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Best radar detection system.

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Jkee, Dec 11, 2003.

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  1. Jkee

    Jkee Rookie

    Oct 24, 2003
    Gentlemen I need your input and recommendation on purchasing a radar detection system for my 1990 TR.
  2. Schatten

    Schatten F1 World Champ

    Apr 3, 2001
    Austin, TX
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  3. BWS550

    BWS550 Wants to be a mod

    Apr 1, 2002
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  4. Entelechy

    Entelechy Formula Junior

    May 19, 2001
    Los Angeles
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    Chris Cummings
    Just bought a fellow F-chatter's Valentine One and couldn't be happier - definitely the way to go.
  5. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
    MA USA
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    Mr. Doody

    you can spend less, but you won't get as much.

    you can spend more, but you won't really get more.

    the only beef i have with the V1 is that they haven't made any effort to make a stealth install version. i've heard of shops that split them open and do it like a K40, but valentine does not. maybe there's some patent issue or whatnot, but i think it's real money on the table they've left - and it annoys me :).

    that said, i have mounts, power leads, and remote displays in my cars, so i just move the little unit from car to car. it's great. the unit is bulletproof. "it just works".

    and once you go arrows, you can never go back.


    PS: and don't buy the K40 marketing crapola. unless they're willing to pay the points on your license for seven years (or however long they stick on your record in your state) their guarantee isn't worth SQUAT.
  6. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

    Apr 20, 2002
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    Valentine One
  7. ferraridriver

    ferraridriver F1 Rookie

    Aug 8, 2002
    Bay Area Calif.
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  8. VS1

    VS1 Karting

    Oct 16, 2002
    Beavercreek, OH
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    Vishal Soin
    Another V1 vote. Althought I really don't think you needed another one.
  9. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
    Owner Rossa Subscribed

    May 29, 2001
    Check will overwhelmingly be V-1.
  10. wazza

    wazza Formula Junior

    Oct 9, 2003
    The vote from the UK is

    Valentine One
  11. up2nogd

    up2nogd Karting

    Aug 6, 2002
    I asked the same question about 1 year ago -- overwhelming response
    for the V-1!! I bought one and as Doody put it - when you go with the arrows you just can't go back! My wife now has the passport I bought before the V-1. Don't give it any more thought - Buy the V-1

  12. TCM

    TCM Formula Junior

    Nov 10, 2003
    Tyngsborough, MA
    V1 here as well. The first time it saves you it pays for itself. And it will save you a lot!
  13. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    The only thing V1 needs is "look down shoot down" capabilities

    <Whoops wrong forum>
  14. mw575

    mw575 F1 Rookie

    May 30, 2001
    Lake Oswego,Or
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    Martin J Weiner,M.D.
    V1 hands down.
  15. jordan747_400

    jordan747_400 F1 Veteran
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    Dec 9, 2002
    Houston, TX
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  16. spyderman

    spyderman Formula 3

    Nov 4, 2003
    Toronto - Canada
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    From what I have read the Valentine 1 is the best on the market for detecting radars but in a lot of areas in North America the police are now using laser :( I understand that Valentine is also good in detecting laser, but, when it does it is generally to late for the driver because the laser gun is instanly picking up your speed as the detector is picking up the laser gun. What Valentine needs is a laser deflector of some sort, as the lastest Escort has, to give the driver those presious few seconds to slow down. I wonder if Valentine is working on something like this?
  17. M.James

    M.James F1 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2003
    Worcester, MA
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    Don't take anyone's word for it...get the facts from independent testers. The following website should help out:
  18. Ferrari

    Ferrari Karting

    Nov 2, 2003
    Found this on the V-1 site . . . See the site for the full report.

    If one's objective is never to miss a laser encounter, I recommend mounting the detector as close to the typical laser aiming points as possible. Here in the US, most laser operators aim at the front license plate since it is usually made with a special reflective treatment to aid night-time visibility (works great for laser visibility too, day or night). If there's no front plate (some states don't require one), then a headlamp cluster or piece of bright grillwork is the next most promising aiming point.
    Advanced warnings (a warning in time to do some good) are more likely if one can avoid some problems caused by the low mounting position. Advance warnings require the greatest possibility of receiving a weak fragment of the beam while it is being used on traffic a good distance ahead. To maximize reception of weak signals, one must reduce blockage and interference.

    Mounting high on the windshield will position the detector to "see" through the windows of most vehicles ahead. Glass in vehicles ahead is a good thing for your detector to see; it can scatter reflections in your direction. Sometimes it develops a glow, or a bloom, when the beam strikes, giving yet another chance for advanced warning.

    Mounting high on the windshield reduces the effect of sunlight reflected from the hood, which increases the detector's ability to find weak beam fragments. Daytime warning sensitivity is completely dominated by how one manages the sunlight issues.

    Mounting high behind the tint band may reduce the laser signal somewhat, but it reduces the sunlight contamination by the same amount. The result is an unchanged laser-to-sunlight ratio from the scene beyond your vehicle, but with reduced hood reflections owing to a higher vantage point—a net gain. Only in the dead of night would a just-below-the-tint-band mounting position be beneficial.

    The downside of high mounting is the move away from the most common aiming points. This means that in bright sunlight, you may miss the occasional direct hit from very close range—no detection at all! But that's possible with a low mounting as well, just not as often.

    Now you know the variables, so you can make your own choice. To me, a warning too late is the same as no warning.
  19. Hubert888

    Hubert888 F1 Veteran

    May 14, 2003
    Manhattan &amp; LA
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    Has anyone ever received a speeding ticket while using the V1?
  20. notoboy

    notoboy F1 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2003
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    V1 hands down. It has saved my butt more times than I can tell you, and it's probably the only reason I still have a license.

  21. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
    MA USA
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    Mr. Doody
    of course. they aren't MAGIC :).

    instant-on radar of any sort will nab you. laser will nab you.

    there's no mystical energy involved in a V1.

  22. GaryReed

    GaryReed F1 Rookie

    Feb 9, 2002
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    Three Ferraris later... and my same V1 is still working great and has saved my butt on countless occassions.

    Thank you Mike Valentine!!
  23. Brianjonesphoto

    Brianjonesphoto Formula Junior

    Dec 2, 2003
    Seattle Wa
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    Brian Jones
    Well I'm going out on a limb here with my theory. I bought a Corbra 9870 off of ebay for $50 ($250 cheaper than top end models). I have never seen this detector in the top ranking of any test, but it is usually top 3-5. The way I look at it I saved $250 and am still pretty likely to not get a ticket. And if I do I have $250 in my pocket to pay for it. :)
  24. shelbee

    shelbee Guest

    With one thing why don't they make V1 wireless or baterry operated??
  25. Tyler

    Tyler F1 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2001
    dusty old farm town
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    V1, no question!

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