Hi, folks. A new guy here, but one who (I think) is fairly familiar with speed detection and countermeasures. I'm currently driving a 2008 Subaru STi, which is Veiled (G4). I use a V1 with a remote audio/display and a Nuvi 780 with speedcam/redlight cam alerts from POI Factory.
I haven't run a LIDAR jammer for a while. In fact, they're currently illegal in Illinois. FYI, I also have some experience with Escort units, and use an 8500 on my motorcycle (wired through an intercom system). My experience with Escort suggests to me that I'd be losing some sensitivity to radar and LIDAR, but should be able to put more confidence in alerts being actual threats, given the 9500CI's ability to sort through non-enforcement signals. I like the idea of a fully integrated system, though I know that the ZR-4 is not bleeding edge, and that the Escort traffic camera warning is probably going to be roughly equivalent to what I now get through my Nuvi.
Since some of you have already been through this decision-making process, I'd appreciate your thoughts. I also have a couple of specific questions regarding the 9500CI:
-Is there an option to receive only non-verbal alerts (tones, beeps, braps, etc.) and not get the spoken warnings?
-For those of you who have had V1s, how would you compare the radar and lidar sensitivity of the CI? I've read the tests, but I'd like some actual user opinions.
-Is it a viable option to mount the LIDAR shifters behind the fairly open mesh grill of the STi (think "chicken wire")? Given the fact that I'm in a no-jammer state, I'm a little concerned about having them below the bumper, the only other viable location on the STi.
Thanks in advance for sharing your expertise.