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    Default Windshield Tinting Effecting Detection - Tint Strip

    Does the blue tinting at the top of a windshield effect the Radar Detector's ability to detect Radar or Laser :?:

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    Default Re: Windshield Tinting Effecting Detection

    Quote Originally Posted by ES13Raven
    Does the blue tinting at the top of a windshield effect the Radar Detector's ability to detect Radar or Laser :?:
    Any tint will affect it somewhat, black tint affects radar and laser the most. However if you have one of the better detectors such as rx65, x50, v1, it will still give you enough warning time. Older detectors such as the cobra esd9120 don't.

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    If the tint strip is metallic, it will affect radar/laser detection. If it is not metallic, it will not affect anything.

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    It will not effect radar if it is non metallic, it will effect laser
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    The tinting came embedded in the windshield and is just the standard blue strip of tint at the top.

    Anyone know if that is metallic, or how to tell if it is :?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ES13Raven
    Anyone know if that is metallic, or how to tell if it is :?:
    I found this using Google:
    David,
    Is there enough room to mount the detector above the rear view
    mirror? This is where I have my V1 mounted. Mike Valentine also has his
    mounted there in his 750. I have mine hard-wired so I don't have to fool
    with mounting and dismounting. The blue color strip doesn't affect
    performance unless it has any metallic substance in it. The easiest way
    to check for this is to look through the blue strip while sitting at a
    stop light. If the red light looks red, then you are perfectly fine in
    mounting the detector there.
    The higher you mount the detector, the
    better range you will get.
    Any truth to that?

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    Default No problem here with radar

    Mine stays mounted high, just below the middle of the strip, to the left of my rear view mirror. I ran some tests with my normal driving to work. I mounted it middle of the windshield (centered) for a few days and marked where it goes off normally. I work on a military installation and they have many of those radar units telling you what your speed is. Then I mounted the detector high in that strip. There was no difference in strength or location. The Bel showed 2 bars at the same location regardless of where it was mounted. Laser might be another story, but I don't have laser engaged due to the location of an airport near where I live and work.

    I feel much better mounting it behind my tint strip now. I mount it there because of the heat. I don't like taking it down every time I park my vehicle and put up the sunshade. If I mount it right below the tint line I can still put up my sun shade but the RD gets too hot to touch. In the tint, it stays warm but not hot. This is much better off for the unit, and no one can see it mounted (a plus when on a military installation).

    I try not to speed in town so any degraded performance would not be an issue for me. When I leave the city on long trips I mount it mid-windshield.

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    I HIGHLY recommend people to mount their detector high ESPECIALLY a V1. Higher equals better radar performance. The V1 shines like a star when mounted high and because of its outstanding laser sensetivity it loses nothing in laser reception. It especially helps reduce laser falses (a high mounting). Despite what RadarRoy and CP say high mounting is the best. I dont think Mike V. would have it any other way
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    I think the best spot is right below the rearview mirrior, it has a PERFECT sight of the road ( front and back ) and stays perfectly level... i have noticed with my v1 that the arrows are FAR more responsive when here, opposed to up top.

    - jordan

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    That's where mine is, and the tint strip kinda hides it too, so unless you really look, you don't really notice it. And a cop can't see it unless he sticks his head in the window. I have never missed an alert, radar or laser, so I'm happy with it high up there. Mine is mounted to were it peeks out just below the blue tint strip.

 

 

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