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When you turn the key to the first notch where just the radio comes on, the radar won't come on, when you turn it to the accessory notch it comes on, and obviously it's on when the engine's on. I took some pics but they came out too dark, I'll take some tomorrow after school. Sorry for the delay.


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* * * * * * I did mine about 2 weeks ago. *




There are three wires coming out of the back of the connector that clips directly into your mirror. All I did was cut a slit in the plastic and pulled it away from each other to expose the wire. Looking at the clip when it's plugged in, the middle wire and the bottom one are the ones you need to do this to. The bottom one is the positive and the middle is the negative (I'm pretty sure). Then all you do is just tie the wires from the radar detector around their corresponding wire from the homelink and tape it back up. The detector wont turn on when just the radio is on.

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Can you please tell us the color of the wire instead of saying middle and bottom. I am worried that mine might be placed different position. ;)
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I have mine into the front outlet on and off with key
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I checked my setup, actually I ended up not using the mirror wires, I had planned on it, but my ACC wire running to my amps runs right beside the fuse box so I just tapped into that instead. So anyway, my detector still connects through my cig lighter.

I still dont' recommend using the mirror wires, but to each his own.

I didn't mention how good the V1 is, because you said you had already seen all those posts, but since we are on the topic, the V1 is simply the best that $$ can buy. Its truly amazing, in pitch blackness once I picked out a cop that was hiding in the middle of two of those road radar construction signs, due to where he was sitting, there is no other detector on the market that would have told me he was there.

The radar road contruction sign (the one that tells you to slow down if you're going too fast) was behind me and the arrows showed me it was behind me and on the X band. Then another arrow light up ahead of me on the X band still showing there was one in front of me, that made sense because they put the signs at each end of a construction zone here in Ga, to scare people with radar detectors to slow down. Anyway, suddenly the count rose to 3 and it picked up a 3rd bogey on the KA band, this one I knew was a cop and I slowed down. almost 1mile ahead there was the cop, hiding behind a cement barriar right behiind the second sign. All this was at midnight with me driving about 90. It was like I had night vision or something.

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Here is the thing Valentine1 = 399 off website
Escort Passport 8500 @ Costco = 259

Or 299 off of its website.

100 bucks is for the arrows.

Passport has an expert mode that tracks multiple bands like the valentine. Its up to you if you want the arrows or not. I've caught cops from miles away before. Both can use phone lines. Valentine comes with everything you could imagine like hard wire kit and stuff. Passport comes with that cigarette outlet that has display on it for night mode.


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Well I'm hooked because I like the arrows. I used to have a pos wal mart special radar detector, I don't like hearing the thing go off and have no clue which way to look. There is nothing like knowing where the signal is coming from. V1 also offers the cig display, but it is $40 more.

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* * * * * * Heres the skimmy, there are only two radar detectors worth the money, Valentine1 and Passport 8500. *Differences: Passport is 100 bucks cheaper. *Additionally Valentine1 has the arrows. *Would I love to have the arrows sure but i'm the kind of guy who slows down no matter what if I get hit with K or Ka band so the Passport 8500 is good enough for me. *Depending on which test you look at its a split between passport and valentine. *My friend has one and we drove side by side with walkie talkies and they both perform exactly the same except that he knew if it was from the front or rear. *So the 100 bucks is for the arrows.

Both the valentine and passport uses phone cords, that is how i hard wired mine.
I totally disagree that the $100 is for arrows. I have OWNED both detectors and the V1's performance blows the doors off the Passport 8500, hands down. I have never seen any test where the passport comes anywhere near the performance of the Val 1. I did see the test that Passport references/used to reference on its web page where it won......but the Valentine 1 was not tested. Look, I didn't buy the hype eitner......until I got one. The Passport is the second best detector, but a distant second and not much better than some of the top line Bell's out there that you can get for even less thant $300.

Plus, the arrows are a key element but I am telling you knowing how many signals are hitting you makes picking out false alarms a breeze. When the Passport goes off going by the shopping mall, all you know is that your detector is going of and you either have to assume that it is a false alarm or not. With the Val 1 if it shows 6 signals in k band comming from the front, then the side, then the back, you know it isn't a cop. You arent going to have 6 cops running radar on you at once. THAT and the sensitivity difference between the Passport and the Val 1 make it worth the extra $100, $150 or whatever. How much does a ticket cost you?

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I have the beltronics 975r installed in my car. I found it for about $350 online. Performed excellent in tests and its an indash model. I had mine installed in my ashtray. Completely invisible other than the laser sensors.

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I've never seen a radar det. review in that the V1 killed the Passport 8500 or vice versa.
I was in the market for a radar detector just a short while ago. After doing some research I settled on the Passport 8500 X50 (the newest Passport). To me looking at the info. on the pages below you couldn't go wrong with either one. The V1's price and lack of certain features pushed me towards the 8500. Some things I didn't like about the V1 was the lack of Auto mute, tiny white letters display the band type of the unit. One thing I like about the V1 was that it could be upgraded but as it turns out it isn't as cheap as I would of liked it to be. I just recommend for anyone in the market to do some research before buying, they are both great detectors though.


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* * * * * * Heres the skimmy, there are only two radar detectors worth the money, Valentine1 and Passport 8500. *Differences: Passport is 100 bucks cheaper. *Additionally Valentine1 has the arrows. *Would I love to have the arrows sure but i'm the kind of guy who slows down no matter what if I get hit with K or Ka band so the Passport 8500 is good enough for me. *Depending on which test you look at its a split between passport and valentine. *My friend has one and we drove side by side with walkie talkies and they both perform exactly the same except that he knew if it was from the front or rear. *So the 100 bucks is for the arrows.

Both the valentine and passport uses phone cords, that is how i hard wired mine.
I totally disagree that the $100 is for arrows. I have OWNED both detectors and the V1's performance blows the doors off the Passport 8500, hands down. I have never seen any test where the passport comes anywhere near the performance of the Val 1. I did see the test that Passport references/used to reference on its web page where it won......but the Valentine 1 was not tested. Look, I didn't buy the hype eitner......until I got one. The Passport is the second best detector, but a distant second and not much better than some of the top line Bell's out there that you can get for even less thant $300.

Plus, the arrows are a key element but I am telling you knowing how many signals are hitting you makes picking out false alarms a breeze. When the Passport goes off going by the shopping mall, all you know is that your detector is going of and you either have to assume that it is a false alarm or not. With the Val 1 if it shows 6 signals in k band comming from the front, then the side, then the back, you know it isn't a cop. You arent going to have 6 cops running radar on you at once. THAT and the sensitivity difference between the Passport and the Val 1 make it worth the extra $100, $150 or whatever. How much does a ticket cost you?
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V1 does have auto mute, it just is not turned on by default, however it is possible to reprogram it to support auto mute. But I do agree, the new Passport X50 is pretty much neck and neck with the V1, however I am a firm believer in knowing where the threat is coming from. Not to mention V1 is still the ONLY radar detector with a true front and rear antenna.

Detector's are like anything else, do your research and get what you think is best, I don't mind a Passport owner keeping the cops busy for me.

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