School me: Radar Detectors

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  1. Redbeard

    Redbeard OT Supporter

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    I have been driving for 20 years, for 16 of those years I lived in Virginia which is the only state(plus D.C.) that radar detectors are illegal. I am about to take a job in Pennsylvania that will have me driving a lot and I need a detector that wont let me down and wont break the bank.
     
  2. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    The Valentine One has saved my but several times.

    The greatest thing about it are the arrows.

    Another great thing is that you can buy it for $400, and sell it 3 years later for $350. Their resale value is awesome.
     
  3. NickDC599

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    Valentine 1 all the way.. it is a little pricey but is very dependable... plus you can update them with no problem... thats why they never changed their look.. mines saved me plenty of times..
     
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    Valentine 1 or the Escort Passport are the only choices you should look at. either way your looking at $500ish.
     
  5. Redbeard

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    i have the 8500 x50. It's been better than others I've used or seen. No experience with the Valentine.

    The passport 9500 is the new hotness from Escort. It features all the same stuff the 8500 has, but also has radar lockout so if you knew there are spots that you get rogue readings from, you can eliminate those spots from the integrated GPS and it won't go off there anymore...BUT it will pick up new signals aside from the one you locked out.
     
  7. Redbeard

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    Thanks, think im going with the 8500.
     
  8. doubledave

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    Bel (Beltronics) Vector series - retail starts at $169. I bought mine at Best Buy when they still sold Bel, because my friend highly recommended it to me. It has been working very well for me until the speaker went out after 3 years. I tried to get another one but Best Buy didn't sell Bel anymore. So, I bought a new speaker for about $1.50 plus $5 for shipping and replaced it. I've been using it for 5 years now still depending on it. It doesn't pick up laser from behind as well since I tinted my back window, but I'm sure that's a problem with all radar detectors and tinted windows.
     
  9. northendtrooper

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    Here's the truth about radars. They work when the cop turns them on.

    City cops leave their's on all the time but when you are highway driving it won't work until they tag you. Basically all a Radar does is tell you that your screwed. If you really want to know where cops are, go buy a in car scanner and CB system. My dad has three scanners and he always knows where the cops are.

    my .02 cents
     
  10. Snowed

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    Have you ever used a radar detector? First of all, highway patrol leaves there radars on much more constantly then city cops. Second, signals bounce around and warn you BEFORE the cop had caught you. Lasar is kinda gnarly though in the sense that when you're hit by a lasar, then you pretty much are fucked.
     
  11. dooks88

    dooks88 need some bat wings

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    i have the escort 8500 and it has served me pretty well. I had to send it in for service after two years due to a faulty antenna. That set me back $70, but they pretty much sent me a new one with new warranty.
     
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    Yes I have... Have you ever used a Scanner before? Not some cheapy one either.
     
  13. Umibozu

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    truth, radar does bounce and the residual can be picked up (quite well) with modern radar detectors.

    So it goes to say if you speeding on an open road alone with a radar detector then you'll probably get fucked.

    Radar detectors are best employed with some strategy, ie when I speed I try to get behind another car and never just leave myself out in the open. Granted that I will usually have to change lanes to make sure there is always someone in front (or when I pass the car). But I noticed that most of the time I get lucky and find another speeder and I just coast behind him, but I leave a 100 ft-200 ft or so.

    I guess you can use scanners in conjunction with everything but if your smart about the radar detector you should be fine for most of the speed traps.
     
  14. Umibozu

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    I have the Escort passport 8500 x50 and it saved me many times.

    My friend uses the Valentine 1 and hasn't failed him either. Can't go wrong with either but it is nice to have the arrows on the V1.
     
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    CocaineCowboy Asshole By Nature

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    Agreed
     
  16. JasonKnight

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    He is also looking for one for PA... problem with PA is that radar guns are only used byt the state troopers... so you will mostly see them on State roads and highways... I have never been pulled over because of Radar... Most cop cars now have VASCAR on them.

    There are 2 kinds I belive, 1 that is on the front and back bumper of the cruiser and another which they can lay on the side of the road...

    There are also alot of cops in PA that still use the painted lines on the road and a stop watch.
     
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    I have had the 8500 X50 Blue for 3 years now and it has saved me numerous times. I have picked up a a cop radaring over 2 miles away. Sounds hard to believe but it went off and kept going off and I was like WTF. Sure enough he was sitting in the ditch.

    It does pretty good in town too as far as false alarms. I however would like to see arrows integrated.
     

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