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Old 12-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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radar/laser detector

Hey all, i'm looking into buying a radar detector, i've looked at the products but there's no real information, so if anyone knows about these can you let me know, would they even work right??? do they need special wiring or is it just v12 powered?? info would be grrreat
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Pretty much all of them are 12v powered. You can hard wire them if you want (which is what I'd do for a cleaner install). I looked recently and decided on a Bel STi Magnum. It's pricey, but also has some nice features like it'll link to your smartphone.
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hardwire? i don't know much of this, like wire into the headunit or something?
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get the redline or escort 9500 ix, you wont regret it.
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Redline, that's the name! I forgot because budget wouldn't allow...THAT's the one I meant.

By hardwire I mean much simpler. Get an extra socket for your car from a salvage yard or just auto parts store and you can tap into your car's 12v outlet from behind the dash. Then you can just route the cord under the dash and have it come out the front or through a dash vent to the detector. I don't like cords all over the interior so it makes the dash much neater.
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I wouldnt bother wasting money on radar detectors, most police agencies are upgrading to infrared radar guns which isnt detectable.. not to mention by the time radar goes off you're nailed.. just my $.02
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Highly recommend Beltronics V955. About $150 on line. Most bang for the buck. You can get better but the price goes up real fast. I have used them for years. I have ONE speeding ticket in 20 years.

An yes, they are no guarantee. Keep your eyes open. The best police detector is the three cars on the interstate 500 yards ahead of you. When all 3 suddenly put on their brake lights.....there is probably a reason

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I did some research into detectors a couple years ago. What I gathered is: If the patrolman is driving around with his radar on, most units will pick it up. If the patrolman is stationary with his laser sighted in on you, he's probably going to get a reading. If your laser detector picks up the signal, then the officer has likely received his signal also. Also, that laser signal is 3' wide at a distance of 1000'. The officer is likely aiming at your license plate and a detector hanging from your rearview mirror isn't even going to see the signal.

I suppose that the alleged "jammers" may be effective, but who knows.

Save the speed for the track. Besides, anybody can go fast in a straight line.
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hahaha yea 500 is pretty pricey

but if you want the best you gotta pay i guess. doing the hardwiring would be awesome though because i. also don't like cables hanging everywhere
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doing the hardwiring would be awesome though because i. also don't like cables hanging everywhere
Be sure to get one that you can unplug the cable from unit so you can remove it easily, either in questionable neighborhoods or anywhere in Virginia where they are illegal and confiscated on sight. Be careful in Va. anyway. Over 80 mph is a CRIMINAL offense.
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