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      11-29-2011, 03:07 AM   #1
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Radar Detector Installer - L.A.

Anyone know of a good, reputable one? Who can do a completely integrated install of a Passport 9500ci?
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I'll be doing my V1 as soon as I get the car.
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^ The V1 is an excellent radar detector. I own two of them.
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^ The V1 is an excellent radar detector. I own two of them.
I have 4 myself.
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does it handle false alerts better than a passprot 9500ci? I'm thinking of doing a Custom V1 install so its integrated into the mirror.

trying to compare V1 vs. Passport 9500ci......
- the Passport also has laser shifters incl.
- the V1 has directional arrows
- the K40 has dual radar sensors in both the front and rear

so many choices.......
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does it handle false alerts better than a passprot 9500ci? I'm thinking of doing a Custom V1 install so its integrated into the mirror.

trying to compare V1 vs. Passport 9500ci......
- the Passport also has laser shifters incl.
- the V1 has directional arrows
- the K40 has dual radar sensors in both the front and rear

so many choices.......
I am doing the mirror on mine. Everything is here awaiting install. I don't see it being difficult. I skipped on the Passport cause of all the extra crap you have to do. I have found the V1 to work well without the need for the extra monitors.
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I am doing the mirror on mine. Everything is here awaiting install. I don't see it being difficult. I skipped on the Passport cause of all the extra crap you have to do. I have found the V1 to work well without the need for the extra monitors.
I'm assuming that since we are in LA, we don't need laser diffusers as much?
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I'm assuming that since we are in LA, we don't need laser diffusers as much?
I don't know about NEED cause that will depend more on where you are and what the LEOs use there. I have done just fine with my V1s.
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If looking for placement of the display units, here's a unit we built for the VF Widebody M3:







After finishwork & paint, this bolts in place of the ashtray on the center console.

The bottom display units are used for digital boost pressure display and Air/Fuel monitoring with the VF Supercharger kit.
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If looking for placement of the display units, here's a unit we built for the VF Widebody M3:







After finishwork & paint, this bolts in place of the ashtray on the center console.

The bottom display units are used for digital boost pressure display and Air/Fuel monitoring with the VF Supercharger kit.
Very trick piece. Wish I had a plastic cnc machine to make stuff like that.
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Yeah I got quoted $2,499 at one shop, then $1,600 at another. Both are tax-paid, installed prices. BIG DIFFERENCE.
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Yeah I got quoted $2,499 at one shop, then $1,600 at another. Both are tax-paid, installed prices. BIG DIFFERENCE.
IMO that's insane for any radar detector (I assume that price is based on the Passport).
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IMO that's insane for any radar detector (I assume that price is based on the Passport).
Yes - Passport 9500ci. It's the bees knees

I just have issues with peeps charging $1,000 for installation AND selling the unit at retail.
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Yes - Passport 9500ci. It's the bees knees

I just have issues with peeps charging $1,000 for installation AND selling the unit at retail.
I completely understand. I looked into the Passport before getting a 4th Valentine. It was just too much money for what you were getting. I also didn't like the fact that no retailers were willing to deal on it.
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V1 has saved me MULTIPLE times

And it's the only one wth arrows which is very convenient and useful.

Wiring it was easy - fuse tap to cigarette lighter in glove box, run the wire up, plug in, and done.

Do not use power from +12V lines by the sunroof/interior lights at the top because many of them are BUS lines that will cause issues (unlike the E46 where this was the preferred place to tap).

THE TECH: Interested in seeing your mirror retrofit, I'm very keen on going that way as well. I will just have to buy another V1 for the other cars.
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V1 has saved me MULTIPLE times

And it's the only one wth arrows which is very convenient and useful.

Wiring it was easy - fuse tap to cigarette lighter in glove box, run the wire up, plug in, and done.

Do not use power from +12V lines by the sunroof/interior lights at the top because many of them are BUS lines that will cause issues (unlike the E46 where this was the preferred place to tap).

THE TECH: Interested in seeing your mirror retrofit, I'm very keen on going that way as well. I will just have to buy another V1 for the other cars.
Hey mike let's meet soon for some coding and car chat I live in Marina Del Rey, maybe we can all meet up - The Tech as well?
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V1 has saved me MULTIPLE times

And it's the only one wth arrows which is very convenient and useful.

Wiring it was easy - fuse tap to cigarette lighter in glove box, run the wire up, plug in, and done.

Do not use power from +12V lines by the sunroof/interior lights at the top because many of them are BUS lines that will cause issues (unlike the E46 where this was the preferred place to tap).

THE TECH: Interested in seeing your mirror retrofit, I'm very keen on going that way as well. I will just have to buy another V1 for the other cars.
I plan on making a thread regarding it.
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Hey mike let's meet soon for some coding and car chat I live in Marina Del Rey, maybe we can all meet up - The Tech as well?
I'm sure I could make that happen.
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Hey mike let's meet soon for some coding and car chat I live in Marina Del Rey, maybe we can all meet up - The Tech as well?
Cool - let me know. I'm up for a car chat

I'm at Archstone (the highrise across from Cheesecake Factory) on Via Marina. Come by anytime.
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I plan on making a thread regarding it.
Please do! I was going to try the V1 sunroof method like I did on my E46 M3, just ordered another wiring kit this week so I can move the V1 between my E46 and E92 as necessary.
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Please do! I was going to try the V1 sunroof method like I did on my E46 M3, just ordered another wiring kit this week so I can move the V1 between my E46 and E92 as necessary.
It is not recommended to use the sunroof wiring on the E92.
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