i have a 9500ci installed on my exige but it was on there when I bought the car. I can help answer any questions you may have tho. The system is very well done and installed, you would not know it is there unless you know what to look for
What am I missing about radar detectors in areas where they are banned: if a cop sees that you're obviously speeding, and realizes that his laser isn't picking up your speed, he will likely still pull you over. He can then examine your car and find even a concealed detector. And then you're majorly screwed.
if you conceal it well enough the cop wont find it. what are the odds the cop looks at the car may see something that might look like a shifter in clam but how can he know for sure its not a parking sensor? unless he finds your main unit inside the car you should be ok. I would try and conceal your main unit in a place where its not easily visible. With radar its legal in most states so you should be fine, if you travel to canada you'll have a serious problem with both.
I have the 9500xi in my car. It's mounted on a mount that someone on the forum sells (mounts over the interior light) and then the remote mute is hard wired/mounted on plastic face piece on the bottom tray to the left of the steering wheel (also has a 12V outlet).
It's great and it just unplugs for me to take in my other cars (suction cup windshield mount). Love it.
Radar detectors are legal everywhere in the US except for Virginia, Washington DC, and some military bases.
Active radar jammers are illegal everywhere in the US. They're expensive, only made by a couple of companies, and really hard to buy anyways.
Passive radar jammers are legal in the US, but they don't work (total scam).
Laser jammers are illegal in CA, UT, CO, OK, TX, MN, IL, TN, SC, and VA.
Here's are some of the reasons why a a custom/concealed install may/may not make sense:
If you really want laser protection, you have no choice but to do a custom installation.
If you don't care about laser or don't want to fork out the big bucks, then a custom install is probably an overkill.
You might be one of the unlucky few who live in a place where detectors aren't legal.
Some guys might think having the detector in the windshield looks ugly. Others might also feel that the detector obscures the windshield.
If you work at a place that doesn't allow detectors, a concealed unit might be useful. Removing it every day quickly wears out the power/audio jacks, which might negatively influence your chances of getting a ticket.
I'm considering a custom radar install on my Elise. I'm guessing the detector could be mounted on the Elise's front grill between the plastic slats, but I have no idea how I would run the wires to the dash for the concealed display...