: Radar Detectors!



BUILDINGCTSAMG
03-31-03, 10:33 PM
Do people have these? I cannot live without mine, its always in me briefcase or backpack whenever i travel. I use a Escort passport 8500. I was looking to getting an excort professionaly installed, but all the shops insist on K40s. I have also heard that a valentine 2 is coming out soon. Does anyone have one installed and how much do you like them? I have gotten out of hundreds of tickets with my buddy. :banana:

Ralph
04-01-03, 01:28 AM
I have a question. I always want one, but don't know if I should because the laser the cops aim at you is such a narrow beam, right? I don't understand because when the cops hit you with it, don't they have you? I mean do you really get any kind of warning, or by then is it too late?

Elvis
04-01-03, 12:46 PM
It seems like I've always had one, but now I'm not so sure that I need it. I rarely drive more than 10 mph over the limit, and usually I'm within 5-7 mph which is tolerated around here.

Mine has a compass on it, which is kinda nice. It works really well, but again, I'm rarely speeding when it goes off. I developed a sixth sense for radar on my own. Haven't had a ticket since 1985.

BUILDINGCTSAMG
04-01-03, 04:13 PM
Well their are several types of radar, the important thing to know is that basically if you get hit with laser (the rarest type of radar that is super hard to work, super expensive and doesnt work in the rain) its is basically a given that he has you, only once has my detector picked it up in enough time cause it bounced off someone else. But all the other kinds you pick up up to 3 miles away. And the closer you get the stronger the pulse so you know when to slow down. They really do work!

kempie
04-02-03, 11:46 PM
My detector has saved me many times, from radar. I havent gotten hit w/lasar for a couple of years. Since my last ticket. Once the lasar det. goes off your usually toast. They got you.
Check out my sig. my Bell is mounted next to the mirror, out of sight & always on.

Jinx
04-03-03, 12:26 AM
I have found that a radar detector is almost worthless in my all-freeway daily commuting -- too many falses, too many targets, and not many opportunities to be really stupid-fast anyway.

However, it has allowed me to travel at reasonable speeds on trips without many surprises. It has alerted me dozens of times to the presence of LEOs that I may not have seen otherwise.

It's true that a determined agency with the latest and greatest equipment and the most opportunistic vector are going to pop you and a detector won't give you much (if any) warning.

But it's also true that a great many agencies fall short of those ambitions. I've put close to 50,000 miles on my Corvette in two years, nearly half of them on pleasure excursions covering twelve states. I've never been laser-tagged, and 90% of the radar was either always-on or so frequently fired it may as well have been.

Most enforcement still seems focused on those without radar detection (or those who ignore their detectors). Get a good detector, learn how it works, and listen to it, and you'll get fewer tickets.

.Jinx

Andrew60SP
04-03-03, 03:14 AM
About 3 years ago, I came across an auction on eBay for "Cadar." It was a radar detector made by Vogue Tyre in the early 90s specifically for Cadillacs. It fitted where you would put the garage door opener.

Just thought I'd share that....

:)

jerseyMan
04-03-03, 01:55 PM
Anyone have a recommendation for a good radar detector for under $200 - preferably one that runs on battery not power cord.

Thanks.

kempie
04-03-03, 07:54 PM
Do a search on Ebay for "bel radar" and you'll find a bunch of them.

BUILDINGCTSAMG
04-03-03, 08:56 PM
Save your money and buy a escort solo 2 for $330 no use in not getting a great one, better then having one that doesnt work, and its wireless.

jerseyMan
04-04-03, 11:01 AM
Thanks for the advice kempie & BUILINGCTSAMG....I have had escorts in the past which worked great, I'll also check out the bel radar products.

elwesso
04-05-03, 12:55 AM
Goto www.radarjammers.com . They will hook you up with a laser/radar dectector and jammer (only ones that are legal, they explain everything on the site). They even will pay for your speeding tickets for a year!!!

BlackEldo45
04-07-03, 11:02 PM
K40's are the best to get it you don't want a ticket.

Check this site out: www.k40.com.

They are a bit pricey, but are by far the best to get. When your radar detection system has to get professionally installed, you know it's good.

Infamous Lac
04-14-03, 08:17 AM
My radar detector has saved me many times, gives you a nice warning when a gun is being used don the road. But like explain the best applications are the jammer which scramble the signal, they run around $300.

elwesso
04-14-03, 05:43 PM
They are more expensive, but you can easy spend 300 on a good detector only. IMO, if your going to spend that kind of money, might as well get a jammer instead of just a detector.

