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    radar detector recommendation

    the 24th will be here sooon. i'd appreciate any thoughts on which radar detector seems to work the best. i have a vintage 1992 bel 960 but i would hope the technology has advanced enough to warrant a new one. thanks

    Re: radar detector recommendation

    Go for the arrows.. Valentine 1

    Re: radar detector recommendation

    There have been MANY posts on this topic. Do a search and you'll find many many many comments and recommendations on detectors

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    the car enthusiast's best friend - Valentine 1.

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    Valentine 1. No substitute.

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    Another vote for the Valentine 1 here.

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    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.

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    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.

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    I would too vote for V1 as it has up-grade capability that no other manufacture offers.

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    Got my V1 about 6 months ago. Love it!

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    Crash said:
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    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.



    It's a sad state of affairs when someone from EU feels need for any radar detector....

    Esp if Germans find need for silly radar detectors, EU sounds rather underwhelming as a place for allegedly routine high-speed driving....

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    VKSF said:
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    Crash said:
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    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.



    It's a sad state of affairs when someone from EU feels need for any radar detector....

    Esp if Germans find need for silly radar detectors, EU sounds rather underwhelming as a place for allegedly routine high-speed driving....



    As is the case in the USA, it's simply a matter of "picking your spots."

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    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Couldn't have said it any better.

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    VKSF said:
    Quote:
    Crash said:
    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.



    It's a sad state of affairs when someone from EU feels need for any radar detector....

    Esp if Germans find need for silly radar detectors, EU sounds rather underwhelming as a place for allegedly routine high-speed driving....



    That's why I love going to Germany. As soon as I cross over the German border from Austria - I see a 35 mph speed limit sign . But seriously, soon after that, the limit goes away and you're free to go as fast as you'd like.
    The rest of Europe is very uptight, with mediocre drivers who, while better than their american counterparts, aren't exactly overwhelmingly impressive. What Europe needs is a no-speed-limit policy on all highways and educated drivers who know how to drive dynamically and effectively. Until then, my Valentine and Lidatek will assist my cause .

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    Crash said:
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    VKSF said:
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    Crash said:
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    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.



    It's a sad state of affairs when someone from EU feels need for any radar detector....

    Esp if Germans find need for silly radar detectors, EU sounds rather underwhelming as a place for allegedly routine high-speed driving....



    That's why I love going to Germany. As soon as I cross over the German border from Austria - I see a 35 mph speed limit sign . But seriously, soon after that, the limit goes away and you're free to go as fast as you'd like.
    The rest of Europe is very uptight, with mediocre drivers who, while better than their american counterparts, aren't exactly overwhelmingly impressive. What Europe needs is a no-speed-limit policy on all highways and educated drivers who know how to drive dynamically and effectively. Until then, my Valentine and Lidatek will assist my cause .



    Totally agree.

    EU, ex-Germany, sounds like driving in Eastern US to me .

    BTW do points/speeding violation demerits on one's driver's license transfer btwn countries in EU, e.g., where if a Germany-licensed driver is caught speeding in Italy/France, does he simply pay ticket...or is he also saddled w/points on license and increased insurance premiums???

    I'm sure the shrewd arbitrage-minded guys have thought through how to "optimize" their exposure to bureaucratic inefficiencies by choosing a driver's license from a "strategically useful" nation ....and have generously donated to their relevant law enfcmt charities ....in addition to "knowing" their roads and having radar detectors...

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    VKSF said:
    Quote:
    Crash said:
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    VKSF said:
    Quote:
    Crash said:
    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.



    It's a sad state of affairs when someone from EU feels need for any radar detector....

    Esp if Germans find need for silly radar detectors, EU sounds rather underwhelming as a place for allegedly routine high-speed driving....



    That's why I love going to Germany. As soon as I cross over the German border from Austria - I see a 35 mph speed limit sign . But seriously, soon after that, the limit goes away and you're free to go as fast as you'd like.
    The rest of Europe is very uptight, with mediocre drivers who, while better than their american counterparts, aren't exactly overwhelmingly impressive. What Europe needs is a no-speed-limit policy on all highways and educated drivers who know how to drive dynamically and effectively. Until then, my Valentine and Lidatek will assist my cause .



