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hagosrush

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Hey y’all. According to the rules here we go:

1. Car: 2016 Infiniti Q50 - Remote / internal is fine
2. Budget: $250 - $300 (I am not sure what is needed for this)
3. Locale: I live in Long Island and commute in NY, NJ, PA mainly
4. How I drive: I enjoy going fast from time to time. The game is to always shave time off of the Google ETA
5. Daily drive: My daily drive is highway to city and then back to highway. I commute mainly in the morning hours on highway except when driving through densely populated areas to beat traffic
6. I have never used countermeasures
7. Terrain - Once I am out of the city areas of NY there are hills / mountains
8. Redlight / Speed - These are all over the place. There are times when I have received 2 tickets (same block) not even knowing there was a school two blocks away adjacent to the road I am driving on. This would be a huge plus for me considering I don't like using Waze.
9. Phone pair: I am willing to have it pair with my iPhone
10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area? - I searched these terms and don't know what is used in my area

Anyhow, thanks for your time in advance and I look forward to hearing your suggestions.
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Also, Asthetics is important to me. If I can not have 1000 wires running everywhere that would also be a plus.
 
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Phantom Z3

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Most windshield mount radar detectors are hardwired by 2 wires, maybe 3-4 if you want a remote button to mute it.

Maryland has MRCD/MRCT and rumor is New York has some too. I'll let someone else comment about that. @Andrew21 @PY004 Anyone else up there? I forget :p

Edit: NYC has MRCD for speed cameras. Thanks @PY004

If you're not worried about MRCD (I would tbh since it's right around the corner), the Uniden DFR7 or DFR9 are good options. They have GPS so you can lock out speed signs and shopping centers and it can mute alerts if you're below a certain speed. It's a nice feature to have.

The Uniden R1 has MRCD detection and is right at $299 MSRP but no gps so it's going to be more annoying while you're driving in the city. If you can pony up a smidge more, you can find a discounted R3 (aka R1 with GPS) for about $330. Make sure to update it though since MRCD was introduced on firmware version 1.48 and higher. Many users use the R3 including myself since it has alot of range but it has trouble with Honda/Acura, Pacifica, and a few other BSM falses. It won't alert full blast and they only false on K band from 24.160ish and 24.200ish. Anything like the Radenso Pro M ($450) which filters them better is in the $400+ range and they are only marginally better (excluding Radenso, they have the secret sauce)

Toss in $10-20 for a hardwire install cable to make it look neater tucked around the windshield if you want or get a mirror tap and tap into the rearview mirror power.

One last thing I'll mention is a radar detector is a tool that must be used properly. Police are smart and they'll only turn the radar gun if they see you so have someone in front of you (1/8 mile or so) to take the hit while you fall back to the speed limit. It is also useless against laser. If your detector goes off to laser, he has your speed. Besides, it falses too much. If you want to beat laser, you need a jammer so you can slow down and let him read your speed at the speed limit. They're a bit pricey but will save you in the long run (since I believe they are illegal in your area, ALP is your best bet since it is a parking sensor until you update it and you can also make a USB key for it so it won't jam without it in. Again for legal reasons).

Anyways, @Vortex has a YouTube channel named Vortex Radar which is a great resource for different products and such from jammers to detectors to dashcams. Check it and the rest of this forum out. You'll learn alot! :biggrin::cheerleader:
 
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If you shop hard the Uniden R3 can be had for $275 and free shipping on a regular basis. Sign up for Rakuten.com email specials and you will get a coupon code which you can use to get the R3 for sub $300
 

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@Phantom Z3

Dude Holy crap! Those paragraphs taught me more than I ever knew about radar. Thanks a ton for your reply. As you are the second or third person to mention the R3 I will look into that one. I will definitely also look at Vortex's youtube channel as thats how I found this forum. I need more "saddle" time to remember this stuff.

So at its basic level, the radar detector scans frequencies and beeps when it finds things like the MRCD (which I swear is out to get you), at range?

You also mentioned having someone in front. So at this rate, you stay behind someone, and once the officer engages the radar the detector goes off?
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That is awesome man. Thanks so much. I like saving money :)

If you shop hard the Uniden R3 can be had for $275 and free shipping on a regular basis. Sign up for Rakuten.com email specials and you will get a coupon code which you can use to get the R3 for sub $300
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One quick follow up @Phantom Z3 , as the Radenzo has come down in price would you suggest the Pro M over the R3? Reviews are a bit older on the youtubes so it's not a fair comparison.
 
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hagosrush

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Found a "renewed" R3 on Amazon for under $300. Worth the risk?
 

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