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Default Visit to Escort: Discussing the Escort Passport 9500ci

In early February 2009 my wife (Lisa) and I were invited to Escort Inc., located in West Chester, Ohio.

Escort manufactures class leading radar detectors, such as the Escort Passport 9500ix and integrated remote-installed Escort 9500ci radar/laser detector/jammer ("shifter") and red-light and speed camera detector.

During our visit, we met with some of their high-level technicians and developers of the Escort Passport 9500ci and was treated to a special post-installation evaluation, nearly a year after the unit was installed in my personal BMW sports-sedan.

Here's a highlight from our experiences with the fine folks from Escort:




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Great video! Very professional and very well done.

I especially like the fact that all the important points of placement/setup of the 9500ci's external components was discussed in-detail, and that the interior display and control placement was highlighted, too. Either one or the other is all too often ignored or receive less attention than I think it should, in various installation details.

FWIW, as an individual hobbyist, and with my own set of personal preferences and biases in-mind:

(1) I agree that a low-as-possible RADAR antenna mounting can see just as much real-world benefit as a high-as-possible (i.e. non-traditional - in-cabin, as per RacerX's Tundra, as-featured in the 2007 GOL "Shootout") setup. There's more than one fellow hobbyist/enthusiast with rather low-slung vehicles that have sung the praises of the extreme-low mounting and its capability to "see under" forward traffic that has made me a true believer. I am glad that someone with your level of experience, knowledge, and trusted/vetted status in the community has pointed out this potential advantage in a video that's intended for public consumption, which will surely help newcomers to our hobby as well as various professional or hobbyist installers.

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(2) I really like where you've placed both of your interior display/control pieces:

(2a) The display's placement is one I prefer, myself. My first-line ancillary gauges (oil-pressure, vac/boost, and EGT gauges - and I have plans to move my wideband O2 there, too) are in that location, as-is the display for my H&K Drive+Play (displaced even more center-line, due to the aforementioned gauges, and angled so that the passenger can see it, too). It's a great place to "see" the information, without taking one's eyes off the road.

(2b) The remote control-gear's placement is also one I favor. I like that position as it is very, very close to my right knee, and I can instinctively, via natural proprioception, mute as well as disengage the jammer (allowing for proper "tactical disengagement," where one shuts-down jamming as fast as possible after remedial action has been taken to adjust speed) - all without unduly telegraphing any actions to the outside of the vehicle or, even more importantly, any level of distraction (once the action has been sufficiently practiced and the necessary muscle-memory achieved), which is vital for driving safety.

I've always admired your "tactical thinking," Bob - and no, I'm not saying this to kiss ass , I've been saying this for many, many moons, and routinely cite your "tactical thinking" passage from your LaserVEIL commercial site's review of the Bel STi-Driver for the consideration of my fellow automotive/driving enthusiasts in detector-banned areas. I hope that more newcomers as well as hobbyists will cue-in on this item, as I believe it to be a *necessity* of "smart speeding."



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PS: You've *gotta* hardwire your GPS.

My car, a humble 2005 Subaru Legacy, while representing Subaru's first real push, in this decade, into the family-sedan/sports-sedan market, still lagged in terms of interior amenities. I was a year too early for direct iPOD/MP3 input and factory SAT-radio capabilities, as well as a year too early for integrated GPS-NAV. As such, I've got extra stuff spliced in everywhere (the previously cited Drive+Play unit integrates not only my iPOD, but also my preferred auxiliary entertainment unit, my Slacker).

I'm actually rather comforted to see a great vehicle like yours, with aftermarket devices added-on.


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STH, great video! Hmm...your choice of location for the 9500ci display module is quite interesting. And I love where you decided to mount the control module.


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I am really pleased that both of you guys enjoyed it!

TSi+WRX, like you, I'm always thinking on ways to improve performance...and I am finding that extremely low-mounting is working super well for me. One of the lead Escort engineers found no mounting issues by having the radar antenna mounted behind my plastic bumper.

I also like the fact that this very expensive and sensitive radar receiver is protected from the direct external elements in that location.

About the "aftermarket" stuff, did you notice the Cheetah GPS Mirror, I have found that in this particular car, that I prefer the wide field of view that it provides (especially to the either side of the vehicle).

With respect to the Nuvi 360, GPS unit, which has loaded on it custom POIs (red light cameras and speed cameras) of photo enforcement locations, this small unit is something that I take from car to car. I guess I would could hardwire for this particular car which is the primary one I use and then use the portable cables for rentals, etc.

