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Radar Detector for the Model X

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by KBurbridge14, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. KBurbridge14

    KBurbridge14 Member

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    I know there are some limitations created by the X's "special" windshield, but does anybody have a Radar Detector setup that is successful?
     
  2. Jeff Andrews

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    Why? Honest question here. You have driver assist features that will drive the car for you at highway speeds. Are the speed limits too slow? Again, honest question, I'm not trying to be negative.
     
  3. KBurbridge14

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    Honest answer: Although I typically set the Auto Pilot for the speed limit + 4MPH, on occasion, I do drive up to (+) 9 MPH over the speed limit. I know that is usually not fast enough to warrant a speeding ticket, but I don't like surprises. I'm just weighing the options.
     
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  4. B8BB8B

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    The road limits where I live are far to low. We usually go 20-30KM/hr whenever we do long distance driving on the highways.

    I was thinking of upgrading my radar to the built in outside the vehicle instead of the traditional window one.
     
  5. Insureit1

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    I have mine hardwired and mounted on the lower left windshield. Works fine and have had no issues.
     
  6. KBurbridge14

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    Insureit1, what brand and model? How much?
     
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    I have two (in different vehicles) of the Escort Passport 9500. I use the standard factory windshield suction cup mounts. Works just as well in the X as any other vehicle I have had them in. I am running the power from the OBDII port to the big open space behind the dash on the drivers side. Just pull off the side panel on the drivers side dash and there is plenty of space. I have everything zip tied in place so it doesn't move around. Mounting my dash camera this weekend and will run power for that to the same location.

    https://www.amazon.com/Escort-Passport-9500IX-Radar-Detector/dp/B0063A0NZI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1478133915&sr=1-3&keywords=escort+radar+detector
     
  8. cinqg

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    Just picked up my P100D X 2-8-2017 and want to install my detector, is the OBD still in same position on this production of the X and which tap do you use for the switched 12v?
    Thanx, Randy
     
  9. ShadowR55

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    The Escort Max 2 is awesome in my S and I'm planning to install it in my X. I'm guessing I will have to tap the OBD port as well. There is no power in the rear view? Don't have the car yet to check it out.

    P.S. I routinely drive 80-100mph, that's why I have a radar detector.
     
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  10. ElDudinero

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    The Swiss coppers would fry my ass for even owning one of those .
     
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  11. Paul in PalmCity

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    I have a Valentine One and have driven with those detectors since they were first invented. I have it suctioned to the Model X windscreen about an inch to the right of the rear-view mirror and then down about 6". This permits the cable to stay off to the right of the monitor screen until I get a more permanent wiring solution in place. It also looks out the windshield significantly below the lower edge of the blue tint.

    Because I have had V1s so long, I know how they perform in my previous cars and have some direct correlation to performance in the Model X. I keep my X and K bands completely turned off, only using Ka and Laser. These have both alerted normally to distant sources and I see no real degradation in performance what so ever.
     
  12. myblubu

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    That's great to hear! I have a V1 and haven't been using it after I tried it in my first MS and it didn't detect anything from the front, only the sides and back. I heard about the coating on the MS and figured windshield mounted detectors wouldn't work. So I now have a Passport 9500ci installed in one MS and love it! Only don't want to spend that much to outfit the MX if I don't have to.

    So am I hearing correctly that the MX doesn't have the same windshield coating issue like the MS? Will my V1 week on the windshield of my MX?
     
  13. ToddS

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    After 4 days on the windshield, it seems to be performing exactly the same as when it was on my MDX.
     
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    Thanks! I'm going to give it a try this afternoon!
     
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    I know TONS of people who have gotten speeding tickets just kind of driving with the flow and not realizing they were going like 82mph in a 70. Not being unsafe or anything, it just crept up on them. I've always had a detector and have gone my entire life without a getting a ticket. It makes driving so much more relaxing. If you factor in the costs of a single ticket + resulting increased insurance premiums, it pays for itself.
     
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  16. Paul in PalmCity

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    Glad to hear that the V1 is working for you like for me. Model S may have a stronger film over more of the WS - I don't know. I only have tested and use daily in my X. Very satisfied with performance of V1.

    As for Jeff Andrews' question: In some instances, yes, just too slow. :) This car can have you moving much more quickly than you might realize and having a little advance warning never hurts.
     
  17. myblubu

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    Same here, I had put my V1 on the shelf after trying it in my Model S, but after reading a post on how it should work in the Model X, I gave it a try, and it works well. I just used the suction cups to test it for a while and after I verified it worked, I ordered a blendmount (I thought it was a little expensive, but I was well pleased with the quality - plus I found a 12% offf coupon).

    I also purchased a power cord to get switched power from the mirror from RadarMount.com - it was inexpensive and worked great (15% off coupon too).

    Thanks to the forum members for tips on how to remove the plastic trim around the mirror so I could fish the power wire through! Lots of tips were in the forum on installing dash cams. Thansk @Nerdy_Engineer - Also, @satheesh.net has good step by step instructions for taking the plastic trim off - Thanks!

    Looks good and works great!

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    @myblubu Can you slide the V1 forward & out of the mount without much effort, much like we normally can with the standard suction cup mount? I like to be able to take down the V1 either when parking so there's one less attraction to thieves or when it appears I'll be driving side-by-side with law enforcement :=)
     
  19. ToddS

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    The short answer is yes.

    It uses the same V1 cartridge as the suction cup. It just has bolts that go in place of the suction cups. There is also a nice design mount on the website he posted for purchasing the cabling. My only question is whether it is compatible with the Tesla rear view mirror. I have the blendmount, but I wish it kept it higher and tighter to the rear view mirror (but I am being overly picky).
     
  20. myblubu

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    @ToddS is right. You remove the 2 suction cups on the V1 'Windshield Mount' and the blendmount attaches to that with 2 screws in the spots where the suction cups were. So you can remove the V1 from the mount the same as you would if you had the V1 installed with suction cups and left the suction cups and 'windshield mount' attached to the windshield. Taking anything more than just the actual V1 off, would require removing some screws.
     

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