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Radar detector weakened by windshield in 09?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by StandingCow, May 21, 2009.

  1. May 21, 2009 at 10:17 PM
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    Hey all, any of you notice a reduction in the sensitivity of their RD in the newer Tacomas? I remember reading somewhere that some shit in the newer windshields can effect their ability to sense radar...

    Not yet sure if it is maybe the splitter I am using in my 120v port not letting it use the voltage it needs or what.

    I have a vector 995.
     
  2. May 21, 2009 at 10:47 PM
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    I know this thread sounds weird. What usually affects RDs is any metallic tint.. but the front windshield doesn't have tint, and it isn't on the upper tinted portion either. So I am suspect a power issue... Hmmm... maybe I should just use my cig lighter for power on that.
     
  3. May 21, 2009 at 11:17 PM
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    Ok, found out a bit more about this from radardetectors.net...

    Athermic Glass, also known as Heat-reflective or solar glass will affect GPS units, radar detectors, and EZpass.

    Do tacomas come with this type of windshield?
     
  4. May 21, 2009 at 11:22 PM
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    i shoudl get one of them detectors cuz im tired of getting pulled over haha
     
  5. May 21, 2009 at 11:24 PM
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    hehe, long as you know when and where it helps... they are nice. But if you think you can just speed on an empty road, it just becomes a ticket detector. :)
     
  6. May 21, 2009 at 11:37 PM
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    Crap...

    When you are wearing sunglasses that are polarized, the windshield will appear purple if we have this...
     
  7. May 22, 2009 at 12:18 AM
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    Pretty much every car these days has UV protection built into the glass. That's why your transitions (mine too) won't work in a car. The lenses use UV to trigger the tinting... without UV no go.

    I can't speak for the radar detector... but my 05 g35 had uv protection AND tint (yes illegal)... and my cheapy cobra seemed to work just fine.
     
  8. May 22, 2009 at 12:20 AM
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    Hmm, supposedly there is a clear spot.. I just have to find it.
     
  9. May 22, 2009 at 1:32 AM
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    And as long as the cops don't use laser or instant on. Many cops are pretty good at gauging speed at a glance. They can leave the detector off until they see what looks like a speeder. Then they wait until you get close enough and zap you.
     
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    Well, I usually only go 9 over the PSL, and I always have a rabbit (lead car) that I use.

    Laser is not used in my area (at least not yet) and with instant on.. again, I always have a lead car.

    These windshields are really bad though, I think I ran across a cop using constant on, and didn't know it until 50 ft away.. if that.
     
  11. May 22, 2009 at 4:13 AM
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    Don't speed- No more tickets haha:rolleyes:

    I haven't ever had a RD and I've gotten one ticket in 9 years of driving.


    Good luck making yours work tho!!
     
  12. May 22, 2009 at 4:20 AM
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    Yea, like I said, I am not really much of a speeder.. I just like to know where cops are... and some will give out BS tickets for like 5 over.. so I just to be aware.
     
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    Yeah....The don't speed comment was directed at the quoted guy. It's the easy answer...and if someone gets pulled over alot should probably think about what they are doing behind the wheel??


    In FL 0-5 over is a warning....so 5 over is the max you'll see in my car.
     
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    Well, did a little messing around... I don't see any color distortion with polarized sunglasses... GPS signal does not weaken.... got a decent radar hit from a cop faced the opposite way (hitting traffic going opposite of me)... so, I will just keep an eye on it.
     
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    I have been using a Valentine 1 in my 2006 since day 1 and it has worked just fine. Unless they changed the windshields since then.
     
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    I was thinking they may have... but now I am not sure. If they had I am sure there would have been a thread here somewhere (I did a few searches and found nothing) or on the radar detector forums I visit...

    So, I think it may have just been paranoia. :D
     
  17. May 22, 2009 at 6:54 AM
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    Does anyone know if the Valentine 1 works in Canada?
    Better yet, do the 'smokeys' use lasers in Canada that are detectable by the valentine 1?
     
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    Yeah I'd like some info on this too. And do they work for photo radar. Thats the f*^ker that usually nails me. They have stationary photo radar and a mobile unit that is mounted up in minivan! They just part that puppy on a side street and it looks like every other soccer mom on the block until.....FLASH....dammit.
     
  20. May 22, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    Not sure if they use them in Canada but the problem with laser is it's not detectable until it's to late. Once the RD warns you of laser, they've already got you.
     
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