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View Poll Results: do you trust your radar detector?
YES! i speed whenever its not going off! 15 48.39%
NO! its more of a peice of mind 16 51.61%
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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radar detectors!

what kind of radar detector do you have? and do you like it/would you trust it?

i have a escort passpord 8500, boss gave it to my as a "car warming present" when i got my 8 and its pretty damn nice!
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
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i actually run 2 both hardwired just to be safe im running a passport 9500i and a beltronics 995
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:22 PM   #4
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Got a cheapy Cobra unit. Saved me plenty on tickets haven't had one yet.

It also saved me the trouble of replacing a window a while back when the thieves chose to steal the Passport in the car parked next to me.
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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YES I have a radar detector: Escort 9500 ix
I absolutely trust it
the greatest radar detector in the world is the one between your ears, the Passport comes in2nd.

as long as you don't solely rely on it, you'll be fine. Do I speed? absolutely, you just need to be smart about it.
Never be the fastest car on the road, never be out in front of a pack, never speed in areas you're not familiar with, etc etc

People always ask me, "omg, how many speeding tickets do you have that you need a Radar Detector?!"
to which I answer, "NONE and I plan on keeping it that way."
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:55 PM   #6
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Radar detectors are illegal in VA
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:00 PM   #7
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i think they are illegal in most states, but then again what isnt illegal now
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:08 PM   #8
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i think they are illegal in most states, but then again what isnt illegal now
That is wrong. They are considered illegal in Virginia and Wash DC. I believe they are legal in all other states (Connecticut?). You may find other states, like Minnesota that ban things that stick to the windshield.
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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That is wrong. They are considered illegal in Virginia and Wash DC. I believe they are legal in all other states (Connecticut?).
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http://www.1stradardetectors.com/rad...ector-laws.php
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:19 PM   #10
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YES I have a radar detector: Escort 9500 ix
I absolutely trust it
the greatest radar detector in the world is the one between your ears, the Passport comes in2nd.
+1 9500ix FTW!

I don't trust my radar detective to be my be-all end-all saving grace. Do I trust that when it is going off, something is actually out there? Yes!
Do I trust it to save me when I am being stupid? No!

I rely first on experience (and boy do I have alot of it), not being the only fast bastard on the road, watching ahead for traffic reactions, paying attention to "if I was a cop, that spot would be perfect!" etc... The detector is simply another tool that I use, I do not trust it to get me out of everything, because there are plenty of tools law enforcement use other than radar. Laser, Aircraft, Timing, Pacing, etc...

I had a cheap Cobra that was dying anyway from heat and cold extremes I believe, it lasted a bit less than a year before I would be setting it off. It got stolen (thanks?) and I replaced it with the Passport 9500ix. The GPS/signal memorization is awesome.

I'm no angel, so you won't find me saying "don't speed". I have had literally dozens of speeding tickets and several license suspensions, most of the former and all of the latter from my early license days (I was stupid alot). I restrain myself quite a bit more now, and that saves me more than anything else.



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i think they are illegal in most states, but then again what isnt illegal now
They are actually only illegal in VA and DC. The other 49 states they are completely legal in.

Edit: Thanks. Just VA and DC. CT comment had me worried for a moment, I drive through there with mine up all the time

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:03 PM   #11
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Valentine 1, both my parents own one and I do too, saved all of us plenty of times, but like my Sgt. says, if you are going to be stupid be smart about it so i always follow someone going the same speed i want to go about 1/2 mile behind that car. And trust it with my license.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:08 PM   #12
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Valentine 1, both my parents own one and I do too, saved all of us plenty of times, but like my Sgt. says, if you are going to be stupid be smart about it so i always follow someone going the same speed i want to go about 1/2 mile behind that car. And trust it with my license.
V1 FTW I have mine hardwired in. It has saved my *** countless times. and it tells what it is that's setting it off so I know if it is a false alarm.

I don't always trust it. I slow down around corners and over hills. But if I am just cruising I do.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:50 PM   #13
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I have a lynx spider radar/laser detector and it has a front and rear sensor. I trust it by far more than any other radar detector i have had. It reads any activity from like 3 miles away lol. I love that i can speed anytime i want and not worry.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:02 PM   #14
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^ whered you get it and about how much? ive been looking into sth like this for a while just been lazy to do the research
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:10 PM   #15
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That is wrong. They are considered illegal in Virginia and Wash DC. I believe they are legal in all other states (Connecticut?). You may find other states, like Minnesota that ban things that stick to the windshield.
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you got me i remember my dad tellin me something like that but i asked him its only illegal for semis in most states cause they are considered professionals
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:15 PM   #16
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It actually came with the car when i bought it. I did google it though and found it on the first page but they currently do not have any in stock. I googled "lynx spider radar laser detector". It has two sensors and a gray monitor that is inside the car. But i cant seem to find it, so you may have to do some research to find them
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:24 PM   #17
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they will alert you if you're not watching your surroundings, but nothing will save you more than just being alert.

my other favorite is making sure you're not the first one or last one in your immediate vicinity. Trailing a few cars that suddenly show brake lights = great cop detection.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:07 PM   #19
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Ive found I don't really need one where I am... Im usually in city traffic anyway, and excessive speeding would be reckless where I usually drive. If I lived in a more rural area, Im sure Id get one

So far its been 5yrs w/o a speeding ticket.... +1 on being alert/paying attention
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:24 PM   #20
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To that lynx guy, the v1 has front and rear sensors. It has arrows that point to where the cop is too. It works like a dream....

an expensive dream though
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:34 PM   #21
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here is the one for california
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V1 and a red Escort 8500 X50, but like some others say, they should just compliment your common sense. Look out for overpasses, on-ramps, don't swerve constantly, etc.

Sometimes cops don't use their gear (in case you're using yours) they speed up to catch up to you and track how long it takes them to get to you. Don't use your brakes, downshift tug the parking brake and move over.
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+1 on e break use it all the time when i see cops behind me.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:16 AM   #24
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i have the 8500, but lately it has been screwing up on me big time. on hot days after literally 5 min it will beep and say "self calibrating/service required". and even at nights when its completley cool it will do the same thing after 30 min or so. really pisses me off i got a nice radar that f#$%^ up all the time
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