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Radar Detector Mounting

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Duck_CommanderTX, May 16, 2008.

  1. May 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM
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    Duck_CommanderTX

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    I just picked up a 9500i last night and I think a good mounting location would be right above the rear view mirror but the suction cups won't stick to the black dot shade material above the mirror (the actual detector would get a clean view in this location). Anyone have any luck grinding away a small match to mount a radar detector??

    The 9500i is nails so far. I have already blocked a lot of the X-band false alarms in my office area so it is now quiet driving around. It saved me from a speed track on I-35 this morning. The detector went crazy and I saw cops pulling people over left and right.
     
  2. May 16, 2008 at 3:49 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Try some heavy duty double sided self adhesive tape. I got some from Home Depot. Its a grey color with red plastic backing. Works great. :)
     
  3. May 16, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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    Have you tried scraping some off with a razor blade? Just a guess, but that's what I'd try first.
     
  4. May 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM
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    I hate to deface my beloved Taco but that was my first thought also. I think I am going to mount a small piece of plexaglass using two sided tape and stick the suction cups to that.....
     
  5. May 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM
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    you shouldnt put it up there since the "dots" will decrease your radar's sensitivity. I have mine mounted about 2 inches above the dash (over the center console's driver air vent).
     
  6. May 16, 2008 at 5:00 PM
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    Just the suction cups will be on the dots. The part that matters will be below the dots with no obstruction. If I leave it in plain sight some illegal alien or crack head will smash my window, steal it and hit the pawn shop.
     
  7. May 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM
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    My V1 is mount right on the dash with velcro. Works great there.
     
  8. May 16, 2008 at 7:45 PM
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    Hey Duck C,

    I dont think its a good idea. Does the 9500 have 360 degree detection? If so, you'd be mounting it too high for rear detection. My 8500 does not function well up there.
     
  9. May 16, 2008 at 7:50 PM
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    The higher up on the window you can mount the detector, the better. Mine is mounted just 1/2" under the mirror. I tested it mounted near the dash vs. as close to the mirror that I could get it. I found that with it mounted near the mirror, I could detect radar 3/4 of a mile further away than with it near the dash. I did the test away from the city on a 2 lane road that had no traffic on it and at 80 miles an hour. Near the dash, I got almost 1.5 miles of warning. With it near the mirror, I was warned almost 2.5 miles before the radar. :)
     
  10. May 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM
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    Good point. I never tested rear detection. All the cops I have delt with say they aim at traffic comming at them. At least in AZ and NV.:)
     
  11. May 16, 2008 at 9:04 PM
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    The higher the detector is mounted the better. I think for each inch you get some thing like an extra .20 miles. Just make sure that you have a clear view from the rear and front of the windshield and rear window.
     
  12. May 16, 2008 at 9:25 PM
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    the makers of BELL (glorified paper weight) say the radar detector should be mounted about 4 inches above the dash. others say as high as possible. mount it in the middle, kinda like 50/50. You'll get the best of both high and low, happy medium..... kinda like 4 shots of tequila, not too high, not too low, but just right.
     
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