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Dante84
05-12-2009, 11:22 PM
Okay, so I recently got a newer car. Faster than my old one.

I am somewhat of an aggressive driver, and I tend to "massage" the speed limit. I figure one bad ticket is the same price as a good radar detector. If I avoid one ticket because of this thing, then it has paid for itself. If I avoid two, then it was definitely worth it.

Do any of you have one? Are you happy with yours? Are they worth a damn?

Every site I try and find research on is some bullshit "Add to your cart" website that is trying to sell me one. I want answers, damnit. And I want them now!

Thanks.

Mr. Flopnuts
05-12-2009, 11:26 PM
Valentine.

Dante84
05-12-2009, 11:27 PM
Valentine.

Any particular model? And why do you like it?

Bacon Cheeseburger
05-12-2009, 11:27 PM
I borrowed a radar detector for a road trip one time and all the damn thing did was drive me nuts. I wouldn't gamble with my driving record with one, that's for sure.

Dunit35
05-12-2009, 11:29 PM
Best radar detector?

Not speeding maybe

Mr. Flopnuts
05-12-2009, 11:30 PM
Any particular model? And why do you like it?

The Valentine One. With current technology no radar detector is going to give you a free pass like it did 20 years ago, but Valentine's are consistently at, or near the top in consumer reviews.

wild1
05-12-2009, 11:31 PM
doesn't matter against laser... it might detect it, but you're already busted.

Miles
05-12-2009, 11:36 PM
Valentine and Escort Passport 8500 are supposed to be among the best. I think it's just easier to not go more than a few mph over the speed limit.

Dante84
05-12-2009, 11:36 PM
Best radar detector?

Not speeding maybe

Boo. I bet you didn't have sex because it was the best form of abstinence.

Dunit35
05-12-2009, 11:43 PM
Boo. I bet you didn't have sex because it was the best form of abstinence.


Masturbation is the key to success.

But seriously, my bro has a cobra and I've never seen him get pulled over when it's on.

Dante84
05-13-2009, 12:06 AM
Masturbation is the key to success.

But seriously, my bro has a cobra and I've never seen him get pulled over when it's on.

Thanks man

BWillie
05-13-2009, 12:45 AM
STOP BREAKING THE LAW ASSHOLE!!!!

Silock
05-13-2009, 04:17 AM
I have an Escort 8500. It doesn't really do jack shit. Most cops use instant-on radar, which fucks you if you're all alone. If they're using it in traffic, you're going to know, because everyone will be slowing down anyway. Or, they'll just use laser, which detectors will only let you know AFTER you've been tagged.

Seriously, I'd just save the money. All my 8500 does is tell me where the closest grocery store or automatic door is.

I still drive like an idiot, and usually about 10 over the speed limit. Haven't had a ticket in years, but it's not because of my radar detector.

ziggysocki
05-13-2009, 04:47 AM
STOP BREAKING THE LAW ASSHOLE!!!!

Yeah, and make sure your registration is up to date and the title is clean.

MoreLemonPledge
05-13-2009, 04:50 AM
It's really simple, and no one does it. Look at what's ahead when you're driving instead of only focusing 15 feet in front of you.

I don't know how many people speed past me long after I've already seen the cop and slowed down. They slam on their brakes right as they pass and get pulled over every time.

beach tribe
05-13-2009, 05:31 AM
I've had a couple, and they really didn't do me much good on the interstate. The pig's are slick. They wait for you to come by before they turn the laser on, and even then it doesn't go anywhere near the "mile" range that they say it does.

I guess it did save me a couple times, and had another cop laugh at me as he was writing me a ticket.

beach tribe
05-13-2009, 05:33 AM
It's really simple, and no one does it. Look at what's ahead when you're driving instead of only focusing 15 feet in front of you.

I don't know how many people speed past me long after I've already seen the cop and slowed down. They slam on their brakes right as they pass and get pulled over every time.

Sorry dude, that only works on the coppers that are visible. Some of them are pretty good at hiding around corners in forresty areas.

sodcat
05-13-2009, 05:45 AM
cops are smarter than the radar detector.......

