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      10-23-2009, 01:20 AM   #1
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Moving to California, Need Help

I'm moving to California from GA and need help with my radar detector. I have it hardwired currently and mounted with the suction cup mount on the windshield between the iDrive and Instrument cluster bulges. From what I gather it's illegal to have it mounted with a suction cup mount in California. How do you guys mount it? Do you have any pictures? I'm not really a fan of the visor mount. It's a Passport Escort 8500 in case that's important, my V1 died last month .
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it isnt illegal to have suction cups.

Atleast I run suction cups and have never had any trouble when being pulled over.
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As long as it is not a Jammer you are ok. detectors are fine.
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Actually, he is correct. Until recently, it was illegal to have anything mounted on your windshield in California.

With portable GPS units becoming so popular, the law was recently amended to allow a GPS to be mounted on the window, but only in the far left corner. The center of the windshield can still get you a ticket.

I don't think this is actively enforced much, but the OP is right that his mount is technically against state laws.
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Actually, he is correct. Until recently, it was illegal to have anything mounted on your windshield in California.

With portable GPS units becoming so popular, the law was recently amended to allow a GPS to be mounted on the window, but only in the far left corner. The center of the windshield can still get you a ticket.

I don't think this is actively enforced much, but the OP is right that his mount is technically against state laws.
these damn laws change too often. I just ignore them all and do what I want. To hell with it. they are dumb laws that are just there to generate revenue like the front plate laws. I dont put them on any of my cars.
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I have one of those sticky rubber pads and I just slap it on the top of the dash between the iDrive and instrument binacles. The RD sits on that. Works like a charm and never moves.
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hardwire it through the rear wiew mirror/ cabin light console and install it near the rear view
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Yes, but you have to remember to turn it on !
Ouch!
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Never had a problem it suction-mounted. and trust me, I get pulled over (and get fix it tickets) a LOT.
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It's definitely a law, but as everyone has stated, it's loosely enforced. I have my radar detector right above my rear view mirror.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

26708. (a) (1) ( )1 A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows.
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I think radar is pretty much the last thing cops will ticket you for. If they do say anything, it'll be a snide comment about how much the radar was helping you out.
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Thanks guys. I'm just going to leave it where it is.
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Thanks guys. I'm just going to leave it where it is.
That is what I would do. At WORST, you'll get a fix-it ticket.
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just dont get a jammer and your fine
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Actually, he is correct. Until recently, it was illegal to have anything mounted on your windshield in California.

With portable GPS units becoming so popular, the law was recently amended to allow a GPS to be mounted on the window, but only in the far left corner. The center of the windshield can still get you a ticket.

I don't think this is actively enforced much, but the OP is right that his mount is technically against state laws.
Wow. What a stupid law.
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Military bases require their decals to be placed on the windshield, too. I don't see those folks getting tickets for that...

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

26708. (a) (1) ( )1 A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows.[/quote]
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Military bases require their decals to be placed on the windshield, too. I don't see those folks getting tickets for that...

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

26708. (a) (1) ( )1 A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows.
Click on the link, you'll see exceptions to the rules:

(1) Rearview mirrors.

(2) Adjustable nontransparent sunvisors ( )2 that are mounted forward of the side windows and are not attached to the glass.

(3) Signs, stickers, or other materials ( )2 that are displayed in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver, signs, stickers, or other materials ( )2 that are displayed in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the rear window farthest removed from the driver, or signs, stickers, or other materials ( )2 that are displayed in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest the driver.
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