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      Yesterday, 12:53 PM   #1
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Radar Detection

OK, I bought a new car recently and am considering adding radar detection, dash cam and laser stopping hardware to the car. Trying to decide is it really worth it.

I already have a dash cam Nextbase 522. I could mount it on the windshield and be done with it. Of course I don't know when radar is in use or if a cop is hitting me with a laser.

On the other hand number of tickets I have had in the last 10 years = ZERO. And I was driving a faster car the last 3 years (540i vs base model Porsche Cayenne). Ballpark cost given me was about $3500 with unit hanging from rear view mirror to $5500 built in and no one can see it. Apparently the laser defeating stuff is a major component of the cost.

Thinking in my case it might just be cheaper to pay the next ticket I get IF I ever get another one. Opinions or was the price quoted way out of line?
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Well first off a laser jammer is illegal. So if you do not know how to properly use one then you will still get pulled over and face more serious consequences than had you just been caught speeding.
Unless youre doing stuff such as cross country road rallies i would avoid a laser jammer as it can be more trouble than its worth to a novice.
Most high end radar detectors will offer great range anyway. My escort passport 9500ix has 3-4mile range on open highways. More than enough time to slow down unless they hit you with laser at which it doesnt really matter what equipment you have they already busted you. Not very commonly used though as its range is rather short and direct unlike other options.
I’d suggest looking into options such as the escort max 360 or valentine v1 gen2 and just stick with a radar detector. These options will run you around $500-600 and i have not gotten a ticket or been pulled over since i bought mine which is an older model.
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I am also in Arizona. The unattended vans with the radar usually (or always) are preceded by a small sign on the sidewalk that the radar is in use. For example, there is often a van on Invergordon near the Phoenician. But I always seen the sign and can make sure I am not going too fast as I go by.

For police officers with radar guns and lasers, that is a different matter. But you are looking at an awful lot of money for a relatively small gain.

But you know how you drive and where so you are best positioned to make that call.
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what brand equipment are you thinking abut having installed ?

vortexradar. https://www.vortexradar.com/best-laser-jammer-reviews/. Excellent info

I'm not sure Laser Jammers are illegal in all 50 states - vortex says the jammers are illegal in 10 states.

you can contact VortexRadar and for a small fee determine if the pricing you were given is proper or out of line.


Also, a simple radar detector is a great defense, something like a Uniden R7 or R1. Laser detection is probably more important if your doing twenty miles-per-hour faster then the other traffic in the interstate. If your not speeding in built up areas then you eliminate to some degree local cops running laser.

Most important before spending any serious money for detectors ($700+) hold off and wait and see if the upcoming Radenso Theia is solid or vapor ware.

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Thanks for all the replies. I would note that laser jammers don't appear to be illegal in Arizona. Just a quick google search though so I could be wrong.

You all are pretty much thinking what I am. I'm not a terrible speeder. And the occasional long haul ride to Utah or the like doesn't justify having $5K worth of equipment in my car. I think I'll ask the guy what it costs for a simple Escort Max360c with M1 attached dash cam. They are available from Escort for $780 both. My only issue is I don't want a dangling power cord or having it suctioned to the windshield. I think it is possible to connect it to the rearview and power it from the system direct there.
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Thanks for all the replies. I would note that laser jammers don't appear to be illegal in Arizona. Just a quick google search though so I could be wrong.

You all are pretty much thinking what I am. I'm not a terrible speeder. And the occasional long haul ride to Utah or the like doesn't justify having $5K worth of equipment in my car. I think I'll ask the guy what it costs for a simple Escort Max360c with M1 attached dash cam. They are available from Escort for $780 both. My only issue is I don't want a dangling power cord or having it suctioned to the windshield. I think it is possible to connect it to the rearview and power it from the system direct there.
That + use Waze on your phone when you drive on unusual turf. Works.
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I was mistaken about the laser jammer being illegal. Radar jammer is what i was thinking of.
As far as mounting. You can get a mirror mount and hardwire it. Neither is that expensive or hard to do. I i just hardwired mine for $20 a week or two ago installing a fuse tap.
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I was mistaken about the laser jammer being illegal. Radar jammer is what i was thinking of.
As far as mounting. You can get a mirror mount and hardwire it. Neither is that expensive or hard to do. I i just hardwired mine for $20 a week or two ago installing a fuse tap.
Actually, in Arizona neither is illegal.
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https://www.radarbusters.com/State-R...aws-s/2412.htm
Says here, written in 2019 that theyre illegal in all 50 states and youll face jail time for using one. Not worth it imo
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I have 4 radar detectors in different cars, mostly Escort base models.
The only time I have been pulled over by LEO was by observation.
My last ticket was 2-1/2 years ago. I saw a car on the access road hauling ass, turned out it was a cop and I was running way over triple digit. Thankfully he just wrote down my speed was excessive for defensive driving dismissal.
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The path of least resistance to what you're talking about is Escort. You can dashcam (M1) and radar (360) with a single power source, then add the wireless laser (ZW5) without having to go through the firewall.
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https://www.radarbusters.com/State-R...aws-s/2412.htm
Says here, written in 2019 that theyre illegal in all 50 states and youll face jail time for using one. Not worth it imo
Specific to radar jammers, not laser which is a far more condensed list.

Based on research I've been doing, I'm going to be in the market for the Radenso Theia if the actual product meets the hype. That + Waze actively running should take care of me 95% of the time. The other 5%...I know what might happen when I bury the accelerator.

https://radenso.com/products/radenso-theia
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The famous unattended van can also be seen along Tatum and Shea in PV.
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The famous unattended van can also be seen along Tatum and Shea in PV.
I'm out Rio Verde way and mostly worry about McDowell Mt Rd from Fountain Hills and Dynamite/Rio Verde Drive from Scottsdale. Once in town I'm a fairly reasonable driver.

But dayum people who do 45 out on the sticks.
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I drive about 15-20k miles (mostly rural highway) a year because of my job and I usually get ~1 ticket per year. Most of the time it's nothing major I'm going about 10-15mph over and is easily dismissed by a driving safety course. I've noticed I NEVER get pulled over by cops sitting on the side of the road because I can easily spot them or Waze will notify me. Every single time I've been pulled over is from a cop driving in the opposite direction and making a u-turn. They always get me that way.

I finally just invested in a radar detector. Bought the Uniden R7 on Amazon. Should be arriving today actually. I know it won't save me from laser, but I don't ever see cops shooting that where I drive.
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