Originally Posted by Hulkster
I just got one for Xmas...I want to ability to disconnect from bike and use in auto also. I have the 2002 LTE and I by searching searching the website that there are connections for radar under left handle bar plastic that integrates into 2002 LTE com system. It is suggested to send your valentine to J&M to get a compatible wiring done for com system. Questions?
1) Is there any advantage in sending or buying the remote audio adapter and having compatible wiring to this accessory, instead of the main unit?
2) Will J&M wiring cancel the company warranty due to modification?
3) Like the GPS I would like to flip the Radar back and forth to auto and bike. If I send unit to J&M for wiring do I still have ability to use in Auto. Can I still use the lighter adapter. Do not know how it is wired by J&M?
Please advise. Thanks
1. I can't imagine why anyone would want to wire it any way OTHER than to use the Valentine audio adapter made for the purpose. Run the 12V power from somewhere on the bike to the Valentine direct wire 12V power adapter, then to the audio adapter. Both alert audio and 12V power run from the audio adapter to the main radar detector in a single cable. Audio then connects to the audio adapter, and when you want to use the Valentine in your cage, just unplug the main unit, and leave everything else on the bike. One simple cable to unplug. In the cage you can use the cigarette adapter and the windshield mount.
2. I'm not sure what you have in mind, but I would NOT allow anyone to open the Valentine detector. You have invested in a device that should last a LONG time, due to it being upgradeable. Once modified, I suspect that you'd be on your own. More to the point, its not necessary.
3. See explanation #1
- Valentine One detector - check
- Valentine audio interface - ?
- Valentine direct wire power adapter - Check (it's included with the detector)
- An audio cable to connect the audio interface with your audio amplifier. The audio interface has both a 3/32" and 1/8" jacks. I like to use a cable with a ground loop isolator in it, just in case that might get to be a problem. That might be what you are referring to getting from J&M. They won't need your detector or your bike to do that.
- An audio amplifier. I'm guessing from what you indicated that you are planning on using the built in amp from the LT. Make sure the cable goes from mono (the detector) to stereo (your amp) to get alerts in both channels, and you should be good to go.