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    Radar Detectors: Bel Vector V955? & in general

    Starting up a 3,000 mile trip and as decided on getting a detector.
    Looking at Bel Vector V955.

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    Give me the lowdown on detectors as it will be my first one. Am I looking at a good one. HAVE YOU FOUND THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE ?

    Any info greatly appreciated?
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    I cannot begin to tell you how many I tried from Cobra, Bel, Uniden, Whistler, etc. They were normally in the $100-$250 price range and were all junk. Then when I finally gave up, a buddy told me about the Valentine One. Now that is a true radar detector with incredible range and directional arrows telling you which way you're getting hit from. It works in the city and on highways incredibly well.

    Several motorcycle riders use these as well. A couple I know also use the Passport 8500 and they work almost as well for less money. Those are the only two I would consider. Spend the money and have it forever. The Valentine is pretty advanced stuff and you can upgrade it every few years when they change the chipset or upgrade the software.

    What is has done is make me very aware of where in the city all the revenue collectors generally hang around. Sometimes, cops park close to other radar sources to mask their signal but the V1 even tells you how many radar sources there are. For example, there is a shopping center that I always pick up a weak signal from. It's on a twisty road favored by bikers. Sometimes, I pick up 2-3 signals and those times, I invariably spot one or two cop cars hiding and waiting.

    The funny thing is that over the past few years of owning it, I've slowly become a non-speeder. Well, I mean, I always go 5 over in the city (except school zones) and 7-10 over on the highway but before that, I doubled that range easily. I still like to know where those greedy lil revenue collectors are, just in case.

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    If you are talking about a windshield mounted unit, Valentine all the way.

    If you are talking about an system integrated into your vehicle... Bel.

    I've had a full Bel system in my BMW Z3 for 7 years. Works perfect. Saved me many tickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-mizzle
    Starting up a 3,000 mile trip and as decided on getting a detector.
    Looking at Bel Vector V955.

    Pros:
    Cons:

    Give me the lowdown on detectors as it will be my first one. Am I looking at a good one. HAVE YOU FOUND THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE ?

    Any info greatly appreciated?
    Mizz
    Nothing beats the Valentine. Mine will be for sale because I no longer have a fast car, customers and prospects checking my police records happens because of my line of work, and I spend a lot of time with my 3 kids observing me which pretty means good behavior are my only options.

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    radar detector

    if the bell 955 is the best bel okey
    i think that bel and escort are now the same company
    the cordless don t have the range because its not always on

    i had a bel best you could buy then ,till i generally slowed down worked great but
    too many false alarms in the city(police confiscated mine its illegal in canada, it leaked)

    www.007radardetectors.com/
    www.speedzones.com/

    the cobra, uniden,are garbage

    if u buy the best of bel or escort, or valentine you should have no problem
    (valentine has the advantage u can upgrade)

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-mizzle
    Starting up a 3,000 mile trip and as decided on getting a detector.
    Looking at Bel Vector V955.

    Pros:
    Cons:

    Give me the lowdown on detectors as it will be my first one. Am I looking at a good one. HAVE YOU FOUND THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE ?

    Any info greatly appreciated?
    Mizz
    I drive about 35,000 miles a year and use the Passport 8500. My only complaint is that it can be too sensitive. Still, it's paid for itself many times over on the high speed trips to Mammoth.
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    Nice...

    Thanks,
    For all of the advice guys, going to get it tomorrow.

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    I travel a lot and bring my Cobra......I got it for 150 at walmart.......it has paid for itself many times......I just ignore the x bands and worry about Lazer (never flase alarm) and the K bands...also tells me emergency vechiles and other peole with dectectors

    it has been great for me, but why does everyone say they are junk (specifics)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    I travel a lot and bring my Cobra......I got it for 150 at walmart.......it has paid for itself many times......I just ignore the x bands and worry about Lazer (never flase alarm) and the K bands...also tells me emergency vechiles and other peole with dectectors

    it has been great for me, but why does everyone say they are junk (specifics)
    bump...just wondering
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    bump...just wondering
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    The Valentine is more user -friendly than the Escort Passport 8500. The Escort is more sensitive and accurate, but not by much. I swore by the Escort until it got stolen, and a buddy of mine swears by his Valentine. We've been driving side by side and both went off at the same time over a hill from the taxman, so I can say from experience that they both will do the job. Don't know anything about the Bel or the Cobra. Google around and you'll find tons of comparisons.
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    Just don't get suckered into one of those "jammers". If it's a true jammer, it's against the law (unless you get an FCC license to transmit) and if it's not... well, it just won't work.

