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Old 8th May 2016, 00:45   #5356
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There was a light colored premier padmini for sale in SF on bring your trailer.com around a year ago. This is probably the same car.
Could be, but this was a dark colour so might be a different one too. It even had one of those sun shade fixtures on the front windshield. It turned into a lane too quick for me to notice anything else.
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Does anyone run a Dashcam and/or a Radar Detector setup? Just wanted to share my experiences with both. Here's how it is setup in my car:

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I use the Spy Tec A118-C Capacitor Edition Full 1080P HD Video Car Dashboard Camera and it is a great little set it and forget it , discrete camera. It turns off when the engine is switched off and the clarity is pretty decent at night.
I had the Battery version of this previously that was more susceptible to temperature changes but this capacitor version is very reliable. You stick it to the windshield rather than use a suction cup and I found it to be much better sticking from 100+F to -10F. There are better ones out there that are bigger and more expensive but this is the best small one IMO. There is also one model that replaces your rearview mirror and has a built in dashcam


As for the radar detector I run a highly rated (and recommended)Passport 9500ix and for the most part it is great. Performs flawlessly on the Highway but gives a few false alarms in town. It also has a GPS speed readout which I often use instead of my gauges as the gauges have a 5-10% error. It also has a database of red light cameras at stoplights across the US and warns you if you are coming up on one . There are always deals on these online so you might be able to get at least $100 off.

I have also heard lot of good things about the Valentine One and the new Passport Max both of which have the display to tell you the all-important direction from which the signal is originating. The V1 however appears to not filter out false signals as well as the Passport.


Here's a very good test comparing them both, but they are both very expensive. From my personal experience using an older, cheaper Cobra detector as well as my research, I would suggest that you spend the money and get either an Escort or a V1 and nothing else.

Do you guys have any opinions/experiences with any other Dashcams and Radar Detectors?
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Does anyone run a Dashcam and/or a Radar Detector setup? Just wanted to share my experiences with both. Here's how it is setup in my car:

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Do you guys have any opinions/experiences with any other Dashcams and Radar Detectors?
I have a Passport 9500IX too. Very nice detector and out in the desert it did detect a cop driving towards me 3 mins away so the range is good. Activate the auto mute functionality and you will have no annoying noises.

Recently on a trip to NYC i used this with Waze and the combination works out really great.

I would recommend getting a more solid windshield mount for the detector. Something like this is what i have.
http://www.amazon.com/Suction-Beltro...detector+mount

The radar detector adds one fun of finding or looking for the cop on long boring journeys.

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What's the legal position these days on radar detector? When we lived in Kansas City I seem to recall it was illegal to use them in some states, other states it was fine.

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What's the legal position these days on radar detector? When we lived in Kansas City I seem to recall it was illegal to use them in some states, other states it was fine.

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Jereon: Its totally banned in one state which is Virginia. Cops just don't prefer you openly display it when your pulled over though but you need to be quick to remove and hide the same.

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I would recommend getting a more solid windshield mount for the detector. Something like this is what i have.
http://www.amazon.com/Suction-Beltro...detector+mount
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Thanks for the link on that mount,Maddy. I haven't had a problem with the stock mount so far and it has seen its fair share of Summers and Winters. But if it keeps falling off will definitely check it out.

And yeah, it is fun looking for hidden cops on long empty highway drives. Few months back, in Texas, my Passport picked up this cop over a mile out. I had already slowed down by then. There was a Ford Fusion and Merc ML SUV in the left lane and the Fusion probably had a detector as well as he slowed down and moved over to the right lane, The ML who was tailgating him took this opportunity and floored it and sure enough there was the cop. He pulled into the road right as we passed him and he sped ahead and nailed the Merc

It is an investment for sure but people have to remember that it is a radar detector, NOT a cop detector. be aware of your surroundings, keep your eyes open and look for places where they usually setup and be smart. Even then there is no guarantee.
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Tires ordered for my monster: This weekend we had a short ride and this was the status of the tires in the middle of the ride.
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At my recent stop at the dealer he did mention the tires would need a change soon, expected couple of months but alas. So had the confusion of which tire to order. Luckily am a member of the local Ducati club and asking around the two brands which came on top were
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Ended up ordering the Michelins due to their longer life and better wet weather. Buying a motorcycle maybe cheap but the ownership is pricier than a car for sure.

Rspec suspension upgrade for my Genesis: My friend had a rspec where he replaced his suspension with a adjustable one. So he gave me his which I plan to use on my ride. Anyone has any recommendations before I perform this change? The rspec suspension was used for 10k miles. My car has driven 42k miles. The mechanic is charging about 200 $ for this job. Does it make sense? The suspension will become more stiffer.

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Rspec suspension upgrade for my Genesis: My friend had a rspec where he replaced his suspension with a adjustable one. So he gave me his which I plan to use on my ride. Anyone has any recommendations before I perform this change? The rspec suspension was used for 10k miles. My car has driven 42k miles. The mechanic is charging about 200 $ for this job. Does it make sense? The suspension will become more stiffer.

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$200 to fit in a better handling suspension - why not? Plus, wheel alignment or included in price?

10k miles old shocks & springs shouldn't be bad at all.

What's he giving you - springs & shocks, anti-roll bars?
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Aah78: springs, shocks for all 4 and one rear sway bar. It would have been extra for alignment but thankfully last year I purchased one of those unlimited alignments from Firestone. Time to make them pay for my 💰

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Folks an update. I have relocated to New Hampshire for my new project. Is anybody out here as I need tips on good places to stay and places where I should not go to! Finding it hard to get a apt with a garage at a reasonable price.

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Is anybody out here as I need tips on good places to stay and places where I should not go to! Finding it hard to get a apt with a garage at a reasonable price.

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Amitoj is in NH I think.
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Folks an update. I have relocated to New Hampshire for my new project. Is anybody out here as I need tips on good places to stay and places where I should not go to! Finding it hard to get a apt with a garage at a reasonable price.

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Welcome to the state of Live Free or Die. Where in NH are you?
I am in Nashua.

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I am in Nashua.







True that. Thanks!

Thanks for the welcome! I will be moving to the Dover area. First thing I noticed was apartments are pricey in comparison to Arizona 😬. Also garage is a totally foreign concept!

Any tips while looking around?

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Thanks for the welcome! I will be moving to the Dover area. First thing I noticed was apartments are pricey in comparison to Arizona 😬. Also garage is a totally foreign concept!

Any tips while looking around?

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Ah yes. Compared to southern states like Arizona and Texas, housing is expensive here. Plus, you are closer to the coast as well.
Unfortunately, I am not too familiar with the Dover area. But i guess you would have already checked city-data.com forums to get a feel of the area?
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