Demonpenz
05-13-2009, 06:33 AM
if you actually have a car built to speed outrun them

JuicesFlowing
05-13-2009, 06:36 AM
Radar detectors: Because we all want to arrive to work 10 seconds earlier.

Coach
05-13-2009, 06:37 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/SwedeCarlson/Funnies/rader.jpg

yeti
05-13-2009, 06:44 AM
My radar detector saved my butt a few times traveling back and forth from colorado and nebraska. They are useful in certain situations but admittedly worthless in most city driving conditions.

Radar Chief
05-13-2009, 06:47 AM
if you actually have a car built to speed outrun them

You canít outrun Motorola.

Bwana
05-13-2009, 07:26 AM
http://www.radarbusters.com/

Radar Chief
05-13-2009, 07:42 AM
http://www.radarbusters.com/

Thanks for that link, Bwana, I don't remember hearing of Radar Roy before.
Here's another link to look over.

http://www.speedlabs.com/

Bwana
05-13-2009, 08:00 AM
Thanks for that link, Bwana, I don't remember hearing of Radar Roy before.
Here's another link to look over.

http://www.speedlabs.com/

Laser Blinder: I am going to have to look into this. :D

Rain Man
05-13-2009, 08:02 AM
Do you like driving near people who drive like you?

Kerberos
05-13-2009, 08:14 AM
Valentine and Escort Passport 8500 are supposed to be among the best. I think it's just easier to not go more than a few mph over the speed limit.



Most Kansas Highways you can go up to 7MPH over the speed limit without getting pulled over. I have been up to 10MPH over and not gotten pulled over.

Last ticket I got was a 74 in a 55 in a Coca-Cola delivery truck. HiPo was at least kewl enought to down it to a 64 in a 55 so it wouldn't go on my record.

IMO with new technology you might be lucky in a group of vehicles but out in the open you are just asking to get pulled over.

20 years ago I used passport with pretty good luck.

TJR1486
05-13-2009, 08:43 AM
I have a escort passport 9500ix, saves me from a ticket almost every time I travel from manhattan to KC, or go on a road trip. I haven't had a ticket since I purchased it.

Skip Towne
05-13-2009, 09:47 AM
I have an Escort I bought in 1974 when the speed limit change to 55. It has saved me repeatedly in those 35 years.

Manila-Chief
05-13-2009, 10:45 AM
Most Kansas Highways you can go up to 7MPH over the speed limit without getting pulled over. I have been up to 10MPH over and not gotten pulled over.


This

Through the years I've had a heavy foot. I heard an ex-cop (I think he was in the KC area?) say, "the cops will give you 5 miles over but at 7 they will stop you." I set my cruise at 5 over and so far no problem.

I received a Cobra as a gift. But, I don't use mine so I can speed, but for those time when I turn off an interstate onto a state/county/city road that is 35 mph. If I'm not careful, I'll be back up to 70 without knowing it. Yeah, I know I should be more attentive, but when that thing squaks cuz of a groc. store, I quickly lift my foot.

Kerberos
05-13-2009, 10:54 AM
This

Through the years I've had a heavy foot. I heard an ex-cop (I think he was in the KC area?) say, "the cops will give you 5 miles over but at 7 they will stop you." I set my cruise at 5 over and so far no problem.

I received a Cobra as a gift. But, I don't use mine so I can speed, but for those time when I turn off an interstate onto a state/county/city road that is 35 mph. If I'm not careful, I'll be back up to 70 without knowing it. Yeah, I know I should be more attentive, but when that thing squaks cuz of a groc. store, I quickly lift my foot.

velocitation will get you every time when getting off an interstate to a 35MPH to 50MPH zone.

alnorth
05-13-2009, 11:27 AM
A radar detector will probably do you more harm than good if you rely on it. I have one from a gift and use it only because its interesting to see how often I get lasered even when I'm not speeding more than a couple mph. You'll get a false sense of security and get nailed by insta-lasers, when you really should have been not speeding in the first place.

If your going to be an impatient dangerous fool come hell or high water, then I guess you may as well get one, you might get lucky. Really though, you should keep it to 5 over at the most and save your money. Speeding will get you tickets, fines, high insurance rates, higher likelihood of getting into an accident, all for what? Getting somewhere 1 minute quicker and some kind of satisfaction from fantasizing about being an indy 500 speed racer slaloming through the lanes?