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    Pasport 8500 is the only way to go, trust me!

    Don't settle for the other crap, especially cobras.

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    All of these boxes are great toys that scream and whistle and flash pretty lights, but in the end, the only pretty lights that flash are the ones in your rearview mirror. Radar detectors are useless when instant-on radar is being used (I rarely ever leave my radar unit running continuously). "Laser detectors" will false alarm in certain weather conditions with the sun striking the unit from various angles. If you want to track the automatic door sensors in your local strip mall, radar detectors do a fine job in that department. I have to chuckle every time I approach a vehicle that was caught speeding and it has a box in the windshield.

    Want to avoid speeding tickets? Don't speed. It's that easy. With the cost of fuel these days, I can't imagine anyone wanting to drive that fast. Save your money and go buy some cool bike stuff instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skygod74
    All of these boxes are great toys that scream and whistle and flash pretty lights, but in the end, the only pretty lights that flash are the ones in your rearview mirror. Radar detectors are useless when instant-on radar is being used (I rarely ever leave my radar unit running continuously). "Laser detectors" will false alarm in certain weather conditions with the sun striking the unit from various angles. If you want to track the automatic door sensors in your local strip mall, radar detectors do a fine job in that department. I have to chuckle every time I approach a vehicle that was caught speeding and it has a box in the windshield.

    Want to avoid speeding tickets? Don't speed. It's that easy. With the cost of fuel these days, I can't imagine anyone wanting to drive that fast. Save your money and go buy some cool bike stuff instead.
    The modern "boxes" are programable so you don't get alarms, door sensors, ect. I also didn't get the detector so I can speed; just to level the playing field. Radar detectors are operated by humans so there is human error. But, when I'm on certain stretches of desert highway and I want to hit a buck fifty, I still have plenty of time to slow down to a tame 75mph as I pass the CHP cruiser.
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    The V1 definitely saved me a ton of money when I first got it. However, it's made me a more careful driver over the years. Now, I just like knowing where the fuzz are though I don't speed much in town.
    I just have to know where they are- and they do sneak around a lot in a couple of "sub-cities" within the main city. I see people pulled over all the time in 3-4 specific spots where they easily hide. If my V1 breaks, I'll buy another one but the Passport 8500 is the only other one I would consider.

    I run all the wiring hidden in the console or ceiling trim and keep the detector on my visor. The V1 also has a remote display that I keep under dash level so the actual unit doesn't light up at night (or anytime) and attract others wanting to shield themselves or alert the cops behind me. Mine uses telephone wires so I customized the length.

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    I've used a Escort 8500 for a while now, over a year now since I've owned my new 06' Mustang GT. It picks up common radar bands such as K and Ka from literally miles out where I live. It is also good at picking up stray laser signals to give relatively ample warning.

    I also like it because you can turn off detection of bands like X-band, which no cops use anymore and is just used by automatic doors -- it also has lots of other handy adjustments to fine tune it to how you like it.

    All in all, it was a great investment -- I don't drive slow, faster than I should normally -- and have done 17k miles with 90% highway since I bought the thing and have only been pulled over once -- and that was for no front liscense plate.

    It's saved me more money than I've spent on it, I know that much.

    What's nice is most of the troopers and locals are nice enough to leave on their front and rear K or Ka band radar units while sticking a laser out the window, so I'll pick up their radar from a lot further than their laser. Also the 8500 is VERY adjustable -- like I said, I have X turned off for in town so it doesn't even yell at me for that, and if I get a stray K band off of usually a Walgreens or a Walmart, it has a handy mute button to turn that off.

    Also, if it is a consistent signal strength, it automatically "tones down" the warning sound, only upping it again if you get a stronger signal or increase in signal strength.

    I have yet to have the unit go off randomly for no reason, ie "sun hitting" it the wrong way -- a radar detector is designed to pick up certain wavelengths, and unless it is horribly calibrated visible light is no where near that spectrum that it will trigger off of.

    The 8500 also has a remote display, and you can hardwire it into your dome lights or the such, while putting the mute button and secondary alert somewhere convenient if you so choose, otherwise it's your regular suction cup unit with a curly Q cord and a mute button where it plugs into the cig lighter.

    I love my Escort, I'd reccomend it to anyone.
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