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I need a radar detector with little false alarm, any one has suggestions for a good DIY installed one?

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R7, v1, redline360, couple with a blendmount and mirror tap
 

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The current Valentine one G2 is the best money can buy, dramatic reduction in non threatening signals.
FWIW, the mirror taps are great, for the R8.....completely unnecessary, the std wiring works perfect by simply poping down the overhead light panel with a plastic trim tool or screwdriver.
ton of room up there....tease the cord out the front of the headliner,
you also, IMO, don’t want a blendmount, too low..too visable to thieves and cops, mine is on top of windshield right over right side of rear view mirror..... more stealthy without all the add ons.
 

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I just had this done. Blendmount and R7. local shop charged me $90 to do the hardwire.

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I have mirror tap on my V1 gen 2. I use the suction cups on the windshield, under the visor.

there are excellent radar forums, check out the YT guy Vortex awesome reviews. If you get a V1 make sure to get the iphone app to code and tweak it. works great.
 

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Yeah...uh, I think we have a great supply of drivers already now going fast looking at their iPhones instead of out their windshield, paying attention.
 

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I just had this done. Blendmount and R7. local shop charged me $90 to do the hardwire.
Do you know the model number of the blendmount used? Usually the detector sits flush with the bottom of the mirror. At lest with my GTR and RS7 it does. I have an off brand mount now and it fits the R7 tight to the bottom of the mirror, but boy is it ugly.
 

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The r7 can fit tight to the mirror, that one was not well adjusted.
 

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Food for thought, I just had the Escort Max CI installed. It’s a time consuming install on the R8 but not that hard…the alert LED is in the drivers door air vent, which glows flashing red when the system is triggered.
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I heard cops nowadays are using laser and all these radar detectors are useless, sorry Im newbie in this topic, is it true? I don't wanna shell 500 plus and pay a speeding ticket.
 

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I heard cops nowadays are using laser and all these radar detectors are useless, sorry Im newbie in this topic, is it true? I don't wanna shell 500 plus and pay a speeding ticket.
There's no way to get a fool-proof system unless you want to drop $5k on a jamming system (which at that point, would take quite a few tickets to make it worth it). Cops use both radar and laser still. That being said, I've encountered more radar than laser (and I drive daily). Downside of laser from a cop perspective (from what I understand) is you need to manually point it at each vehicle since it shoots a beam. This can be tiresome and requires the cop to be pulled over. Radar casts a wider net and cops can run them in their cars (dash mounted front / back) and keep them switched on all the time and just wait. They can also travel with traffic and have them on, monitoring cars around them. This only works with radar. The detector will save you here.

Most detectors have a laser detector built in. I second the ValentineOne Gen 2. Have it and it's the best on the market. It's saved me countless times already so it's paid for itself. That + Waze and you should be fine for 90% of the time. I'd recommend getting a Valentine. $500 vs. a $500 ticket + insurance = worth it.
 

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There's no way to get a fool-proof system unless you want to drop $5k on a jamming system (which at that point, would take quite a few tickets to make it worth it). Cops use both radar and laser still. That being said, I've encountered more radar than laser (and I drive daily). Downside of laser from a cop perspective (from what I understand) is you need to manually point it at each vehicle since it shoots a beam. This can be tiresome and requires the cop to be pulled over. Radar casts a wider net and cops can run them in their cars (dash mounted front / back) and keep them switched on all the time and just wait. They can also travel with traffic and have them on, monitoring cars around them. This only works with radar. The detector will save you here.

Most detectors have a laser detector built in. I second the ValentineOne Gen 2. Have it and it's the best on the market. It's saved me countless times already so it's paid for itself. That + Waze and you should be fine for 90% of the time. I'd recommend getting a Valentine. $500 vs. a $500 ticket + insurance = worth it.
Cannot thank you enough, very informative, thank you.
 

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I heard cops nowadays are using laser and all these radar detectors are useless, sorry Im newbie in this topic, is it true? I don't wanna shell 500 plus and pay a speeding ticket.
In a great many places, laser is used about 5% of the time.
 

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V1 is really only good with accessory apps, R7/Redline360 is a better overall package also with arrows. The R7 also has the longest ranges currently. Another important feature is gps lockouts, and the ability to segment the bands you want the detector looking for. Check out vortex radar for all kinds of info.

Cops are still heavily reliant on k/ka radar bands, well worth running. Waze is still king, run them concurrently for the best coverage. Nothing is foolproof though....
 

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The radar receiver is hidden in the bumper, you can’t see it. I didn’t install laser jammers but I can add them later...which would need a sneaky install behind the grille :)
I’ve never messed with them before, but if install is hidden completely behind bumper that’s so convenient. My entire car is getting ripped apart to rewire, so I will look into it with that one. Would be nice to just have a small switch/monitor in the cabin.
 

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The r7 can fit tight to the mirror, that one was not well adjusted.
I asked about this when I picked it up. You want to be able to fit your fingers over top to be able to turn the volume on the detector up or down, as well as having a bit of play to slide the detector into and out of the mount if you change it between vehicles.
 
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