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    Default Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    I noticed someone posted a RD mount photo and it was placed behind the dots near the rear view mirror. Does anyone know for sure if those dots decrease radar range? I know it would decrease laser warning but I don't care about that with my Blinders. I'd like to move my RD closer to my rear view mirror but I was concerned about the dots on the Ford Fusion's windshield. I tried paint stripper and the dots did not come off. The windshield is etched and filled in with the black material which doesn't appear to be paint.

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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    I have had my V-1 mounted in or just below the dots above RVM for years and I have seen no decrease in sensitivity. Use a good RTV silicone gel for a solid mount on those suction cups!
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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    Mount it just a Tab bit under the dots.

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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    I have a 2010 Fusion and have not noticed a difference. In the F150 06' at work there was a little decrease.

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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    I would just stick to right under the dots. Just to make sure. However I have never actually tested mine above the dots
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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    904nm, not knowing the composition of the dots you will need to do a simple test. Go to a known radar source like a stationary speed sign emulating real police radar. Plug the V1 into the cigarette lighter. Also. make sure youíre far enough away not to dime out the V1 radar strength alert LEDís.

    Now check the alert with the V1 behind the dots and then check the alert with the V1 outside the side window positioned horizontally facing the sign. See if there is any change in the number of radar strength alert LEDís showing, youíve got your answer.


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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    Excellent idea. There are a few speed signs close by. Will give it a try.
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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    I drive a 2009 G8 and do notice about a 20% reduction in range on K band reception when mounting behind the dots. It's too bad because the V1 has a great visor mount.

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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    904nm, if you have an overhead map light console in the headliner of your vehicle and based on the overhead dimensions I may have an interesting hardwire install for you. It will bypass using the suction cup mount for good, all it will take is the V1 visor clip.

    I can send you a couple compressed picís of my install if interested.


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    Default Re: Do dots on windshield reduce radar performance?

    I have not seen any difference.

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