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I don't know which radar and laser detector I should get for my R8. I don't have a front license plate and they tell me the K40 will hand a little over the edge of the front. Which is better? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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My dad got the while K40 Calibre system with front and rear laser shifters as well. It has only been 6 hours since he picked up the car, but it seems to work good so far. Here is a closeup to where the installed placed the front laser:

http://www.supercars.net/pitlane/pics/3325786e.jpg

Know, I wouldn't even consider the Escort Passport SRX because they replaced it with the Passport 9500ci, which is a lot better than the SRX. Personally, I would get the 9500ci over the K40 Calibre, as the reviews I have seen online say its better, and it is cheaper, but when my dad called a few local K40 and Escort 9500ci dealers, they all recommended the K40 system and said that those online sites are payed by Escort to give them the best reviews, so he got the K40. I am sure the K40 is fine, but is costs almost a grand more if you want the same units, and it doesn't have a display or GPS (which warns you about incoming popular speed traps and speed/red light cameras, and if the system reads the same signal four times in the same place, it learns to block that signal, so there are very few false alarms). The K40 does have a separate rear radar detector, which is a nice benefit. Finally, the road off the road we live on has a perminant "Your Speed Is: XX" sign, which uses Ka band radar to detect cars speed, but we noticed that the K40 Calibre recognized the radar later than his Valentine 1 in his Benz does, which may be attested to the fact that the radar used in the sign is really week, and the K40 is trying to weed out false positives, but it could also because it can't read the signal that well (the sign is right after a curve along a heavily wooded road). Once we drive it more, I will make some more notes about the Calibre system. Anyways, as far as your question, I would go with the Passport 9500ci. It is what I am going to install on my Audi S5 when I get it a week from tomorrow.
 

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I don't know which radar and laser detector I should get for my R8. I don't have a front license plate and they tell me the K40 will hand a little over the edge of the front. Which is better? Any advice would be appreciated.
I've got the SRX and it works great. I do miss the arrows of the Valentine but the laser protection (jamming) has saved me three times. I can't argue with the radar detection either. Plus, the front and rear transponders are well hidden; detectors are illegal in DC and VA where I live so this is important.
 

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My dad got the while K40 Calibre system with front and rear laser shifters as well. It has only been 6 hours since he picked up the car, but it seems to work good so far. Here is a closeup to where the installed placed the front laser:

http://www.supercars.net/pitlane/pics/3325786e.jpg

Know, I wouldn't even consider the Escort Passport SRX because they replaced it with the Passport 9500ci, which is a lot better than the SRX. Personally, I would get the 9500ci over the K40 Calibre, as the reviews I have seen online say its better, and it is cheaper, but when my dad called a few local K40 and Escort 9500ci dealers, they all recommended the K40 system and said that those online sites are payed by Escort to give them the best reviews, so he got the K40. I am sure the K40 is fine, but is costs almost a grand more if you want the same units, and it doesn't have a display or GPS (which warns you about incoming popular speed traps and speed/red light cameras, and if the system reads the same signal four times in the same place, it learns to block that signal, so there are very few false alarms). The K40 does have a separate rear radar detector, which is a nice benefit. Finally, the road off the road we live on has a perminant "Your Speed Is: XX" sign, which uses Ka band radar to detect cars speed, but we noticed that the K40 Calibre recognized the radar later than his Valentine 1 in his Benz does, which may be attested to the fact that the radar used in the sign is really week, and the K40 is trying to weed out false positives, but it could also because it can't read the signal that well (the sign is right after a curve along a heavily wooded road). Once we drive it more, I will make some more notes about the Calibre system. Anyways, as far as your question, I would go with the Passport 9500ci. It is what I am going to install on my Audi S5 when I get it a week from tomorrow.
How much did your dad pay to have it installed. My installer wants $1595.00.
 

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How much did your dad pay to have it installed. My installer wants $1595.00.
Are you sure that he wants 1595 for the K40 Calibre AND front and rear laser jammers (the Calibre itself is only a radar detecting unit with front and read detectors, but you can add laser jammers), because the dealer originally wanted like 2695 for the install, and then he negotiated it down to 1750, which I thought was very good, but if you can find a good installer to do it for 1595 with front/rear laser, then that's a great price. Although I do remember the guy saying that the lowest he could do is 1600, but that he has done a few R8s before, and they take 1-2 hours more than regular cars, so thats why they said 1750 is the lowest.
 
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