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I'm trying to get an idea of how many people have radar detectors in socal and do they find them effective. I have a Cobra hardwired and was considering upgrading to the V-1, but with so many false alarms and so little police radar, I'm wondering if it is worth it.

I'd be interested in opinions from SoCal drivers.

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I had a top-of-the-line BEL at one point,l and several of my friends have had detectors, but none of us ever found them of much use. Until a few years ago, CHP never used radar at all, and we rarely drove out in the boonies where there is more radar use.

We've found Uniden BearTrackers to be FAR more useful, but even they've gone into disuse (I eBay'd mine last year). And with more departments going to trunked radio systems, they start becoming useless agains those.
 

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I find they're effective during "that time of the month..." You know, quota filling time. Radar is still in wide use by most of the agencies in So. Cal, and especially during the end of the month when quotas needs to be filled.

What convinced me to get a V1 was a couple of weeks ago, CHP set up a pretty nasty trap near the 10/57 interchange off the hills of Pomona. In my car (I was driving my sister-in-law's Ford Escort) I would have SURELY been busted for speeding. There was a "bait" cruiser pulling off 10 Eastbound onto 57 South, and a motorcycle cop down 1/2 mile at the base of an on-ramp clocking cars speeding up after seeing cruiser #1 leave the freeway, and 2 more cruisers further down to chase down offenders caught by the CHiP's radar.

Of course, if you're careful and alert, you don't really need the radar detector.
 

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What convinced me to get a V1 was a couple of weeks ago, CHP set up a pretty nasty trap near the 10/57 interchange off the hills of Pomona. In my car (I was driving my sister-in-law's Ford Escort) I would have SURELY been busted for speeding. There was a "bait" cruiser pulling off 10 Eastbound onto 57 South, and a motorcycle cop down 1/2 mile at the base of an on-ramp clocking cars speeding up after seeing cruiser #1 leave the freeway, and 2 more cruisers further down to chase down offenders caught by the CHiP's radar.

Of course, if you're careful and alert, you don't really need the radar detector. [/B]
Well, you DO know that the #1 ticket revenue generator for CHP in SoCal is the 10W from Kellogg Hill down to the 605. And its just too easy to speed when coming down Kellogg Hill in all 5 directions.

The really fast section out there that I amazingly almost never see any cops is just south of there, 57N between the 60 and 10.
 

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Kaz said:

The really fast section out there that I amazingly almost never see any cops is just south of there, 57N between the 60 and 10.
Yep. The day we (my friend got a V1 at the same time) got the V1 installed, we went out for a short test drive to see if we can spot any CHiPs out there...Took some insane speeds on the 605 between the 10 and the 210 (hit 145 in his M3) and I hit ~95 on the 57 South between the 10 and the 60...Not a single peep from the V1.

It picked up a laser signal yesterday (Sunday)...I am not aware of any local agencies that use laswer? :dunno:
 

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Yep. The day we (my friend got a V1 at the same time) got the V1 installed, we went out for a short test drive to see if we can spot any CHiPs out there...Took some insane speeds on the 605 between the 10 and the 210 (hit 145mph in his M3) and I hit ~95 on the 57 South between the 10 and the 60...Not a single peep from the V1.

It picked up a laser signal yesterday (Sunday)...I am not aware of any local agencies that use laswer? :dunno:
HACK, I would not openly advertise those speeds:tsk:

I have found my V1 very useful in the city too, not so much on main commerical streets, where you are bound to get a lot of false readings, but in residential areas, where cops can hide behind the bushes and zap you before you can see them.

All in all, I feel very uncomfortable driving without my V1 anywhere in town and outside town.
 

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HACK, I would not openly advertise those speeds:tsk:
Talk to my "friend" about those speeds. Dumb *ss was saying that there isn't enough pull at 145 in 5th gear with the AC on while I was holding on for DEAR LIFE.

Remind me not to take a ride with him anymore.
 

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Places I have been saved by my V1
Cops shooting radar on local surface street - several times
Cops shooting laser (I got the deflection from another car)
CHP on the toll road - twice in the last month

I would say get it. The V1 does have it's share of falses, but you learn the areas it will false in, and with the bogey counter you can tell if there is 1 more (potential cop) bogey than normal...

I don't really speed much, but the reality is every once in a while you end up exceeding the speed limit.;)
 

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Talk to my "friend" about those speeds. Dumb *ss was saying that there isn't enough pull at 145 in 5th gear with the AC on while I was holding on for DEAR LIFE.

Remind me not to take a ride with him anymore.
DON'T TAKE A RIDE WITH HIM ANYMORE! :tsk: :tsk: :tsk:
 

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When I lived in LA I found the V1 useful

On San Vicente up in Brentwood. Heading west towards the water there was usually a motorcycle cop that would park inbetween parked cars and laser people. I knew he was there so I always went slow, but I can't imagine the V1 would help in that situation.

There was also a Santa Monica cop that did the same exact thing except on Ocean Blvd along the water. Just north of the intersection of Washington and Ocean.

Also, the only place I got snagged for speeding was on the 405 Northbound. He came down from Mullholland drive and tailed me doing 80. Gimme a break it was 6am and the road was empty. He told me that I didn't slow down when I went around the corner under the 101 underpass. I told him I didnt' need to, my car can handle that.

He let me off. Cause VinceTopazBlu whom I was following took off and I stopped. He said it wouldn't be fair for him to ticket me and not my friend.

thanks Vince :thumbup:
 

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Buy a V1

I've been using a V1 on my 330CI, and my previous rides -- a C5 Corvette coupe and a Jaguar XJS convertible. It has saved my license many times over. And not just with the Chippers. LAPD motorcycle units just love nabbing folks traversing canyon roads. It is afterall, ALL ABOUT MONEY!, very little about safety.
As for false alarms, yeah, you get them. Even in the Valentine's advanced logic mode one will pick up security systems, automatic doors, etc. However, after a little use you'll quickly learn what to ignore and what to pay attention to. On the highway, the CHP has come to rely heavily on KA radar. In fact they've become down right lazy. Instead of tracking you in your blindspot for some distance, they just drive down the road with their radar shooting off like a drunken cowboy on Saturday night.

On the dreadfully straight and boring I5 the V1 can pick up the signal(s) miles away. Since it identifies both the number and direction of threats, one can pass a parked CHP car and read his buddy down the road waiting for the unknowing to resume speeding.

In heavily trafficed areas such as the 405 in LA and Orange county or the 101 in Santa Barbara county it's not uncommon for the CHP to use 2 cars to pick up speeders. The V1 does work.
 

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I recently sold my passport 8500 and replaced it with a v1. I am not sure that it is any more effective, but the arrows and counter sure are nice. I was amazed at it's size, too. I didn't realize they had made them so much smaller.

The only draw back is that it's very easy to see from outside the car. You have big blinking arrows after all. I thought about trying the stealth readout panel, but I like having the display close to the driving line of sight . . .
 
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