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Radar detectors, which one?

No more driving like miss daisy for me. Are they even worth buying?
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I don't think their worth it today. With the lasers the cops are using today all its going to do is tell ya you've been hit. So you have a heads up that your getting a ticket. I wouldn't spend the money.

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i don't think their worth it today. With the lasers the cops are using today all its going to do is tell ya you've been hit. So you have a heads up that your getting a ticket. I wouldn't spend the money.
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Valentine 1 is what I use. Haven't used it in a while though, because it's hard to speed when you only go to work in rush hour traffic. It would come in handy for out of state runs up north.
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Valentine 1 is what I use. Haven't used it in a while though, because it's hard to speed when you only go to work in rush hour traffic. It would come in handy for out of state runs up north.
Same here.

If I travel its useful, but with some States getting more laser, its not as cool anymore... I usually go and think the opposite way, if I would be a cop, where would I sit and wait for someone like me... and it mostly works...

It probably saved my ass quite often, but I noticed, if you get popped with a radar detector, the cops are even more pissed...

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Valetine 1 is old technology now. Get with the new times. Look in to Escort products. Yes a lot of cops are using laser now but the majority of them still use radar and it'll save your ass. If you're looking for something cheap ($150 range) then Escort might still be selling refurbished ones on Ebay which is what I have and I am very happy with it. Saved my ass time and time again.
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I've owned two Cobra's over the years and they each burned out on me. Finally plunked down cash for a higher end Beltronics, and that sucker's been running great for years.

As for its usefulness, the way I see it, it all really depends on how you deploy it. I keep it on its highest sensitivity, and have learned what are usually garbage signals and what aren't. While laser does "defeat it," they are not deployed universally. K and Ka is still used heavily.
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I use a K40 radar detector that is installed in my Tahoe. Sensor in the front of the truck and also one on the back. I have custom red led lights in my dash when the radar goes off. They are only 2 tiny bulbs/lights to make it less noticable that I have a radar.
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I don't think their worth it today. With the lasers the cops are using today all its going to do is tell ya you've been hit. So you have a heads up that your getting a ticket. I wouldn't spend the money.
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How do you guys hear them on the bike?

Not interested in the module that goes in the helmet though, as its practically teh same price as the detector themselves.
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I have K40 and Valentine 1 and Cobra on my cars. The best is V1 no question about it. Don't spend your money on anything else. Yes, laser is done deal but you still might get lucky and slow down. There are not too many cops that have laser. This will save you many tickets and you will be happy you have it on your car. I don't ride without having one on my car. Sometimes you are speeding and you don't even know it and one X alert not K will slow you down as well. On Cobra models you will have Emergency Vehicles approaching alert if you don't hear their horn because your windows are closed and you have loud music and partying with your car in the car lol, your cobra will let you know they are coming. With V1 the arrows will tell you which directions cops are pointing at you. Radar can’t get you from sides, it has to be from front or back. Just get one better then not having one.

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A lot of my driving is hwy now. Is it still worth getting? Laser is used a lot on the hwy. They haven't made any progress on laser all these years?

And fuck coating my van in radar absorbing material. Lol



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A lot of my driving is hwy now. Is it still worth getting? Laser is used a lot on the hwy. They haven't made any progress on laser all these years?

And fuck coating my van in radar absorbing material. Lol
Absolutely.

For every laser that my detector picks up, there's still at least 5 legitimate radar tags that it also picks up.

Pretty good odds.
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Valetine 1 is old technology now. Get with the new times. Look in to Escort products. Yes a lot of cops are using laser now but the majority of them still use radar and it'll save your ass. If you're looking for something cheap ($150 range) then Escort might still be selling refurbished ones on Ebay which is what I have and I am very happy with it. Saved my ass time and time again.
I have the same referbed escort 8500 and it has paid for itself many times over in the last 2 years.


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How do you guys hear them on the bike?
you get the module that goes in your helmet.

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Not interested in the module that goes in the helmet though, as its practically teh same price as the detector themselves.
Then you don't hear them on the bike. simple as that.


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A lot of my driving is hwy now. Is it still worth getting? Laser is used a lot on the hwy. They haven't made any progress on laser all these years?

And fuck coating my van in radar absorbing material. Lol
I don't live in ill but am on the e-ways there plenty and I pick up mostly ka not laser, same as indiana. I think I've actually only picked up laser ~3 times total in the 2 years I have had this thing.

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any idea how much sooner you get to your destination doing 80 instead of 70-75?
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you guys realize that catching laser is for when someone else gets tagged so you can then slow yourself, if you get tagged your done anyways.




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Valetine 1 is old technology now. Get with the new times. Look in to Escort products. Yes a lot of cops are using laser now but the majority of them still use radar and it'll save your ass. If you're looking for something cheap ($150 range) then Escort might still be selling refurbished ones on Ebay which is what I have and I am very happy with it. Saved my ass time and time again.
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any idea how much sooner you get to your destination doing 80 instead of 70-75?
almost nothing..
I've been averaging 10-25 over. I do get there faster then doing 55/65



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I've owned two Cobra's over the years and they each burned out on me. Finally plunked down cash for a higher end Beltronics, and that sucker's been running great for years.

As for its usefulness, the way I see it, it all really depends on how you deploy it. I keep it on its highest sensitivity, and have learned what are usually garbage signals and what aren't. While laser does "defeat it," they are not deployed universally. K and Ka is still used heavily.
this, get the top end BEL with laser detectors/blockers
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any idea how much sooner you get to your destination doing 80 instead of 70-75?
almost nothing..


Over 12 to 15 hours its alot.
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any idea how much sooner you get to your destination doing 80 instead of 70-75?
almost nothing..
Where is the speed limit 70+ around here that people don't do 90?

In Chicagoland when ppl are doing 80 the speed limit is 55.

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Over 12 to 15 hours its alot.
even over 6 hours its enough to make it worth it.

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any idea how much sooner you get to your destination doing 80 instead of 70-75?
almost nothing..
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you guys realize that catching laser is for when someone else gets tagged so you can then slow yourself, if you get tagged your done anyways.




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wat?

you realize that the V1 gets updated and allows its customers to send in their units for updates.
One acronym. GPS. Done and done. You can update and Escort as well and you don't even have to send it in. If your shit detects laser then you're done. You just got got, son.
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Over 12 to 15 hours its alot.
True, but depending on the car you drive, your gas mileage will suffer and will have to increase gas stops. Not to mention the fatigue of driving that much faster for that much longer. It is not that I do not exceed the speed limit occasionally, but looking back at it, it really does not make sense, too me at least.

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The best detector is to do 70-75 and make sure there are people passing you.
This is what I try to do on longer trips.

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