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Ok, now I’m doing an article on radar/laser detectors. Deadline is this Friday.

Anybody here want to be interviewed? Again, it’s an article for the San Jose Business Journal, and I’ll need to run your name, occupation and location.

I’m looking for Lambo users who have the latest technology in their cars and know what works and what doesn’t. It’s not a long article, but it’s important to have quotes from real users -- and in Silicon Valley everybody likes to read about Lambo owners! :evil:

We just used Henry’s quotes about ipoding his Gallardo. How about some Countach, Diablo or Murcielago owners stepping up to the plate?

Thanks,

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Well just about everybody swears by Valentine 1, except me. :) I like the Passport Solo which is cordless, that way you can switch from car to car, no ugly cord, and you don't have to tear your interior up to bury it. It might not be quite as good as the V1, but the trade off is worth it to me, maybe I'll change my mind if I get stopped, we'll see.

These things are a must.
 

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I have the Valentine 1 in my 01 diablo with the added LASER jamers front and rear. Total cost was approx $1300.00. They did a great job hiding all the items. The main head is in front of the rear view mirror and I had the lasar jamer put into the ashtry, (non-smoker). It is without a doubt the BEST investment ever!!!

You do know that the developer of Valentie One was on the same team as Passport. Thjere LASER jamers ARE INTERCHANGEABLE. iI used the Valentine HEAD and the PASSPORT jamer add on due to its size and cost.

Of course with any radar sensing unit, they are only as good as your ability to read themn correctly, and react in accordance prior to being ZAPPED. This is MUCH more difficult with all the new HANDHELD LASERS out there. They only emit once pointed at you, usually way to late, however the jammers work great to throw off their readings.

The remaining problem is that if you are realy cruzin' and you JAM the LASER or RADAR, the (CHP, WSP, OSP) will still write you on visual of "Exceeding the posted speed". This is a lot easier to get out of in court, howeveer you do have the inconvience of going to court, AND THEY KNOW THAT!!

When ever possible try to remain in the far left lane, most readings are taken from cars in the inside, (fast lane), try if you can to follow another sucker if at all possible and when you approaches obvious locations slow down and tuck in behind the big truck.

PS LAZAR is only good when they are sitting still, pointing a straight angle at you, and you approch with in 1/4 mile. ;)
 
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Guys, this is the thing I can't understand. Jammers are illegal -- at least in California -- but companys keep selling them, and folks keep using them. What's going on there? Do you just google up jammers, order and install?

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I have the K40 with the completely hidden laser / radar receivers. No way you would know where the radar receivers where even if I told you :cool:

Only thing possible to see are two small LEDS above the speedo telling you which sensor is sensing (front or back or both) and what it is (number of flashes etc). There is also and audiable alarm under the dash.

Two weekends ago I travelled from Gilroy to San Diego in a caravan of four lambos. One had the V1. Twice I found myself travelling next to Diablo with the V1 with one Lambo behind. The Lambo behind knew exactly what was happening when all four brake lights of our two cars came on at the exact same time. Was pretty neat.

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First of all the truth about "Illegal" Jamers.
A) They are illegal for ALL vehicles in Canada.

B) They are ONLY illegal in the US by FEDERAL mandate for commercial vehicles.

C) I am not aware of ANY state LAW that makes them illegal to POSSES, ONLY to USE!!!. This is almost impossible to do as the Officer would have to A0, admit you jammed is unit, (No ticket), or be next to you, look in your car and see that you are using a jammer on one of his buddies. LAst but not least as the states that have this law have written, "to operate or make ineffective a recviever (i.e. LASAR gun from cops), with an electronic TRANSMITTER.

MUST ALL Laser jammers on the market today are PASSIVE, in other words the seek and report, or fail to allow receivers to recieve.

GOOD LUCK trying to get you in court.

*DONT LET THE MAN GET YOU!!!!! :wave:
 

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I am not aware of ANY state LAW that makes them illegal to POSSES, ONLY to USE!!!.
Accurate as of June 2004:

Laser Jammers are banned (use and/or possession and/or sale) in California, District of Columbia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia (and more to come).

California (restricted as to use and sale): The law in California specifically states that: "No person shall use, buy, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute any device that is designed for jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects". Violations of this law could subject you to fines.

District of Columbia (restricted as to use, possession and sale): The law in DC states: "No person shall, in the District of Columbia, sell or offer for sale, or use, or have in his possession in a Motor Vehicle, any device designed to detect or counteract Police speed measuring device.

Minnesota (restricted as to use, possession and sale): The law in Minnesota states that: "No person shall sell, offer for sale, use or possess any jammer in this state." Violations of this law could subject you to fines.

Nebraska (restricted as to use and possession): The law in Nebraska is a little different. It states that: " It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or possess any radar or laser transmission device while operating a motor vehicle on any highway in this state." A violation of this law is considered a misdemeanor punishable to both a fine and possible jail time.