Probably one of my most enjoyable moments on the road was when some idiot on the freeway in a red sports car zoomed by me, turning into my lane in front barely missing me by less than a foot and off into the distance. 10 minutes later, I drove past his wreck and even though I felt evil for doing it, I couldnt keep from laughing.

Detoxing
05-13-2009, 11:29 AM
Ok, i had a long response to this but it didn't get published thanks to server failure. In a nutshell, most detectors/scramblers are shit. The only one's worth a crap are $$$expensive$$$. our shop is sponsored by Beltronics, and they sent us the most expensive unit they make, admitting to us that it's the only unit that will surely work across the 48 states. It uses 4 scramblers, 2 in the front and 2 in the rear. It Retails for around $1,200, but i can assure you that it works. we drove one of our cars across country with it and saved us multiple times.

Anywho...Check out Beltronics.

DenverChief
05-13-2009, 11:45 AM
. It uses 4 scramblers, 2 in the front and 2 in the rear.

Are illegal in 9 states

Rain Man
05-13-2009, 11:58 AM
I have an Escort I bought in 1974 when the speed limit change to 55. It has saved me repeatedly in those 35 years.


I would've thought a Ford Escort could get up to 70. Downhill, at least.

Dante84
05-14-2009, 12:31 AM
Do you like driving near people who drive like you?

Yup. Because they know to get the fuck out of the left lane when a car is behind them.

Manila-Chief
05-14-2009, 06:31 AM
A radar detector will probably do you more harm than good if you rely on it. I have one from a gift and use it only because its interesting to see how often I get lasered even when I'm not speeding more than a couple mph. You'll get a false sense of security and get nailed by insta-lasers, when you really should have been not speeding in the first place.

If your going to be an impatient dangerous fool come hell or high water, then I guess you may as well get one, you might get lucky. Really though, you should keep it to 5 over at the most and save your money. Speeding will get you tickets, fines, high insurance rates, higher likelihood of getting into an accident, all for what? Getting somewhere 1 minute quicker and some kind of satisfaction from fantasizing about being an indy 500 speed racer slaloming through the lanes?

Probably one of my most enjoyable moments on the road was when some idiot on the freeway in a red sports car zoomed by me, turning into my lane in front barely missing me by less than a foot and off into the distance. 10 minutes later, I drove past his wreck and even though I felt evil for doing it, I couldnt keep from laughing.

As I said above, mine was a gift as well. I most likely would not have purchased one. I, also, like the novelty of seeing what's happening along the route … where the cops are (guess I’ve speeded too much in my life cuz I automatically tap the breaks when that thing seriously goes off - even if I’m driving under the speed limit. ) … and when a cop passes and it doesn’t go off.

“Getting somewhere 1 minute quicker…” I fully agree with you on short trips. Kinda like the story of the American was rushing the Japanese to catch a train. He asked, “how long until the next train … 3 minutes and the Japanese asked, if we catch the first train, just how will we spend those 3 minutes that is so urgent?” But, on one of those 8 to 10 hour gigs, 5 miles an hour allows you to get out of that vehicle much sooner and stretch your legs.

“Red sports car” … well, I wouldn’t laugh if he/she (one thing I’ve noticed since returning from being overseas for years is that when it comes to ladies & sports cars … well, let’s but it this way … the guys ain’t the only ones… ) wrecked cause someone couldn’t gotten hurt, but I really do get a kick out of toping a hill and seeing the blue popcorn lights twinkling … especially, if there was traffic in front of you and he/she was impatient to get around you.

rockymtnchief
05-14-2009, 07:09 AM
I haven't used mine in 4 years because Johnny Law knows how to out smart them.

I was doing 85 in a 70 when I noticed a Ford Taurus creeping up on me. I figured I'd let him pass me and he could find the speed traps up ahead. Instantly, the radar went off and his blue and reds were flashing. He paced me before he turned the radar on. He also let me know that he was pacing me because he detected that I had radar in the vehicle.

Well, he must've felt bad for drawing his gun on us and just gave us a warning.

Detoxing
05-14-2009, 08:09 AM
Are illegal in 9 states

Yep. But speeding is illegal in 50 states.
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