A client from Tualatin contacted Kingpin Car & Marine Audio about adding a custom-installed laser and radar detector to his 2013 Audi R8 Spyder. After spending a considerate amount of time with him, it was evident that he wanted a great-performing system that would not detract from the beautiful lines of his vehicle. We worked up a proposal that he liked, so we set a time for him to drop off the vehicle.
K40 Front And Rear Complete Protection
For this R8, we chose the K40 RL360i system. What we love about this product is it comes with a front and rear radar receiver. That allows the driver to make more educated decisions when a threat occurs. Imagine this scenario: You are driving up the road with a normal detector with only a front receiver. Your system goes off as you head into a radar trap and you slow down, avoiding a ticket. What you don’t know is there’s a second trap up ahead, since your radar detector showed the signal strength dropping as you pass the first trap. You accelerate back to your previous speed. By the time you recognize a second threat is up ahead, you are now caught.
If you had owned an RL360i system, once you passed the first threat, the indicator would have moved from a front detection to a rear detection. As you kept going, your front indicator would start to go off again, recognizing the second threat. This alert would cause you to keep your speed down and avoid a ticket.
Custom-Created Solutions Provide The Best Results
For this client, we mounted the front radar receiver securely to the aluminum crossbar behind the bumper, using a metal bracket machined in-house. Doing this allows us to put the receiver in the optimum position while still keeping it completely hidden. In the rear of the vehicle, we hid the radar receiver behind the bumper, securely mounted into place.
Now it was time to turn our attention to laser protection, and we chose a total of four G5 laser defusers. We mounted two units up front in strategic locations in the front grille, using custom-machined mounts. In the rear of the vehicle, we mounted two more defusers outside the rear license plate, under the lip of the trunk. What we love about the laser defusers is their ability to not only detect, but also to protect you from a ticket. In the event a laser gun is shot at the R8, the G5s immediately fire back powerful beams of light that prevent the laser gun from getting a speed reading. Now you have precious time to slow down and avoid a costly ticket.
Stealth Installation; Easily Viewable Alerts
Next up, our focus was on the interior of the vehicle. We installed the front and rear threat indicator lights behind the turn signal indicators in the instrument cluster. We had to remove, disassemble and reassemble the cluster to make this happen. The result is a complete stealth solution to receiving alerts.
Under normal circumstances, the turn signal indicators work just like normal. Should a front threat appear, the left indicator flashes blue. In the event of a rear threat, the right indicator flashes blue. We also installed a hidden speaker to give the driver audible alerts as well as visual alerts. The complete K40 RL360i system is conveniently controlled by a wireless remote that is stored in an easily accessible location.
Factory-Grade Installation Work
In typical Kingpin fashion, we soldered all the connections and applied heat-shrink for the ultimate in reliability. We also neatly loomed and securely fashioned all the wiring in a manner that allows for easy servicing of the vehicle in the future.
Audi R8 Spyder Radar And Laser System Exceeds Expectations
Once the system was fully tested using our in-house equipment, it was time to return it to the client. When he came to pick up his R8, he loved how well everything was integrated into the vehicle. We spent significant time on going over the operation of the system and where everything was placed to make it easy for him to adapt to these new functions.
Give Us A Call Today!
When you are ready to add a custom-installed laser and radar detector to your vehicle, we invite you to contact us HERE at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio in Portland. Our team will work with you to design and build the solution that best fits your needs.