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    Established Member Two Rings studiobmx's Avatar
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    I was just wondering what radar detector/jammer you guys are using and if you think they help? I’ve started the Seattle-Tacoma commute and wouldn’t mind a little extra insurance. I’ve been reading different areas use laser or radar? I’ll do more research.
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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    I used to run one years ago when my commute involved going across the pass but haven’t run one in years. Not sure how/if technology has changed since then but if you got a laser warning it was pretty much too late at that point, unless you had jammers. I had the top of the line escort passport 8500 at the time and I feel like it saved me a few times, though I also felt like I got a lot of false alarms too. If you find yourself speeding a lot, I guess it couldn’t hurt having one, but don’t expect it to save you 100% of the time.
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    Established Member Two Rings studiobmx's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubbinJetta View Post
    I used to run one years ago when my commute involved going across the pass but haven’t run one in years. Not sure how/if technology has changed since then but if you got a laser warning it was pretty much too late at that point, unless you had jammers. I had the top of the line escort passport 8500 at the time and I feel like it saved me a few times, though I also felt like I got a lot of false alarms too. If you find yourself speeding a lot, I guess it couldn’t hurt having one, but don’t expect it to save you 100% of the time.
    Ok, that’s good to know. I got a 5mph over the other day and was wondering if they actually work. Guess I might just keep my speed in check...
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    Established Member Three Rings rvcahawaii808's Avatar
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    check out the uniden r3 or r1. i actually think the r1 is on a black friday deal at best buy right now. the only difference between the 2 is the r1 doesnt have gps. i think its a really good detector. its saved me a few times so far.

    if you are interested in jammers i think the bell stir+ is considered the top of the line. check out rdforum.org really good write-up and reviews of detectors and dash cams. (i run a blackvue 750s)

    and to add on, i drive up from portland to seattle quite a bit and i have gotten saved right between tacoma/seattle before. you'll figure out what frequencies the police are running in certain areas. i believe the last time i was on my way up i got alot of 35.5. if i remember right it was a sheriff.

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    Uniden R3, love it
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    Veteran Member Four Rings if6ws9's Avatar
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    IMO, a detector is essential, I wouldn't drive without one. There are a number of good detectors, choice depends on which features appeal to you. I've been running an Escort Redline for years and before that the Escort 8500. The Redline is one of the best detectors on the market and has saved my ass more times than I can count, it never fails to alert me in plenty of time. The laser shifters I use are also made by Escort and even though they are not the best they too have saved me several times. One of the best shifters on the market are the AntiLaser Priority, I will be upgrading to them soon.
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    Established Member Two Rings ChanceA4Parks's Avatar
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    K40 Radar Detectors. The only radar I sell at my shop. Excellent customer service. Pays for speeding tickets if gotten in one year. They have windshield mount units (boring but still good, starts around $300) and undetectable units. I have a RL360 setup for the front and rear detection, their new mini dual Laser defusers front only, and their new flush mountable oem style remote. They work. I've intentionally and unintentionally put them through lots of test. Call Justin at K40. One of the most knowledgeable guys in the business. Expect to pay for quality. My setup is around $3000 without labor.
    I will try to take some photos of the install when Im at the shop tomorrow.
    Its nice having my instrument cluster light up on the left if the cop is in front and the right if they are behind me. Both will light up together if being lasered, which means get on the parking brake (no brake lights ) if you have laser defusers. You will get out of a ticket.

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    Senior Member Two Rings DoItAllGarage's Avatar
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    I have the escort 8500 (ebay /used) and think it's a great investment /insurance. Before Waze (that shows your speed and local speed limit) I used the 8500 for awareness, hear it go off, I would always slow down regardless, bec while traveling I had no clue what the local speed limit was. I turned off the X band bec too many false alarms. I've noticed 90% of time my detector is beeping from law enforcement is on KA band and the speedlimit sign with built-in radar is on K band. I'm not go go speed racer, just like the opportunity to keep my speed incheck when my detector goes off.

