Radar Detector


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a radar detector that is reliable and that isn't too expensive.

You have to pay to play.

Look into a Valentine V1, or an Escort Passport 8500 X50.

If you want serious protection, you are going to have to pay for it. I know some on here consider even those radar detectors to be crappy.

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You have to pay to play.

Look into a Valentine V1, or an Escort Passport 8500 X50.

If you want serious protection, you are going to have to pay for it. I know some on here consider even those radar detectors to be crappy.

Yeah thats what i figured. Do you know anybody selling them???

-Jacob

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Yeah thats what i figured. Do you know anybody selling them???

-Jacob

Sometimes they will pop up in the for sale section.

The thing is, the models I mentioned earlier hold their value really well. You can buy a used Valentine V1 on ebay for ~$350-$375, or you can buy one brand new from Valentine 1 for $400. I figured if I was going to be spending that much money on something, and the price difference was so minor, I might as well just buy a new one. If anything is wrong with it when you get it you can send it back, it comes with all of the hardware and instructions, etc etc.

I would try ebay or directly from the manufacturer.

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Sometimes they will pop up in the for sale section.

The thing is, the models I mentioned earlier hold their value really well. You can buy a used Valentine V1 on ebay for ~$350-$375, or you can buy one brand new from Valentine 1 for $400. I figured if I was going to be spending that much money on something, and the price difference was so minor, I might as well just buy a new one. If anything is wrong with it when you get it you can send it back, it comes with all of the hardware and instructions, etc etc.

I would try ebay or directly from the manufacturer.

ok sounds good. I was looking at you tube for the valentine 1 and it looked like it worked really well. I saw that the Escort Passport 8500 X50 was $100 cheaper. Would you recommend the valentine over the passport even if its a $100 more??

Thanks Jacob

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ok sounds good. I was looking at you tube for the valentine 1 and it looked like it worked really well. I saw that the Escort Passport 8500 X50 was $100 cheaper. Would you recommend the valentine over the passport even if its a $100 more??

Thanks Jacob

Not that I am super experienced in radar detectors, but since I dont like spending money (insert joke) I did a lot of research before I bought my V1. What I found out is that for the most part, they perform almost exactly the same. Some people swear by the X50, some people swear by the V1. I think that at the end of the day, you wouldnt notice a significant difference between the two. The reason I decided to go with the V1 was for the directional arrows. Its great if your radar detector lets you know that a cop is around, but you have no idea where the radar is coming from. Obviously you can use common sense and figure it out (if you are on the highway going 70 and the signal is getting stronger, 99% there is a cop ahead of you and not behind you), but the directional arrows are what made me buy the V1. Its very convenient, you dont have to worry about where the radar is coming from, you just know.

Anyways, thats just my opinion. Obviously not everyone is going to agree with me. I am very happy I bought the V1 though. It was a great investment, especially with all of my bad luck :lol:

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Not that I am super experienced in radar detectors, but since I dont like spending money (insert joke) I did a lot of research before I bought my V1. What I found out is that for the most part, they perform almost exactly the same. Some people swear by the X50, some people swear by the V1. I think that at the end of the day, you wouldnt notice a significant difference between the two. The reason I decided to go with the V1 was for the directional arrows. Its great if your radar detector lets you know that a cop is around, but you have no idea where the radar is coming from. Obviously you can use common sense and figure it out (if you are on the highway going 70 and the signal is getting stronger, 99% there is a cop ahead of you and not behind you), but the directional arrows are what made me buy the V1. Its very convenient, you dont have to worry about where the radar is coming from, you just know.

Anyways, thats just my opinion. Obviously not everyone is going to agree with me. I am very happy I bought the V1 though. It was a great investment, especially with all of my bad luck :lol:

Yeah I have been having terrible luck lately so I need to invest on dependable radar detector. Thanks for giving me the input. I am going to do more research but I am starting to like the V1 the best.

Thanks Jacob

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Yeah I have been having terrible luck lately so I need to invest on dependable radar detector. Thanks for giving me the input. I am going to do more research but I am starting to like the V1 the best.

Thanks Jacob

No problem, let me know if you have any more questions.

Here is a picture of mine, recently hardwired.

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No problem, let me know if you have any more questions.

Here is a picture of mine, recently hardwired.

v1.jpg

ok thank you, and i did have another question i forgot to ask you. I heard that they work the best the higher up on the windshield they are. And how hard are they to wire?

Jacob

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ok thank you, and i did have another question i forgot to ask you. I heard that they work the best the higher up on the windshield they are. And how hard are they to wire?

Jacob

LOL that is a big argument. Mine is higher up because thats what the V1 manual says to do. I have heard they should be the lowest on the windshield without being blocked by the wipers, and I have heard the highest they can be on the windshield without being blocked by the tint strip at the top.

If you have done any wiring at all (radio installs, gauges, etc) its cake. If you buy the detector new it will come with a hardwire kit (at least the V1 does). I wired mine to the cigarette lighter, so whenever the car is on, the radar detector is on. Some people will wire it into the map lights near the rear view mirror, but I didnt want to bother with a multimeter and finding a hot wire.

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LOL that is a big argument. Mine is higher up because thats what the V1 manual says to do. I have heard they should be the lowest on the windshield without being blocked by the wipers, and I have heard the highest they can be on the windshield without being blocked by the tint strip at the top.

If you have done any wiring at all (radio installs, gauges, etc) its cake. If you buy the detector new it will come with a hardwire kit (at least the V1 does). I wired mine to the cigarette lighter, so whenever the car is on, the radar detector is on. Some people will wire it into the map lights near the rear view mirror, but I didnt want to bother with a multimeter and finding a hot wire.

Ok because I was thinking of putting mine towards the top. And I haven't done that much wiring but I think I would be able to figure it out.

Jacob

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The best Escort is the 9500 and has GPS capability so you can program in speed zone and false alerts. So if you go by a certain spot that always gives you a false alert, you can program it out. Too many false alerts tend to make people ignore the real ones.

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The best Escort is the 9500 and has GPS capability so you can program in speed zone and false alerts. So if you go by a certain spot that always gives you a false alert, you can program it out. Too many false alerts tend to make people ignore the real ones.

That sounds pretty cool. How many times do false alerts actually happen?

Jacob

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That sounds pretty cool. How many times do false alerts actually happen?

Jacob

Depends how you set up the detector and where you are driving.

Home alarm systems and automatic doors on stores will set of a detector, usually on X-band.

Radar detectors can detect different bands of radar.

X band, K band, Ka band, then there is Laser (which can be detected and jammed).

It depends on where you live, but around me they only use Ka band, and SOMETIMES K band. Only when I am out in the country do they usually use K band.

I have never seen X band used (from my understanding, its a much older technology). Most detectors will have the option of only having the bands you want active.

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