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      06-17-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting the beltronics sti-r plus custom stealth detector installed in my f30. Anyone have one of these in their car and if so how was your custom install done. Where were the display and control unit installed in the car.
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I know nothing about that detector, but I would recommend an Escort. I have had my 9500ix for several years and have been extremely please with. Plus with a Blendmount it is not obtrusive in any way.
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I know nothing about that detector, but I would recommend an Escort. I have had my 9500ix for several years and have been extremely please with. Plus with a Blendmount it is not obtrusive in any way.
Beltronics is the same company as escort. The 9500ix and the STIR are essentially the same. The escort has a few more features and is more expensive.
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Rdforum.org is a much better place to ask questions about radar detectors and laser jammers. Those guys (and gals) know their stuff over there.

I was contemplating getting a Sti-R plus as well and started this thread which should help you:
https://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=43367
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Rdforum.org is a much better place to ask questions about radar detectors and laser jammers. Those guys (and gals) know their stuff over there.

I was contemplating getting a Sti-R plus as well and started this thread which should help you:
https://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=43367
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I have it custom install 9500ci with concealed display. Inbox me a msg and I will send you photos.
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If it isn't a Valentine 1, it isn't worth it...
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If it isn't a Valentine 1, it isn't worth it...
Meh. We are talking about two completely different things. When OP asked about the Sti-R+, he wants something super stealth in terms of install and integration. v1 won't ever give that.
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Meh. We are talking about two completely different things. When OP asked about the Sti-R+, he wants something super stealth in terms of install and integration. v1 won't ever give that.
This is very true. My problem is I live in Winnipeg Canada, where detectors are illegal. No one here will order/sell me one, let alone install the damn thing. So I'm planning my annual trip to Iowa for a week in Aug. I will try to get one installed down there.
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Quoted for truth!.
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Here's my install. Didn't want to get too elaborate because it's a leased car and I will be taking the hardware with me at the end of 2016.

http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...ghlight=rlmesq

I think the Beltronics version actually has more features and better software. It also has a red display, which matches the BMW instruments better than the blue one on the Passport version.
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If your interested in a "stealth" install, there is a company in Frisco, TX (N. of Dallas) that I used for my 08 E-90 335i and am getting ready to for my 13 F-30 335i. They do V-1, BEL, Escort,K-40 detectors and use the rear-view mirror for the display. Detector is located in various locations dependent on the vehicle and you may lose any Laser detection capability, but I've loved it. Scott Wheeler is the owner at Radar-Mirror
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If your interested in a "stealth" install, there is a company in Frisco, TX (N. of Dallas) that I used for my 08 E-90 335i and am getting ready to for my 13 F-30 335i. They do V-1, BEL, Escort,K-40 detectors and use the rear-view mirror for the display. Detector is located in various locations dependent on the vehicle and you may lose any Laser detection capability, but I've loved it. Scott Wheeler is the owner at Radar-Mirror
Unfortunately I'm way too far north of Texas. I'd like to maybe get my install done in MN ND or IA as I drive down to these states frequently. Any suggestions?
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Unfortunately I'm way too far north of Texas. I'd like to maybe get my install done in MN ND or IA as I drive down to these states frequently. Any suggestions?
You can still order the RadarMirror conversion for your mirror, then have a local shop install the other hardware.

I considered the mirror conversion, but didn't want to drop an extra $500 on a rented car.

After a year, I'm very happy with the unit and it has paid for itself.

I got tagged by a CHP, who was hiding with his lights off, on a rural road for 71 in a 55. The guy was pleasant enough, but a real boy scout who wouldn't negotiate for a non-moving violation, so I'm doing online traffic school again.

(16 MPH over is better than 60 over, which is what I was doing when the unit first alerted, giving me time to slow it down a lot! That might have changed the character of our encounter.)
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Good interior install but you gotta move that sensor out from behind the grill! It does make a big difference.
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Valentine One $400 + or Escort Smart Radar - $180-$250

Use them both in separate vehicles, work very well.
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Valentine One $400 + or Escort Smart Radar - $180-$250

Use them both in separate vehicles, work very well.
I'm sure they are great. Hear good things about the V1. Prob is its illegal where I live, so I need a completely stealth
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