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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2013, 3:07 pm Thread Starter
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Radar Detector and light tint windshield

I was going to put this in the radar detector forum, but since nobody has replied in over a year I thought it better to ask here.

I have a K1200GT and got popped Friday night doing a quick pass around slow traffic in the left lane. 90 in a 70 and since he said it was a construction zone, it is going to hurt. (no cones no sign but he said the entire county is a construction zone)

I am going to get a Bel Pro 300 to help me out. I don't usually speed too much except to pass, just like most of us, but I cannot afford another ticket due a annual drivers check. This is my first moving violation since 1985!!!

Will the light tint hurt my performance? I can stick with clear if it does.

Can anyone provide me with real world feedback.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2013, 5:10 pm
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the tint will not make any difference. My RD is in a tankbag and it works great. Other people have RDs behind plastic fairing and they work. RDs work in tinted windshields of cars.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2013, 5:41 pm
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I hard a "dark" tint Cee Baileys and my RD worked well. I noticed no difference in performance from the factory clear shield.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2013, 5:58 pm
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No problem with a V1
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2013, 6:26 pm
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It will work fine...as long as the cop isn't using his finger.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2013, 9:02 pm
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I have a V1 that I use behind my rs tinted windscreen. No probs. V1's rock
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 2013, 4:23 pm
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radar detector

like you , got a ticket , and decided to get proactive. bought an escort 9500i with laser "shifters". spendy , yes, stealthy absolutely!!!! the only way I can get a ticket is if the guy is waiting for me blind at a corner. the unit is tucked in the fairing, shifters over the oil coolers in front, under the light in the back. I spot - x or k bands up to 3 miles out. and because it is in the fairing-- thievery is remote. no tickets for a year/ .5.
and I researched the valentine, Bell -- escort is still the best for distance, upgrades, and ease of use......

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 2013, 2:44 am
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Years ago detector manufacturers used to say not to mount them behind tint strips on car windshields. That was before the original Escort & superheterodyne technology. The effect even then was marginal.
Now finding radar is easy as long as it is turned on, the radar that is.
What will be effected is laser range if your lucky enough to pick up stray signals.
Only important if your not prepared to pay the price for laser jamming gear.
V1 is king. There is nothing better than knowing where they are and how many IMOO.

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