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#96581 - 01/08/2002 22:59 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: mtempsch]
grgcombs
addict

Registered: 03/07/2001
Posts: 663
Loc: Dallas, TX
This thing made me vomit in terror. I'm probably going to have nightmares about that for a week. And I thought red turn signals in California were mystifying ... I mean do I turn, or stop ... or turn half way through the intersection, then stop. Or stop, but have my wheels turned in preparation for a green arrow? Or does it mean that it's pointing in the wrong direction of a one way street? Luckily there was no cops around, otherwise they would've though I was high, freaking out as I was in front of a traffic light.

Greg
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#96582 - 01/08/2002 23:29 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: grgcombs]
wfaulk
carpal tunnel

Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
Remind me never to get in a car with you.
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#96583 - 01/08/2002 23:30 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: grgcombs]
matthew_k
pooh-bah

Registered: 12/02/2002
Posts: 2298
Loc: Berkeley, California
Well, see, if you've got a red arrow, you know you're gonna get a green arrow when the time comes... What I really love are green right turn arrows. I hate stopping or knowing I'm illegally rolling through stop lights with the other traffic is turning left and blocking all the other traffic...

Try driving in san francisco sometime. Half of the signals on some hills are for street cars. I don't know if i'll ever be as baffled as I was the first time I encountered a red 'X' signal.

Matthew

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#96584 - 02/08/2002 08:39 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: tms13]
frog51
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Registered: 09/08/2000
Posts: 2091
Loc: Edinburgh, Scotland
Lots of 3 lane stuff on the A68 in the Borders and thereabouts. Mostly works quite well, except for the cruel placement of speed cameras in a couple of places.

The M8/M74 junction east of Glasgow is quite good - nice feed in and visibility of the roundabout so during the night it's a stay at the speed limit job. During rush hour you're going at 10mph anyway so it isn't an issue.
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#96585 - 04/08/2002 03:38 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: matthew_k]
drakino
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Registered: 08/06/1999
Posts: 7868
Loc: Seattle, WA
Nothing beats a well designed cloverleaf...

Including the one that resulted in the worst traffic messes here in Colorado Springs, and the death of Seymour Cray. After that accident, the intersection of Acadmey and I-25 was completly reworked.

Cloverleaves are very dangerous when they mix traffic getting on and off.
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#96586 - 17/08/2002 00:17 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: tfabris]
jheathco
enthusiast

Registered: 21/12/2001
Posts: 326
Loc: Mission Viejo, California
I just got a little radio shack radio detector for free (I'm guessing it's not that great). Anyways... do these things have to be right up by the dash, or could I aim it towards the dash and mount it more near the rear of the car?
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#96587 - 17/08/2002 09:36 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: jheathco]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31307
Loc: Seattle, WA
depends on the detector, I'd suppose. I don't know anything about the Rat Shack units.
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#96588 - 25/08/2002 21:44 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: eternalsun]
grgcombs
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Registered: 03/07/2001
Posts: 663
Loc: Dallas, TX
So really all you need is a serial converter and you've got your empeg as a display for your V1.

Greg
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#96589 - 25/08/2002 21:54 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: grgcombs]
eternalsun
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Registered: 09/09/1999
Posts: 1721
Loc: San Jose, CA
In theory. :-)

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#96590 - 25/08/2002 22:02 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: eternalsun]
grgcombs
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Registered: 03/07/2001
Posts: 663
Loc: Dallas, TX
If someone donates a V1 to my, ahem, "testing purposes", I'll be happy to test that theory

g
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#96591 - 21/10/2002 16:16 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: grgcombs]
Amarth
journeyman

Registered: 06/07/2000
Posts: 91
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Please note that there's a new toy in town. A thing called 'Spectre' (previously Stalcar, but it was too easily mixed with Stalker, so the Australian-based company changed its name).

This thing is a radar-detector-detector, currently detecting 'ALL' radar-detectors, including BEL's latest, PNI, Cobra and also Valentin 1.. A lot of people got severely punished a couple of months ago here in Finland, because the police had acquired one of these things.

So, if radar-detectors are illegal in your country, please do consider this. See also http://www.spectre-rdd.com/.
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#96592 - 30/10/2002 08:07 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: Amarth]
NicolasW
journeyman

Registered: 05/12/2001
Posts: 65
Loc: USA
I think the thread got a little off topic....but I'll chime in on the radar detector....

I've got a V1 stealth installed in my BMW M3, mounted in the rear 3rd brake light housing. I have connected to it a remote audio adaptor in the center console to turn it on or off, and to adjust volume. I have Jim Powell's display (see http://www.apexcone.com/Radar/RadarLove.html) and it works magically. I live in VA so they are illegal and have been pulled over twice (for other things) and the cops don't even notice.

Attenuation of signal is minimal (of course it's not going to be as good as in the front windshield), and the rear deck is cardboard and 3rd brake light housing is plastic so they are almost completely transparent to radar.

Jim will install the 'concealed display' in any mirror, so long as it's thick enough to hold the components.

Good luck!
Wes

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#96593 - 30/10/2002 11:11 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: NicolasW]
matthew_k
pooh-bah

Registered: 12/02/2002
Posts: 2298
Loc: Berkeley, California
By "in" the third brakelight, do you mean that it's in there with the light or as a replacement? Is there really room for all that? The V1 isn't the smallest thing out there, from the pictures... Your install sounds great, it seems like the only viable anti-theft option if I was going to get a V1.

Matthew

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#96594 - 09/11/2002 15:24 Re: Radar Detectors [Re: matthew_k]
NicolasW
journeyman

Registered: 05/12/2001
Posts: 65
Loc: USA
I meant in the 3rd brake light housing....my inspiration is at this site.... http://www.vb.quik.com/jmciver/

Yes, it is the most anti-theft thing I've ever seen. That combined with the double-lock (i.e. deadbolt) feature on most BMW's makes it near impossible to steal.

Good luck!
Wes

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