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Old 12-15-2004, 10:14 AM   #11
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They are more accurate that radar because they are able to single out a car instead of the whole radar beam hitting all three and having to distinguish which one is faster.
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Radar detectors are waaaay over-rated, since almost any brand out there can be easily defeated by police lidar (laser). Your detector won't pick up laser until the beam is pointed directly at you, and then you're caught. Just because it goes off doesn't automatically mean it saved you a ticket, but the manufacturer wants you to believe that so you'll keep buying them.
I was told that parts of the laser beam bounce off of your car and scatter, therefore sometimes your detector can go off even if they haven't hit you.

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i have a bel 880 and it saved my butt when i went to school 500 miles from home.... its not cop protection though... you still gotta watch out, cause laser is instantaneous.
Also remember that most radar guns now days are instantaneous now as well, just not as focused as the lasers. Most cops know pretty much how fast cars are going anyways...so they wait for one that they think is going fast enough for them to write a ticket for, then they "activate" the radar gun....and tada, you are nailed and your radar detector didn't make a sound until it is too late. And by that time you are so close that that thing is screaming loud.
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Radar detectors are waaaay over-rated, since almost any brand out there can be easily defeated by police lidar (laser). Your detector won't pick up laser until the beam is pointed directly at you, and then you're caught. Just because it goes off doesn't automatically mean it saved you a ticket, but the manufacturer wants you to believe that so you'll keep buying them.
I was told that parts of the laser beam bounce off of your car and scatter, therefore sometimes your detector can go off even if they haven't hit you.

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i have a bel 880 and it saved my butt when i went to school 500 miles from home.... its not cop protection though... you still gotta watch out, cause laser is instantaneous.
Also remember that most radar guns now days are instantaneous now as well, just not as focused as the lasers. Most cops know pretty much how fast cars are going anyways...so they wait for one that they think is going fast enough for them to write a ticket for, then they "activate" the radar gun....and tada, you are nailed and your radar detector didn't make a sound until it is too late. And by that time you are so close that that thing is screaming loud.
Wow, I think that could be catagorized as gorilla speed trap warefare, u sir are a sick minded man.

And for the other guy that said he found tweaks for his radar detector please define..
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i dont use a radar detector... just keep ur eye out and u will see them
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i dont use a radar detector... just keep ur eye out and u will see them
pm me when you get ur first ticket
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i dont use a radar detector... just keep ur eye out and u will see them
pm me when you get ur first ticket
Good One!
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i dont use a radar detector... just keep ur eye out and u will see them
pm me when you get ur first ticket
if your always traveling with traffic, when the cop isnt going to pull the whole highway over but he could pick you out

its all luck if you get pulled over or not
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its all luck if you get pulled over or not
UUhhh no, it really is not. Cops who mainly pull people over for speeding (not excessive) are jerks I see them every morning, they are in the best spots too, and by best spots i mean most likely people will be going to fast, to get out of lanes and pass cars to get onto the off ramps, or 10 feet behind the speed sign that says 35 after it has been 45 for almost 20 miles- any way its not luck at all it would be smarter if you said that statisticly you could be pulled over. No suck thing with luck with cops. **** the police.
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its all luck if you get pulled over or not
UUhhh no, it really is not. Cops who mainly pull people over for speeding (not excessive) are jerks I see them every morning, they are in the best spots too, and by best spots i mean most likely people will be going to fast, to get out of lanes and pass cars to get onto the off ramps, or 10 feet behind the speed sign that says 35 after it has been 45 for almost 20 miles- any way its not luck at all it would be smarter if you said that statisticly you could be pulled over. No suck thing with luck with cops. **** the police.

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if your always traveling with traffic, then the cop isnt going to pull the whole highway over but he could pick you out
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There'* only two ways to protect yourself, and even then you are not fully protected (they can pace you or get you by aircraft).

1) Buy a good radar detector. I think the Valentine (www.valentine1.com) is the best (just my opinion), but its $400. Escort makes a nice unit as well. I haven't had a Bel since the 745STI so I can't comment on its sensitivity.

2) Buy a laser jammer. Lidatek (www.lidatek.com) makes a great laser jammer but it too is ~$400. I have this on another car and it works very well. Unfortunately it is not portable and must be mounted in a bumper.

It'* your call....if you do a lot of driving during rush hour there isn't much to worry about, but if you are driving with low traffic volume you really have to be careful.
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