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Old 09-08-2003, 02:47 PM   #1
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Post Valentine 1 already paid for itself

I picked up a Valentine 1 a couple of weeks ago and installed it in the Rex: http://mikeegan.stormpages.com/v1.html

The nice thing about the install is that I can take the V1 unit itself out of the Rex and put it in my Sporttrac too. Well, driving up 280N past 92 Saturday morning about 4:30am on my way to my buddy's house (and the airport and Vegas! ) I was doing about 85 (I was a few minutes late). All of a suddent the V1 starts alarming with a radar source behind me. I didn't see any headlights, but I figured I better slow down anyway. 30 seconds later I see some headlights which eventually catch up, all thw while setting off the V1. Sure enough it was a CHP cruiser. He went by me and pulled over the guy up ahead that I was about to pass when the alarm went off.

As far as I'm concerned, the V1 has already paid for itself. It saved me from at least a $200 ticket, traffic school, and a ruined weekend.
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Old 09-08-2003, 03:25 PM   #2
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I have had mine for about 4 years now and the way I figure it, it not only paid for itself but my WRX also...

I like the way you have yours mounted. I think I am going to have to copy you on that one. the windshield mount is not as secure as I would like it to be - especially on hot days when the suction cups soften up.

Did you use the suction cup bracket or the visor clip bracket when you mounted yours?
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Old 09-08-2003, 03:27 PM   #3
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man, i gotta get one ASAP... my g/f thinks it's a waste of $$...
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Old 09-08-2003, 03:48 PM   #4
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I have had mine for about 4 years now and the way I figure it, it not only paid for itself but my WRX also...

I like the way you have yours mounted. I think I am going to have to copy you on that one. the windshield mount is not as secure as I would like it to be - especially on hot days when the suction cups soften up.

Did you use the suction cup bracket or the visor clip bracket when you mounted yours?
I popped the suction cups off and used that bracket. You'll have to check it out Saturday.
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Old 09-08-2003, 03:49 PM   #5
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man, i gotta get one ASAP... my g/f thinks it's a waste of $$...
This story is proof positive it is not a waste of money. There's no doubt in my mind I would have been busted.
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Old 09-09-2003, 12:40 AM   #6
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mine never go off when CHP or city cops roll by. only if they're actually radaring. it did save me on coleman ave/santa teresa in san jose yesterday though because cops were chlln at the downhill part of coleman and radaring. my v1 went crazy at the smell of a cop's radar signal.
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Old 09-09-2003, 02:37 PM   #7
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I don't have a V1, but wouldn't hesitate on getting one if I had the money. I have a three year old Bell somethingorother. I don't remember the model name, but it's been on of the BEST B-day gifts I've received. I can't tell you how many times it's saved my ass. Just this past weekend alone it helped me three or four times. I tend to drive pretty fast too, 85 - 90.

On the way to Santa Barbara a few weeks ago, it saved me better than ever. I was on a downhill section about 20 minutes north of S.B. I was probably doing about 87mph. I was in the number one lane about to pass a car as the road turned right a little. As I approached the car I wanted to pass, the alarm chirped and I hit the brakes once really good to get the car down to about 70. I got back in the number two lane behind the car I was about to pass and cruised around the bend in the road. Sure enough there were two CHP's sitting with their lights off in the dark on the side of the road. I cruised by and they didn't even flinch. Good work for a $130 radar.

I find that radar detectors, at least mine, work best on fairly open roads with a few cars in front of you. When the road bends a little and there's no cars in front of you there's nothing for the radar to bounce off of. Also, the ONLY band the CHP uses is Ka. That's the only one I ever pay attention to and it's super reliable. It's pretty much worthless around town, but on the open road, it's AWESOME! It makes those long drives go by MUCH quicker.

-Brian

A little long I know, but I felt I had to share.
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Old 09-09-2003, 04:12 PM   #8
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yea, i've already thanked it many a time
i have it mounted like in the link


on sunday on a subaru drive me and 8 others were driving out to sears point doing about 80 in a 55, i was 3 cars back and just cruising a long BAM radar goes off like crazy, i slow way down and so does everyone behind me (they know i had the v1) and came around the corner a chp pulling over 3 of our crew. they all got tickets, i wish i was in front, could have saved them all
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Old 09-09-2003, 04:51 PM   #9
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Also, the ONLY band the CHP uses is Ka.
Better be careful, they have laser out here too.
It is becoming more popular now that it can be used inside the car and while moving.
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Old 09-09-2003, 05:37 PM   #10
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since this thread is about the v1, which is on my to buy list before x-mas, i got an install question........i got a 03 rs, w/o the maplight, so anybody got any ideas where to hardwire the power into? i don't have anything up on top there.
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Old 09-09-2003, 05:42 PM   #11
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Are the map lights a factory option?
If they are there is probably a socket behind the headliner, if not, no biggie, running a cable from the headliner to the fuse box is pretty easy.
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Old 09-10-2003, 12:43 AM   #12
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Better be careful, they have laser out here too. It is becoming more popular now that it can be used inside the car and while moving.
I didin't know Laser could be used while moving. That's good info. I still haven't seen it used yet, but I'll be keeping my eye out

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Old 09-10-2003, 01:43 AM   #13
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Egan, I went to the link in your first post and all I see are red "x"s!!! I want to see your install job!

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Old 09-10-2003, 01:51 AM   #14
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Egan, I went to the link in your first post and all I see are red "x"s!!! I want to see your install job!
I get that every now and then, but I think maybe it happens when server traffic is heavier. I just tried the link at 10:48pm and it worked fine, images and all.

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Old 09-10-2003, 09:45 AM   #15
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That's what I get for using a free web hosting service!
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Old 09-10-2003, 10:30 AM   #16
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So witch one is better? since i am going to buy another radar detector soon.....i was wondering, between the escort solo 2 and the v1 witch one is better

both of them are expensive...but witch one is worth the money,


anyone,
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Old 09-10-2003, 04:30 PM   #17
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v1 without question
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Old 09-11-2003, 01:00 AM   #18
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Old 09-11-2003, 01:11 AM   #19
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im so torn.....Decisions Decisions !!!!

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Old 09-11-2003, 03:23 AM   #20
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I have the Bel 985 and it saved my ass everytime i'm on I-5, I-10 and I-40. The 985 is known for it's ability to detect over hills. But I'm sure the V1 is just as good, if not better.

Radar detectors RAWK!!!

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Old 09-18-2003, 07:14 PM   #21
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Well, I did it... I plunked down and ordered a Valentine 1 early this week and got it yesterday.

I hardwired it and mounted it the same way Egan did... I just followed his guide and it was smooth sailing.

It already saved me this morning while driving to school on 680/280.

I give it 5 bananas.
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:16 PM   #22
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glad to hear it soundwave

today i was on my way to pick up my little brother from school and my v1 went off like crazy and i came around a corner and a cop car with NOBODY in it and it was not even turned on
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