BTW, my wife and I just purchased a new 2009 Subaru Legacy sedan which has the new Harmon-Kardon premium sound system with an auxilary hook-up for iPods and I have hooked up my iPhone to it streaming audio via the data/internet service using Apps like Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker. The quality of the sound, especially from Pardora is simply incredible! No commercials and hours of endless music be selected by genre. Who needs Sirius or XM when you have that capability.

We had owned a 2003 Subaru Legacy GT sedan, but that had an unfortunate history serious mechanical issues. We're hoping our 2009 model will fair better in the long-term in that department.

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One of the lead Escort engineers found no mounting issues by having the radar antenna mounted behind my plastic bumper.
Glad to hear that!!!

Besides, it seemed that from your exchange with Mike B., that he also thinks your chosen location should further supplement your usage-preferences, too.

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I also like the fact that this very expensive and sensitive radar receiver is protected from the direct external elements in that location.
That is a very good thought, and indeed, very important, given the price-tag of this device!

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About the "aftermarket" stuff, did you notice the Cheetah GPS Mirror, I have found that in this particular car, that I prefer the wide field of view that it provides (especially to the either side of the vehicle).
Of course!

I also use one, and I love it, too.

For me, it also has the added-bonus of allowing me to keep an eye on my toddler back there in her child-seat, which, prior to the GPS-Mirror, I had to rely on aftermarket clip-on "supplemental mirrors" from various automotive and baby-products stores. Unfortunately, those "mirrors" are not real mirrors, and are often of such sub-standard quality that it makes it very hard to keep view of what's going on in the back seat. I love that the Cheetah GPS-Mirror's superior optical clarity allows me to easily see *everything* that she's doing back there while, at the same time, affording a wide-angle view of the roadway behind which completely eliminates the passenger-side blind-spot.

Although my wife doesn't like the mirror (the convex safety-mirror feature disorients her) and thus does not use it in her vehicle, I do have her car pre-wired for the mirror, so that I can transfer the mirror to her car, when we go on road-trips in her vehicle.

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With respect to the Nuvi 360, GPS unit, which has loaded on it custom POIs (red light cameras and speed cameras) of photo enforcement locations, this small unit is something that I take from car to car. I guess I would could hardwire for this particular car which is the primary one I use and then use the portable cables for rentals, etc.
That's what I thought - that you traveled too much to make hardwiring the unit practical - hence the smiley.

My GPS, a simple TomTom One, 3rd. Ed. - a gift from one of my lab vendors - only goes in my car for trips, and as-such, the hardwire is fed through my center cubby's driver side vent, which, normally, will only have the mini-USB cable's very end sticking out of it.

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BTW, my wife and I just purchased a new 2009 Subaru Legacy sedan
Congrats!

Which model?

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...which has the new Harmon-Kardon premium sound system with an auxilary hook-up for iPods and I have hooked up my iPhone to it streaming audio via the data/internet service using Apps like Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker. The quality of the sound, especially from Pardora is simply incredible! No commercials and hours of endless music be selected by genre.
So nice! I'm jealous!

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Who needs Sirius or XM when you have that capability.
+1.

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We had owned a 2003 Subaru Legacy GT sedan, but that had an unfortunate history serious mechanical issues. We're hoping our 2009 model will fair better in the long-term in that department.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya.

Late-model Subarus are weird like that - either you get one that lives up to the commonly held view of the "Million-mile Subaru," and you never have a day's worth of trouble, or you get one that's a frequent customer in the shop. I am sorry, as a Subaru fan now for going on 4 years, that you had to endure that.

Indeed, hopefully, your '09 will give better service.

Look us up on LegacyGT.com - it's dedicated to the BL/BP-chassis Subaru Legacys, and you'll find a lot of useful information there. The search engine is very powerful, too, and I have no doubt you'll find it most useful.

I know that the '09s wiring is quite a bit different than the earlier MYs, but I do still have a copy of the '05's service-manual. If you need it, let me know.

I'm also familiar with most of the basic issues regarding this chassis platform (however, again, my knowledge with the '09s may, specifically, be limited/lacking), so if you guys ever have any questions, just let me know.

My screen-name on LegacyGT.com is "TSi+WRX" as well.


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LI Rev.2.8, Ver.7.03 - quad 8.0A-f w/ 8.5 Slim-r
LPP v8.3h(CAN/AU)/10.1s, 2xF/1xR
9500i, Red (4307) w/ZR3
VEIL G4
CR8APL8s, w/LaserShield(F)
Cheetah GPS-Mirror

[ Wifey's FXT -> Bue 8500x50 (Rev.5); LI Rev.2.9, Ver.7.08 - dual 8.5 ]

Me: '05 Legacy 2.5GT Ltd., mildly modified
Wifey: '09 Forester XT, barely modded
Baby-Anna: too short to reach any pedals!
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