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Windshield mounted radar detector in refreshed Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Firewired, Jun 6, 2017.

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  1. Firewired

    Firewired Member

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    Someone had posted on the other Tesla forum that refreshed cars 2016 and newer no longer had the coating that block radar detector. In my 2014 I tried it everywhere around the rearview mirror to get it, or a garage pass to work and couldn't. I would sure hope this is true. Has anyone tried a detector or I presume toll pass in a newer car with success?

    Thanks.
     
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    Yes. Both ezpass and my radar detector work fine on my refreshed S
     
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    I can give my opinion on this. I had a 9500ix that I felt was not working properly in the tesla. It was 7 years old so I thought maybe the sensor was going bad. I upgraded to the passport max 2. Range has been great! I made a custom visor clip and put it on the passenger visor.
     
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    It is the AP2 revision that got rid of the coated windshield. The refreshed AP1 still has the coating. You can tell by looking at the windshield in sunlight for a purple hue.
     
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  5. Firewired

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    Wow, I absolutely have never seen anyone post about this before! I just traded my 2014 for a new (12/2016) inventory vehicle. I am excited to give my V1 a try and see if it works.
     
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    I agree that my V1 seems to work just fine in my AP2 Model S (made late October 2016).

    I found a local roadside sign, with K band on it. It was nice in that I could park and test. It was unscientific (just using audio alerts and visual alerts) but I was unable to detect a difference between the V1 mounted inside the Model S and holding it outside the window.
     
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    I am so glad to hear this. I have a Dec 2015 Model S and the windshield is a pain in the a$$ and blocks any signal. Good to know the next one I buy eliminates this issue.
     
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    Ok. I tried this the last couple of,days. I will likewise have to find a eminating road sign, my perception was that using my V1 the signal worked but seemed degraded only picking up police around a 1/4 mile out where I was almost literally on them.
     
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    Range not great, AP1 refresh here. Can't trust it, figured it wasn't worth it anymore and took it down.
     
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    I have a Beltronics STI Magnum in a refresh Model S (10/2016) with AP2. The radar detector is mounted just to the right of the mirror and I see no degradation of sensitivity compared to my prior vehicle. There is a low signal false alert that occurs regularly on my way to work. This occurs at the exact same location in the Tesla as it has always occurred in my prior car. I have noticed no difference in sensitivity.
     
  11. Firewired

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    Interesting, I am running AP2 refresh. I will have to try near the mirror.
     
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    Or you could just buy a new aftermarket windshield
     
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    I don't know if Tesla replaces the pre 2015 cars with newer non film windshields
    i've heard different stories
    anyone?
     
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    Park next to a K-band supermarket door opener. Not signal strength while on the windshield, then stick the V1 out the window (use the coiled up wire if you need to) and compare signal strength. my 2013 had a good size metalized coating exclusion next to the mirror, 2015 exclusion is tiny, barely enough for a rfid toll sticker, 2017 seems to not have any coating that reduces RD. See this post for more info (I included a picture of how to tell where your coating on the windshield is, if you have it).
     
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    Any updates? I have a 2017 model S and not sure whether the radar detector would work?
     
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    Radar Detector Mount
     
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    I have been using a Uniden R3 to the left of my mirror along the headliner on my 12/2016 S and it works like a charm. I got nothing on my prior 2014 Model S.
     
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    Using my 9500xi with 6-2016 refresh AP1. May have reduced range but still plenty sensitivity and early warning.
     
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    Same with a Bel Pro 500 windshield mount. Worked fine in a late-2014 S, although certainly more sensitive aft than forward, and in the post-refresh (Spring 2017) S, it’s almost too sensitive forward by comparison.

    Not complaining however. During a quick trip last week to Avila Beach/SLO, CHP had a tendency to hide just past the apex of hilly curves with their radar pointed aft. I appreciated the extra warning.
     
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    Has anyone hardwired the radar detector ?
     

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