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So...I'm probably a few months out from having enough money to buy some upgrades, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it. :)

I was wondering if a radar detector would still work properly if we could somehow get a piece fabbed for the top of the console (where those aftermarket guages go) which the RD would sit in. RDs in general aren't too tall, so it'd only be like a 1.5" bulge, and I've love the stealth look of it from the outside, instead of having a chunk of plastic stuck to my windshield with suction cups.

If line of site or something is required, perhaps the front of the shield could be clear...

See, this is what happens when I have nothing to do here at work :)
 

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EvilYoda said:
So...I'm probably a few months out from having enough money to buy some upgrades, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it. :)

I was wondering if a radar detector would still work properly if we could somehow get a piece fabbed for the top of the console (where those aftermarket guages go) which the RD would sit in. RDs in general aren't too tall, so it'd only be like a 1.5" bulge, and I've love the stealth look of it from the outside, instead of having a chunk of plastic stuck to my windshield with suction cups.

If line of site or something is required, perhaps the front of the shield could be clear...

See, this is what happens when I have nothing to do here at work :)
Most normal RD's need a clear line of sight out the front and rear window to work properly. The only really stealth on that I can think of is the one that has remot antennas installed in the front and rear, with a separate display unit. I have often thought about trying to mod my V-1 like this, but alway balk at the thought of taking the soldering iron to a $400 detector!
 

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As long as the detector is transparent to the frequency ranges that the radar is working at, there's no reason it can't be covered. This is how the remote mounted detectors work - they can be placed behind the plastic bumper cover without any problem. Laser of course needs a line of sight so that won't work, but for those remote mount systems, they get separate laser sensors.

I should note that mounting low (such as on the dash) of the car is not optimum placement for a detector, because you lose a great deal of range, and range = warning time. The guys who make the Valentine 1 (for example, this holds true for all portable detectors though) suggest a placement as high on the windshield as possible while keeping the detector out of any tint bands (as these can attenuate the received signals) and of course for the V1 making sure it can see out the back window too. In the GTO I have my V1 mounted dead center on the windshield just below where the edge of the rearview mirror hangs.
 

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Almost anything non-metallic or non moisture containing can conceal a radar detector without affecting signal. Guys used to cover their "fuzzbusters with an empty Kleenex box. However, your laser pickup will be wiped out. Of course, laser detectors should just have a readout that says "You just got busted, bub."
 

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traumadog said:
Just curious - how do you get power to the RD? Do you have the "smoker's package"?
The short version: I ran a wire to the fuse box under the steering wheel.

The long version: Read about it here. There are pictures linked (zip file).

Edit: Just so you know, sometimes the link to the pictures works, and sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately, Verizon COMPLETELY SUCKS so I can't guarantee that anything I link to will actually work. It's a good bet that if my signature pic is showing up, then my links will work too.
 

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If you have the top of the windshield tinted you can mount it by the rearview mirror and it will be invisible unless someone stick their head in the window.

I had mine like that in my last car and you could not see it at all.

_DM
 

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dmonty said:
If you have the top of the windshield tinted you can mount it by the rearview mirror and it will be invisible unless someone stick their head in the window.

I had mine like that in my last car and you could not see it at all.

_DM
The only problem there being that the tinting could interfere with the ability to of the detector to detect. Would have to make sure that the tinting is non-metallic in nature.
 

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If you're considering top of the line: I have nearly invisible system on another car: the K40 system with sensors mounted behind the front grill & the rear bumper, as well as a laser jammer up front. In the ****pit I have two small piezo speakers with LED's in my instrument pod that indicate the typ of frequency I'm being hit with (according to the beep and flashing patterns) as well as front or rear location of the source. Other than than, I just have a switch to turn the system to city, off or highway. In terms of use, it works like a charm. I just covered 2600 miles in Maine, NH & VT last week during vacation with no tickets.

Have compared it to the latest wireless escort (S2) that I use in the Goat & on my motorbike and both systems consistently identify the same sources. The main difference is that K40 will distort readings that bounce back to laser guns, providing additional protection. Both systems are shielded so they should not be detectable by police radar detector "detectors", but the K 40 can't be spotted. Total cost installed was about $1300.
 

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I love my K40 system in my Goat... now since I've got a new bumper, I will be redoing the defuser though.
 
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