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this topic might have been discussed already, but i couldnt find it using search, so here is my question.<br>whats the best radar detector out there? i know this is more like an opinion type of question, but what do u guys use?<br>i am lookin for one that is cordless so i dont have to deal with any loose cords. please tell me ur recommendations or what brand to stay away from.<br>Thanks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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by the way, my tom tom, cellphone holder and snooper will be all wired directly to battery rather than 12v socket (ice dealer will be doing it) so i have no wires around and the tomtom cradle will be screwed down in the middle... snooper most likely near the speedo area (or under mirror if it stays)
 

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ya i hardwired my V1 so no cords are showing...this thing has already payed for itself...ill post my writeup later <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=33088" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=33088</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by XK120 at 9:12 AM 3-30-2006</i>
 

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The K40 Calibre is supposed to be pretty cool as it uses bluetooth technology to transmit info to the units placed around the car and the central reciever. I think price is roughly $750 for the whole deal but reviews on it are pretty amazing (at least the few I read). I also think it protects your car against the deadly "LASER" attack police like to implement from time to time.<p>Heres the site for it: <A HREF="http://www.k40.com/home_main.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.k40.com/home_main.html</A><p>Enjoy!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>XK120</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">ya i hardwired my V1 so no cords are showing...this thing has already payed for itself...ill post my writeup later <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=33088" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=33088</A><p><br><i>Modified by XK120 at 9:12 AM 3-30-2006</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1
 

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I use the passport 8500 hardwired right next to the rear view mirror, it looks good and has not let me down yet.
 

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Re: radar detector (JRC27)

biotek, for me the valentine won out over the passport due to one thing, the arrows. It really helps knowing where the source of the radar is ie front back beside.
 

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I bought a Passport 8500 and Valentine 1 at the same time. Over a period of 30 days the V1 outperformed the Passport numerous times. I kept it and returned the Passport with the guarantee they offer. Best Buy tried to stick me with it so I had to print out Passport Challenge Guarantee and yet the mgr still called them for approval. ...What a knob!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>To me what stands out most is I would get 2-3 tickets a year before the V1 and since getting it... "I've been sano clean." .<br>..Near 4 years now.<br>(Don't want to say anything that might put the hex on me. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> )<p>One testimony I'll provide. I was cruising in New Mexico (open desert)well into triple digits when the V1 went off for a brief moment, I slowed and was watching it closely, the next warning was just a bit stronger in the meter. Over the next <B>10 MILES,</B> I watched the signal get stronger each time it would alert me to a "ping." Of course I knew it was ahead of me cause the V1 has arrows telling you the direction of the radar!! (HUGE!)<br>Well, finally I climbed a hill and there on the reverse slope was a NM State Trooper, zapping cars with instant on as they crested the hill.<p>I happily got through NM w/o contributing to their welfare program. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I got many experiences like this. My favorite expressions about V1...<br>"Valentine 1, Don't leave home without it!" <br>or... "Trust in god and V1"
 

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Radar detectors are illegal around here. Just last month, they impounded a brand new BMW X5 for having one on his dash, he wasn't even speeding...
 

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I just went through this whole process. It's a really hard choice, I think I read just about every article on the internet about the Escort 8500 X50 and Valentine 1. General consensus I found was that with the Valentine, you get the arrows, but if your radar detector is telling you to slow down, it doesn't really matter where the signal is coming from--no? And about the cordless thing---just hardwire it, it's not worth the diminished performance to go cordless.<p>My suggestion: do a google search and read as much as you possibly can. Then order both detectors and see if the Valentine is really worth the extra cash. <p>I went with the Escort Passport 8500 X50 Red. If you go with the EPX50, hurry up, becuase they're stopping production of the red display, which is more visible, but ironically less expensive.<p>Anyway, good luck. <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Dz- Did you order the 8500 or the 8500 X50? There IS a marked difference between the two.<p>Also, if you do choose to hardwire it, make sure you mount the detector BELOW THE WINDSHIELD TINT. SO many people hardwire it then put it right behind the tint, which all detector brands explicitly tell you NOT to do, becuase it significantly decreases performance.
 

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thanks for those to responded. you guys gave me a lot of good info.<br>and special thanks to the great post on how to hardwire the radar detector.<br>I think i will go with the valentine since it is more favored.<p>now, is this thing legal? they sell radar detectors at bestbuy here in CA, so i guess even if i get pulled over, i wont get a violation for having the detector rite?<p>
 

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The only places it's illegal to have a detector is Virginia and Washington DC. <p>That being said, if you get pulled over and the PO spots your detector you'll have a smaller chance of being let go without a ticket.<p>PS: I have the 8500, wired in above the headlight controls. I think the V1 is probably better but it's $$$$$$$ and so far the Escort has done the trick.
 

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Actually Mr. Valentine still recommends mounting as high as possible, even if its in the tint for the best laser defense. The arguement is that it allows the detector maximum visibility along with decreased sun reflection off of the hood that can significantly reduce detector performance, especially on light or metallic colored cars. <p><A HREF="http://www.valentine1.com/laserhowto" TARGET="_blank">http://www.valentine1.com/laserhowto</A>/<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Wojo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Actually Mr. Valentine still recommends mounting as high as possible, even if its in the tint for the best laser defense. The arguement is that it allows the detector maximum visibility along with decreased sun reflection off of the hood that can significantly reduce detector performance, especially on light or metallic colored cars. <p><A HREF="http://www.valentine1.com/laserhowto" TARGET="_blank">http://www.valentine1.com/laserhowto</A>/</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually he says it's best during bright sunlight, not at all times. I guess it's a personal choice, but I'm not jeopardizing my chance of all detection for one of the rarest forms of detection in a single set of circumstances.<p>"Mount Passport away from windshield<br>wipers, other solid objects, and heavily<br>tinted areas that might obstruct the radar<br>antenna or laser lens." <br>(http://www.escortradar.com/8500x50manual.pdf)<p> "Laser detection range is significantly decreased by the darker tinting across the top of most vehicle windshields, so visor mounting is normally not recommended." <br>(http://www.escortradar.com/accessories.htm under visor mount)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NRM8573</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Dz- Did you order the 8500 or the 8500 X50? There IS a marked difference between the two.<p>Also, if you do choose to hardwire it, make sure you mount the detector BELOW THE WINDSHIELD TINT. SO many people hardwire it then put it right behind the tint, which all detector brands explicitly tell you NOT to do, becuase it significantly decreases performance.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, I had the X50.<br>It does work well, but the V1 did better. AND.. It had the arrows. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I keep them high, just below tint line as too many bad things with them low, including much more visible. With routine like 7-10 mile advance warnings despite having <B>Several</B> hills between detector and radar,<br>I'd say there's something right about it. Just my .02
 
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