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    Default Escort 8500 X50 - Software Version?

    How do you tell the software version on the Escort 8500 X50?

    Thanks.

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    hold the mute, HWY, dim buttons while powering on the unit. This will erase everything you have programmed so be aware of that.

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    Default Software Version?

    What version should it be, mine is Rev. 5

    David.

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    David.

    5 is the latest revision so you're all set.


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    Quote Originally Posted by robert
    David.

    5 is the latest revision so you're all set.

    Can we have a sticky with the current version and how to see it because this question has been asked at least 50 times

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    Done.

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    I should of figured on this being a sticky. Whats next a sticky on where to mount your detector?

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    Nah.

    No clear answer to that. At least with the rev # there's a definite way to do it!

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PassportToSpeed
    I should of figured on this being a sticky. Whats next a sticky on where to mount your detector?
    Someone make this a sticky

    Mounting Your Radar Detector

    First off, it is a good idea to follow manufacturer's recommendations:

    Passport x50 and BEL RX-65:
    "Using the Windshield Mount, mount your Passport level, and high enough on your front windshield to provide a clear view of the road from the front and rear."

    Valentine One:
    "Valentine One works best when mounted high in the windshield, and toward the center between the windshield pillars. Use your choice of windshield or visor mounts"

    However, here's the different points of view on this:


    High mounting

    -Good for Radar: higher mounting gives you more "line-of-sight" with the targeting radar. If you do the math, one foot higher mounting gives you an few tenths of a mile extra, maybe even more than 1/2 mile. Tthe average driver isn't likely to notice such a small difference in range, but it might help out in a pinch (detecting brief instant-on at long range)

    -Good for laser targeting vehicles ahead, since it can "see" through their windows better etc...

    -Bad for laser targeting you, since it is mounted further from the aiming point (front plate).



    Low mounting

    -Not as good for radar, but you might not be giving up too much.

    -Good for Laser Targeting you: closer to the aiming points(front plate/lights). More likely to give a laser warning when you are targeted, and you'll have time to slow down if they don't get a reading on the first shot, if you have a dark vehicle, are using VEIL, etc.

    -Not as good for laser targeting vehicles ahead, since it can't see through their windows as well



    In my humble opinion, as far as mounting and performance goes:
    -If you don't have a Blinder, and have a dark car/VEIL, then mount low, you'll have a good chance of geting a warning when you're being hit and can slow down before he gets a reading.
    -If you have a Blinder then you covered for laser pretty well. You might as well mount the detector high to maximize radar range.
    -If you have a light-colored car that can be easily targeted by laser, no blinder or VEIL, then mount high, and you might have a better chance of getting lucky with a prior warning when a vehicle ahead is targeted.

    Something else to keep in mind: if you mount TOO low then you could obscure the rear radar or laser sensor on your detector.

    jimbonzzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbonzzz
    Someone make this a sticky
    :x :x :x :x :x

    :wink:

 

 

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