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Preface: I know there are many folks here that have a distaste for radar detectors - that's cool - I will not try to convince anyone to use one. They aren't illegal where I am at and it's my own decision to use one - and I respect your decision, whether it is the same as mine or not.

I decided to toss my old passport 8500x50 in the ridgeline. In order to avoid suction cup mount I made a mirror mount using a bicycle seatpost reflector clamp. I had seen this before elsewhere, ran to the local bike shop and they handed me 8-10 of these things for free - they remove them when they install rear lights (and told me that all bike shops will have a box of them laying around).

I took the mounts apart and played around until I had a combo that fit, just clamped the mount to the mirror stem and threw a bolt through the radar detector mount. ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1426960229.275371.jpg

Happy with the mount - now the coiled cig lighter cord ran right in front of the radio and climate control - no bueno.

Found a hardwire kit on Amazon - it has a display and mute button similar in size to a remote bass knob you may have seen elsewhere - but I couldn't find a happy home for it as it was wider than the blank filler panel above the not-an-ashtray. Took it apart and realized that if I drill a couple of holes in the switch filler panel thing I could glue the display cover from the mute button onto the front. Anyway - long story short the results are pretty unobtrusive and the cost was really low.

$26 for the hardwire kit (cheaper without the remote display and cheaper still if you just rig in the original cord)
$0 bike reflector mounts
$ a few bucks for a replacement switch blank if I ever decide to reverse the procedure.

I do still have to change out one silver bolt to black :)

P.S. I know - sorry the ridge is filthy and my giant head is in one of the photos. ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1426960271.410666.jpg ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1426960294.071464.jpg ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1426960307.926047.jpg
 

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Nice install, and good job pre-stopping the naysayers with the detector, washing, and head-in-photo disclaimers. You seemed to have picked up on typical forum bantering quite quickly in your 50 posts LOL
 

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The last time I got a ticket was 7 years ago and with an Escort 9500 (I chose to ignore it's beeping). So no excuse for me, but the ticket ended in a DMV class anyway and no hit on my insurance.
Since that time I have had zero interest in radar detectors and drive how ever I feel safe and secure for me and my passengers, and that is never 'too' slow and never reckless. Speeding seems less appealing in a Ridgeline than what I was driving at that time.
 

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Innovative and clean install, golf clap for you sir.
 
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That's a really cool idea, using the reflector clamp. Also, excellent choice in detector. I'm a huge fan of the 3M plastic velcro type adhesives, the kind thay come with the ezpass. Mine has been up there for over 5 years and been through temperatures of anywhere between -17 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit without budging.
 

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I'm a huge fan of the 3M plastic velcro type adhesives, the kind thay come with the ezpass. Mine has been up there for over 5 years and been through temperatures of anywhere between -17 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit without budging.
I notice your G1W is mount to the upper right of the rear view mirror. Doesn't the upper windshield dark tint band obscure the dashcam?
 
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I notice your G1W is mount to the upper right of the rear view mirror. Doesn't the upper windshield dark tint band obscure the dashcam?
Only approximately the top 1/2 of the image. The cam is tilted down ever so slightly. It actually helps the auto contrast from washing out the picture in bright conditions. At night it doesn't really matter since the cam isn't good enough with night vision beyond the first few feet of the headlight beams. I was more concerned with keeping the install as stealthy as possible. It's relatively hard to notice it from the outside
 

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I'm a huge fan of the 3M plastic velcro type adhesives, the kind thay come with the ezpass. Mine has been up there for over 5 years and been through temperatures of anywhere between -17 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit without budging.

Brilliant. I wish I thought of that - that plastic ezpass style Velcro is fantastic stuff. I've been looking at dashcams and now that I know of a solid mounting solution I may have to get one!
 
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Brilliant. I wish I thought of that - that plastic ezpass style Velcro is fantastic stuff. I've been looking at dashcams and now that I know of a solid mounting solution I may have to get one!
I also love that it comes off completely clean without leaving any residue. So you can move things around or remove them years later without any issue
 

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Only approximately the top 1/2 of the image. The cam is tilted down ever so slightly. It actually helps the auto contrast from washing out the picture in bright conditions. At night it doesn't really matter since the cam isn't good enough with night vision beyond the first few feet of the headlight beams. I was more concerned with keeping the install as stealthy as possible. It's relatively hard to notice it from the outside
Can you provide more details about the "velcro" mount? Looking at the standard windshield mount of my G1W, I don't see how the velcro can interface with the plastic mount without difficulty while adjusting the picture in the dashcam POV for accuracy.
 
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Can you provide more details about the "velcro" mount? Looking at the standard windshield mount of my G1W, I don't see how the velcro can interface with the plastic mount without difficulty while adjusting the picture in the dashcam POV for accuracy.
I ended up taking the mount apart. Mine is about 1.5 years old so the mount only has 2 parts to it. It only adjust the angle up and down, not the full 360 degree ball adjustment. I them used a dremel to make a flat surface on the mount and stuck the velcro onto that. So I can't put the mount back together of I wanted to, but it's a $50 junker cam so it's not like I'm going to be trying to resell it after
 
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