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Radar Detector placement/recommendations...

Hey XK crew...need your thoughts on this. Debating about using a radar detector (RD) in our XK. I have a Valentine 1 in my BMW 335i (much needed). I have it mounted right between the rear view mirror and headliner... so it's flushed in really well and not easily seen by would-be thieves. With that said, which make/model RDs are you using, and where do you have it mounted? Any pics available, please post. Thanks!

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I've been using a BEL Pro RX65 for years and it hasn't let me down yet. It has amazing distance. I have it mounted in the center of the windshield with suction cups just above the dash.

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I've been using a BEL Pro RX65 for years and it hasn't let me down yet. It has amazing distance. I have it mounted in the center of the windshield with suction cups just above the dash.

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Thanks! I used to be a long time BELtronics user (BEL 645STi, 745STi, 840, 880) ... but over the years, the radar spectrum keeps getting bigger and trickier. In addition, I started to get many false radar/laser alarm via airports, etc. I started to use V1 and Escort based on other reviews and all. The problem w/ the V1 for the XK, is that the windshield mount isn't angled for our 'bus-like' angle windshields ... thus I wanted to hear from others. If you all use V1, please let me know how you manage to mount yours.

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Not particularly ideal or tidy, but my V1 sits in the windshield mount in the low, slightly-off-center location. In the bracket's first click-position the unit is aimed reasonably well, tho' pointing a few degrees downward-- prob not enough to affect sensitivity.
But yow! The XK's windshield is *far* away when it comes time to hit the mute button! Would be nice to locate the detector up near the rearview mirror and more in reach, so I'm interested to hear others' mounting ideas too.


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Not particularly ideal or tidy, but my V1 sits in the windshield mount in the low, slightly-off-center location. In the bracket's first click-position the unit is aimed reasonably well, tho' pointing a few degrees downward-- prob not enough to affect sensitivity.
But yow! The XK's windshield is *far* away when it comes time to hit the mute button! Would be nice to locate the detector up near the rearview mirror and more in reach, so I'm interested to hear others' mounting ideas too.


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That's what is nice about the BEL Pro RX65, it has a mute/volumn control on the power plug. Just reach down and mute it.

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I used "super heavy duty " Velcro.. Its been on the bottom of my mirror for approx a year now without problems.






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USMC your mounting job is awesome. My cheap little cobra is mounted to the left of the rearview mirror and sensor for Smartbeam. It is actually directly behind rearview mirror's left side but in perfect view and button pushing from driver seat

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IMO it's hard to beat the range, accuracy, and GPS auto-muting features of the Escort Passport 9500ix. I've had mine for a couple years now without a hiccup, and there are a lot fewer false-positives than a V1. Plus, it alerts you to any red light cameras and known speed trap locations, and can output your current GPS speed like a HUD...

I've been thinking about wiring up with a more creative mounting location, but for now it's on the suction cup in lower center of windshield.
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USMC your mounting job is awesome.
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