Okay I have been messing around with my RD for several weeks now and have come up with some pretty good solutions to problems we face.
# 1 & 2 you probably already know about but
# 3 is interesting.
I own a Beltronics STI Driver and I live in VA where they are illegal.
I used to have my RD behind my tint strip on my vehicle but about 2 weeks ago found out it was metalic. Well thats a problem for me because it can't be seen. So i have come up with a few solutions.
1.) When the suction cup is below the tint strip it is easily visible. So what i did is I went to WalMart and bought some spray paint. I put tape across the "Sticky Side" (Part that touches windshield) and then I put the Suction cups on the ground to where the "Sticky Side" (Part that touches windshield) is facing downard and touching the ground. Then I spray painted the back of the suction cups. After 10 min of drying took the tape off and it was ready to go. It made the suction cups very hard to make out when looking from the outside.
2.) Also my RD is very heavy and the suction cups they gave me are not great. They work for a while but eventually need replacing. What i did was I went to WalMart and bought Jumbo suction cups. The great thing about these is you only need one suction cup and they hold 3x as good as the M.F.'s. I fitted it on the mount and it stuck very well. But the good thing about these are you can adjust the placement of your RD with these. (Which I will get to next)
3.) The main problem I wanted to fix was that when you are in traffic or on the interstate or just driving around you have cars in front of you... large small whatever. Well that reduces your reception / range of your RD. Well what i ended up doing is finding a solution to that problem...
If you have ever tryed to mount your detector on the left or right side of your windshield it doesn't work because the curvature of the windshield is to great for your RD to be level both Horizontally and Vertically. Well with the jumbo suction cup you can reposition your RD to where its level both ways. The problem is it staying in that position. So what I ended up doing is making a little add-on that fixed its position.
I got the tanish duct tape (Correct me.. Is tan and skinny) and wrapped it around itself to where it was the right size for making the detector level. What you do is stick your mount and jumbo suction cup on the left side of the windshield then put your detector on the mount and Put the wrapped tape on the right side of the mount to where its in between the mount and suction cup. What this does is it makes it level.
Well the point of having it on the left side of the windshield is so that when you are driving in the left lane, position your vehicle to the left side of the lane so where your detector has a clear view of the road ahead of you. And when your in the right lane position your vehicle to where the your on the left side of the lane but your detector has a clear view of the dotted line. It has improved my range by 25% im guessing.
I will have pictures tommorow.
Edit: I also put on the back of my sun visor / mirror black construction paper and it blocks out my whole RD set up.
Okay the whole idea behind this in a short summary is:
When we have our detectors mounted center or close to center there is a problem with interferance. Cars in front and surrounding areas will interfear with your reception. Reflections, RD's ability to scan, etc. Well after messing around for several weeks I have found a solution* to that problem. (*After some testing I have concluded that, yes in fact this does work.)
My solution is that if you put your detector on the Far left side of the windshield (Very difficult because the curvature, but above I give some instructions on how to fix it.) and drive to where that the left side of your car is to the left of the car in front of you, just enough for the detector to see the road ahead then you will get rid of a lot of the interference.
Okay, The Tape on the right side of the suction cup is to fix for the curvature of the windshield. The Tape on the left is not really needed but i found it helpful in making it more sturdy.
This is an example of all it takes to fix the curvature of the windshield. I actually found some better solvents recently that do the same job but better.
RD Mounted and also the quick connect cord is usually not like that the last pic i will explain what I do.
Okay this is my fix to making other drivers and cops not be able to see my rd. I put the visor down and almost touching the rd and its not visible from all angles of the car. The tape as you can see is actually an idea that I came up with. Not pictured but on the other side of the visor there is black construction paper what it does is blackens out the area/background of the rd view in the front as to make the RD look like it is all apart of the visor.
After 2 weeks of testing:
I have come to a conclusion that this does infact help and in some cases in very big margins.
All bands reacted the same, so no different band conclusions:
Daily city driving and Highway Driving:
I found that it does add an: Increased range (Several hundred feet added on to the Constant alert) and an increased initial alert ( But let me go into detail a little more on this)
The main finding is that with the detector mounted center I usually get an alert and it will stay constant.
But with the detector mounted to the left the INITIAL ALERT is signifigantly increased.
Almost every time I get an alert from the detector but it doesn't stay constant. And it is several thousand feet before I get a full on constant alert.
IN 3 CASES I RECIEVED A BRIEF ALERT A MILE + BEFORE I GOT FULL ON CONSTANT ALERT.
Highway Driving Additional:
**Interstate: I have found and think that this is very very very effective on the interstate. It seems that almost every time Im Getting range that I have never in the past recieved and it is quite unbelievable. Especially in heavy traffic. In left lane If I stay to where I'm pretty much driving on the yellow line and if in the right lane if I'm just to the left of the cars infront of me but not near the white line as to if I'm creating danger for other drivers in the oppisite lane it seems that it is very effective.
Instant-On: I didn't really get a chance to test this. I encounterd instant-on but to actually have reliable test data its not really possible unless were are actually in an controlled test.
Thanks, and any questions or comments please post.