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There was one installed in my 1500 when I got it. I removed the control box, don't even know if it works. Antenna/pickup unit is still on the radiator grille.
A lot of speed guns are Laser now anyway and a radar detector won't detect those.....
 
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I used one for a while several years ago but figured out by the time it alerted me I would have been already caught unless they gun someone ahead of you.
 
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I used to have an expensive "Valentine One" back in the day, but about a year after I bought it, the X-band radars were fading away, in favor of Radar Guns....

Tough to slow down, just as you pass the radar gun hiding behind a tree limb. 🗣

I have educated my throttle to Cruise Control at +3 and leave it alone, all the way from Kalispell, Montana to Utah, to home north of Tulsa OK....

funny that, the same speed demons that would zoom past me, would do it 3 or 4 times, while my cruise control stayed locked on 68 mph in a 75 mph zone, and I never stopped for fuel after leaving Clayton, NM to home in Oologah, the truck's tank sipped up 31.7 gallons and had 13 gallons to spare even at that.

15 mpg is not too shabby for pulling this 1800 miles, from Price, UT thru Moab, Cortez, Durango, Pagosa Springs, to Taos NM and Cimmaron NM then to Enid OK to home....


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Many years ago my father in law and I were in a electronics store. My father in law asked about a detector and for about 15 minutes this dude went on about how this detector could almost pick up signals through a solid rock wall!!! I asked him if it's that good, why did they not market it to the U. S. Air Force? I was in the NDANG and knew a smidgen about the radar on a F4 Phantom. He was not impressed with that comment!!!
 

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A cop asked me one time " Did your radar detector go off?" " Yes sir it did", "there was your warning, here's your ticket"
 

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The Waze app works good for warning of police.
IF,
you have unlimited DATA plans.

back when I only had 2gB/month, that Waze app went through the whole 2gB in one day.
totally ruined my vacation that year.

fast forward to now, and we have unlimited data for less than what the old 2gB plan used to cost
 

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IF,
you have unlimited DATA plans.

back when I only had 2gB/month, that Waze app went through the whole 2gB in one day.
totally ruined my vacation that year.

fast forward to now, and we have unlimited data for less than what the old 2gB plan used to cost
Not sure why you used that much data. I use waze every time I'm on the interstate and have rarely gone over my data. And I only have a 1gig plan. Twice I went over but only by .25 gig or so. Had to pay for another gig. Only $15 so not worth getting upset about.

I have a high end escort radar detector that I use for longer trips. Saved me a ticket or two. It's a bit tricky as there's lots of false alarms. It pretty much just warns you to pay closer attention. But it has picked up radar well over a half a mile ahead. The problem is that they don't run radar constantly. You have to hope that they are trying to catch the cars farther ahead of you.

I only use it in the car, though. The unit is a bit bulky to put on the bike.
 

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I also have an Escort somewhere, it is 10+ years old now, probably 14 years old
I quit using them about 2010, not worth the tension in the shoulder muscles.

I set the Cruise at +3 and watch the same vehicles pass me 3 or 4 times, while I slide right on by those gas stations.

today? my speed limit is 1,850 RPM as that is the most optimum rpm for a diesel engine, that equates to 64-65 mph, good enough

I pulled a trailer and tractor plus 3 heavy implements from Price UT to home here in Oologah OK and the 7.3L PowerStroke did 15 mpg.... Clayton, NM to home on 31 gallons of diesel hand calc at 14.995 mpg ( that Assumes that the fuel pump meters are "dead accurate" )

I bought the truck in Kalispell, MT and the over all MPG, start to finish, mountains, prairies, trailer towing for the last 1800 miles, is 15.32 for something like 2,500 miles overall.
Wish that Fuelio app would let me change the 'Gas' label to Diesel.

The Suburban, which has 223,000 miles on it, locked up the 3rd member coming home from Custer, SD about 60 miles from home. Towing our 26ft Tow Hauler..... that is why I started the search for a Diesel truck...
Suburban best mpg? 6.9 towing and in the hills, that drops to 4.8 mpg fast.
even with Diesel being a buck more expensive, it is cheaper to drive pulling a trailer.


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Do any of you currently use or know a fellow rider who uses a radar detector?
I have one on my bike, an old one but it still works and it has a loud beeper so I can hear it with my helmet on. Not many radars around here but it will pickup one if it is in the area, it also picks up automatic door openers at stores real good also. LOL
 

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I have one on my bike, an old one but it still works and it has a loud beeper so I can hear it with my helmet on. Not many radars around here but it will pickup one if it is in the area, it also picks up automatic door openers at stores real good also. LOL
Just a note, it has picked up radar several miles away when they were aiming it at a car ahead of me. One time when going down I-15 through Salt Lake City, where they were using a lot of radar back then, I had a guy following me, and he saw that I slowed down whenever my detector went off so he stayed behind me until we were clear of Salt Lake area, then he passed me. A few miles down the highway, I passed him as he was sitting along side the road talking to a highway patrol officer. LOL
 

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Just a note, it has picked up radar several miles away when they were aiming it at a car ahead of me. One time when going down I-15 through Salt Lake City, where they were using a lot of radar back then, I had a guy following me, and he saw that I slowed down whenever my detector went off so he stayed behind me until we were clear of Salt Lake area, then he passed me. A few miles down the highway, I passed him as he was sitting along side the road talking to a highway patrol officer. LOL
One more note, these days I just set my cruse control at the speed limit and leave it there. Still have the radar detector , but just for fun, it still works but I almost never speed these days, after 75 years and 52 of those years riding a motorcycle I have kind of mellowed out. LOL
 

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Do any of you currently use or know a fellow rider who uses a radar detector?
I think the bigger question here is; Why do you need one?
There are signs everywhere posting the legal speed limit in that area. Why not just set your speed at, or just under the posted speed limit and ride. It takes all the pressure off the ride. You don't have to wonder if there is a cop just over the hill, around the next corner. Just let all those other folks go by you and get all those speeding tickets. You'll save both time and money in the process.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
 
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