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    I got more tickets when I had a radar detector than when I haven't. I speed more now than I used to. Gives people a false sense of security.

    More often than not, once the radar detector pics up a signal...that signal has already gotten to you or is damn close (especially with precision laser).

    I realize they can help in many cases, but I'm just a bigger fan of pay attention to where cops could be hiding out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    I realize they can help in many cases, but I'm just a bigger fan of pay attention to where cops could be hiding out.
    Best strategy is to pay attention and have the radar detector as a fail safe. Usually the cops with laser are out in the open to make it easier to aim. The hidden cops use always on which is where the detector helps.
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    Wish they were legal in va

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    Quote Originally Posted by VettyInsane View Post
    Wish they were legal in va
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    Mikie13 Quote:
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    I want to get one but I'm lacking funds (if you're gonna get one might as well get one of the best) and frankly it seems people I know who have um they kinda ignore them: *bleep bleep bleep* no change in speed...

    The other thing people need to remember is instant ON as well as Laser, instant on has been commented on before but laser is more you're screwed period than instant on. With the finer spot of the laser it's alot harder to have the "rabbit" alert you to it's presence, worse when they're using one to spot and others to pull over...

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    Trapster App. for droid is all I use. Highway patrol usually sit in the same places to monitor traffic and it is pretty common for cops to actually sign in on it and enter their location knowing that people use the app and will slow down. I've had quite a bit of success with it and its fairly accurate. Plus it's free, which is the best part

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBR Customs
    I want to get one but I'm lacking funds (if you're gonna get one might as well get one of the best) and frankly it seems people I know who have um they kinda ignore them: *bleep bleep bleep* no change in speed...
    What band(s) are they ignoring?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13
    I got more tickets when I had a radar detector than when I haven't. I speed more now than I used to. Gives people a false sense of security.

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    I realize they can help in many cases, but I'm just a bigger fan of pay attention to where cops could be hiding out.
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    Best strategy is to pay attention and have the radar detector as a fail safe.
    Detectors are a tool, not a solution, to avoiding tickets; that concept is key to successfully using one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    What band(s) are they ignoring?





    Detectors are a tool, not a solution, to avoiding tickets; that concept is key to successfully using one.
    Probably the x-band which is almost always a false alarm. K (usually in the 24's) will sometimes give you a false alarm if you just git hit max on but if your k band starts of slow and progressively gets stronger than slow down. You develop a hearing for k band after a while to distinguish between false alarms. On the other hand KA band is ALWAYS a cop usually in the (34 spectrum). I have my escort display the spectrum and not just the signal strength.

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    I watched a buddy of mine throw his cheaper radar unit out the window because of how pissed he was with it lol

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    They were ignoring K band alerts... I've yet to be with somebody who had a detector and have them get lit up by a cop...

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    It happens to me on average -- I think -- three times every two weeks, on the way to work. Less if it's rainy. Every two weeks though I'll have been lit up with radar roughly three times. It's Ka, and starts as a low-level alert before it goes ape. By the time the detector goes full song, the car is just around the bend. I get the first alert around a km away, depending on traffic.

    However, I don't carry a detector in my daily driver any more anyway. My MPG is best below 70, the limit is 65, and I would rather save money and relax, so I cruise control at 64 every morning. Marvelous; recommended.
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    I'm about to get a wrx and this super interesting as I have been debating the purchase of a radar detector. Good comments have given me some stuff to think about.

    Anyone have experience with hardwiring to the electrical system to keep things clean looking or is everyone using a cigarette lighter adapter..? I saw the pics someone posted (thanks!) but was wondering if anyone else had install stories..?

    On my old BMW I spliced into a visor light and changed out a fuse and could get electric up near the rear view that way..

    Anyone know if you end up voiding your new car warranty for monkeying with the electrical system..?

    Thanks..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisinCA
    Anyone have experience with hardwiring to the electrical system to keep things clean looking or is everyone using a cigarette lighter adapter..? I saw the pics someone posted (thanks!) but was wondering if anyone else had install stories..?
    My V1 is hardwired to the DC outlet; power line goes up the A-pillar and along the headliner.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisinCA
    Anyone know if you end up voiding your new car warranty for monkeying with the electrical system..?
    Could they void your warranty? No.

    Could they deny the warranty claim if you developed electrical gremlins around where you tapped for power? Sure.
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    I bought my V1 directly from Valentine, and when I called I asked if they had any refurbs. It saved me $50.

    I've had the Escort 9500ix and the V1, and the directional arrows on the V1 are a lifesaver. It does false alarm a bit, but not so much as to be annoying.

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