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So after I got my car I knew I would be speeding a lot more, and so countermeasures were needed in order address the part of the R8 experience that no one likes to talk about, which is of course the constant state of anxiety that exits when one owns an R8 and seeks to enjoy the wondrous events post 5000rpm. It must be said that when you decide to call yourself an R8 owner (and particularly in my case as I chose to be the owner of a red R8) you are also acknowledging that to get full value from your super car you must also be willing to occasionally transgress certain rules of the road.

Enter the world of modern radar detector shopping as a novice and you will find that there are really only three choices to put in your R8: the Uniden R7, the Bell Escort 360 and the Valentine One Gen 2. All three have their followings, all three are good detectors. I ended up going with the Uniden because there was a unit available at a local store and I did not want to wait for the V1 to be available and I am already getting enough heat from my wife for spending money on my car and I didn’t want to get the eye rolls associated with spending the most for the 360.

So I got the R7, and then had to get it mounted. I don’t like the look of bigass cords from the 12v up to the windshield and suction cups are not befitting of an R8 and so I opted for the blend mount and a hardwire from the mirror. I had a local shop put it in. It is switched to the ignition and is nice and clean. My shop charged me one hour at $90/hr to do it, definitely an easy decision.

So after I updated the detectors firmware and optimized the settings (go hang out on rdforum to get your nerd on when it comes to this stuff) I got the detector installed and set out to try out my new defence.

I will say that having the detector changes the driving experience for the better. In my few short weeks of driving with it I have already had one legit save and I have learned to trust the detector and as such I am driving my car harder and enjoying it a lot more. No more nervousness at about what lies ahead.

Here is a pic of the install and I am happy with it. It looks like it might get in the way of your field of view but it’s only a minor annoyance when in traffic or parking.

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Lastly, and this might be deserving of its own post, but while ripping around I also had an opportunity to try out launch control in near perfect conditions. Nice smooth pavement, warm tires and transmission, and OEM summer tires ( my previous attempt was on winter tires and I got some wheelspin). All I can say is WOW. This car is SO fast. The process is also so easy - hit the performance button, mash brake, mash throttle remove brake application and hold on for a mind bending experience. No wheel spin and that second gear bangs home hard. I can’t wait to show my friends :)
 

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So after I got my car I knew I would be speeding a lot more, and so countermeasures were needed in order address the part of the R8 experience that no one likes to talk about, which is of course the constant state of anxiety that exits when one owns an R8 and seeks to enjoy the wondrous events post 5000rpm. It must be said that when you decide to call yourself an R8 owner (and particularly in my case as I chose to be the owner of a red R8) you are also acknowledging that to get full value from your super car you must also be willing to occasionally transgress certain rules of the road.

Enter the world of modern radar detector shopping as a novice and you will find that there are really only three choices to put in your R8: the Uniden R7, the Bell Escort 360 and the Valentine One Gen 2. All three have their followings, all three are good detectors. I ended up going with the Uniden because there was a unit available at a local store and I did not want to wait for the V1 to be available and I am already getting enough heat from my wife for spending money on my car and I didn’t want to get the eye rolls associated with spending the most for the 360.

So I got the R7, and then had to get it mounted. I don’t like the look of bigass cords from the 12v up to the windshield and suction cups are not befitting of an R8 and so I opted for the blend mount and a hardwire from the mirror. I had a local shop put it in. It is switched to the ignition and is nice and clean. My shop charged me one hour at $90/hr to do it, definitely an easy decision.

So after I updated the detectors firmware and optimized the settings (go hang out on rdforum to get your nerd on when it comes to this stuff) I got the detector installed and set out to try out my new defence.

I will say that having the detector changes the driving experience for the better. In my few short weeks of driving with it I have already had one legit save and I have learned to trust the detector and as such I am driving my car harder and enjoying it a lot more. No more nervousness at about what lies ahead.

Here is a pic of the install and I am happy with it. It looks like it might get in the way of your field of view but it’s only a minor annoyance when in traffic or parking.

