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i don't live in the city, so i don't need it to learn anything. I need it to jam, detect, and stop or minimize a ticket in the country, where state police hunt for you on back roads - fitfan - which component escort do you have that does all that cool stuff and is hidden?
They have upgraded it since when I got my, it's the older version of this
PASSPORT 9500ci - Escort Inc.

You xan not (federal law) jam radar. You can jam laser unless there is some local ordanance.

The biggest reason I got it was because I lived in va at the time. And radar detectors are illegal. So this. You can't see.... The v1 falls off the windshield of the BMW from time to time. I would imagine it could entirly fly out of the Elise. So that's another benefit, There is nothing I need to take out for a track day.
 

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I use a 9500ix hardwired. It sits right behind the rearview mirror, and pretty much hides itself, except for the LCD. The 9500ix has GPS that detects speed, so I use that as a better gauge for what my highway speed is rather then the speedometer (which is 7~10% off).

 

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^I have exactly the same setup. My speedometer is also about 7-10% too fast so I guess I really have less miles than are posted.
 

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Guys - i'm convinced. I'm going with the $500+/- 9500ix. Now to come up with the cash....I'm posting some Lotus parts for sale tonight, and some hi end recording studio gear on ebay. That should do it. I feel naked out there without countermeasures. Just wish they made a remote 9500ix. But still, dark mode with voice alerts sounds good to me....thanks for the pros and cons...not even my thread ...ha ha
 

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this IS the 9500"ix" remote component system. so, yes your wish is available

PASSPORT 9500ci - Escort Inc.

i really like the voice alerts compared to the v1 "beep" and the lights on the v1 are useless trying to tell what kind of radar signal it is, there are all "red" lights... and you can't see the relationship... i think the direction and #'s are a little gimicky in the V1, i mean.. does it matter? are you going to do something different based on the direction or quantity? i wish i had a gotten a 9500ix instead... but the v1 does work fine as well. and the orientation of the interface works well for the way i have it mounted in the BMW ABOVE the rear view mirror. so its fits much better in that sense
 

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I would have been all over the 9500ci, except the fact that at the time they wanted almost double if not more than what I was able to get a V1 or a 9500ix for.

Either way, I went V1...and personally speaking, I really like the arrows. But like I also said earlier, if you are in a rural area, the V1 is awesome (Beats my friends 9500ix by about .5 second in response time)

BUT in the Urban areas, I would have bought the 9500ix in a heartbeat and passed on the V1...even though I really like the arrows. :D
 

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ya the ci is bb
(big bucks) Jeez Louise.

I'm thinking I could mount the ix on my fancy shmancy aluminum radar detector mounting bracket that installs above our interior light. Then its a straight shot down to the Accessory socket, where i could plug in or hardwire to. I wont be able to see the display with it behind me, but voice alerts will tell me what the deal is - right?
 

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komiko - I thought about that, but I really use the GPS speed a lot. I moved it for about a week, and found that I missed seeing what the actual speed and/or radar frequency was - that I moved it back to the windshield and installed the hardwire shortly after.

It's really personal preference, I would try both and see which you like more. Also, keep in mind, every time you park the car you'll have to make a habit of unplugging it from the socket (I've come back to dead battery a few times before hardwiring).
 

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Call me lazy, but with so much to do I am looking to farm out some stuff and the installation of a ci is one of "them things."
Anyone know of shops from Portland/Seattle to San Fran that could do a superior job?
 

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So all this talk about the 9500ci and the 9500xi made me wonder if I should update from my V1 to either one of these two units.

So got online and checked out the 9500ci webpage and talked with their representative. Turns out the 9500ci is A LOT better than the xi, because it has two antennas, instead of one. On top of that it has a laser jammer built in.

So then I went online to see if anyone had any comparisons of the two. The issue that many pointed out was that at times the 9500ci never even goes off when the V1 does, because it just doesn't register that it was hit (mostly with x-band), but occasionally with K and Ka band as well. The 9500ci is better than the xi, but after reading that the 9500ci didn't go off from time to time, or was still a half second slower changed my mind and still left me thinking that V1 is still the best detector out there to date.

Good subject matter though, had me thinking again. :)
 

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v1

V1 has worked well for me. I like the arrows, catches police every time.

V1 get false alarms in the city quite a lot but hey are easy to distinguish from real danger. Anyway in the city its not much fun to speed with heavy traffic full of SUV drivers who does not see futher than their nose. On higway the same - not much fun to speed on strights and 80mph keeps you "safe" anyway.

curvy out of city roads - thats where I see the need for a radar detector. and it seems that V1 is the best for "country roads"
 

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you guys really are making this difficult. It's enough to make a guy give up speeding....
"Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in...."
 

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ya the ci is bb
(big bucks) Jeez Louise.

I'm thinking I could mount the ix on my fancy shmancy aluminum radar detector mounting bracket that installs above our interior light. Then its a straight shot down to the Accessory socket, where i could plug in or hardwire to. I wont be able to see the display with it behind me, but voice alerts will tell me what the deal is - right?
I would think the bracket doesn't care about the brand of detector is holding.
So a passport should work just as well as a valentine.

But do me a favor and do not just leave a power wire dangling down to your lighter socket. That just looks cheap :no:
Also - don't hardwire the detector to the socket since that is not ignition controlled.
Forgetting to physically turn off the detector will drain your battery if you use that power source.
There used to be a www link to some very detailed instructions about how to hard wire a radar detector in an Elige.
Unfortunately the link no longer works, but luckily I found a hard copy in my Lotus binder.
I'll scan it tomorrow and post it here as a reference.
 

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you are the man Mr. C. Love the bracket.
 

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Here are the scanned radar detector hard wire instructions as promised.
I don't know who to give credit since the link where it came from does no longer exist.
It is pretty detailed and from what I remember when I did my install about six years ago it was pretty easy to follow thru.

I had to split the file into three pieces and reduce the resolution because there is a 500KB limit for uploading .pdf files.
If someone needs a higher resolution version please PM me with your e-mail address and I can send it to you.
 

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If you install a Passport instead of the V1 you can probably use the same routing path for the wiring from the radio to the rear window and just skipp the chubby remote display install.
 
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