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    Senior Member Three Rings mys4.org's Avatar
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    Uniden R3 is currently king for window mounted radar detectors. Plus always run Waze. With both you are very well protected

    I've been following this guy that is base here in Washington state. Lots of good info. https://www.vortexradar.com/

    Don't forget about dashcams. If you drive more it's good to have record of what happens in accidents.

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    Senior Member Three Rings trayson's Avatar
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    I have driven with radar detectors for probably the past 30 years (man I feel old now).

    My go-to detector until about a year or two ago was the Escort Passport 9500ix. It had the built in GPS and would lock out false alarms that were coming from a particular location. However, with the increase in newer cars with "In Vehicle Technology" (IVT), I had to sell it and upgrade to something that handled the IVT better. A lot of the newer cars (DEFINITELY the Hondas and Acuras with adaptive braking and the like) would cause my old detector to false alarm like crazy. It would get K band when approaching the Acura from the rear and Ka when I passed them. It was so frustrating to have a "Honda/Acura detector". And the 9500ix wasn't going to get any firmware upgrades to deal with IVT.

    I upgraded to the Escort/Passport Max 2. It has anti-falsing for the IVT and GPS, and a nice color display. It has Bluetooth and can integrate with the app, but honestly I find that if anything I'll just use WAZE, which is even better than Escort Live. Even with the IVT in the Max 2, it still will get some false alarms. So it's not foolproof. But it's like my 6th sense when driving, so I'll probably always have one.

    So, my advice is DEFINITELY get something that can handle the IVT or else it'll be going off as more and more cars with IVT hit the roads.

    As far as if they're worth it? Pretty much if you avoid 1 ticket you've got your return on investment. This summer I was in my S6 Avant and was motoring in the middle of central Oregon on a long straight stretch that went on forever. I had just passed another car (easily getting up to 90+mph to complete the pass. The car I'd passed was probably doing around 70? Shortly thereafter my detector went off and I slowed down. The car that I'd just passed caught up to me and when the cop came over the rise, he tagged the car behind me (because I'd slowed down enough that he was now going faster). I bet that guy was so mad... Because I'd blown past him just seconds before and he got pinched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trayson View Post
    I have driven with radar detectors for probably the past 30 years (man I feel old now).

    My go-to detector until about a year or two ago was the Escort Passport 9500ix. It had the built in GPS and would lock out false alarms that were coming from a particular location. However, with the increase in newer cars with "In Vehicle Technology" (IVT), I had to sell it and upgrade to something that handled the IVT better. A lot of the newer cars (DEFINITELY the Hondas and Acuras with adaptive braking and the like) would cause my old detector to false alarm like crazy. It would get K band when approaching the Acura from the rear and Ka when I passed them. It was so frustrating to have a "Honda/Acura detector". And the 9500ix wasn't going to get any firmware upgrades to deal with IVT.

    I upgraded to the Escort/Passport Max 2. It has anti-falsing for the IVT and GPS, and a nice color display. It has Bluetooth and can integrate with the app, but honestly I find that if anything I'll just use WAZE, which is even better than Escort Live. Even with the IVT in the Max 2, it still will get some false alarms. So it's not foolproof. But it's like my 6th sense when driving, so I'll probably always have one.

    So, my advice is DEFINITELY get something that can handle the IVT or else it'll be going off as more and more cars with IVT hit the roads.

    As far as if they're worth it? Pretty much if you avoid 1 ticket you've got your return on investment. This summer I was in my S6 Avant and was motoring in the middle of central Oregon on a long straight stretch that went on forever. I had just passed another car (easily getting up to 90+mph to complete the pass. The car I'd passed was probably doing around 70? Shortly thereafter my detector went off and I slowed down. The car that I'd just passed caught up to me and when the cop came over the rise, he tagged the car behind me (because I'd slowed down enough that he was now going faster). I bet that guy was so mad... Because I'd blown past him just seconds before and he got pinched.
    Thanks I didnt know detectors could filter this and have been frustrated for 2 yrs.

    Guess I’ll check to see if there is a flash for the Beltronics STIR+

    Thank You!!!


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    Established Member Two Rings
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    Bummer Beltronics is officially gone and so is LI.

    Escort has acquired them both but I doubt they are supporting their older products.

    Looks like I now have paperweights installed in my car. 🤨


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