Radar Detector Recommendations for me in Virginia

Bentley79

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Just got a BS reckless driving charge in the Democratik Peoples Republik of Virginia for doing 20mph over and hitting a speed trap where I was doing the speed limit (55) and it dropped to 35. Was thrown out in court but cost me $1,500 in legal fees to get it thrown out. I had no radar detector because I’m a good law abiding citizen and radar detectors are illegal in Virginia, but screw them, I’m not messing around anymore in this awful state. Time to invest in a good radar detector so the tax collectors (cops) in Virginia don’t get anymore money from me. I filled out the questionnaire and would appreciate recommendations.

1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount? Bentley Continental GT. I’m more concerned with performance of the RD than mounting type, but a removable wireless mount I can quickly pull down if I get stopped would be nice to have but not necessary.
2. What's your budget? $650 and under.
3. Where you live? Northern Virginia, mostly Fairfax County and DC. Cops here have RDD so I absolutely must have a non-detectable RD.
4. How you drive? I typically go 15-20mph over.
5. What your daily drive is like? Mixture of local neighborhood roads to highways.
6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all? None.
7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake? Curves and hills.
8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit? There are no speed cameras in Virginia but there are in DC where I drive, I know where most of them are so this isn’t a priority...detecting actual cops is my priority and I will sacrifice speed camera detection performance if it means having a more capable RD for detecting cops.
9. Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD? Doesn’t matter to me, but I’m not really into using my phone but not opposed if it adds significant capability. I have an iPhone.
10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area? I don’t know.
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BTW, I’ve been looking at the Uniden R3 and the Radenso Pro M. Both seem good for Virginia, not sure which would be a more optimal choice for this area and I’m also not sure which other RDs to consider besides these two. I have done extensive research on the Redline EX and it’s failed too many tests I’ve seen for me to have any confidence using it, so I won’t consider the Redline EX.

Thanks for everyone’s input.
 
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If you need a detector that’s RDD immune and under $650 look at the Uniden R3, Radenso Pro M or Escort redline ex. The escort is fully RDD immune, while the R3 and Pro M are also undetectable past the 5-10ft mark. While the escort is fully immune, I’d be hesitant before buying one of their detectors, as they don’t have the best reputation or customer service.

About the above detectors: The Pro M has great BSM filtering and great MRCD detection, while the R3 offers phenomenal range and good BSM filtering. With the escort, you’ll get access to escort live and autolocks (the autolock patent is set to expire later this year and other manufactures will probably integrate this feature into their detectors as well).

You should also consider investing in some lidar protection such as ALP or TMG, as a radar detector will not protect you against laser.
 
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yeah they’re too wrapped up in taking your guns to be worried about scoping out your detector. If you can afford it go for it but after everything I’ve read I really don’t think you need a custom installed system unless you want one for reasons more than it being hidden (which is a good reason even in legal states by the way) but you shouldn’t have to spend the money if you don’t want to.

you do however, need something that is RDD immune. Aside from their eyes, that’s the only tool they’ve got to hunt your detector down. VG2 or whatever it is immunity is worthless because they’ve all been phased out, you need Spectre immunity as that is what the latest and greatest RDDs are.

As mentioned, uniden R series or a radenso pro m will be solid options depending on your driving habits and preferences. Be careful with the escorts as some are and arent RDD immune.

Installed systems are cool, some better than others of course but you also don’t want to forget about laser defense. It’s a big step up in your CM Arsenal and down in your wallet but you have to do what you have to do sometimes. There are many ways to skin a cat if you’re looking at installed systems and jammers but I personally run a windshield mount and jammers and am totally fine with it.

some things to consider. Where to mount your detector. Please don’t just put it on the middle of the windshield... even people in legal states, why? I keep mine hidden by mounting it up high and to the left, you can’t see it at all from the front or from the left side looking in “hint.” Jammers are going to be stealth as long as you learn to JTK.
 

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A car like that I would go for a stealth installed system like the Radenso RCM. It’s over your listed budget but it’s an excellent unit. Technically not RDD immune but I’ve never had an issue driving in Fairfax or Loudon. There are videos on its RDD testing literally having to be right next to your car.

I’ve been hit by laser on GW Parkway from behind. Never hit by laser elsewhere, but it is there. I’d recommend ALPs as they are the best and worth the money.
 

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The uniden R3's are pretty stealth, not perfect but good enough for the real world, Stick it up high and run it in dark mode and hardwire with a kill switch if possible. the nice thing is even if you get pulled in Va for using a detector, it's a fix it ticket and it's cheap with no points, way better than getting pulled over for speeding. Still I have rolled through VA with an R1/R3 before and had no issues. I would second getting at least some laser protection too as VA is pretty serious about speeding and the Rd's are not helpful against laser. Waze is also a good extra layer.
 

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A car like that I would go for a stealth installed system
I agree with this. I travel in VA a handful of times a year. I use a kill-switch to shut off my hidden detector when I start getting LEO specific signals or I see them sitting in the median, etc.

If I spent more time there, I'd use a stealth detector and might even consider a grill/bumper mounted detector system but I'd always have a hidden kill switch ready to be turned off without making significant movements that would be visible from outside the vehicle.

Alternatively, the upcoming Radenso Theia windshield mount (that we don't know a whole lot about yet) might be a great option. You might buy a Uniden R3 for now with the idea of upgrading to something better later this year.

If you do decide on a windshield mounted detector, I wholeheartedly recommend installing it as high as possible and behind a tint strip with a method of turning it off low near your seat.

There are other little startup tricks if you are interested. For example:
https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/96315/#post-1387079 :)
 

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If I lived in Virginia I would definitely run a remote in the grill. Getting blasted with instant on is always a possibility and not having to hassle with pulling the radar detector down and hiding it during a traffic stop is big benefit in an illegal state. Not to mention a remote system is a lot less likely to be noticed by thieves.
 

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I run through VA all the time. Hardwired R3 up by the headliner in blacked out mode. Works like a charm. I used a Redline and a Bel STI prior to the advent of BSMs.
 

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I'm not going to sit and read all the other replies, but the pro m served me well, even in VA.
 

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I like both R3 and Pro M for your budget range.
I would lean towards the Pro M due to more frequent updates to speed camera locations, plus the MRCD protection for all the new stuff coming all the time. Plus its small discreet size is more stealthy.
R3 is the choice if you need max range on the highway or difficult terrain.
 

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I got snagged by laser on Route 1 near Quantico Marine Base (motorcycle cop) for doing 53 in a 35 on a four lane fricki’n highway last summer. I’m in Northern VA daily and run a Pro-M up high so you can’t go wrong with that unit - the cop never saw it on my windshield or didn’t care. The right radar detector will save your ass plenty of times but there’s a ton of laser being shot in Northern VA, especially when the weather is warm. I definitely want to step up my game with some ALP jammers.
 

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Great replies here. Just FYI in DC the speed cameras are lidar based.
 

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