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I have an R8 coming in a few days. Any ideas on where to place a Valentine detector? I normally hard wire them above the rear view mirror on the driver's side, but it will not fit on the R8.
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Have you considered the new Passport SRX remote radar/laser detector with laser beam shifter? It's getting very good reviews.

I've talked to an installer in Chicago who will have to look at the car first to see what is involved in such an installation, but he says no car has flummoxed him yet. The dash readout unit is very small and would easily fit very discreetely in the space under the Nav panel and above the climate controls.
 

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Warnica,

I have the same problem (but already have my car). I use the Valentine and would normally mount it below the mirror and hardwire into the auto-dimming rear view mirror.

It can be done, but another possiblitity others over here are considering is to mount it above the glass pane that divides the passenger/engine compartment.

Either way, a bracket will need to be made.

I'm still thinking about the best way to do it.

I have found the Valentine to be the best unit available.

HMP10. Yes, the dash read out is very small. That's not the problem. The main unit needs to have a clear view (through glass) to the front and rear of the car. Neither radar nor laser will penetrate metal.
 

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Actually, on the SRX the radar antenna is mounted in the front grill of the car and the laser sensors are mounted to the license plate brackets. The only thing inside the car is the control unit and readout panel.
 

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I just had the new Passport 9500 installed (hardwired) in my R8. The unit sits just to the left of the rearview mirror which makes the "mute" button within easy reach. Installation took less than an hour, the cars interior survived.
 

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HMP10. Sure, that's fine with the Passport.

But, the Valentine has two radar and two laser sensors - front and rear - offering full 360 degree cover, so it needs a full view front and rear.

Over here, they shoot you both in the front and also (photo radar) in the butt !!!
 

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The SRX has a single radar antenna and three laser sensors (two front and one rear). The rear laser sensor installs on the license plate frame. I was thinking about installing the two front laser sensors just inside the air intake strakes and installing the radar antenna inside the front grill.

Is there any reason your rear sensors could not be installed on the strakes from which engine compartment air exits? (I'm going to have the installer examine the car before I purchase the system, as I haven't had enough of a chance to examine a car to see if my plan is feasible.)

Has any else tried a remote system installation?
 

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I would be interested to hear how you get on with this project.

The only comments on the rear mounting sensors is that an enormous amount of heat is generated by the engine and this might (?) affect the sensors.
 

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I Agree partially with Andyuk911. The only way to escape Laser Radar is with a Jammer. Laser is sooo fast that as soon as you try to react, they've already got ya. Therefore, with a Laser Jammer, you have time to slow down before the Jammer switches off and they get a reading.
 

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The Escort SRX works pretty much the way you describe, bz888. I think there may be a difference in what is understood by the term "jammer" in our two countries. In U.S. parlance, a "jammer" usually just jams the signal without doing anything more.

The SRX adds the step to which you refer -- by introducing an extraneous signal to the return light pulse that generates a garbled reading on the officer's laser gun. It will be apparent, however, to the officer that something has interfered with the signal.

So the SRX sends the driver a signal that he just got pinged with a laser. The intention is for the driver to slow immediately while the officer is registering what happened and preparing to send another pulse. The second pulse the SRX receives will not be interfered with, so that it returns a true reading to the laser gun.

If the driver has responded promptly and the officer has gotten a good reading on the second pulse (this time within the speed limit, one hopes), the officer is likely to think the first signal resulted from a poor aim or some unknown interference. Even if he suspects more, he still would have to explain to a court why the second reading should be dismissed.
 

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Goldenfish,

One problem. The ValentineOne is a great unit - I still haven't worked out where to put mine. If you mount it under the bonnet, you will have forward facing detection of laser/radar only.

If mounted in the cabin, you will have forward and rear detection.

Just depends on how they do the speed traps in your country....


P.S. The price from the German distributor is very expensive. If you look on Ebay, you will find a number of US dealers who wll ship to you at a far lower price
 

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Goldenfish,

One problem. The ValentineOne is a great unit - I still haven't worked out where to put mine. If you mount it under the bonnet, you will have forward facing detection of laser/radar only.

If mounted in the cabin, you will have forward and rear detection.

Just depends on how they do the speed traps in your country....


P.S. The price from the German distributor is very expensive. If you look on Ebay, you will find a number of US dealers who wll ship to you at a far lower price
You don't remote the main unit only the (remote) display unit.........:)
 

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Bosscobra,

Of course, I agree with you, BUT, I was looking at the link Goldenfish listed. It describes front mounting, and the video shows the unit in the bonnet under the front grill...........
 

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What do you guys think about the K40 calibre system radar and laser protection? Thats the one my dealership is pushing for me to put in my R8.
They want $2200.00 for it installed.
 

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Bosscobra,

Of course, I agree with you, BUT, I was looking at the link Goldenfish listed. It describes front mounting, and the video shows the unit in the bonnet under the front grill...........
Does not look like their main brain...any idea's as to what it is? I would not touch it with a 11 foot pole. :eek:
 
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