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Well, I picked up a Valentine One radar locator the other day...something I've wanted for awhile. I also got the "concealed display" unit, because I knew I wanted to mount the main unit up high and NOT have it light up -- when you have the concealed display attached, the main unit goes black. So, I used the mounts that come with the V1 to put it up above and to the right of the rear-view mirror.



Easy enough. Ran the cable above the headliner and behind the pillar trim. My original plan was to mount the display on the steering column...but it just looked too out of place there. Then, it came to me -- this thing was almost EXACTLY the same size as the clock. So, a little dismantling, a little cutting, and a lot of 3M 2-sided foam tape yielded this...



Here's a shot of the whole console area...everything is dirty. Ignore the cracked climate control!



And a quick shot of the car.



If anyone needs any more info on the install, I'll gladly help out. It's really straightforward, and the hardest part is cutting out some of the clock frame for clearance (for the box and for the cable) and then figuring out a way to get it to stick. Some homemade brackets would work, but luckily with a lot of the foam tape, when the vents go in they pretty much squish everything together so it has no choice but to stick.
 

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Wow, I like the low key look.
Tell me, is this detector that effective?
I have always been skeptical on their accuracy and thought that most detectors are a waste of money.
 

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FastCRX420 said:
how well does the detector work?
My thoughts as well.
I thought that particular unit needs to have an unobstructed area in front of it to get the proper readings?
I have a stealth Radar unit that uses remote sensors so you can hide the warning unit under/in the dash.Is that particular valentine unit use a seperate radar sensor?
 

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I can vouch for the effectiveness of the V1. My friend has one, and I have an escort X50, they are supposed to be the best 2 out there, and they perform pretty similarly. I've picked up radar from over a mile and half away, my parents have always had escort, I've grown up with them. I don't know how effective it is for that unit in that setup, but I have my X50 on the other side of the mirror and it's fine. Also, I think it's hard to get a CRX on radar, I've driven by many of those "Your speed is:" signs and nothing came up, while my detector was going crazy and other cars were registering speeds. Some work, some don't. Anyway, good choice man, I really like the V1 too, unfortunately it's a lot more than the X50. Also I really like that it looks old, so you can feel safe leaving it in the car once in a while.
 

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ollie said:
I thought that particular unit needs to have an unobstructed area in front of it to get the proper readings?
I have a stealth Radar unit that uses remote sensors so you can hide the warning unit under/in the dash.Is that particular valentine unit use a seperate radar sensor?
The V1 has antennas that face both forward and backward...neither is obstructed in my setup. It's over the right half of the mirror, if that image is a little misleading -- it's not behind the mount or anything at all.

It's QUITE effective so far...gives me plenty of warning before I see a cop, every time. I've gotten several tickets in my day, and just started a long daily commute recently...and since I've always wanted one, I thought I might as well pick one up. I like the fact that you have directional information, and I like the fact that you can "hide" the display and not have people follow you at night because they are "borrowing" your radar detector. I've been in a lot of cars with detectors that just beep a lot and people start to ignore them -- knowing the type of radar and WHERE it is coming from, as well as the number (if you drive by something that always sets it off, you'll know if there's a cop using that to "hide"...most detectors wouldn't be able to tell you that there are 2 sources instead of one). In any case, it works for me :)
 

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jaowli said:
Why is it legal for law enforcement to use electronic devices and not the motorists? Is there ways around this?
The law can pretty much do as they please. Hide it really well...certainly possible, if you really wanted to. Not sure if I would want to risk a big fine, but it would certainly be fun trying to hide it. Read around online, there are plenty of really sneaky installs.
 

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MarkWilliamson said:
And, just so you'll know; Radar detectors are virtually useless against LIDAR (Laser). Also, pacing is an accepted form of speed monitoring in most every state.

Best bet:
Don't speed.
Very true, I don't look at it as carte blanche to speed. But, most cops around here seem to cruise around with their radar on (from what I've seen lately -- it doesn't just alert on speed traps, but a lot of cops just driving by). If it can alert me of SOME upcoming speed traps (and it can alert of someone AHEAD getting lasered or instant-on radar, but sometimes when you hear the laser beep it would be far too late, you still have to use your eyes), and if it can alert me of SOME cops that are about to drive by, it's worth it for me. I don't speed all the time, but everyone here looks down once in awhile and realizes they are going a little faster than they thought...if I happen to be doing this, I'll take a warning "most of the time" when I'm about to drive by a police officer or speed trap.

