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I've recently bought a BMW with what they call a Climate Comfort Windscreen. This means its an athermic screen which makes windscreen mounted detectors perform poorly.

I use a V1 and tested how the windscreen affects performance by following a highway patrol car. While following I never had a front radar alert at all. However if I got close enough I received a rear alert. The V1 is mounted up high and is as close to the non-athermic areas of the windscreen as possible. This tells me that in the case of my car the windscreen blocks radar to an extent where the V1 hardly detects it. It has alerted me a few times which tells me the the radar isn't being blocked entirely but the result is that the windscreen makes windscreen mounted detectors very ineffective.

I've then looked around for installed detectors and like the idea of the Escort Max CI 360 but the cost makes it a very expensive solution. I then found the Armour V1 Weatherproof Box which is available as part of a remote kit on the V1 Europe website - VALENTINE ONE REMOTE

Has anyone had any experience with one of these? My thoughts are I could buy one, mount it in front of the radiator and buy a BT LE adapter and then use a phone inside the car for alerts.

What do you experts think? Is this a good solution?
 

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I've recently bought a BMW with what they call a Climate Comfort Windscreen. This means its an athermic screen which makes windscreen mounted detectors perform poorly.

I use a V1 and tested how the windscreen affects performance by following a highway patrol car. While following I never had a front radar alert at all. However if I got close enough I received a rear alert. The V1 is mounted up high and is as close to the non-athermic areas of the windscreen as possible. This tells me that in the case of my car the windscreen blocks radar to an extent where the V1 hardly detects it. It has alerted me a few times which tells me the the radar isn't being blocked entirely but the result is that the windscreen makes windscreen mounted detectors very ineffective.

I've then looked around for installed detectors and like the idea of the Escort Max CI 360 but the cost makes it a very expensive solution. I then found the Armour V1 Weatherproof Box which is available as part of a remote kit on the V1 Europe website - VALENTINE ONE REMOTE

Has anyone had any experience with one of these? My thoughts are I could buy one, mount it in front of the radiator and buy a BT LE adapter and then use a phone inside the car for alerts.

What do you experts think? Is this a good solution?
Hi, I have moved your thread to the V1 section, as you will get more people with the V1 view it here and offer help.

I will say that patrol cars use more and more of instant-on, so the radar may not have been on all the time. The Armour V1 box is also available on ebay.
Cheaper version:

Net radar dsp with alp may be a better solution
Cost will be close to Max CI 360 + install.
 
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Then go for NR DSP without ALP.

It sounds like you need a remote mount RD. You aren’t going to have reliable rear detection with a windshield mount RD under the hood.

Do you face laser?
 

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Yes, I need a remote RD. No, I don't see any laser. I understand the rear detection is going to be compromised. I have researched NetRadar but it appears that the interface isn't quite there yet.

I'm curious to see if anyone has had experience with one of these Armour boxes. It is an economical solution and could be wise given the mumblings about a new V1 coming out soon.
 

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wonder if you could fit an R7 in there, I have been looking for an option to make my detector water proof when riding the bike
 

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I made my own box for the V1 and placed it on the rear deck of my car. I was able to run wires and mount the Valentine One concealed display in the dash. The concealed display gives the Valentine One more mounting options. My solution would not work for N since the V1 would still look through a window but without a concealed display, other detectors like the R 7, are challenged to be mounted in other locations. I don’t have experience with the Armour box but I’m anxious to hear other members experiences.
 

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wonder if you could fit an R7 in there, I have been looking for an option to make my detector water proof when riding the bike
Unfortunately, other than the V1, no other WS RD offers a true remote display, or an app interface which would give you full control of your RD. And some feel it has been left behind by time...
 

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Radenso RC M is also a remote install option
 

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I thought windows like that had an untreated are for toll device or radar detectors. Is there anything like that marked on the window or in the owners manual?
 

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They do typically have a cut-out area for exactly that mind of thing. However, if the rear windshield is also coated, mounting the V1 to be able to see through the front “window” will allow for proper forward operation but will severely inhibit the rear arrow.

If sticking with a windshield mount detector, try running the V1 in the untreated area and see how it does. You may end up being better off with an R3 or Pro M or other forward-only detector—or else as you already realized a remote mount system may be in order.

When I’ve daydreamed about building various German luxury cars, I’ve thought screw it I’ll get the special glass and just go remote, probably RCM but maybe NR DSP if I’m going ALP already anyway.
 

