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I can't find a subforum for this question so if it doesn't belong here, I apologize.

I currently own an escort radar detector that I've had for years, which I love. It is a great addition to my truck and something that helps me. I never go out with the intent on speeding around and what not, but it has become a great tool to always have in the vehicle. But I don't want to argue about the ethical question of using one. I have a different question.

Does anyone have any knowledge of a radar detector that comes in different modules? For example, the sensor, to be mounted wherever, The display, to also be mounted where I so please. A control panel, again, to be mounted where ever. All to be wired together, possibly feeding into one powered console, tucked away. The sensor could go in the grill, the display in the cluster, control panel with buttons somewhere else, etc.

So far, I have only found a "stealth kit" in excess of 1000 dollars. I wish I could just take apart the radar I currently own and just put the pieces where I want. I hate having it mounted on my windshield, and I just can't believe they don't make these things as kits with different sections to be mounted based on the vehicle and user preference. I have mine tucked away, behind the mirror, hard wired to the mirror's power source, but it's there, suctioned to my windshield, sticking out like a sore thumb. I hate it.

Any ideas? I'm willing to get crafty here. But - I'm on a budget.
 

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The Valentine 1 lets you mount the detector in the conventional location but you can get a remote display so that the actual detector will be blacked out and you can mount the display in your gauge cluster or wherever you want.
 

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The Valentine 1 lets you mount the detector in the conventional location but you can get a remote display so that the actual detector will be blacked out and you can mount the display in your gauge cluster or wherever you want.
+1 on the valentine I have two of them,great radar detectors.:smileup:
 

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That are called remote radar detectors. I had one back in the 80's and it was awesome.
I did too :LOL:

The issue I have today is I don't seem to keep vehicle like I used
to except for the truck, a few years back I got a Escort Passport
and I like the fact I can move it to different vehicles quickly and
it's priceless to have while in rentals ;)
 

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Thanks for the input everyone. It looks like my only option if I want to stay at a reasonable price is the Valentine setup. The Passport 9500ci, from what I've seen (and similar models) are over 1000 dollars and I don't have the budget for that.

I am really, really surprised that DIY info on this is very limited. I was contemplated turning my current escort (probably 8 years old now, well worth the money!) into a frankenstein project, but I fear I am lacking the know how. I would think that it wouldn't be hard to find an affordable antenna that could be mounted remotely to a display in the dash.... I don't care about all of those fancy features like laser (no one ever uses laser where I drive) and the alert system that escort has a subscription service for with GPS based technology. I just want a detector that tells me signal strength and the radar band. If anyone has any DIY knowledge on this... I'm all ears!
 

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I was thinking about a radar detector so I wouldn't have to be so nervous going fast on road trips. If I were to get one It'd be a Valentine 1. Some of the top end escorts are probably better, but I don't think they're so much better that I'd pay as much as they're asking for them (like $300 more).
 

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I was thinking about a radar detector so I wouldn't have to be so nervous going fast on road trips. If I were to get one It'd be a Valentine 1. Some of the top end escorts are probably better, but I don't think they're so much better that I'd pay as much as they're asking for them (like $300 more).
years ago, my id got me out of a few tickets. has that changed.
 

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years ago, my id got me out of a few tickets. has that changed.
I mean I got out of a ticket going 80 in a 45 (rural highway) but the ID had nothing to do with it. I think he was just looking for drunks since it was late and when he saw I was stone sober he lost interest. I was DDing the wife.

I actually think the police here would be less likely to let you off for being military because they're tired of dealing with all the drunken antics out in town. The snotty "entitled veterans" who tell everybody they owe them something for their service don't help. Military discounts are nice, but when you get outraged because a place doesn't offer one you're just a douchebag. Happened to me a couple times when I was waiting tables after I commissioned waiting to go to school. I had no problem telling them off since I didn't really need the job that bad
 

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I don't really intentionally speed, unless I'm really in a rush, and at that point it is usually nice to have the confidence of the radar detector. Over the years I've become very good at using it and judging the alerts to figure out what is going on and where a cop is or isn't.

The radar, for me, keeps me in check. When I get a legitimate alert, it reminds me by saying "hey dummy, make sure you aren't speeding" because sometimes I do without realizing. It is a great tool to help save me money. It has paid for itself many times over. Now that I have a son, it is even more rare that I speed. Now-a-days I find myself driving more and more like a grandpa because I have the little guy in the back seat.

My current radar is an Escort 8500 x50, which is an incredible device. I'm considering a Valentine 1 because of the remote display option, but the price point is hard to justify when my current radar still works like it did when I bought it possibly...ten years ago?

If anyone has any knowledge of radars or electronics and would be interested in coming up with a cheaper DIY alternative to cannibalize an existing radar and mount the sensor and display remotely without spending a ton of money, please let me know. It can't be that difficult!
 

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That's a nice one but if you already use your phone's bluetooth to connect to the factory radio for hands free calling you are screwed. This would be nice if you could pair it to the radio though.
I have this unit and you can have it connected and let it run in the background.

The only downside to it is not much filtering. It works great on the freeway, but forget using it in the city.
 
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