-mirror-mount-passport-9500ix.html

I have a Passport Max2 that just replaced my Passport 8500 with a Live Cord. I use the Escort Live app on my phone. I like to have the cord controls near me, so I tuck it right by my seatbelt receiver next to the console. I did not want to cut any wires and I wanted the install to be totally removable. Power comes from the power port on the passenger's side through an extension run in front of the console. Then the cord is linked to the detector by a female to female connector through a 6 wire phone cord run up the A pillar and across the top of the windshield. It's totally hidden, the controls are right by my hip.
 

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Just a heads up.....On the 2016 Boxster Spyder the Yellow Plug with the 3 wires does not exist.....thus no the Blue and Brown Wires.

There is a Grounding screw with a Torx bolt attaching a brown ground wire to the Chasis. For a positive 12v you need to look at the wire connector that connects to the HomeLink Light Pannel. The black wire with red stripe is 12V always on... and what I connected to. My RD works well, but I need to turn it on and off manually. There are 2 more wires going to the panel...a pure black and a violet I believe which I did not try. I GUESS or SPECULATE the black wire with red controls the lights but I am not positive as it may provide power to entire panel.....not sure about other wires as I do nor have a tester but one probably powers home link and may be switched and the other probably has to do with the warning for the passenger seat airbag being off.....but then again one may be a ground (I doubt as Brown is usually the ground)
 

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To actually help some one in the future......
I tested the 3 wires to the overhead Homelink/Light / Passenger Airbag Off Panel.....Black with red stripe wire is Constant 12.5 Volts, total Black wire 0 Volts, Violet wire 8.5 Volts constant (with no weight on passenger seat)

Fact: There is a Brown wire grounded to chasis with a Torx screw in this panel opening.

You need dimming mirror to get 12.5 Volt Switched to overhead panel area which I believe is Yellow Connector (blue 12.5 Volt switched Brown is Ground)

Small blue connector on drivers side of opening of homelink/light pannel controls cornering lights.....Yellow wireis 12.5 Volt Constant.....Did not test Blue, but connecting this to central brown wire turns on drivers side cornering light with wheel turned to left.....

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE YELLOW CONNECTOR with 3 wires (BLUE 12 v SWITCHED/ BROWN IS GROUND) CLOSER TO THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE HOMELINK PANEL OPENING, I SUGGEST WIRING DOWN TO THE PASSENGER SIDE FUSE BOX TO A SWITCHED CIRCUIT (ANY ONE OF THESE D1,D3,D6,D7!)
 

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Made my own wiretap using breadboard jumper wires soldered to a rj-11 phone cable and zip-tied to the existing mirror connector to keep in place. Was a 5 min job and completely reversible. Only had to remove the dome light. Mirror power connector was right there. Then designed and printed a mount. I cheated a little and re-used the metal tongue that came with Escort suction cup mount.
 

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I've followed this thread since I ordered my CGTS back in November, 2015, and I'm still undecided about ordering the Blendmount. It obviously is a quality piece, and if I could get a discount code I might go ahead and get it. I use a V-1 with the supplied suction cups, and mount it high on the left side of the mirror. Rather than tap into the power in the mirror or Homelink locations, I got the SAVVY option for the V-1 and like it so well I got another for my Cayenne. Previously I've always tapped into power in the overhead console, and in fact still do for the wife's 535i, but she doesn't have the SAVVY function. I enjoy it so much since I don't have to reach up and mute the RD after it alerts. The power wire must be run down to the OBDII port, near the fusebox as this is where the SAVVY draws its power, and also the RD. Using this option means tapping into power up in the overhead console is useless, as the OBD port must be used. I do suffer from the V-1 coming loose on the Cayenne since its parked outside, and I find on really hot days it sometimes lets loose and I find it dangling from the power wire. The one in my Cayman has done this a couple of times as well, and this would be the biggest reason for getting the blendmount. Good writeup, maybe some day I'll use it, but with or without it, I heartily recommend the SAVVY for the V-1. I have no affiliation whatsoever with the company, but I've been a satisfied user for as long as they've been in business, migrating from the old Escort line that Mike Valentine originally introduced back in the early 80's.
 

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