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I thought windows like that had an untreated are for toll device or radar detectors. Is there anything like that marked on the window or in the owners manual?
Yes but they are at the very top of the windscreen and it isn't possible to get the V1 high enough to "see" through there. This is compounded by my car having a sunroof which lowers the headliner. A thin device like the ones used for tolls would fit up there no problem at all but the V1 (and any other detector I've seen) is too long.
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They do typically have a cut-out area for exactly that mind of thing. However, if the rear windshield is also coated, mounting the V1 to be able to see through the front “window” will allow for proper forward operation but will severely inhibit the rear arrow.

If sticking with a windshield mount detector, try running the V1 in the untreated area and see how it does. You may end up being better off with an R3 or Pro M or other forward-only detector—or else as you already realized a remote mount system may be in order.

When I’ve daydreamed about building various German luxury cars, I’ve thought screw it I’ll get the special glass and just go remote, probably RCM but maybe NR DSP if I’m going ALP already anyway.
Thanks. The rear window is not athermic. I have checked the manual and it does have untreated areas either side of the rear view mirror. However, as above it is not possible to mount the V1 high enough to "see" through the untreated area.

Looks like its called "Climate Control Windshield" in the US.

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The marked area is not covered with heat re‐ flective coating.
Use this area for garage door openers, devices for electronic toll collection, etc.
Climate control laminated tinted safety glass*
The vehicle glass provides full protection against the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin.
 
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Yes but they are at the very top of the windscreen and it isn't possible to get the V1 high enough to "see" through there. This is compounded by my car having a sunroof which lowers the headliner. A thin device like the ones used for tolls would fit up there no problem at all but the V1 (and any other detector I've seen) is too long.
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Thanks. The rear window is not athermic. I have checked the manual and it does have untreated areas either side of the rear view mirror. However, as above it is not possible to mount the V1 high enough to "see" through the untreated area.

Looks like its called "Climate Control Windshield" in the US.

Here is the extract:

View attachment 115775
The marked area is not covered with heat re‐ flective coating.
Use this area for garage door openers, devices for electronic toll collection, etc.
Climate control laminated tinted safety glass*
The vehicle glass provides full protection against the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin.
You would lose arrows... Have you looked up the measurements for the Radenso Pro M? It is very short, narrow. Might fit up there using some kind of 3M mount? Or, is it deep enough for a custom mount with V1 in front and above of mirror, with the rear antenna peeking out to the side of the mirror? With remote display.

I do like the remote V1 box kit you show. Sorry can’t answer if it works. By time pay for that and wire, IF you could stick up in non blocked area a RC M head, use it’s remote display? I saw Dukes doing testing with a RC-M on windshield.
 

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You would lose arrows... Have you looked up the measurements for the Radenso Pro M? It is very short, narrow. Might fit up there using some kind of 3M mount? Or, is it deep enough for a custom mount with V1 in front and above of mirror, with the rear antenna peeking out to the side of the mirror? With remote display.

I do like the remote V1 box kit you show. Sorry can’t answer if it works. By time pay for that and wire, IF you could stick up in non blocked area a RC M head, use it’s remote display? I saw Dukes doing testing with a RC-M on windshield.
Thanks. I don't mind losing the arrows too much. Yes the Radenso is still too big - even with a 3M mount. The headliner comes down significantly which limits the space to only a couple of inches. I also have the ConnectedDrive camera below the mirror that reads speed signs etc which means that the area below that is well into the athermic zone and the area above it is covered in plastic trim. I'll pull off all that trim to be totally sure.
 

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my 750li has that, there is a small opening in the windshield just a tad to the right above the steering wheel that has a 7x4 inch clear spot, try to find it, its very hard to see but its there
 

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Can you mount the V1 in the headliner with or without a cutout to the front
 

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my 750li has that, there is a small opening in the windshield just a tad to the right above the steering wheel that has a 7x4 inch clear spot, try to find it, its very hard to see but its there
Do you mean the part for the HUD? I have HUD but on my car there is no different in the colour of the glass - it shares the same blue colour throughout except for those areas in the image above.
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Can you mount the V1 in the headliner with or without a cutout to the front
No, that area is taken up with the camera and the rain sensor.
 

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Also, using a remote box for the V1, remote display or not depending on the location you're losing the arrows
 

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You would lose the arrows with this set up, I would reccomend net radar dsp in this situation unless you really dont care for arrows.
 

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