A client from Portland contacted Kingpin Car & Marine Audio about a custom-installed laser and radar detector in his 2016 Mercedes-Benz C63s. One of our team members scheduled a time for him to stop by our shop with his vehicle so we could look it over and get to know him better. While he was here, we looked over the exterior and the interior of the vehicle, and discussing placement options, as well as reasons why we put sensors in certain locations from a performance perspective. At the end of the consultation, we worked up a proposal for him that he liked, so we set a time for us to start working on the vehicle.
Front Sensor Mounting
In this vehicle, the client chose the Escort 9500ci system for the basis of the upgrades. In typical Kingpin fashion, we began by removing the front bumper so we could fabricate aluminum mounts for the front sensors. While many shops will screw into plastic or use double-sided tape, our team knows that performance and reliability will suffer by doing an install that way. Every sensor we install is securely mounted into position, and to do that often means we have to fabricate our own aluminum mounts. This Mercedes was a perfect example of this method.
The radar receiver can be mounted behind anything that is not metal, so we hid it completely from view behind the front grille, as high up as possible. Doing this gives the client maximum range on radar while keeping the stock look of the vehicle intact.
In this vehicle, the client chose to have front laser shifters installed, and we mounted them behind the mesh grille in the front fascia, one to each side of the license plate. When it comes time to choose a mounting location and position for the laser shifters, attention to detail is the name of the game. When you are trying to pick up a normal radar signal, it is a wide radio wave. On the other hand, a laser beam is very narrow and only works in line of sight. At 300 yards away, a laser radar beam is only around 3 feet wide.
Laser Shifter Technology
The laser shifters from Escort go way beyond detecting laser – they actually prevent someone from getting a reading on your vehicle. When this Mercedes is shot with laser, the Escort system immediately recognizes it and the shifters fire back powerful beams of light that the laser gun doesn’t understand, so it can’t get a reading on your vehicle. This gives you precious time to slow down and avoid a costly ticket. As you can see, the shifters do an important job, so placement and aiming of them is critical. If they are not parallel to the ground and aimed at the road ahead, their performance suffers greatly. Our install team takes all the time needed to ensure the client gets all the performance available.
Hidden Interior Components
When it came time to install the interior components of the 9500ci, the client wanted a stealth look. For this reason, we installed the display in the lower left section of the rearview mirror. When the display is not active, the mirror looks completely stock. We placed the controller in a conveniently placed spot that was hidden from view when not in use. The audible speaker was installed in a hidden, yet good location, letting the driver hear the alerts easily yet still allowing for easy servicing of the vehicle.
Client Loved His Stock-Looking C63s Laser And Radar System
Once the system was fully installed and tested, we delivered the vehicle back to the client. When he came to pick it up, he loved how the installation made it look like Mercedes offered it as a factory option. That made our day since it was the goal from the beginning.
If you would like the protection of a custom-installed laser and radar detector, we invite you to contact us HERE at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio. One of our team will set up a time to meet with you and your vehicle, getting to know you and your driving style. At that point, we will design and build you a system best suited for your needs. Let us show you why Mobile Electronics magazine named us the Top Retailer in the Nation.