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    Default Tint Strip Desensitizes RD??

    I decided to finally stop looking for a radar detector 'sweet spot' and to mount it high. I have a problem:

    When using my X65 on the windshield tint strip it picks up slightly less (I dont receive my usual daily falses, the tint strip is composed of the factory coloring and an additional strip, neither are metallic). But I have the ability to protect my investment from the sun and theft when left there and parked (Impossible to see from any window.) But if I place it below the tint strip my detector is slightly more sensitive again (just slightly I guess) but its visible to theives and here in florida it bakes under the sun. Im looking to hardwire the detector so what would be my best bet? Any suggestions or comments??

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    Could be you are losing some gain off of your hood, which may have little effect on long-range detection. What car model is this?

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    1993 Honda Accord. What do you mean by gain from the hood? It's mounted about 6+ inches below the hood, about 4 inches from where the hood even begins though

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    You won't lose any range against real radar with a high mount, in fact, you might gain just a little. Most of the K-Band falses are door openers that are aimed at the ground, therefore, you might get an earlier alert to the door openers mounted low. Shouldn't be representative of what you'd see against real police radar as long as there is no metalic content in the tint.

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    The lack of general falsing is good but it makes me paranoid that possibly my X65 isn't doing its job or it's doing it poorly because of the tint, or that maybe distance could be affected. The point of having a Big 3 is because of the sensitivity and long range right? :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RensoreK
    What do you mean by gain from the hood?
    With low mounting, the hood may act as a reflector for certain signals, especially door-openers Mike Valentine has an excellent tech brief on the subject of mounting in which he concludes high-mount behind non-metallic tint-strip offers the best solution for all but night-time laser range. I believe him.

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    I actually read that link and it is very very interesting and informative. Seems almost scientific, for some reason I believe all of it too.... :shock: .

    Now where could I mount the mute button... Still deciding on that...

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    That's the nicest feature of Belscorts, IMHO. No need for a mute button as auto-mute works flawlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RensoreK
    I actually read that link and it is very very interesting and informative. Seems almost scientific, for some reason I believe all of it too.... :shock: .

    Now where could I mount the mute button... Still deciding on that...
    I hardwired mine infront of me, right under the top of the gauge cluster...That way, if I have my radio on loud and don't notice the RD going off, the red led in the device gives me a heads up warning..I'll try to get some pics up to show you what I mean

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    Default Re: Tint Strip Desensitizes RD??

    Quote Originally Posted by RensoreK
    I decided to finally stop looking for a radar detector 'sweet spot' and to mount it high. I have a problem:

    When using my X65 on the windshield tint strip it picks up slightly less (I dont receive my usual daily falses, the tint strip is composed of the factory coloring and an additional strip, neither are metallic).

    Any suggestions or comments??
    I'll still put it where you mount it but stick the suction cups where the tinted area is and the very top edge of the RX65 on the tinted line. This way, you will never see the suction cups and makes the best position of the RD with it's front lens not being blocked by the tinted area and the RX65 is protected from the sun. I mount my X50 this way - opted for the X50 for now because with the RX65 mounted high, visibility is bad on the display becasue the display is angled upward and you get double vision. I don't know why Bel did this and they tell you in the manual to mount it high. I agree that sensitivity is decrease when i tried both the Rx65 and X50 in that spot. I also found out that suction cups can be easily spotted from a far distance and it just tells LEO you have an RD. It would be nice if you can put the LED indicator just below the line of sight. You might need more time to install it and making sure the wiring is neat. You can also put it just below your radio. I owned a 92 honda accord and it has a slot just below the radio. The beauty of the RX 65 is that, you don't need the visual alert or need to see the LED flashing to know when you pick up an alert because it has the voice option and when enabled, you can hear a male voice telling you what band alert you are getting. Just put it where you can mount it easy, neat and use the voice option.

    If you are worried about thieves, just put it back in the case and hide it after each use.

    One observation though. When i put my V1 behind the tinted area, it didn't seem to decrease the sensitivity like the Rx65 and X50 did. Still picks up auto door with the same distance when mounted behind the tinted area and non-tinted area.

 

 

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