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I'm about halfway through installing a radar detector in my GTO (I'm just over 700 glorious miles on the odometer now, thanks for asking), and I was wondering what other people chose. Dash-mount? Remote Mount? Self install? Professional install?

Personally, I went for overkill and bought the Passport SRX on Ebay ($750 delivered). See the details on it at www.escortradar.com/srx.htm . Since the retail price of this unit installed is $1600, I figure I can do the install myself and save the $850 installation charge. I do understand the escort warrenty will be nullified by doing the install myself, but since it is modular I can replace any part that fails and still come out way ahead. Besides, I trust my installation skills much more than some dealership yahoo. I seem to have really bad luck when I let a "Professional Installation Specialist" or dealership touch my cars electronics.

So far, it's been a really straight forward install (pics coming soon). I've seen in some other people's pictures (the autocross grills set seem to come to mind) where they also have the remote mount systems. My plan is to put the display unit on a swivel actuator beneath a cutout section of the trim piece under the DIC, so that when the car is on (accessory power), the display unit rises into view, but when the car is not running, the display unit sinks back down out of sight (totally hidden). Obviously, this isn't something I want to pay someone else to do (I figure about 5 hours just for building, installing and adjusting the actuating motor/spring).

The only part of the install I am wavering on is the laser shifter units for the front. They are exactly the same height as the spacing between the horizontal plastic bars below the license plate. The best install method I've figured out is to use double sided foam sticky tape (3M VHB adhesive double sided... the good stuff) to stick them to the bar above and below the shifter unit.

Now that I have removed the rear spoiler and the rear badges, the car is looking much more stealthy. I ordered the 10 inch overdrive Blaupunkt subwoofers today (model ODW1000, less than 3 inches in depth!), and plan to put them on the rear deck to replace the weak stock subs, with front speakers to come soon. When I get done with the electronics, the car should have great sound, a great radar detector, be mostly invisible to laser speed equipment, and yet look innocuous. :secret:

I read with great interest the philosophical thread about radar jammers, laser jammers, and their pros and cons... I feel comfortable installing and using the laser jammer, as it's only effective when the laser gun is pointed at *my* car. It won't interfere with measuring the speed of some *other* car. Radar jammers, on the other hand, are a quick way to get in trouble with the FCC (darn federal rules!). I haven't looked into what level of licensing I would need (technician level?) to operate a low-powered radar transmitter in my car... of course, if it interfered with anyone elses equipment and they let me know, I'd take appropriate action per FCC rules part 15 subpart C to mitigate the interference. For now, I'm going to pass on the radar jamming portion...

Anyway, if anyone else cares to share their radar detector stories/choices, please do so.
 

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Tmac,
I remote mounted my Passport SR7 also. Heads up on the subs. You won't get them in the rear deck unless you do some cutting(see my thread in stereo section). The ODw1000s do sound awesome. Good choice.
 
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