I'm not saying I'll never get another ticket or never get lasered, but it sure helps out my chances, so it's cool by me. People that look at it as a ticket to speed all the time are asking for trouble.
 

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very clean install. My friend made an aluminum panel for his and mounted it behind the panel on his 944. That was one of the best I've seen, but this is a very nice second.

I'd kinda like a detector for the truck, but only because the thing gets rolling down the hills, and next thing I know, I'm flyin, lol. Also, they ride height on it makes 75 feel kinda slow.
 

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MarkWilliamson said:
jaowli said:
Why is it legal for law enforcement to use electronic devices and not the motorists?
Because we use electronic devices to enforce the law, not break the law.

jaowli said:
Is (are?) there ways around this?
Yes. Move out of Virginia. But not to D.C.

And, just so you'll know; Radar detectors are virtually useless against LIDAR (Laser). Also, pacing is an accepted form of speed monitoring in most every state.

Best bet:
Don't speed.
You do not use an electronic device to break the law. It just alerts people to a possible cop using radar ahead. You use your car to break the law.

There will always be speeding. It is not harmful, so people will readily speed. Some more than others, cops or no cops. I don't really know how effective traffic cops are. I think they would be most beneficial for helping out people who are broken down. Of course there are private alternatives for this.

I can count on one hand the amount of cops who I have driven in front of or behind that have not been speeding.

Does the laser hold up in court? Last I heard is that it does not.
 

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I think the clock is more useful to me than a $40 redundant display.
BTW, I forgot to mention that I owe jfrolang a thank-you for answering my questions about how he mounted his V1, concealed the wires, etc. Thanks dude.

I like the concealed display for a few reasons. One, someone driving behind me has no idea I am running a radar detector. Granted, it's not like the main unit is in the middle of the windshield with a coiled power cord to the cigarette lighter (stereotypical install), but I'd rather not have a cop behind me know at a glance that I have a radar detector, and I'd rather not have some guy follow my every move on the highway because he notices that I have a radar detector and figures he can benefit from following me and slowing down when I do. Same deal with being able to mute an alert or change modes without having to reach up and fiddle with the V1. Two, I want the display a lot closer to my line-of-sight than the main display's location above the rear-view mirror. I glance at the thing all the time, and I'd rather have it somewhere a lot lower.

The main thing, though, is that my head unit has a clock on it. So, I didn't lose anything...and unlike the stock clock, it's not hard to read when it's just barely foggy or rainy enough to turn your headlights on -- I hate when the stock clock dims when you turn the headlights on and it's still fairly light out, making it a PITA to read.

Jfro, you want to chime in on how your V1 is working out for you, for anyone here considering one?
 

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Basically it works great. Perhaps too good... I get rather annoyed when it's beeping at me showing 6 bogies on X band as I drive past a shopping center. And every one of them brings an extra "double-deet" when it finds an additional bogey. It will do this even in Advanced Logic mode. I really wish I could just turn X-band off, then it would be perfect. I've never seen a real threat show up on X.

I certainly don't see it as an excuse to speed, or insurance against tickets either. But I find some fun in knowing where the cops are, when they think they've got the ambush. I can't say no to recon info :lol:

I also think the laser warning is almost useless. Just one week after I bought my V1, I got lasered and stopped for doing 11 over. The laser alert went off, but I had already seen the cop and he already had the speed reading. There were a few cars ahead of me, but I never got any warning until I spotted the patrol car, and he zapped me that same instant.

It works way better then my friend's cobra. He's got a 2002 Sentra Spec-V, and I had a Ka warning probably a half-mile before he did. We were doing probably 75-80 in a 65, and I two-wayed him when I saw it (I love Nextel :D ) but he didn't have anything yet. We slowed down and he only got a warning after cresting the hill and coming line-of-sight with the cop, and it's no help then.

Anyway, not for everybody, but I like mine.
 
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