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Old 10-22-2013, 02:39 AM   #1
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I need to install a radar detector on my car when I take delivery. Any brand or other suggestions?
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:23 AM   #2
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I need to install a radar detector on my car when I take delivery. Any brand or other suggestions?
Really like my Passport Max by Excort. It is the latest and greatest but also expensive. However, one averted ticket pays for it! Mounted mine high on the windshield using their new supplied “sticky cup” mount. It is large but works great. Was able to route the wires powering the detector with them mostly hidden from view in gaps or behind trip pieces. Used an Add-A-Circuit in the rear fuse panel.
Was using it mounted just above the dash and plugged into the auxiliary outlet on the console with the supplied Smart Cord before hard wiring.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:26 AM   #3
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Valentine One. Everytime. I'm a storm chaser, drive high speed 30,000 miles per year. Last ticket was 16 years ago. I'm satisfied.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:07 AM   #4
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Any word from forum vendors or the general aftermarket scene on mirror / blend mounts for any of the detectors?
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:54 AM   #5
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Escort 9500ix or Max....all day everyday...I have the 9500ix and love it and have heard great things about the Max...

The lead time for an alert is second to none on mine and with the speed trap and red light cam alerts as well it's the best co-pilot for me....

Both on the high end price wise but you want a good detector you have to pay...
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:16 AM   #6
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Valentine One. The arrows and bogey count make it best. NEVER had a radar ticket since purchasing.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:33 AM   #7
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I purchased the Escort Max a little over a week ago in anticipation of my C7 (although with the Z51 constraints who knows when it will come). So far very happy with the radar detector. Was passing a slow truck upstate NY so I had to do around 85 to pass. The detector went nuts and 2 miles up the road was a trooper roadblock. The second save on the 4 hour journey. The only problem is the suction cup - it falls off the window sometimes which I read about in other reviews. But is is the latest technology and seems not to have too many false alarms. The auto learn function is an added bonus.
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I have a number of the detectors mentioned. All are great and have their own advantages and features.

I am waiting for Blendmount to figure out the mirror configuration. I don't have my car yet but I understand the mounting can be a challenge.
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Valentine One. The arrows and bogey count make it best. NEVER had a radar ticket since purchasing.
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Valentine One. Everytime. I'm a storm chaser, drive high speed 30,000 miles per year. Last ticket was 16 years ago. I'm satisfied.
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Valentine One. The arrows and bogey count make it best. NEVER had a radar ticket since purchasing.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:47 AM   #12
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I have passport 9500 it is great. I tried the v1, it is great too but it is too sensitive it was beeping all the time so you may start ignoring it. I think it is better on the freeway than in the city because of false alarms.
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I have used Beltronics for years.
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What i currently have hardwired in my BMW, works better than any i have ever used...by far.

Only alternative to the 9500ix is a Valentine. These are the two best on the market imho.
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Ok so with all this talk about what type of radar we are using. Has anybody figured out how to hardwire these items?
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V1. Never had a ticket with it.
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Ok so with all this talk about what type of radar we are using. Has anybody figured out how to hardwire these items?
I tapped into the accessory power in the console. There is a good ground connection hex head bolt to the left of the console under the dash. I ran the wire under the door trim and pushed the wire under the A pillar. That connection is hot when the ignition or accessory is on.
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I tapped into the accessory power in the console. There is a good ground connection hex head bolt to the left of the console under the dash. I ran the wire under the door trim and pushed the wire under the A pillar. That connection is hot when the ignition or accessory is on.
We need pictures please....for us noobs who aren't as experienced as you.
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I have a Passport 9500ix. Greatest - no ticks so far.
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I've had a Passport 8500 for several years and it's great. Question on the V1 - I found the X-band to be false alarms 99% of the time and deactivated it on the Passport. Can you do that on the V-1?
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