I've had a fair share of German cars that are quite capable. The last few were an M5, 911 Turbo, and an S4.
One thing that got me to put away the V1 even prior to the Jeep was my daughter asking me what it's for...
I realized I couldn't give her a reasonable explanation. The truth was somewhat ugly for a youngster... "Daddy is trying to break the law without being caught" is essentially what it boils down to... even the "well, it's 'just in case' I accidentally go faster than I should..." or "accidentally break the law..."
How do you resolve that with the typical discipline of a child?
I spent my childhood believing that both of my parents went to race car driving school. They told us that they were able to drive that fast because of their racing education. Whenever we got pulled over we were just told to be quiet and not look at the police officer
Looking back on it now, they were very bad driving role models. My sister and I were horrible with speed when we first got our licenses. My brother was the only one who was realistic after he saw what kind of trouble his older siblings got into
We have a V1 in every vehicle, although we rarely intentionally speed in the Wrangler. I can take pics later, but we have a pretty nice hidden setup so we don't have to worry about it with the doors/top off.
JandS - Please show pics of your hidden set up. I had my V1 stolen from my VW a few years ago (was not left on the winshield - but thiefs bashed my driverside window and stole a few things) and replaced it with an Escort RedLine. I would like to see how you set this up.
Mine is getting hard wired in today (picked up our new JK two days ago) funny thing is as I was driving to the shop yesterday to drop the car off (they are also doing a small leveling kit and some spacers) it was the first time I had the jeep on the highway and I thought to myself "i really don't see myself speeding in the car" that said we have one in all our are cars and at this point I just feel naked driving without one...so in goes the V1 / not all that useful around town but here in CA the KA band is invaluable on the highway....can't say how many times it has saved our butt
I have found all this interesting, and I admit I have basically no knowledge in these things - so I ask - what exactly is the benefit here? Obviously you want to avoid a ticket if you are speeding, but I don't get how the different bands work and what they really tell you.
I also don't know if they will do me much good here, we have radar/laser a lot - but in the same areas. It's more common to see cops out and about and just driving in traffic doing pacing. In fact, the time I was pulled over on the highway here I was doing 79 in a 70 and the cops were pacing on the highway about a 1/2 mile behind me. I really think they were training more than anything else that night, 79 is slow for that area and they had a crew in that car. After they got my info and I told them we were going to get food at the exit (literally 300 yards away), they told us to have a good dinner and let us go.
I have watched a few friends use the detectors and found all the chirps and beeps and lights to be confusing. I may be a hopeless case here.
2013 JKU Sport, billet, auto, 3.73, LSD, 315/75/16 Duratracs on MB 72, 10A springs, Bushwacker flatties
Hey listen, to all you people with radar detectors, for the most part the only cops that even use radar anymore are the ones that are running them inside their patrol cruisers. These radar units face front and back, so they can get you coming or going. Rarely do they use them in a stationary position. What cops use from the stationary position is the laser speed measurement device (laser gun). There is 5280ft in a mile. The laser beam cross section is six feet wide at 2000ft. Six feet is not that wide at all. So at half a mile away, roughly, they already have your speed, and are buckling their seat belts, securing the laser gun, and just waiting for you to pass by because at half a mile away you were too far to even know the cop was sitting there, and that's if he/she is in a police car. Not to mention on a motorcycle. You radar detector won't pick this up, and if for some strange reason it did, or you have one of these devices that claims to detect a laser, the laser is target specific. Meaning that once you detect it, the cop already has all the information he/she needs about your speed and distance away in which your speed was obtained.
So save your money and use it buy some cool LED light bar, or a Hi Lift jack. Jeeps were made to drive over EVERYTHING, and not through anything.
Hahaha! That's so true! I used to get up to 80 or 90 in the S4 without even realizing it, thus the V1. In the Wrangler I'm lucky to do 10 over the speedlimit. More often than not I catch myself going too slow. How embarrassing!