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    Default Hardwire install pics, plus a question....

    http://community.webshots.com/album/390244701MtZnnv

    Just got done cleaning everything up, and im lovin it.... my only question is.... and i know its been asked before, but im just making sure...... will my tint strip affect radar detection? i know it has practically no chance of catching a laser hit, but im getting a jammer soon so it wont be a problem.

    the detector is right in line with the rear view mirror mount, which you can see in the picture of the windshield, and you can use the interior picture as a reference to see where the X50 is mounted.

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    Tint strip will have no effect on radar as long as it has no metallic content. Just to be sure, take a run at a K-Band false and make sure it still alerts at about the same spot.

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    What kind of car is it? As long as the tint strip isn't metallic you should have no trouble picking up radar.

    You still may have some laser detection, though with the detector up high it isn't likely to get a direct hit on your plates/headlights. If you get a jammer that'll take care of laser for you.

    One way to test laser detection is with a TV remote. Make sure to use one that has a naked LED (clear round "bulb") on the end and not the dark plastic filter. Aim the remote toward the windshield from about 2-3 feet away and hold down a button. You might have to try different buttons or remotes, and hold them down for a few seconds to get an alert.
    If I'm passing you on the right, YOU are in the wrong lane!

    If speed kills, how come I'm still alive?

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    drove around a lot today and detection range is fine... do you guys think its a big deal that my hardwire isnt running off a switched source?

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    I would put it on a switched source (accessory circuit), just so you don't have to worry about turning the detector on and off all the time, it won't drain your battery, and you don't risk sending a surge to the protector when you start your car.
    If I'm passing you on the right, YOU are in the wrong lane!

    If speed kills, how come I'm still alive?

    Active Countermeasures: V1 3.858, Escort Redline, Beltronics STi-R+, LI Dual 7.1x CPU/8.7 Heads (front)
    Other/Backup Countermeasures: V1 3.813 (loaned to friend), Beltronics Pro RX65 M4 6.3
    Vehicle: 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
    LEO Toys: Kustom Pro Laser II & III
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    Personally I've had both and I prefer the switched circuit setup. There has been some issues in the past with startup surges and Bel detectors, and the escort is pretty similar.

    If you do choose to leave it on a continuous-on circuit, I can tell you that it can be on for days and not drain the battery, so no worries there.

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    i always shut the detector off anyway, do i have to worry about surge then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kap1027
    i always shut the detector off anyway, do i have to worry about surge then?
    As long as it's off when you start the car, you should be fine. But you have to remember to turn it on! That's the advantage of the switched circuit. It's on when you need it, and off when you crank the engine, which is when you'll get the surges.
    If I'm passing you on the right, YOU are in the wrong lane!

    If speed kills, how come I'm still alive?

    Active Countermeasures: V1 3.858, Escort Redline, Beltronics STi-R+, LI Dual 7.1x CPU/8.7 Heads (front)
    Other/Backup Countermeasures: V1 3.813 (loaned to friend), Beltronics Pro RX65 M4 6.3
    Vehicle: 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
    LEO Toys: Kustom Pro Laser II & III
    Encounters/Saves August 2011: Radar 3/1, Laser 0/0


 

 

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