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    Default Dash Mount or Window Mount?

    I've just came accross a new (for me) dash mount system:

    http://performanceunlimited.com/cobr...adarmount.html

    So, I'm wondering if anyone is familar with mount? I've always mounted my detector on the window centered. Would like to hear comments.

    Thanks............

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    Default higher is better for me.

    I prefer high on the front windshield. Why advertise to would be thieves by placing in easy to see sight? I also think the detector will get much hotter sitting on the dash in direct sunlight vs. higher and in the shade of the tint band (just put antenae below tint band if possible). I'm not saying the high heat will necessarily hurt the unit but it is a processer and they usually don't like excessive heat. A buddy of mine had one on the dash and you couldn't even touch it on a moderately sunny day. It's also just a couple feet higher but I believe higher the better for detecting over hills and such too. Just IMHO though. If you mount high, you really need to hide the wire too so it's not hanging around either.

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    Default high mount...

    I mount mine as high as possible, and just to the driver's side of the rear view mirror. My Corolla has dots instead of the typical shaded area at the top, and the suction cups won't stick to it. So I'm forced to put it just below that which puts it in plain sight of would be theives. But I think its better to put it high than down on the dash.

    - JyRO

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    That just looks like a plastic box to me. You could make your own for practically nothing.

    Mounting high is definitely the way to go as far as I am concerned. I was a little concerned about laser reception but I put that fear to rest yesterday when I picked up two hits at short-to-medium range (300-700 feet).

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    I keep mine high. I also have the dots and it takes some time but it'll stick. Wet it good, stick it up there, and let it "set" w/o the detector on it. Holds pretty well.

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    hmm...i think id rather the suction cups...that box looks pretty CRAPOLA....

    I mount mine just above the wipers...

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    I have a 2000 SS Camaro and if you have never noticed the dash (which is black )and windshield are enormous. I dont know if that contributed to my problem Butttttttttttt

    I literally melted my last Radar Detector by mounting on the windshield about an inch off the dash. The two halves of the detector were warped bad around the seam all around the detector, The unit was warped front to back and ohhh yeah it did not work.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It was a hotttt summer day of course.

    So Dash mounting I dont recommend.

    Good luck....

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    My radar detector's case is magnesium.. so I won't have to worry about it "melting" since it's not plastic.

    Definately mount high if at all possible... you get plenty more RANGE by mounting High.

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    did you leave it in the car while parked or was this while driving and you put it away when parked?

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    Well of course I left it mounted while parked.......DUH IS ME.......

    I learned my lesson about that. I guess if you were very careful about taking it down when parked it would be okay. But in reality, you know that you would leave it mounted while you popped in the store just for a minute. At least I would get lazy about it eventually, being human...

    And heat is not a good thing for electronics...........Im sure the top manufacturers use the best components to offset this, but every little bit helps or hurts. With heat, components start drifting in value, ergo frequency, ergo performance.

    Just my thougts on the subject...........

    Enjoy and have funnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

 

 

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