    Totally agree.

    EU, ex-Germany, sounds like driving in Eastern US to me .

    BTW do points/speeding violation demerits on one's driver's license transfer btwn countries in EU, e.g., where if a Germany-licensed driver is caught speeding in Italy/France, does he simply pay ticket...or is he also saddled w/points on license and increased insurance premiums???

    I'm sure the shrewd arbitrage-minded guys have thought through how to "optimize" their exposure to bureaucratic inefficiencies by choosing a driver's license from a "strategically useful" nation ....and have generously donated to their relevant law enfcmt charities ....in addition to "knowing" their roads and having radar detectors...



    Points don't YET transfer between EU countries, but a law is in the making right now that will take care of that . Looking for US citizenship, will do driving school, landscaping and dishwashing, just give me a license they can't put points on .

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    Though I do not personally use a radar detector, I have been around a good number of very knowledgeable car people and if there is one thing they are in agreement on regarding cars and accessories is that the Valentine Radar Detector is far away the best on the market.

    If I ever decided to use one, Valentine would be my choice.

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    Crash said:
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    VKSF said:
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    Crash said:
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    VKSF said:
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    Crash said:
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    Moogle said:
    Valentine 1 for the arrows

    remember though, a radar detector is more or less a very expensive passive radio.

    still no substitute for a sharp eye and being alert and aware of situations.



    Definitely. Using a rabbit for cover is also a good idea. However, it will prove very much worth its cost after only a few months.



    It's a sad state of affairs when someone from EU feels need for any radar detector....

    Esp if Germans find need for silly radar detectors, EU sounds rather underwhelming as a place for allegedly routine high-speed driving....



    That's why I love going to Germany. As soon as I cross over the German border from Austria - I see a 35 mph speed limit sign . But seriously, soon after that, the limit goes away and you're free to go as fast as you'd like.
    The rest of Europe is very uptight, with mediocre drivers who, while better than their american counterparts, aren't exactly overwhelmingly impressive. What Europe needs is a no-speed-limit policy on all highways and educated drivers who know how to drive dynamically and effectively. Until then, my Valentine and Lidatek will assist my cause .



    Totally agree.

    EU, ex-Germany, sounds like driving in Eastern US to me .

    BTW do points/speeding violation demerits on one's driver's license transfer btwn countries in EU, e.g., where if a Germany-licensed driver is caught speeding in Italy/France, does he simply pay ticket...or is he also saddled w/points on license and increased insurance premiums???

    I'm sure the shrewd arbitrage-minded guys have thought through how to "optimize" their exposure to bureaucratic inefficiencies by choosing a driver's license from a "strategically useful" nation ....and have generously donated to their relevant law enfcmt charities ....in addition to "knowing" their roads and having radar detectors...



    Points don't YET transfer between EU countries, but a law is in the making right now that will take care of that . Looking for US citizenship, will do driving school, landscaping and dishwashing, just give me a license they can't put points on .





    Crash, simple solution: just get a UK driver's license....gotta capitalize on the Brits' often "aloof" view of The Continent and EU nonsense...

    Sure, a US driver's license is much easier to obtain...but disabuse yourself of silly notions of needing citizenship/driver's school, etc etc....only problem is you'd run risk of EU authorities throwing you in jail after any speeding violation w/such a lame license...

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    I have a friend with a 996tt and he had his radar detector installed by the dealer internally within the front apron of the car, but the warning light and sound eminated from the instrument panel within the car. Any opinions on how well this works as opposed to placing it directly on the dash or windsheild where is would seem to pick up signals much easier. Also, in the US, can the radar detector be confiscated by the our friendly occifers?

