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I have never owned a radar detector before, but I want to consider one for my XC90. It seems to be a "thing" to permanently mount and even electrically connect them to the car. Can anybody speak to this? How would/did you do it? Also, what brands are good?
 

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I know very little about radar detectors, but I believe Valentine One and Escort (Passport) are the best of the high-end brands. I'm pretty sure they both offer permanently mounted, nearly invisible solutions.
 

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Don't have a radar detector but mounted a dash cam on the windshield. Ran a wire above the headliner, through passenger A-pillar, down to the fuse box in passenger foot-well (behind the carpet). I believe I use slot 44 (can't remember for sure) with a micro2 add-a-circuit fuse tap. Works well, turns on when the driver door opens and turns off a few minutes after the engine or accessories is off.
 

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Passport Max is good but I'm upgrading to the Max360. The Laser is useless because once it's detected its to late. I use the Passport with Laser Interceptor HD
 

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I have a Whistler CR90. It's my 1st detector and I've had it for about 3 years with no complaints.
 

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Don't have a radar detector but mounted a dash cam on the windshield. Ran a wire above the headliner, through passenger A-pillar, down to the fuse box in passenger foot-well (behind the carpet). I believe I use slot 44 (can't remember for sure) with a micro2 add-a-circuit fuse tap. Works well, turns on when the driver door opens and turns off a few minutes after the engine or accessories is off.
Where can I find more info on this? Like what fuses do/are, how to open the headliner, what wires to use, what is the risk? etc...
 

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Didn't need to remove the headliner, just tucked the wire(s) in. Used a circuit test light to pick an appropriate slot. The fuse slot I found (44) was not in use according to the manual and only hot when car is on. You'll need to ground negative wire to complete the circuit.
The circuit is protected by a fuse so as far as the risk factor it's no bigger than say using an accessory that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket.
 

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i've used Escort Live and Valentine One. i prefer the V1; the escorts turn into a huge PITA. too talky and gimmicky. plus, their units have small rom and ram, so the updates don't always take and once you've exceeded the memory for the internal database, it resets, and you're pushing the forget this signal button over and over. very frustrating. my typical connection is a V1 with their Savvy unit....this unit plugs into the OBDII port and provides power, eliminating the ubiquitous adapter and saves that space for a phone or tablet. the Savvy unit has a mph dial on it which enable you to control the audible alarm threshold. anything equal to or below the speed threshold, and the unit beeps once but lights up continuously. doing so reduces the false alarm nuisance, but doesn't take away function from the radar unit. cops are not stupid...they have these detectors themselves. it is common in my location for cops to sit inside false alarm areas and hit people with instant on...if you have an Escort and have taught it to ignore the signal, it won't alert you to the cop presence. the V1 however, never misses a signal. as for mounting, the blend mount is great, but expensive and dedicated to the car, which means multiple mounts for different cars. i can usually mount the detector using the detectors visor clip secured under the headliner. the flat wire provided by the V1 can usually be snaked up the A pillar under the weatherstripping....no real effort or tools required.
 

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That's great info, thanks.

How does it know your speed? From odbii info?


I'm reading about the savvy system, and it says it will still draw current while the car is off... That is a big concern for me.
 

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Didn't need to remove the headliner, just tucked the wire(s) in. Used a circuit test light to pick an appropriate slot. The fuse slot I found (44) was not in use according to the manual and only hot when car is on. You'll need to ground negative wire to complete the circuit.
The circuit is protected by a fuse so as far as the risk factor it's no bigger than say using an accessory that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket.
Perhaps a stupid question, but where is this fusebox? Do you have to remove anything to access?
 

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V1 unless you live/drive through in DC or VA. The Escort Redline works great and is stealthy in VA! ;)

Some of the laser tech used in modern cars triggers both the V1 and Escort models. Escort has their app, its ok but combine a detector with the Waze app and you have a better chance then flying without. :)
 

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My ideal setup would be the Passport 9500ci, integrated with the dashboard display/heads up display and steering wheel controls. This has been done in other cars via CAN bus, and I imagine the same technique should work for the xc90.
 

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I have a very old Escort Passport and the first time I plugged it into the XC90, the detector's alarm went nuts. You can probably guess where this is going - the car uses radar for a lot of its safety features. I started looking at new detectors but, given some of the nosebleed prices, was wondering how good the different models were at handling this.
 
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