Hey everyone. I'm new to these forums but have read them a long time (always been more of a searcher than a poster) and now have a question/potential project.
I was about to go get myself an Escort SR7 Plus or SRX as an upgrade to my RX65 because I value stealth in my radar detector a lot. It's inevitable that when cops see a detector, you suddenly become more interesting. But, I think more and more about the radar antenna and wonder about the rear radar detecting performance of the SR7/SRX. The common wisdom is that a radar antenna needs some sort of line-of-sight (even if the line includes plastic) to get the best detection, and the SR7's antenna, mounted in the front grille, certainly does not allow this. While I am still considering a custom mount for the antenna inside my car, my interest in the V1 was raised due to the two dedicated antennas.
Let me add that I have never been a fan of the V1; I saw (and see) little value in arrows as any seasoned radar user should mostly be able to tell where a bogey is from a regular detector, and typically RX65's and 8500's have tested slightly better. Well go ahead, flame me lol, I'm in the V1 section. But V1 vs RX65 is really a silly arguement at some point, they are both great devices. Anyways, I digress.
So my interest in the V1: I have been looking into custom stealth mounts for the V1 all over the internet in different forums, but must admit I am currently unimpressed with the level of creativity. I mean that with no malice; most people are satisfied with a semi-stealthy mount as opposed to my OCD self, but still, with all the V1's out there, I have only seen 2 stealth mounts that are even close to what I'd want to achieve. Some Beamer owners mount theirs in the 3rd brake light, which is nice, and I've seen a similar rear setup in an Evo http://forums.evolutionm.net/archive.../t-195519.html . These are nice, but I'd like to go a step further.
My idea: I would like to dismantle a V1 and remove the front and rear radar antennas. These would be wired to a front and rear location. Currently my thoughts for my Acura RSX would be above the license plate on the trunk, and inside the front grille. The (now dismantled) main box would be hidden somewhere in my car, probably behind some paneling in the front (current idea is behind the glovebox near the ECU) and a remote display would be installed somewhere stealthy in the dash. I believe this, coupled with a good laser jammer, would create the strongest radar/laser setup available today. So, my questions to the forum community.
First and foremost, has anyone ever attempted something like this? Since I think the answer is no, my other questions pertain to the feasibility of this project. Has anyone ever taken apart a V1, or can anyone quickly take the cover off a V1 and take a pic of the insides so I could see what I'm dealing with. And anyone with extensive electronic experience: would the long wire runs required to remotely place the radar antennas result in an electrical loss which would affect the detector's operation? My personal thought is no, but maybe someone knows. And is anyone else interested in this project? Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give me.