not to be the bearer of bad news, but that is probably one of the worst spots to put them. I know it looks good, but have you tested it? Based on the knowledge that Cliff gave me and what I Have found on the other forums those are too low and police will be able to easily still lidar you. If you have tested it with lidar guns, would you post up where there was PT? or if you were able to JTG.
Thanks a bunch.
The install does look killer, but the old saying goes, "stealth your ride, not the install"
I really hate to sound negative, but I recently received my Laser Interceptor jammer, which I will be installing (hopefully) in the near future once the weather warms up, and I did a lot of reading on these devices. Regardless of which brand of jammer one has, one constant is that it is imperative to mount the heads properly to ensure proper function. An improperly installed jammer does nothing but provide a false sense of security and essentially, renders the jammer ineffective. I fear that your install will be almost useless at providing you the type of protection that you paid for and are expecting.
I do have to commend you on the install though. Regardless of whether the heads are in the proper locations, you did an excellent job of installing them.
Simply put, your senors, both front and rear, are waaaaay too low to allow for proper function, and you WILL get tagged with Laser.
What I would suggest is to post these pictures of your install on the following forum, and ask for feedback. The fellow on there are VERY knowledgeable and will be able to give you very accurate feedback on the effectiveness of you install.
The install is definitely commendable. The attention to detail is amazing and the level of expertise of being able to trim those panels and to accurately seat the blinder transceivers is no easy feat. It takes a lot of time to get it right with a permanent installation which uses brackets behind the grille facades. I've done the same in other cars and have a lot of respect for the accomplishment.
However, like the others have stated; the low mounting position is less than optimum. The location will pass the spread spectrum IR test with a remote control. However, the near pinpoint accuracy of the Lidar gun and the unprotected upper square footage of the cars hood area leaves a wide gap for tag and bag.
I'm curious what/how the other posters would have mounted their transceivers? There is a supplied link within the 2nd Lidar link... however, it has not been installed yet, correct?
I've had great success in my last car with the transceivers mounted ~18" from the ground in the front lower bumper gill panel area of an Audi S4. This has been tested at blistering speeds through Ohio and Maryland. The car has been legitimately tagged so far out that the trooper could barely be seen. Another memorable occasion; it worked at close range in less than 1/8" mile where I could see the cop shaking the gun. I made sure I let him get a lock on me as I went by at the limit then.
However, the S4 isn't as wide of a car nor as tall as the V. I could draw a circle using the transceivers in the S4 as two perimeter circumference points and the tranceivers covered ~75% of the front end of the car. They were flush with the front bumper and still blended quite well. The possibility of being hit from a slight side angle with Lidar was not so much of an issue due to the S4's rounded front end. The V on the other hand? It has sharper angles and too much recessed area. This is part of my reasoning for bringing them up higher and more centered.
The downside with the photos as shown (besides being too low) is also the depth at which the tranceivers are installed. I'd prefer to be able to (almost) have a side to side line of sight path between the tranceivers. For this reason, the upper grill area (and given the sheer square footage of the front end of the V) seems to be the best place for the transceivers. This offers the best side angle approach coverage while still being sure that the entire front of the car is covered.
However, there is the installation "integration factor" that comes into play also. The upper grille area is suspect because the hood moves (and so may the sensor alignment). It's a toss-up when you take the longevity of the installation into consideration and the ease of integration. I would always take the more functional approach however and throw "easy" out the window. It either works-- or it doesn't. And, I consider myself to be very lucky that it has worked in the past for me.
On offering some advice on what to do now? A little back-ground on high-speed interstate travel-- I've never been tagged from behind with laser. I've been tagged by radar in this fashion-- however, I already knew the cop was there. How? Driving smart is important. I'd never travel 30mph over the limit unless I had other cars ahead of me to allow a "leap frog" style of driving. The cop (up ahead) will always tag another random driver ahead of you. So, in conjunction with a good radar detector (I swear by by Escort; choose your own, no debate on this here) you *should* always know if there's a bogey ahead from random squeezes of the radar gun trigger. My Escort 8500 detects a good mile in advance in semi-flat terrain. In other words, never go blowing by a bridge or on/off ramp system unless someone else went thru a few seconds ahead of you. Always know there is a cop on the other side or don't speed.
For this reason, I don't run the Blinder on the rear of the car.
My suggestion is to take one of the rear mounted transceivers and move it to above the Caddy emblem in the frontal hood area. This way you don't have to un-do all of your hard work and you will be guaranteed a good result. I would extract the one off of the left rear reflector because (in my experience) there are more police running radar/lidar from the right side of the road (as opposed to the median). What I'm saying is to still protect the right rear corner of the car.
Were you able to use the provided hardware to securely mount the transceivers in the existing locations or did you make your own?
Good luck with it-- trust me, I know this was no easy task!
For reference, I'd prefer the Red locations in this thread-- but that's me. If the Red location can be a solid permanent location that will not fall out of alignment from hood opening and closing-- so be it. If you don't ever want the the officer to see your wiring-- go with the Green.