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Just ordered me Valentine 1 with all the trimmings. I am excited like kid on Christmas Eve. :lol:
 

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I have had my eye on the valentine 1 also. I just got $150 ticket and I'm betting it could have been avoided. It is so expensive, but I know if I settle for a cheaper one I wioll regret it.
 

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I have the Valentine 1 and find it very valuable for giving me forewarning when a cop is sitting hosing down a line of traffic, but it won't help you against a cop on a quiet road with an instant on ka band gun. Don't stop being careful just because you have a radar detector, it doesn't make the car invisible. They can also still get you by pacing as well as stopping you for other non speed related infractions.

But they are great. On 101 north in San Jose on Thursday I got 1 mile warning and the cop was on the other side of the freeway round a bend (a mile north of Bernal for the locals) with the radar gun pointed behind him. I got rear warnings much of the way to 680.
 

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Always wanted to ask. Why hardwire a radar detector? One obvious reason is so that the cord doesn't dangle in front and obstruct your view. Any other? Is it a bad idea for cops to know that you have a detector?

Looking at the Beltronics Vector 985.
 

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Boris, great purchase! It'll come in useful in a few weeks.

The V1 just saved my ass today from a cop sitting on a bend on the pike. I got a few pings and dropped down to 65, and the poor sap in front of me was still going about 78 and the cop just stepped out of the car and waved him in....saved me 250 bucks....
 

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watch out for instant on radar. it'll get you every time unless you're alert
Yep, thats how I got caught doing 92 in a 70. Good thing he didnt ask for insurance, because my booklet was left at home and I was way in Atlanta. :oops: Instant on is a hastle and hardly avoidable.

Boris, glad that you made the investment. Im sure you wont regret it at all.

Steve
 

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You're going to love it Boris. The arrows make it worth the $100 over the Escort for sure.

Strange story from a couple weeks ago - I was on the highway going around a bend and received a short laser signal from my V1 (if it detects laser it's usually too late). I moved into the middle lane from the fast lane, but didn't see anything. Sometimes GM SUV's set it off with their LED center brake light, but I looked and couldn't see one anywhere. Nothing. About 20 seconds later I saw the officer using laser in the left lane. It must have bounced or something to have the V1 pick it up from so far away. Still has me thinking about how it picked it up. Regardless how it picked it up, I didn't get a ticket thankfully.
 

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Props to what Geordie said...especially in CA, where CHIPs has previously not used radar, so they had to pace you or use some other method (including lying in court, in my experience). I've literally seen them swap off unmarkeds in a tail for over 30 miles, so you do have to watch out. Where radar is prevalent, the police get lazier, depending on getting those unaware of what's going on to fill their 'unofficial quota'. In my experience, CT troopers were the laziest, typically sitting on the side of the road with their guns on full power, although they had a couple stints with unique unmarkeds (Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs...). My one stop in CO was uneventful with the trooper letting me go - I was driving with no one else on the road, with my son and dad in the car. I guess I was a bit enthusiastic cresting one of the mountains, and got pulled over a couple miles later. Let me go with a verbal warning. Anyway, drive safe and reasonable and use your new detector to avoid those unfortunate administrative experiences that we all don't like!
 

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I've had a V1 for about 5 years. Had it updated twice (by Valentine). The upgrades were $49 each, and both made the detector better - less falses, longer range, and added their new (at the time) display.

It's fantastic. Hands down, the best detector out there. I have it hard wired into the rear wiper fuse (which was empty since I have a sedan), mounted directly to the left of the rear view mirror. No wires and out of sight.

I've gotten one ticket since I've purchased it (about 8 months ago). I was pulling onto Rt 128, accelerated to about 85 to pass some big rigs, and he was already on 128, pulled in behind me, and threw the lights on. No radar involved.

I drive about 20k miles/year, mostly highway, and do not drive the limit (but don't go over 90.... often).

-Craig
 

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money well spent. hardwire to the keyed fuse so that it comes on every time you start the car; that way there is nothing to forget. turn the sound down for in the city, way too much stuff in town.
 

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I've had a Passport for many years (didn't know about the V-1s at the time). Even so, it saved my bacon 3 times on a recent early morning drive to the coast. The second time was the closest - I came around a wide 90 degree sweeper which led onto a long downhill straight. The cop was at the bottom on the opposite side of the road but his car was pointed in my direction.

I was doing 90+ when the detector went off halfway around the bend; I downshifted the Tip and hit the brakes as hard as I could without causing too much nose dive that he could spot (had the headlights on). I was the only car in sight in either direction. Sphincter Factor all the way down the hill! He stayed where he was though - WHEW! (must've been on a jelly-D break)

The other 2 times I got enough warning.

Next time around, it'll be a V-1.
 

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Wow. The upgrade was only $49? I remember reading $200 on the website. Maybe I should update mine...
 
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