Oklahoma (restricted as to use, possession and sale): The law states that: "It shall be unlawful to manufacture, advertise or offer for sale, sell or otherwise distribute any jammer in this state." A Jammer is defined as any instrument, device, or equipment designed or intended for use with a vehicle or otherwise to jam or interfere with in any manner a speed measuring device operated by a law enforcement officer in the vicinity. The statute also states that it shall be unlawful for any person to use or possess a jammer. Violation of this law could result in fines and jail time.

Utah (restricted as to use and possession): The law in Utah states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a highway with a radar or laser jamming device used to interfere with the radar or laser that is used by law enforcement to measure the speed of a motor vehicle. Violations of this law could result in fines and jail time.

Virginia (restricted as to use, possession and sale): The law in Virginia prohibits the use and sale of radar or laser jamming devices. Violations of this law could result in fines and jail time.
 

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I have the K40 with the completely hidden laser / radar receivers. No way you would know where the radar receivers where even if I told you :cool:

Only thing possible to see are two small LEDS above the speedo telling you which sensor is sensing (front or back or both) and what it is (number of flashes etc). There is also and audiable alarm under the dash.

Two weekends ago I travelled from Gilroy to San Diego in a caravan of four lambos. One had the V1. Twice I found myself travelling next to Diablo with the V1 with one Lambo behind. The Lambo behind knew exactly what was happening when all four brake lights of our two cars came on at the exact same time. Was pretty neat.

-mick
Gives me goose bumps it's soooo cool!
 

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Radar detectors -- which brand -- tends to be a religious type of thing. Looking over forums (this, Viper, and Corvette) there are many discussions of which is best, the K40 folks being the most vocal. I did read somewhere that you have to be careful of some of the side by side comparisons on some web sites because they are paid for by one brand or another.

For what it is worth I have used 3 brands. Passport, Cobra and Beltronics over the years. In my opinion the Beltronic products are superior to the othere two. They are just more sensitive and noise resistant. Currently I have 3 sets of two (front & back) in 3 cars. They have paid for themselves many times over ... I mean alerted me to safety issues on the road many times! In diablos I have played around quite a bit with how to position them permently in the car. If you are interested take a look at:

http://www.lamboweb.com/Repairs_Section/Repairs_Radar.htm

It's a lot of work but well worth it. I also use a Bearcat Repeater/Scanner. These alert you ... well never mind..
 

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G-Day Thank for the update on the legal issue, I awas a little behind, sorry to put out wrong info....

PS I was told that the K-40 is just the same as the Escort 850, just their name on it. Does anyone Know if this is true or not? :confused:
 

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I was told that the K-40 is just the same as the Escort 850, just their name on it. Does anyone Know if this is true or not? :confused:
K40 Electronics (www.k40.com) started many years ago selling antennas (like CB etc). They also sell three radar systems. A 1000, 2000 and an RD 850.

The 1000/2000 are the high end / modular / hidden systems. The 2000 has the front AND back radar receivers plus optional laser peices. Has to be "professionally" installed due to the required wiring. This is built by/for K40. These have been around for a while and have been upgraded / updated over time. In fact I'm in the process of getting an upgrade to my 2000's front receiver right now (mounted inside the front bumper).

The RD 850 is the newer standard dash mountable unit. I assume its this model that you think is the same as the escort. Once again I believe this is built by/for K40 only.

A comparison of the various K40's, Bel 985 and Escort 8500 can be found at:

http://www.k40.com/Dealers/DealerSupport/pdf/SML 2003 TEST.pdf

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roytoy2003 said:
G-Day Thank for the update on the legal issue, I awas a little behind, sorry to put out wrong info....
Seems you are safe up there in Seatle with your Jammers. Just drive really fast coming through California!
 

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All good information.....

I use a V1 in both Lambos and my everyday driver. My list of suggestions:

Mount the receiver as high as you can get it; this has saved me MANY times coming over hills into speed traps. Mine are right at the top of the windshield.

Try to modulate your speeding around other drivers that are ahead of you...in other words, pass them when you have a view of any possible traps ahead...keep a rabbit in front when possible. It's damned hard to beat those handheld instant-on units. You're trying to get that warning blip aimed at the other guy.

IF you get stopped, try your damnedest to get the detector hidden before he is close enough to see it. I have talked my way out of at least 4 tickets over the years when the officer purposefully looked for a detector...and found none. It's a bit of a game with these guys and they don't like cheaters.

Lastly, learn the radar "topography" of your usual routes as best you can. Distinguish K, Ka, X etc so you don't get de-sensitized due to false reads.

happy bombing,
David Kean
 

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I also use a Passport but really like the idea of a jammer.

Because if your into 5th gear and she beeps, by the time you slow her down your still owned!

At least you are with mine!
 

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The laser jammer I bought is made by PASSPORT, cost about 750 dollars, installed by CAR TOYS here in seattle. There are two readers for the front and one for the rear.

At first they say it will only work with the PASSPORT 850, but after research found that it DOES work with the V-1, (the best of both worlds).

Remeber V-1 founder and Passport used to work hand together!!....
 
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