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    Ultimount for your radar detector

    I was looking for a solution to permanently wire my radar detector in the car. Also I needed to take it off when I parked to avoid theft.

    The only solution I found was the Blendmount. But at $89.99 it seemed absurdly expensive. Then I came across this Ultimount. Lets just say for the price of one Blendmount I could get 3 Ultimounts.

    I have not come across a Blendmount so I do not know about its construction & quality.

    The Ultimount is well built from "aircraft grade material" (whatever that means). Latches on to the rear of your rear view mirror. They say it is a universal fit. Separate models are available for the Escorts & Valentines. It comes with an extra set of longer screws if the ones attached do not fit your rear view mirror. As seen in the picture it allows you to raise & lower the detector & rotate it also. So if you adjust the rear view mirror,all you have to do is turn the detector individually in the appropriate direction.

    I have a Valentine & the Ultimount came with an extra windshield mount release bar that costs $10 on the Valentine website.

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    Looks terrific actually. Any chance the added weight of the detector will affect the mirror connection? Otherwise, I'm in too, I'm looking it up right now! Thanks!
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    You don't run the pigtail cord, do you? I've got mine mounted with the stock V1 suction mount just above my mirror, just below the black dots. The higher, the better (with a clear view, obviously)

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    I prefer to keep my detector as hidden as possible. Mine is mounted "behind" the black dots. I haven't noticed any real signal loss (still does its job for me and my driving), and from outside the car, it's tough to see, even if you're looking for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Looks terrific actually. Any chance the added weight of the detector will affect the mirror connection? Otherwise, I'm in too, I'm looking it up right now! Thanks!
    I have not noticed any problems with the added weight. The Ultimount weighs just 4 ounces plus the weight of the detector.

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    You don't run the pigtail cord, do you? I've got mine mounted with the stock V1 suction mount just above my mirror, just below the black dots. The higher, the better (with a clear view, obviously)
    I will be hard wiring it this weekend. Got the kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I prefer to keep my detector as hidden as possible. Mine is mounted "behind" the black dots. I haven't noticed any real signal loss (still does its job for me and my driving), and from outside the car, it's tough to see, even if you're looking for it.
    I like stealthyness, but I'd hate myself if I was tagged and had a slow response because of the dots. I'm sure the loss is minimal like you noted, but Mike V noted even the tinted band has an effect.

    You've got me curious, will probably switch mine up and drive past some known spots to see if the response is different. I really like that you can't see your's mounted outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    I will be hard wiring it this weekend. Got the kit.
    So worth it. I'm working up a stealth mute button on the back of my wheel, hope to have it finished up next week sometime.

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    So can one use the ultimount to mount the detector up and behind the dots also?
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    Awesome, but you still need the V1 mounted somewhere with good visibility, the mirror only has the concealed display. I'll be adding the concealed display just below my speedo - that's the first place I look anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    So can one use the ultimount to mount the detector up and behind the dots also?
    This a good question. Something I thought of after the mention of mounting it high up. The detector would be upside down. Let me go check & I'll let you know.
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    Agh, you're right, the detector would be upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan
    I like stealthyness, but I'd hate myself if I was tagged and had a slow response because of the dots. I'm sure the loss is minimal like you noted, but Mike V noted even the tinted band has an effect.

    You've got me curious, will probably switch mine up and drive past some known spots to see if the response is different. I really like that you can't see your's mounted outside.
    At what speed are you driving that a slight loss of signal really makes a difference? If you're using your detector properly, by the time you get signal (unless it's 3AM and you're the only car on the road in a long straightaway on the Interstate), you'll be able to slow down to a "don't bother me" speed undetected (e.g., no nose-dive).

    Have I been stopped with my V1 hung there? Yes. Have I ever been stopped due to being lit up? No. The only speeding stops (no violations, though) I've received in almost three years are due to no radar being on, and them observing me at speed. I have yet to experience getting lit up on my V1, I have been able to discretely get back to a reasonable pace so there is no issue, except for the 48/45 stop, but that's BS. Before the detector, my municipality stopped me three times for under five over the limit (once with), so it's not like I live in a lenient area; they love their traffic citation revenue.

    A detector shouldn't prevent you from getting tickets; it should be a tool you use to avoid them. That's the biggest problem I see with people when they get a detector. They believe they are free to drive like a jackass, which isn't the case at all.
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    Agreed on every point. I want the best signal simply because I like knowing exactly what's going. Not a single speeding ticket on my record.

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