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    Radar detector recommendations?

    Wife bought a shiny fast car. Anybody have any recommendations for radar detectors?

    #2
    Originally posted by rdr99 View Post
    Wife bought a shiny fast car. Anybody have any recommendations for radar detectors?
    Most of them are fairly useless because many LEO agencies now have "instant on" radar guns and by the time your detector goes off it's already too late.
    Non Lemming

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      #3
      It probably doesn't apply to you south of the border but here in canuckistan I have a cheap ass Cobra that was given to me. I threw it up on the dash and so far so good, it's saved me a few times. It does false alarm in parking lots quite a bit and once in a blue moon on the highway I think because of some of the new anti collision tech in whatever is coming at me.

      If I were to actually buy one I would stick with Escort. I always ran those in my fast car days and they worked like a charm.

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        #4
        Pics of wife and car..........In that order

        Wife runs a Passport 9500 ix Platinum.
        No app to mess with, stand alone. but GPS so you can block any known false alarms.

        Works well, simple and effective.

        my preference but I don't need it tied to my phone or any BS app.

        https://www.escortradar.com/collecti...able-detectors
        Last edited by Stingray; 06-18-2020, 03:39 PM. Reason: added link

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          #5
          Waze.

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            #6
            Don't speed

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              #7
              Originally posted by Ted_Kaczynski View Post
              Don't speed
              I was going to say that but then I got to thinking. When I was traveling all over the state for lacrosse, I spent a lot of time on freeways. When I wasn’t in a traffic jam, I was cruising with the flow of traffic which was around 75 to 80+ mph. Technically all of us were speeding, but if you didn’t “go with the flow” you would get run over
              Army Veteran

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                #8
                Don't listen to our resident know-it-all. What you're doing with a radar detector is looking for one that is in use. A lot of cops leave their guns on all the time, so a good detector will pick that up, or if they are stationary running a trap it will pick that up as well. I like the Valentine One because it has the arrows that indicate the direction of the signal, an active signal strength meter, and a bogey counter so you know how many are out there. If you learn how to use those three indicators you can tell if it's tracking you, coming towards you, or stationary. They have the patent on the arrows.

                I bought one in 98 or so and haven't had a ticket since...except for the photo radar I got in Scottsdale a while back. The V1 has a laser detector as well , but it won't give you as much advance warning because the signal doesn't disperse like radar waves do. They're $400 but it's money well spent if you drive over the posted limit.
                RIP PBB

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Detroit View Post
                  Waze.
                  Google maps has the alerts now too. Google bought Waze didn't they?

                  I just set the cruise at 5-9 above the speed limit according to situation. 5 above on surface roads and 2 lanes, 9 above on interstates. Anything more than that just isn't worth the risk vs. time saved.

                  I would honestly just prefer the actual speed limit, but like has been mentioned you'll get your ass ran over.

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                    #10
                    X and K bands are not used much at all by the police anymore. The only band you need is the Ka band. 95% of cops are too lazy to turn their radar off and on these days.

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                      #11
                      Uniden R7 work great for me. I've picked up radar over a mile away with mine many times. Doesn't get as many false readings as the cheaper ones, but still has problems with some blind spot monitors (Hondas). Has GPS on it and you can save a way point to block false signals like radar speed signs along the road to work. Also has a database for red light cameras. Free updates.

                      I think it was about $450, but IIRC the last speeding ticket I got was almost $300...

                      And I use Waze also.

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                        #12
                        I have been using a Valentine 1 for a few years. It can be wired in through your obd2 port which hugely cuts down on false warnings. I am fairly happy with it. After I bought mine did some research and found a very active radar detector forum and wow those guys are really are into them. I recommend finding that site, they don't recommend a best detector but discuss where you live and the kinds of roads you drive as some detectors are better than others for specific conditions. FWIW Valentine 1 had stopped production for an extended time a year before the virus and there was much speculation as to if they were coming out with a new world beater or had just not announced that they were folding up shop. Owner is kind of a nutjob from what I read.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Detroit View Post
                          Waze.
                          Yep. Saved my ass a number of times.

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                            #14
                            Tons of cops just chill in parking lots or on the side of the road with their radar on watching the traffic waiting for someone to be above a magic number. Any detector will pick this up before you're the car passing through the cop's radar. If they're actually running a speed trap with a proper gun a detector won't save you.

                            Honestly in the daytime I don't find the detector that useful. It's at night when there's a cop you can't see that it really shines.

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                              #15
                              Have a few versions of the Escort Radar price range is 600 to 1k but worth the investment. Also run the Waze app as back up on my cell phone.

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