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I'm picking up my Cayman GTS next week and want to get some opinions on radar detectors. I presently have an Escort Passport Max2 but am considering a remote mount design. I would like some opinions of members as to brand and either windshield or remote mount.
 

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Integrated solutions are nice if you don't care about spending the money and will keep the car for a long time. Having the control button in the cockpit is cool. But it is expensive relatively speaking. Are you thinking about laser diffusers as well?
 

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Windshield probably gives the best vantage point. But, I gave up on radar detectors a while ago. Laser is becoming more prominent and the detector will only tell you it's too late. Also, there are so many devices in other cars that will set it off, that it's a nuisance to try and filter out the false positives.

I did prefer the Valentine and Escort models at one time.
 

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I just installed the Blend Mount (BlendMount Radar Detector Mount | Escort Beltronics K40 Valentine One) for my Valentine V1. I like this mount a lot more than I thought I would, and it doesn't interfere with your view at all. It also has a very clear view to the front and back to pick up radar faster. The V1 is a great radar detector, and I especially like that it shows the direction and number of individual threats. It is pretty easy to hard wire into the Cayman as well. The new logic in the V1 eliminates almost all false warnings from other cars, doors, etc. http://www.planet-9.com/981-diy-discussion/103197-hardwired-valentine-one-installation.html
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Last time I priced it out it was around $2500-3000 for the custom integrated hidden install...

Or around $400 for the windshield mount.

Unless you live in a state where it's illegal and your goal is to hide it from the po po, it didn't seem worth the money to me.
 

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I have the Passport 9500 w/the BlendMount in my 370Z but prefer the 9500ci in the CGTS. It's a lot of money ($2600 installed) but if you plan to keep the car for a while and prefer the clean look (and have the money), it's tough to beat the 9500ci. With the GPS feature, the more you drive, the more quiet it gets. I have the control unit installed in the ashtray and when it's closed, no one knows there's a detector in the car.
 

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Last time I priced it out it was around $2500-3000 for the custom integrated hidden install...

Or around $400 for the windshield mount.

Unless you live in a state where it's illegal and your goal is to hide it from the po po, it didn't seem worth the money to me.

i agree unless you want the laser protection. Then it is better to do it in one shot or integrate the radar detector with the ability to add laser later.
 

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I just installed the Blend Mount (BlendMount Radar Detector Mount | Escort Beltronics K40 Valentine One) for my Valentine V1. I like this mount a lot more than I thought I would, and it doesn't interfere with your view at all. It also has a very clear view to the front and back to pick up radar faster. The V1 is a great radar detector, and I especially like that it shows the direction and number of individual threats. It is pretty easy to hard wire into the Cayman as well. The new logic in the V1 eliminates almost all false warnings from other cars, doors, etc. http://www.planet-9.com/981-diy-discussion/103197-hardwired-valentine-one-installation.html
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A BIG +1 to the above.
I have the same set up hard wired.
There simply is no substutute for the V1 arrows which make you aware of the location of the threat(s).
New logic available on newer V1's and and available as a hardware upgrade on any older V1($200+shipping gets you essentially an all new V1) completely does away with the newer vehicle systems that cause those alarms.
Go to the V1 site, check your software version and if recent enough change your settings. Voila! My newer V1 was a simple change and my older V1 I had had upgraded was the same. No alarms no that had made the V1 almost useless lately.-Richard
BTW if you drive with Auto Start-Stop as I do you, will need the capacitor module installed at the detector and not at your fuse block to keep the voltage up so the V1 does not restart when the vehicle restarts.
 
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Windshield probably gives the best vantage point. But, I gave up on radar detectors a while ago. Laser is becoming more prominent and the detector will only tell you it's too late. Also, there are so many devices in other cars that will set it off, that it's a nuisance to try and filter out the false positives.

I did prefer the Valentine and Escort models at one time.
Just "upgraded" my V1 forward and it is awesome again. Almost no falses.
 

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I have the Escort SmartRadar mounted on the bar behind the seats. Remote display/control is mounted on the dash left of the ignition. Hardwired to the right circuit breaker panel. Very discreet. It picks up signals coming and going, since it is mounted amidships. I didn't want something stuck to my windshield since I already have my dashcam there.
 

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I have a Passport Max and the Blend Mount and wiring. I do really like I, but it does have one issue. The detector takes unusually long time to connect to the GPS. It will in most connect, but will also occasionally lose the satellite reception.
 

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I also have the Passport Max, which is integrated with their Escort Live iPhone app.

