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Old 01-03-13, 07:44 PM   #1
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Ok if you all could post pics or let me know where you placed your radar detectors, I was gonna try but I haven't really seen a good place to put it, mostly cause of the huge screen. Thanks in advance.
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this is where i put mine.
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this is where i put mine.
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Where did you plug it in.
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Where did you plug it in.
it looks like it is hardwired into the rear view mirror
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it looks like it is hardwired into the rear view mirror
It is, they popped the panel off and there's a bunch of wires you can use.
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I haven't seen the rearview mirror setup on a 4GS yet, but I used one of these on my IS. Looks low profile and is rock solid.
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Old 01-06-13, 10:47 PM   #7
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WATCH OUT!

High-mounted RDs with suction cups WILL let go sooner or later. When they do, you can damage your delicate wood trim, destroy the detector, and rip out your painstakingly installed hardwire. If you use suction cup mounts, you MUST take precautions against the unit falling. NOTE: religiously removing the detector when the car is parked is NOT sufficient protection. Under hard braking, rough roads, or because it's the third Tuesday of the month, your RD will surely take a fall. Be warned and be ready.
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WATCH OUT!

High-mounted RDs with suction cups WILL let go sooner or later. When they do, you can damage your delicate wood trim, destroy the detector, and rip out your painstakingly installed hardwire. If you use suction cup mounts, you MUST take precautions against the unit falling. NOTE: religiously removing the detector when the car is parked is NOT sufficient protection. Under hard braking, rough roads, or because it's the third Tuesday of the month, your RD will surely take a fall. Be warned and be ready.
Previously I would put a small bead of clear silicone glue inside each suction cup. Stick it to the windshield and wait a day before mounting RD. Will never fall off unless you put too much silicone. Whenever you want to remove take out your trusted razor blade and cut it off. New suction cups can be had for $5.

Current I have clear windshield tint (to block heat) so I've been looking for another solution since the razor to windshield w/ tint might not work well. So I found a permanent windshield mount (flea bay for about $10) which has a 3M tape that will stick to the windshield. This looks promising although I do not have any experience. In the beginning I will probably tie the RD to the mirror just in case it drops when it gets hot.
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Yup, lots of way to do it. But, people being people they don't do it until disaster strikes.

I posted elsewhere that the new horizontal layout of the Lexus dash, combined with the huge central display and the VERY remote (read inconvenient) power sockets lead to a suboptimal situation for aftermarket windshield electronics. Serious radar detector enthusiasts often run at least two radar detectors, a high-def dash cam, CB radio/scanner, and even dedicated red-light camera alerters and VASCAR airplane detection equipment. Manufacturers of lux/performance cars really do their customers a disservice by neglecting easy hookups for such gizmos. Why not have a 12VDC receptacle or two on the dash near the windshield concealed by a nice little trim cover? Why not?
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WATCH OUT!

High-mounted RDs with suction cups WILL let go sooner or later. When they do, you can damage your delicate wood trim, destroy the detector, and rip out your painstakingly installed hardwire. If you use suction cup mounts, you MUST take precautions against the unit falling. NOTE: religiously removing the detector when the car is parked is NOT sufficient protection. Under hard braking, rough roads, or because it's the third Tuesday of the month, your RD will surely take a fall. Be warned and be ready.
I had it the same way on my other car for over a year, never fell off or anything.. but I guess it's better to be safe then sorry.
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I had an Escort 8500 X50 installed in my vehicle for years. The suction cups would fail every time the temperature sufficiently changed (cold to hot or hot to cold). I'd see the radar detector sitting on the dashboard or floor when this happened. I tried using a small amount of petroleum jelly to create a better seal, but this did not improve the situation in any noticeable way. I even tried a large aftermarket navigation system-style suction cup with a custom Escort mount without success. Eventually, I gave up on the hassle of having a radar detector entirely.
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...Eventually, I gave up on the hassle of having a radar detector entirely.
Too bad. PA is one of the few states where police are not allowed to use either laser or moving radar to target speeders. As such, a good detector and a set of sharp eyes is all that the driver in a hurry needs there. I suppose you still have the eyes...
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Too bad. PA is one of the few states where police are not allowed to use either laser or moving radar to target speeders. As such, a good detector and a set of sharp eyes is all that the driver in a hurry needs there. I suppose you still have the eyes...
Pennsylvania also has less police presence than most of the surrounding states. The only times I've been pulled over it's been through the use of VASCAR. A radar detector won't do anything against that threat.
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The only times I've been pulled over it's been through the use of VASCAR. A radar detector won't do anything against that threat.
Actually, it kinda will these days.

Escort and Beltronics (same ownership now, so "Belscort") has developed a distributed networking app called "Escort Live" (EL) that ties their detectors (via Bluetooth) to a cell phone app to their central servers. The upshot is that alerts from other detectors in your area make your detector go off, even VASCAR reports from other users (manually inputted). EL and Waze both report user-inputted alerts (but NOT radar detector generated ones) to each other, so EL gives you the benefit of Waze police reports without all the silliness of point collecting and Taco Bell locations. Good luck.
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It is, they popped the panel off and there's a bunch of wires you can use.
Simon, how do you pop the panel off to get to the wires? This is how I had my Escort 9500ix installed in my G37 but it was much easier since the wires were easier to get to. Thanks in advance.
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