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Hard-wired Radar Detector

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So, back when i was 16 i decided to hard wire my radar detector in my car (99 GA) because the dumb thing kept falling off the windsheild every time the bass hit from my system (dumb suction cup holder)...

So here is some pics, and instructions of how it all was done
I am considering doing a similar project in my 03 Taurus

This is a picture of the radar detector itself. The off white color wire leads to a button that turns on/off the VG-2 protection. The wire below leads to a LED (Light Emitting Diode) panel.

The picture above displays a button that controls the VG-2 protection and also the speaker. The speaker was strategically placed where the seat belt rolls into the side of my car, for its the closest place to my ear. Loud music frequently covers up the ticket-saving beeps the radar detector emits. (pic of my friends hand holding it -- mine arent that pudgy

The LED panel was placed on top of the dash. Note that since it was a leased car, i couldnt mount the LED panel in the dash, or any other better, less conspicuous areas.

The radar dector unit itself was placed in the front grill of my car.

Things id do differently would be of course make it more inconspicuous, hide wires bettter, integrate the LED panel, etc etc
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the valentine detector isn't all it's worked up to be really, they're pretty scandalous for allegedly paying magazine editors etc to give them good reviews. go to radartest.com.
yes the valentine one works, but there are a few others that work much better (and about $100 cheaper). as far as the side arrows go, radar uses the doppler effect and that can't work from the side, only head on, so there is no reason to need side arrows, that is a marketing ploy. i have 2 bel 985's, less than 5% of the time its a false signal. in the last 4 yrs that i've had my bel 985's, i've never been pulled over once, i drive about 15 to 30 over in the city (at all times) and 30+ over in the country, and i drive over 20k miles a year.
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