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    On my 996tt I have a k40 installed internally, with the optional zr3 package wich helps cut lasers down, and hopes to send an error back to the laster gun. It was installed professionally at sound advice, the front unit is directly underneath where the front plate would be installed, and the rear unit co-insides with the liscense plate attachment. The control unit is installed directly infront of the 6-speed gear box in a custom cut-out. It works great, no big unit hanging off your window, (a huge plus aesthetically, and if a officer were to see a big detector hanging off your window, you'd probably get a ticket just on principle) but nevertheless a cop has never mentioned it, probably becasue they've never seen it. If you can find a good detection system, a knowledgeable installer, and dont mind the extra dough, I'd recommend looking into an internal unit.

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    Zerohero, what is your opinion on the Valentine one?

    And also, are you familiar with the license plate spray that deflects the flash of the cameras that are now being installed on Hiways in the US? I was just in Scottsdale AZ and go my pic taken at about 90 mph, but because I have a Nevada plate, I don't think that I will get a ticket.

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    I've got bad news for you Apex...Arizona does indeed transfer speeding tickets to every state in the U.S. I too was the unlucky beneficiary of a photo machine on Scottsdale blvd last year...2 months later, an envelope arrived in Texas with the ticket. Suggest you prepare mentally for a defensive driving course...

    Cheers.

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    Apex Seeker said:
    Zerohero, what is your opinion on the Valentine one?

    And also, are you familiar with the license plate spray that deflects the flash of the cameras that are now being installed on Hiways in the US? I was just in Scottsdale AZ and go my pic taken at about 90 mph, but because I have a Nevada plate, I don't think that I will get a ticket.



    The sprays don't work. Either use the Laser Shield plate cover or/and the VF2 flash jammer.

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    apex, I've never used a Valentine, but from what i've read here on the forums, many users have recomened it above all others. I've ordered one recently as I have a long road trip planed in the new TT. I'll be happy to PM you with whatever I find out.

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    Okay, Valentine One it is! I am truly bummin about the ticket in AZ. I hope that I somehow avoided the ticket in AZ. Crash, can you tell me about the Lazer Shield and the VF2 Flash Jammer??

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    If you are looking for top end Passport SR7 or K40.

    Dash mounted? Passport 8500 - better ka detection, pop mode and can add laser shift technology.

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    Apex Seeker said:
    Okay, Valentine One it is! I am truly bummin about the ticket in AZ. I hope that I somehow avoided the ticket in AZ. Crash, can you tell me about the Lazer Shield and the VF2 Flash Jammer??



    I'll send you the link via PM, since advertising isn't allowed here.

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    forhamilton said:
    If you are looking for top end Passport SR7 or K40.

    Dash mounted? Passport 8500 - better ka detection, pop mode and can add laser shift technology.



    Very subjective. They seem similar in performance, with the V1 edging it out. Also, the V1 is upgradable, which the Escort isn't. Furthermore, laser jamming should be performed by a standalone product, such as the Lidatek LE-30 or the Antilaser Gen7. The Escort ZR3, integrated with the Escort system, is good, but is showing its age and Escort hasn't come out with anything new in ages.
    Oh, and the K40 stinks. It couldn't jam a laser printer, let alone a LIDAR gun.

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    Crash said:
    Very subjective. They seem similar in performance, with the V1 edging it out.



    That is what I have seen as well.

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    Crash said:Also, the V1 is upgradable, which the Escort isn't.



    Another bonus.

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    Crash said:Furthermore, laser jamming should be performed by a standalone product, such as the Lidatek LE-30 or the Antilaser Gen7.



    Absolutely, there is no way around this currently. If you want the best jamming performance you need a dedicated standalone jammer.

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    Crash said:The Escort ZR3, integrated with the Escort system, is good, but is showing its age and Escort hasn't come out with anything new in ages.



    Doesn't even jam the Laser Atlanta's stealth mode and they haven't bothered to update it either. And the rear transponder is practically useless.

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    Crash said:
    Oh, and the K40 stinks. It couldn't jam a laser printer, let alone a LIDAR gun.



    Agree 100%, stay away from K40... its a rip off not to mention the danger in trusting your license points to it thinking your are somewhat protected.




    ... so basically... what crash said

    let's be more specific

    the K40 Laser Diffuser doesn't perform. The K40 Bluetooth Calibre radar detector system is rated quite highly - it ought to be for $1700.

     
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