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Carbonblue2005GT Mar 21, 3:34am - #421718 

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Radar Detector Mount (prototype)

OK, so here it is - a prototype for a radar detector mount:
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tgts2000 Mar 21, 3:36am - #421719 

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I like that, take a pic from further away
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Carbonblue2005GT Mar 21, 3:38am - #421720 

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And here a view of the radar detector with the mount on it. Parts roughly $20, time/labor about 1 hr if you don't screw up as I did. I will post a write up of what you need etc. I just want to buy stock in the company that makes this part LOL...
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GTS2003BLK Mar 21, 3:42am - #421721 

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Niiiiccceee; Details man, how did you do it? Are you going to sell them?


(edit) Doh! my post was too slow.
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hombredelassrtas Mar 21, 3:59am - #421722 

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speed_celica Mar 21, 4:25am - #421723 

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How do you like your Passport? I was gonna get that till my friend told me to save up and buy a the Valentine.
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Carbonblue2005GT Mar 21, 4:47am - #421724 

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I really like the Escort 8500 X50. It is able to detect several radar bands, POP radar and laser. For radar it will detect 360, for laser/lidar it will detect front and rear or less than 360 . The Valentine will give you what direction the radar/laser is coming from, the Passport will not. The Escort costs around $300, so it is not a cheap one, and the one with blue display is more expensive. I found the best price on eBay. I can refer you to the seller if interested - I paid less then $300 shipping included. However, I have already made up for that cost - have been going a little fast at times and just in time discovered the CHP coming around the turn and another time he was on the other side of the hill. In both cases I would have been given a pricey ticket if I was caught. Two times it has detected laser/lidar. Go to http://www.escortradar.com/x50.htm and download the manual to learn more. I myself don't like the look of the Valentine, but it is rated among the best side by side with the Escort in several reviews. (Do a web search for radar detectors).

All in all, I am VERY satisfied with the Escort 8500 x50, and it has become a part of the interior in my car. I almost feel "naked" without it...

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lpfan076 Mar 21, 5:31am - #421725 

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looks good. get some pics a little farther away though so we can see how it flows.

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Puppypunter Mar 21, 5:39am - #421726 
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Looks good, but is that a piece of a speaker mount? Just curious.
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cwsample Mar 21, 6:57am - #421727 

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any clue on how to adapt that for a v1? if not, maybe after the "how-to" is posted, we can figure out a way to adapt it. looks awesome, though...good job. excellent.

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unstopable Mar 21, 7:25am - #421728 
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hey man, what about the highest end cobra? Been thinkin about getting it?? It is the most expensive one. Please let me know!
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Carbonblue2005GT Mar 21, 8:29am - #421729 

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Originally Posted by unstopable
hey man, what about the highest end cobra? Been thinkin about getting it?? It is the most expensive one. Please let me know!


To be honest, I don't know how the Cobra will do. As long as it can handle all bands (x, K, Ka) as well as POP, Laser/Lidar and is not only limited to detect signals coming from somewhere in front of you, you might be OK. Maybe somebody more experienced on this forum can give you better advice.

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iggy Mar 21, 8:48am - #421730 
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nice work man, beats the older suction cup kind happywink

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cwsample Mar 22, 4:27am - #421731 

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in my opinion, the v1 is the best on the market..gives you 360 protection for all mediums of detection, directional arrows, and a bogey counter. go to http://www.valentine1.com/ for more information. costly at $400 new, but well worth it in my book. my brother-in-law has one, and he wouldnt trade it for the world. saved him thousands of $$ on tickets so far. i can't wait to get one!!

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Pnoy Mar 22, 4:46am - #421732 
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V1 and passports does it's job pretty well. both are reliable detectors. besides i got my passport at a thrift store for $10 and still in it's box grin can't go wrong with that tongue
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Pnoy Mar 22, 4:50am - #421733 
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that's a nice mount. I'm also designing my own mount. however, I haven't found a shop that could cut it for me. it will be made out of 6061 T-6 aluminum.
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cwsample Mar 22, 6:12am - #421734 

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Originally Posted by Pnoy
that's a nice mount. I'm also designing my own mount. however, I haven't found a shop that could cut it for me. it will be made out of 6061 T-6 aluminum.


awesome...did you see that picture that i posted on the other thread? if not, here is a smaller version. maybe your mount might look something like it. it just screws into the visor mount on the v1. good luck with it.
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Super_celica Mar 23, 5:45am - #421735 
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Can you can busted just for having one especially for mounting it so obvious.
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Superstuddc27 Mar 23, 8:06am - #421736 
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^ radar detectors aren't illegal. Only in virginia, D.C. and some other places.


Also, i heard that by the time your detector detects LASER/LIDAR, it's too late... i read it on a speeding safe website thing. smirk
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Pnoy Mar 23, 9:30pm - #421737 
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coz laser uses a very narrow band. all the trooper needs to do is point and click and it will give them a pin point accurary of your speed. by the time your radar alerts you, the trooper already got your speed. tongue this is regardless of whatever detector you have (passport, v1, cobra), unless you have a laser jammer.
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cwsample Mar 25, 12:44am - #421738 

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thats why you hope that he tries to clock someone else before you so the detector picks it up

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