I'll begin by saying I live in NS, Canada and RDs have been banned here for about 10 years -- not only their use, but also just the mere possession of an RD. I'm not sure what the fine is for getting caught with one, but I'm hoping I won't find out the hard way!
Sooo... I have a number of questions I'd like to throw out to you all...
I just got a new car - a Mazda 3 Sport. Driving home from the dealership, (it was raining so I didn't have the cruise control on) I passed a LEO on the highway, glanced down at my speedometer, and was shocked to see I was going 140 km/h in a 100 zone (if felt like I was going half that speed)! If he had his radar on, he didn't come after me, but it was a wake-up call (in NS you don't just get a ticket - it's an automatic one-week or more suspension of your driver's license for speeding!).
After that, I decided to invest in an RD. I couldn't afford a Bel STi and after doing quite a bit of research (but before I discovered this forum) I decided on an Escort 8500 X50. I ordered it from a Canadian seller on eBay (I know, I know...! I read all those warning posts too late... ops: ) because I didn't want it to have to go through customs. It should arrive any day now.
After reading hundreds of posts on this board, I'm now wondering if I was crazy to not get the Bel STi. Should I just re-sell the X50 on eBay without even opening it and try to scrounge up the extra $$ to get a Bel STi (for the stealth feature)? When I decided to go with the X50 my thinking was that I should have enough warning to unplug the RD and put it out of sight before I reach the LEO, but with what I've been reading about the latest LEO technology on this board, I'm not so sure that's always going to be possible. Plus, false alarms will be a real pain!
If I order a Bel STi, it would have to cross the border, go through customs, etc and licensed retailers won't even send them to my province... i.e., lots of hurdles to get past Big Brother! Any suggestions with regards to that?
If I stick with my X50, how likely am I to get caught with it if I turn it off (and slow down, of course!) every time it goes off? I'm thinking that where I live (NS is a relatively poor province) it's quite possible that the police are still using VG-2 in which case, I should be okay, yes?
Where is the best place to mount it to maximize its sensitivity but minimize its visibility? My car has some sort of plastic mesh on the windshield all around the RVM and along with tinted glass along the top of the windshield.
From what I've been reading, it sounds like hard-wiring reduces the RD's visibility because there is no dangling cord. Is this true? If I hard-wire it, can it still be removed and hidden when necessary? And, once the hard-wiring is in place, is it easily detectable at the dealership when they're doing oil-changes, etc. I'm asking because... get this!... it turns out that the reason there is always a police cruiser parked outside the parts and service entrance at my mazda dealer is that the service manager is a fully fledged police officer by night, working at the mazda dealership by day until a full-time police job opens up!
It seems like the choice of RD and the set-up of an RD depends to some extent on the type of technology the police are using. Is there any way to know besides trial-and-error with the RD (aside from asking the cop! :wink: )? Is anyone here up on the kind of technology used by the police in NS (RCMP patrol the highways here and some of the cities and towns have their own local forces)? Is there a website somewhere with this info (I've searched but no luck)?
Sorry for so many questions... and my apologies if they've already been answered elsewhere! Thanks for providing such a GREAT resource!!!