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Lastly, and this might be deserving of its own post, but while ripping around I also had an opportunity to try out launch control in near perfect conditions. Nice smooth pavement, warm tires and transmission, and OEM summer tires ( my previous attempt was on winter tires and I got some wheelspin). All I can say is WOW. This car is SO fast. The process is also so easy - hit the performance button, mash brake, mash throttle remove brake application and hold on for a mind bending experience. No wheel spin and that second gear bangs home hard. I can’t wait to show my friends :)
 

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You're lucky. Radar detectors are illegal in Ontario :(
 

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You're lucky. Radar detectors are illegal in Ontario :(
escort 360 max is undetectable by radar detector detectors. I would get one of those and mount near the top of the windscreen for a stealthy approach.
 

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So after I got my car I knew I would be speeding a lot more, and so countermeasures were needed in order address the part of the R8 experience that no one likes to talk about, which is of course the constant state of anxiety that exits when one owns an R8 and seeks to enjoy the wondrous events post 5000rpm. It must be said that when you decide to call yourself an R8 owner (and particularly in my case as I chose to be the owner of a red R8) you are also acknowledging that to get full value from your super car you must also be willing to occasionally transgress certain rules of the road.

Enter the world of modern radar detector shopping as a novice and you will find that there are really only three choices to put in your R8: the Uniden R7, the Bell Escort 360 and the Valentine One Gen 2. All three have their followings, all three are good detectors. I ended up going with the Uniden because there was a unit available at a local store and I did not want to wait for the V1 to be available and I am already getting enough heat from my wife for spending money on my car and I didn’t want to get the eye rolls associated with spending the most for the 360.

So I got the R7, and then had to get it mounted. I don’t like the look of bigass cords from the 12v up to the windshield and suction cups are not befitting of an R8 and so I opted for the blend mount and a hardwire from the mirror. I had a local shop put it in. It is switched to the ignition and is nice and clean. My shop charged me one hour at $90/hr to do it, definitely an easy decision.

So after I updated the detectors firmware and optimized the settings (go hang out on rdforum to get your nerd on when it comes to this stuff) I got the detector installed and set out to try out my new defence.

I will say that having the detector changes the driving experience for the better. In my few short weeks of driving with it I have already had one legit save and I have learned to trust the detector and as such I am driving my car harder and enjoying it a lot more. No more nervousness at about what lies ahead.

Here is a pic of the install and I am happy with it. It looks like it might get in the way of your field of view but it’s only a minor annoyance when in traffic or parking.

View attachment 261598

Lastly, and this might be deserving of its own post, but while ripping around I also had an opportunity to try out launch control in near perfect conditions. Nice smooth pavement, warm tires and transmission, and OEM summer tires ( my previous attempt was on winter tires and I got some wheelspin). All I can say is WOW. This car is SO fast. The process is also so easy - hit the performance button, mash brake, mash throttle remove brake application and hold on for a mind bending experience. No wheel spin and that second gear bangs home hard. I can’t wait to show my friends :)
Did they have to cut any wires to install? And do you have any information on mounts?
 

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Did they have to cut any wires to install? And do you have any information on mounts?
I don’t know if they had to cut wires but I trust the shop.

Here is a link to the mounting hardware vendor. Look! They even have a red Gen 2 in their marketing 😂

 

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I have the R7 and love it. Definitely saved my rear on more than a few occasions; however, got nailed with laser about 6 months ago in my GT4 but not much anyone can do about that outside of jammers and I’m not inclined to go that far.
 

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I have the R7 and love it. Definitely saved my rear on more than a few occasions; however, got nailed with laser about 6 months ago in my GT4 but not much anyone can do about that outside of jammers and I’m not inclined to go that far.
I am not going with jammers... yet lol. I have my R7 set to basically signal the end of the world if it detects a laser hit though.
 

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I'm so close to pulling the trigger on a custom install detector and jammer (I have zero experience with custom installs and/or laser jammers) so fingers crossed!
 

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You don't need to cut any wires, it's a mirror tap. Blendmount/mirrortap is so easy to install, just do it yourself. Just need basic hand tools and a multimeter. Have them on all my cars...
 
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