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Escort Passport Max Or 9500Ix?


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Anybody have an Escort Passport Max? I have the 9500ix and was just wondering if the Max if far superior (operative word being "far"). I've had good luck with the 9500 but I am always looking for more protection.

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I've got two 9500s both the carbon fiber racing edition, and two brand new Max detectors.

 

I run one max in the Explorer Sport, and the other in the GT500.

 

The Terlingua and the Raptor I have the 9500ix in. They are solid performers and saved my butt countless times.

 

The max buggy? That's a mild understatement. It auto mutes at the worst times, picks up signals you never can verify, and in the last couple days the GPS speed is off by 15-20% (how the hell does that even happen?! It doesn't seem possible.).

It may pick up signals so much better that it picks up cops you never see blocks away, but that doesn't help you, and it doesn't instill confidence in the detector.

 

My wife prefers the Valentine 1 for her SHO, but that thing just goes off all the time.

In the RV, I prefer the Passport IQ because they aren't legal in RVs and the IQ looks like a Nav unit. (It also comes in handy for giving a big speed display that I can use to see what Im driving.). You might not think there is a need for one in a RV, but after I got Jon Lund to tune it, and remove the speed limiter, you'd be pretty surprised! Lol

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Mike, its not uncommon that I have to drive between 500-700 miles in a workday for me as a road contractor in Texas. If driving 10 miles faster doesnt seem like much gain, at the end of 12 hours, its two hours worth of gain. Besides, sometimes its just good to know where they are-

 

I also use an app called Waze if Im driving in an area with cell service and interstate traffic. Its an interactive nav program that relies on users to report road hazards and cops. Its awesome and free.

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Valentine One, set up correctly, is still my recommendation over EVERYTHING.

It has different modes you can default to at startup, makes a huge difference in densely-populated areas.

 

 

Jer

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Ok, here is my take on this. I am in the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and have been since Aug of last year (Night School). I have over 4000 hours of Volunteer Patrol time with the local Sheriff's Office. While a great radar detector might "save" you every once in a while, an experianced Officer will have you nailed before or right as the detector goes off. Now with that being said....an Officer that is just "running" radar, which essentially means he leaves the radar on to access the speed of the vehicles approaching or coming from behind, your detector might save you. If an Officer is certified in the use of a Laser, you are had. There is no way to beat a laser (Instant) without a cloaking device that can get your vehicle impounded. Now I can not nor will not tell you that I do not speed. What I will tell you is the factors that depend on how much LEO's allow you to speed depend on road conditions, traffic, weather and the aggresiveness of your driving. Most State Roads here in Florida where I live, if the limit is 65 and you are going under 72, we dont even blink. 75 might get the lights turned on to slow you down and 77 and up will get ticketed. Now with that being said.....not all Officers......City/County/State think like that. FHP will nail your ass depending on how they feel lmao. My suggestion is use the concept....is the juice worth the squeeze? In some circumstances it might be. I didnt buy a GT500 to go 65 and neither did any of you. If your need for speed continually gets you into the 100MPH + range I suggest you move close to a race track. We stopped a 13 GT500 for 180+. I have not seen the car since. Above and beyond all Please be careful.

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While an officer who turns on their radar on you cannot be countered by a detector of any type, my experience is that most of the time they hit a car in front of you, or just leave their radar on almost 99% of the time. At least in my state thats how they do it. Your results may vary, but another point- laser jammers are now legal again in Texas after a two year ban. Might not be allowed in Florida, but some states allow it.

 

I've got tickets going 2 miles an hour over, and just a finger wave 20 over.....so again, it all just depends on the officer.

 

I agree with you, once you pick up a laser signal, its too late.

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My son and I used to have a great game as we drove from Houston to hunt turkeys in the spring outside of Junction and Sonora while driving on I-10. He was a pitcher in Babe Ruth league and I had been training him with a big radar gun. We used to point it out the windshield of the car while we were driving along and watch the trucks and sports cars all slam on their brakes. We also would listen to the CB and the truckers talking about an "undercover SUV" on the road…..great fun!

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I guess that could be fun but it could be real dangerous. What if a speeding car was passing you and picked up the signal,

They might cut you off to get back in front of you. So be careful when using a device like that.. it might end up costing you and others a great deal.

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I remember getting a radar gun pointed at me on I-10 by a kid in a suburban if I remember somewhere between 1998-2002. A long time ago, but I guess it was not uncommon for that to happen. Lol. My first thought was- damn punk kid. But I remember getting a chuckle out of it too.

 

Lol

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I remember getting a radar gun pointed at me on I-10 by a kid in a suburban if I remember somewhere between 1998-2002. A long time ago, but I guess it was not uncommon for that to happen. Lol. My first thought was- damn punk kid. But I remember getting a chuckle out of it too.

 

Lol

Couldn't have been me Dubbs, I'm a loyal Ford guy (some of the time), I had an Expedition. But the time frame is spot on….

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Couldn't have been me Dubbs, I'm a loyal Ford guy (some of the time), I had an Expedition. But the time frame is spot on….

How would you guys rate the Passports to the Valentines? I have read lots and many seem to think that the Valentines work much better. What are your thoughts?

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Yeah, Valentine pick up EVERY signal. If you are the type of guy that wants to know every bank and gas station you come within 1/2 mile of, then brother, this radar detector is for you!

 

You want to turn off X band detection because your state only uses K and Ka, then that's too bad.

 

Some people, like my wife, like to know which direction the signal is coming from, and are willing to get constant false alarms to get that.

 

To me, I don't really care what direction the cop is in. If I pick him up, I need to slow down. It doesn't get any simpler than that. Plus, after a week of driving around town, I ONLY pick up a real threat now, and if there are multiple cops, the passport tells me that too.

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