|06-08-2013 03:44 PM|
The story of me, my Jeep and my Cobalt SS
|06-08-2013 03:04 PM|
Well said Scott in Huston!!
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.
|06-07-2013 02:06 AM|
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.
|06-06-2013 10:28 AM|
|ch7656||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|
|06-06-2013 09:57 AM|
|06-06-2013 09:54 AM|
|Bad_Dog||Eh, just tell them that you want to know where the policeman is, so that you can slow down when you get near him so you can wave. :-)|
|06-06-2013 09:41 AM|
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
|06-06-2013 06:43 AM|
|RB-10rubicon||I never had one .. I always see these younger kids 17-21 age speedinf around in town ..and i always say to myself...you may be able to go fast but i can go anywhere|
|06-06-2013 06:20 AM|
|06-06-2013 12:24 AM|
|Scott in Houston||
For those with kids...
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?
"But daddy, I accidentally didn't do what you said to do."
Essentially, at its basic roots, a radar detector is not possible to explain to children without setting a bad example. I actually ditched mine prior to buying a Jeep.
I confess, my last couple of high horsepower vehicles have been without a radar detector for that reason.
I just found it funny that this forum doesn't even begin to approach this subject. Almost all other forums for combustion engines do! I love Jeeps!
|06-06-2013 12:16 AM|
Just so you all know, 13 jk with manual, 3.73 and 35's will hit 100+ and not hit limiter. I just got on a drag calc, and with a 6750 rpm limiter you can go over 100 and never touch 4th. I was just curious.
I have never owned a radar detector. But I do have a cousin for a judge and know all tbe cops in my area.
|06-05-2013 11:58 PM|
|rogueleader||Don't use a speed detector as I go on base too many times and they're illegal on many military installations. Even though they can be "put away," it'd be too much trouble.|
|06-05-2013 10:27 PM|
|Up Hill Bill||
I always enjoy your prose! You hit it on the head with this dissertation!
|06-05-2013 10:14 PM|
When I need to get to Albuquerque in a hurry it's because my gas pumps are down and I need to pick up a part. When my pumps are down, I'm not making money. I have a detector in my Jeep and I will run over 90 to and back from Alb to make the part pickup. The Escort has saved my butt many times.
When I travel, I use cruise to keep me legal, or close to legal, but sometimes I miss a speed change or creep above the limit, so I appreciate having it in my Jeep all the time. With the national average of a speeding ticket being $175, a radar detector is a nice bit of insurance.
|06-05-2013 10:05 PM|
|b-g-k||I always find that I'm perfectly happy doing the speed limit, and taking rural routes that are slightly out of the way in my jeep. Something about rowing through the 6 gears, and especially with the top down is soothing and just keeps me calm and chiving on.|
|06-05-2013 07:50 PM|
|VaderJK12||I dumped mine as soon as I bought my Jeep. No use for it anymore.|
|06-05-2013 05:44 PM|
|overblown||I used to. But with everyone around here switching to laser so much, they are becoming useless. They've already got you by the time you hear the alert.|
|06-05-2013 05:36 PM|
Oh trust me. It does.
If you have it, I'd wire it. I don't drive fast on the highway but those 45 mph zones kill me
|06-05-2013 05:36 PM|
I have a hard wired radar detector in my BMW E39 and have started to think about putting one in my Jeep. But as others have stated I really don't speed much in the Jeep.
Somewhere I have a battery powered detector that I may use.
|06-05-2013 05:31 PM|
|tae73||Speeding in a jeep??? I didn't think those words went together.|
|06-05-2013 05:20 PM|
|mjpjr45||I have an Escort IQ that I move from my JK to my Mustang. I just keep a windshield mount in each vehicle.|
|06-05-2013 05:10 PM|
.....I'd guess there's a huge as-of-yet unaddressed market for a heart pacemaker-like unit that speeds up the geezer patrons of the JK patrol....sort of an auto-biometric cruise control setting. In my rural area, it's getting way too easy to adopt a default speed of "45-50" regardless.....
last time I got a ticket was 1980....yep, using my little Radar Detector at the time too.....even forget what model it was.
Leaving earlier is easier these days for me than going faster. I spent about 40 years preoccupied with going faster than I was given traffic/conditions, and always frustrated.
Now I'm preoccupied with enjoying other aspects of the trip, and never frustrated.
Thanks to Mr. Wrangler.....
|06-05-2013 04:47 PM|
I would love to see pics of the V1 install. I'm getting rid of my sports car on Monday and my JKU will be the only car. I speed far less in the Jeep but can easily be 10mph over the limit in a 35 zone!
Like the OP I've self installed the V1 in all my previous cars but read that it can be tricky in the JK due to the windshield angle.
|06-05-2013 04:42 PM|
|JandS||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.|
|06-05-2013 04:42 PM|
It is a combination of gas at $4.20 a gallon here, along with trying to move a +5000 pound brick down the road.
|06-05-2013 04:20 PM|
|yacc||My '13JKU is commonly driven at 80mph on the highway, and it is just fine. Heck, I have taken it over 80 with the top off. It's a bit windy, but it works!|
|06-05-2013 04:19 PM|
|Scott in Houston||
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|06-05-2013 04:08 PM|
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!
|06-05-2013 03:58 PM|
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