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06-08-2013 02:44 PM
insylem
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Originally Posted by zerinS4 View Post
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!

The story of me, my Jeep and my Cobalt SS
06-08-2013 02:04 PM
Gunslinger26 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 01:06 AM
Lusus_Naturae 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 09:28 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 08:57 AM
HoH-Jeeper
Hidden SetUp?

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Originally Posted by JandS View Post
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.
06-06-2013 08:54 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 08:41 AM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
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?
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
06-06-2013 05:43 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 05:20 AM
JEEPDON
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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
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!
Ding, Ring, Bing,............You win the prize for the best answer yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
06-05-2013 11:24 PM
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!
06-05-2013 11:16 PM
traitor08 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 10:58 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 09:27 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by JeeperJake View Post
.....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.....

I always enjoy your prose! You hit it on the head with this dissertation!

Geezers rule!
06-05-2013 09:14 PM
PecosRiver 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 09:05 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 06:50 PM
VaderJK12 I dumped mine as soon as I bought my Jeep. No use for it anymore.
06-05-2013 04:44 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 04:36 PM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by tae73 View Post
Speeding in a jeep??? I didn't think those words went together.

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 04:36 PM
dmako 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 04:31 PM
tae73 Speeding in a jeep??? I didn't think those words went together.
06-05-2013 04:20 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 04:10 PM
JeeperJake .....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 03:47 PM
nycenglish 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 03:42 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 03:42 PM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by DC Dennis View Post
Ya'll are making me think that the 3.6 is not going to measure up to the 4.0 when it arrives.
I don't think it is a matter of the engine.
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 03:20 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 03:19 PM
Scott in Houston
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Originally Posted by zerinS4 View Post
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!
Me too... I often think, "Am I that guy now?"



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Originally Posted by DC Dennis View Post
Ya'll are making me think that the 3.6 is not going to measure up to the 4.0 when it arrives.
I don't think it's the lack of power in the motor as much as it is gearing and major wind resistance...
06-05-2013 03:17 PM
12CrushRubi
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Originally Posted by DC Dennis View Post
I recieved many tickets in my '89 YJ, including one for 85 on I-95. I have a heavy foot, don't think you can't speed in one.
No tix in mine but I did hit 100 in 4th gear just to see where it would shut down at. Still had about 1000rpm & 2 gears to go. They can move if you want them to...
06-05-2013 03:08 PM
zerinS4 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!

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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
... that I've done on every other vehicle I own:

Hardwiring the Valentine One (radar detector).

That's one thing about the Jeep that I love. I'm barely ever over the speed limit, and if I am, it's not by much!

Do any of you keep a detector in your Jeep?
It seems like a waste on these vehicles, and so much of the time we have no tops or doors which makes it vulnerable to theft.

Every other car/vehicle forum on the net has many threads about detectors, and how to mount and wire them. Not this one! haha
I love my Jeep!
06-05-2013 02:58 PM
DC Dennis
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Originally Posted by BigManAndy View Post
Before the Jeep I had a awful lead foot. Just used cruise religiously on the highway. That's not a issue anymore with the Jeep.
Ya'll are making me think that the 3.6 is not going to measure up to the 4.0 when it arrives.
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