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Hey guys after I got a speeding ticket, I decided that the first 'real' mod i would do to my car would be to get a radar detector. Which do you guys have, brand name and model number. Also, your opinions on them and how much you payed for them/when you payed for it. Ya kno, you could have bought the top of the line radar detector for 3 years ago for 300 and its only worth 50 now. Thank you in advance.
 

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A lot of people are going to swear by Valentine One. Personally, my Passport 7500 (version previous to BluTooths 8500) works great for me.
 

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I have the Bel980. It ranks very close to the Valentine and is a lot less expensive. It is a bit touchy; setting off a lot of 1 to 3 strength signals. But i would much rather it be too sensitive than not sensitive enough. This detector gets great reviews online. I found the best price by using mysimon.com and actually buying it from a camera shop.
 

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My dad had one of those jammers, he said it worked a couple of times. Saved his ass big time!!

But it stopped working and he couldn't send it in for service or something weird. Now he and I both have the Escort 8500, very nice unit.

As good, if not better than the Valentine One, the nice thing about the V1, is the arrows that point to the signal.

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I also have a Escort Passport 8500 and I love it. I rarely speed and have it for insurance (1993 FireStorm (ARREST ME) Red Stealth RTTT ticket magnet. Anyway, it has lived up to it's glowing reviews and notified me of problems ahead and behind. Like the Valentine 1 it also lets you know how many signals there are. The only drawback is the lack of directional arrows, but that has not been a problem because I slow down when it goes off period. It also works well detecting radar from behind. I passed a cop who was using "instant on" radar. I caught wind of him way before I passed him. Anyway, after I passed him, he kept hitting me with his gun on and off for quite an extended period and the detector went off every time he did eventhough I was very far away from him. It was almost like he turned up the power on his gun (I do not know if that is possible, but that is what it seemed like). Needless to say, I was glad I had it. Another nice feature is, you can run with the unit blacked out stealth (love it) mode because it has remote lights located on the lighter plug in unit that will notify you of trouble.
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I hope this helps, the Escort Passport 8500 is worth the price. One or two times saving you a ticket and it has paid for itself. Mine already has ;)

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Passport 8500

Their service is great. The cord mine shipped with didn't work so they shipped another out to me w/out questions or charges. Passport 8500's and V1's are programmable for future adjustments in LEO technology.

I also have (in my other car) a semi-cheapo Cobra 6band Ultra which is nice for just cruising around.

Now, for other 8500 owners: where did you mount/wire yours ?
Mine's still lightersocket & mounted above the mirror (in the black of my tint almost)

Edit: BTW both V1 & 8500's have 30 day money back trials. You can't lose with that if you're undecided.
 

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Forget Laser

It's not a useful feature. I want it to be with all my heart. But the fact is that you're just making an "independent validation of being hit with laser" -- it's not early warning like radar detection because lidar doesn't spread much and it rarely bounces off the primary target except to return to the source.

The only logical reason for carrying laser detector equipment is to argue against the cop who lies or is mistaken saying they used lidar on YOUR vehicle. No Blip = No Lidar. Blip = Lidar. Sad but true 99.99% of the time

And yes, despite that, I still hope beyond hope it will save me one day. HA.

Can ANYONE validate/shed light on the following rumors I heard:
- Stealth/3k is HARD to light up with radar/laser due to angles on car
- Yellow paint from DSM absorbs radar to a fairly large degree
 

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Re: Forget Laser

jamb53 said:
Can ANYONE validate/shed light on the following rumors I heard:
- Stealth/3k is HARD to light up with radar/laser due to angles on car
I'm not sure but I would assume yes to an extent...
Saturday night I was out driving around having some fun with one of those mobile speed checkpoint things and every time I went bye it it would either a.) Give my wrong speed... lower than what I was really going or b.) Not give my speed at all... it would kinda flicker if it did anything at all. Strange.
Perhaps this is why I've gone past motorcycle cops on the interstate @ 80 in a 65 and not even have them look at me... unless they have their guns set to like 81 or something ;)
 

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LOL

You guys are kidding right? A STEALTH stealth? I don't think so. I got nailed for 92 in a 65. But, my cars red... oh well. Should have bought a Dodge Stealth, then he would have never saw me.
 

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ya thats nice but for that price it doesnt have the scrambler or jammer that the phantom 2 has....still think its the best?
 

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Read the reviews and then You will have to make your own decision. I wanted something that would alert me when police were around and this does that very well.
 

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the v-1 is the best and most expensive detector followed by the passport and the bel models.

I found the best spot to mount your detector is above the rearview mirror but under the tint stripe, this allows it to "see" over hills better and have a longer range.

Sceptor: the phantom II doesn’t work at all as a jammer, has only a limited detector function and costs a lot. My advice is to not futz with a radar jammer because any and all the passive ones don't work and are a scam.
The best active radar jammers are unreliable, set off any radar detectors near it, don't work on ka band and also are really expensive. Active laser jammers, on the other hand, should work.
 

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A couple of years ago, Car and Driver did a test of radar jammers. a good majority were just plastic boxes filled with some Misc. small circuit boards that did nothing. Scam.
a couple of them did have what you could refer to as an "ability" to jam some sort of radar signal, but at their low output, the high beams on a car could produce more jamming power than these units could.
 
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