The Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector was introduced a few years ago and continues to be very popular. This is a radar detector owner’s dream. It will detect all bands of speed enforcement radar (X, K, Ka, and Ku) from both front and rear. But there’s a lot of radar detectors that can do this. One of the best and most unique features in the GPS integration and on-board database of red light and speed camera locations. This detector also has an auto-learn feature that integrates the GPS position so that once it you tell the detector of the false alert, it will not warn you about it again. Between the GPS, the historical database or cameras and the autolearn feature, it’s like the Waze of radar detectors. It is also compatible with Escort Live which is their flagship smartphone application.
The mount that is provided with the Escort Passport 9500ix is a double suction cup with a tab which fits into the slot at the top of the radar detector. Be sure to clean your windshield well prior to adhesion. The mount is ok in low vibration environments and in moderate climates should work well for several years. If your suction mount stops working, be sure to read our article on failing suction cups because you may potentially be able to save it. You might also be able to simply replace the suction cups on the mount if you can find them.
If you can’t save it, or are simply unhappy with the stock mount, the Escort StickyCup is what I wish the company would provide versus the one they do. Like the stock mount, this one has the tab that slides into the slot at the top of the Escort Passport 9500ix. Unlike the stock mount, this one has a single larger suction cup that will likely hold up better. The mount has a vacuum feature to drastically improve the suction functionality.
Who says that a radar detector has to be attached to your windshield? Certainly not California or Minnesota where, as outlined in our article, mounting to your windshield is against the law. Let’s take a look at what is out there for places other than your windshield.
Your car dash is a great place to mount to mount your radar detector. This Car Dash Mount for Radar Detectors marries your Passport 9500ix to a flat platform using included hook and loop fastener adhesive strips. The bottom of the mount has a suction cup and the kit includes an adhesive disk to stick to your dash. The suction cup sticks to the round disk just like a windshield. Keeps the radar detector in a great spot for viewing.
The rear view mirror is another location that’s becoming a more popular spot to mount devices. The PerformancePackage Rear View Mirror Mount for the 9500ix includes an attachment that will fit your rear view mirror. The mount uses a clamp to attach to the rear view mirror. Also included is a tab attachment that slides into the slot at the top of the 9500ix. You have adjustment points at the base and the tip.
Although not my favorite location for a radar detector, the passenger’s sun visor is another place to mount your Passport 9500ix. This Visor Mount is ok to use as long as looking at the message screen on the Passport 9500ix is unimportant to you. Fortunately the Passport 9500ix has voice capabilities, so potentially this may not be important to you. I would also mention that interfacing with the radar detector is very difficult so this location is best after you have the device customized with false reading locations.
Actually, as I finish the article, I realize there’s a lot more locations to put an Escort Passport 9500ix radar detector than I thought. Select the location that’s not going to interfere with your driving, is legal to use in your state and is easy to remove. This is one of the more expensive radar detectors on the market so you don’t want to leave it in the car.