One of our great clients from White Rock contacted Certified Autosound about a 2017 Silverado radar detector and laser defense system. The client spends a lot of his free time in the Kelowna area, so he crosses the Coquihalla quite often. Having a little extra protection against speed traps on his four-hour drive is never a bad thing. We showed the client several of the latest radar detector and laser defense products from Escort and put together a plan to integrate them into his Silverado.
Escort Max 360 Radar Detector Installation
The client liked the features of the Escort Max 360 portable radar detector. The Max 360 offers excellent radar sensitivity thanks to its dual-antenna design, updatable filtering to prevent false alarms due to radar-based vehicle technologies and built-in GPS that will learn where false alarms occur. The client also likes that he can tether his smartphone to the detector to use the Escort Live app. Escort Live allows users to share the locations of speed traps and false alarms with other users.
We used a BlendMount BMX-2000R to place the radar detector under the rearview mirror of the truck. The extra length and adjustability of the BMX-2000R gave us the flexibility to position the detector as close as possible to the mirror while working around the large plastic trim panel on the windshield. We ran the wiring from the detector into the roof to keep the installation looking as neat and tidy as possible.
Escort ZR5 Laser Defense System
More and more police agencies in British Columbia are switching over to laser-based speed measurement devices like the DragonEye. Until now, the only defense against laser has been a full, custom-installed radar detector and laser defense system. Escort just released its new ZR5 stand-alone laser defense system, and this client was thrilled with the idea of using it on his truck.
The ZR5 system comes with a pair of Escort ShifterMax Sensors, a compact control module and an interface module. We enlisted the skills of our lead fabricator, Tim, to complete the installation of the ZR5 system.
ZR5 ShifterMax Installation
Tim started by carefully removing the front grille from the truck to establish a plan to mount the sensors. Laser sensors have to be perfectly level and aimed directly forward to operate as intended. The lower portion of the grille openings would serve as an ideal mounting location.
Tim created a mounting plate out of acrylic plastic to locate and aim each sensor. The plate bolts to the grille using factory hardware locations.
With the mounting plate in place and the sensors leveled and aimed, Tim added a second acrylic plastic plate at a right angle to the mounting plate that would ensure the sensor couldn’t move.
Once the fabrication and assembly were complete and tested in the truck, Tim finished the brackets using a textured automotive coating. With the texture dry, he knocked down the finish with a Scotch Brite pad and applied several more layers of satin black automotive paint. The final step was to apply several coats of clear to add UV protection and durability to the panel.
ZR5 Control Panel
Tim started work on mounting control panel for the ZR5 next. He created a mounting panel that fits into the overhead console. One again, he manipulated acrylic plastic and expertly massaged it to mount the controller, including a cutout for its rounded-end shape. Tim left room on the panel to add a bass knob and USB port for when we finish upgrading the client’s stereo in a few months.
Integrated Silverado Radar and Laser System
With all the wiring run safely and securely through the vehicle, we made the final connections to the radar detector and the ZR5 Interface. The ZR5 will communicate with the Max 360 to display laser information, making this a seamless and well-integrated solution.
The client returned to Certified Autosound to pick up his truck and was thrilled with the installation. He loved that all the surface finishes matched the factory panels.
If you are in the market for a radar or laser defense solution for your vehicle, drop by one of our stores, give us a call or send an e-mail using our contact form.