STN01
04-16-03, 04:22 PM
Ive heard that Jammers are a waste of money, just get yourself a V1 and be done with it. My buddy has one, and others have escorts etc...he picks up cops about 10 seconds before everyone else...and in every direction too :)

kempie
04-17-03, 12:29 AM
I followed a Vette up I-75 fron Cinnci to the MI line. I noticed he had a valentine det. when he passed me. His would go off a couple of seconds before mine(Bel) would. I cant see the difference in performance for the diff. in price. His was sitting on the dash and mine was at the top of the windshield so that probably made some difference.
I like to think I'm thrifty, not cheap.

lux hauler
04-17-03, 07:32 PM
I have a Cobra (Uniden) laser/radar detector that I've been running for close to 10 years...........maybe longer.....whenever they first came out with laser.....? Anyways, it has worked great for me but is starting to show its age. I have to play with the switch to get the sound to work.
I'm gunna look real hard at the Valentine One (http://www.valentine1.com/) when I'm ready for a new one, which will probably be in the next few months.
Most of the Ohio Highway Patrol run laser as well as many of the local departments.

Swancoat
04-25-03, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by BUILDINGCTSAMG
Do people have these? I cannot live without mine, its always in me briefcase or backpack whenever i travel. I use a Escort passport 8500. I was looking to getting an excort professionaly installed, but all the shops insist on K40s. I have also heard that a valentine 2 is coming out soon. Does anyone have one installed and how much do you like them? I have gotten out of hundreds of tickets with my buddy. :banana:

OK. There will not be a 'Valentine 2' coming out soon. I don't know why people keep thinking that because it has a one in the name, that a two is coming.

The Valentine 2 will be available the same day that the Formula 2 season starts.

Sevillius
04-26-03, 08:22 PM
My advice is to not buy a cheap radar detector....too many false alarms, and this will make you think they are all that way.

I now have a Solo2, and it works fine, plus has some neat featues like a radar detector detector detector........no, this is not a mis print.
I live in the peoples republic of Virginia, the only state where they are still not legal.

Dead Sled
05-01-03, 08:17 PM
I benefit more from watching traffic paterens than I do from the fuzz buster. but I do use it

lev
03-25-04, 01:26 AM
I wanted to start a new thread, and then I thought: why bother? This topic was already moreless covered, so I decided to revive it.

Guys, I need help.

I am playing with an idea of getting a radar detector. However, when it comes to those, I am a total idiot. I know nothing. Will someone, please, explain in a very simple "radar Detecotrs for dummies" way, how they work, what is important to have, why is getting one better then, say, actually paying the fine once you're caught? :rolleyes: Why is brand A better then brand B?

Thank you in advance.

Playdrv4me
03-25-04, 01:40 AM
I wanted to start a new thread, and then I thought: why bother? This topic was already moreless covered, so I decided to revive it.

Guys, I need help.

I am playing with an idea of getting a radar detector. However, when it comes to those, I am a total idiot. I know nothing. Will someone, please, explain in a very simple "radar Detecotrs for dummies" way, how they work, what is important to have, why is getting one better then, say, actually paying the fine once you're caught? :rolleyes: Why is brand A better then brand B?

Thank you in advance.

I have never used a radar detector, I have only had (knock on wood) ONE ticket in the entire time ive been driving. That ticket was in a speed trap that even a radar detector could NOT have saved me from.

Radar Detectors IMO are another one of those gadgets that provide a somewhat false sense of security and can actually cause you to get more tickets if you begin to trust them too much. Why? Because law enforcement is not stupid, with technologies out there today like Laser and ESPECIALLY instant on or "pulse" radar you can be had within seconds and your radar detector will only serve to say "Hey idiot, you just got caught!". There are just many many things that can still go into you getting a ticket.

NOW with that being said... Radar Detectors DO help in one key area, and that is because they make you more hyper-aware to their signals, they DO serve to increase traffic safety EVEN in a lead footed speed demon because no matter what you will probably slow down when you hear that chime. If the Radar Detector messaging service (whatever its called) ever comes into full use as its supposed to, it can also help by providing alot of useful little messages about traffic and emergency vehicles.

If you must have one, I have always heard excellent reviews from friends and magazines about Valentyne1 and Escort, they really are the primo Radar Detector brands, and the Val even shows arrows that tell you exactly where the signal is coming from.

Thats just my opinion, for me, my eyes, watching traffic patterns, knowing the silouhettes of Police vehicles lights and body shapes (Impalas, Crown Vics) and just not being stupid has kept me from any further trouble.