Because I have three cars and move the detector when I change cars, I use the windshield mount for the detector along with a Ram mount for phone.
It works well for me; since the GPS function warns of radar positions and police spotted.
Agreed that the laser detection is a matter of "too late" when it gives the warning.
 

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Unless u want to spend the big bucks for the 9500ci like came in my Cayman S, the Max2 makes a lot of sense.

But don't windshield mount it. Get the mirror mount offered on eBay, and one or two of the long skinny chords or the short mirror power chords so u can hide the cord. I just bought a 9500ix with the mirror mount for my wife's car. I say go for it.

The mirror mount is very nice, mounts the back end it just under the rear view mirror, and allows use of a sunshade to protect ur interior and ur comfort, without having to take the detector down every time u park.

I've used V1s for years but the GPS-able Passports with auto-learn make more sense nowadays. Way too many false alarms with the older tech devices, as modern reviews point out. Unless u live in the boondocks with no false signals, the Passports make more sense. Check out the mirror undermount.

I got an email saying they have a Fathers Day special with free $60 2nd car kit for free if u order a detector. .
 

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Is radar still used a lot in the US? Here in dark africa the cops have upgraded to laser a long time ago for the highway but they still prefer laying down lines attached to a camera in the inner city areas.

Any good solution for laser? What about trying to evade the camera taking a license plate pic?


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Depends on where your at. Even if the highway patrol has gone laser the towns and county level cops may still have radar.

I've heard good stuff about Laser Interceptor. Haven't used it however.

Camera enforcement can be a trick. There are products out there that claim to make your plate unreadable in the photo but I don't know of any that work. Mythbusters did a show on it and didn't find a workable one. Maybe that answer was a given.


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"I've used V1s for years but the GPS-able Passports with auto-learn make more sense nowadays. Way too many false alarms with the older tech devices, as modern reviews
point out. Unless u live in the boondocks with no false signals, the Passports make more sense. Check out the mirror undermount."

I'll Post it one more time, the V1 K-Band Junk Detector which you can switch on in software on the newer V1's or for $200 + shipping get your older V1 entirely refurbished, eliminate 99% of those false alarms and because of the arrows, situational awareness just cannot be beat with the V1.
I run a V1, BlendMount hard wired and WAZE on my iPhone on a T-Design iPhone mount.
I don't know of a better way to know where the threats are coming from.-Richard
 

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Since radar detectors are illegal in VA, I have had the Escort 9500ci in my last two cars and have been pretty happy with it. With the control unit mounted in the ashtray and the display integrated into the rear view mirror, it's pretty stealthy. The only outward evidence that there is a system installed, is the two laser shifters in the front. Yes, it's expensive but with the constant cat and mouse game played in this area roads with roving and hidden speed cameras, arbitrary speed limit changes and work zones, etc. it has been worth it to me.
 

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I have heard good things about Valentine V1 but there doesnt seem to be any shops that sell/install them. It seems you can only order them direct from the manufacturer and you have to install them yourself... Not completely sure about that, but it seems to be the case. I kind of prefer the professional install part, at least for the power cable, to get it somewhere hidden and connected to the fusebox.

My last one was an Escort Passport 9100xi and I was pretty happy with it. In California most cops still use Ka band radar and some laser. The drawbacks with laser is that you have to be stationary and have good aim, with radar you can just switch it on and be lazy. So that's probably why they still use radar.

I grew up in NoVa so I can relate to the poster above me, that place is terrible when it comes to speed enforcement... Night and day difference when I moved out to CA, everyone on the freeway in CA does at least 75-80. Most cops wont even give you a ticket for anything less than 85.
 

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First detector I had was the Escort by Cincinatti Microwave which is now Escort. Used them for years until they seemed to lose their way. Switched to V1 which was as far above the rest at the time as the original Escort was vs its competition when I got it. Anybody remember the FuzzBuster? Escort, the company, kept making excuses about how they could filter out junk signals. V1 did it.

Fast forward to today and that seems to be reversed. Valentine makes excuses about stationery junk signals etc. Escort with GPS covers most of it nicely. Not to say that a upgraded V1 with the right filters engaged isn't still a very good instrument. Just think Escort is a bit better. Knowing that a single source is the Walmart and not alerting for it is sweet. Two sources being a cop set up in Walmart and alerting is even nicer.

That aside I love the arrows. Sure they're patented but I can't help but think that the others couldn't offer something similar. Even a text display, Radar Aft, would work. Or the old radar bullseye type display with you at the center and a flashing dot out on the grid wherever the cops radar or laser is. Can't imagine how that would be patentable. Been around since WW II. With a smartphone tethered via Bluetooth they wouldn't even have the cost of the display.
 
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