A client from West Linn contacted Kingpin Car & Marine Audio about doing a custom installed Mercedes E63 radar and laser system, as well as some exterior modifications to his 2016 AMG. We scheduled a consultation appointment with the client at our facility so we could look over the vehicle with him and explore his goals for the upgrades. Once we were done with the consultation, we worked up a proposal, which he liked, so we scheduled a time to do the vehicle modifications.
Exterior Wrap And Window Film For A Unique Look
We knew right out of the gate that this client wanted his E63 to stand out. After much discussion, he decided to go with a blacked-out look on this car. We wrapped the whole exterior of the vehicle in a flat-black vinyl, which completely transformed the look of the car. We painted all of the exterior trim pieces in gloss-black so they would stand out against the wrap, but not have the flashy chrome look that came with the vehicle. We painted the factory wheels flat-black to continue the theme.
We applied our window film on the vehicle for the final cosmetic touch, while giving the client dramatically reduced interior temperatures, along with protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Protection Provided By Clear-Bra
Our team did a full clear-bra treatment on the exterior of the vehicle to protect the hood, fenders and side mirrors. When you are driving your vehicle, considerable damage can occur from objects thrown up by vehicles in front of you, not to mention sap and bird droppings. If you have ever seen a vehicle three years after it has had the clear bra removed, it looks like the vehicle was never driven. That makes the clear bra a great investment.
Custom Radar And Laser System
If you are fortunate enough to own an AMG model Mercedes, you understand the infinite amount of power available to you when you push the accelerator pedal. It is for this very reason that we integrated a custom-installed K40 laser and radar detector into the vehicle. We chose the RL360i system for its cutting-edge performance, along with front and rear radar receivers. Our team of highly skilled installers made custom mounts to securely hold the receivers in their optimum positions. We used a total of three G5 laser defusers on the vehicle, with two going in the front on custom mounts in the lower front bumper, and one in the rear, right by the license plate.
We pay particular attention to all of our custom-installed systems when it comes to mounting and aiming the sensors, since Kingpin is famous for the performance of our systems. We are different from other shops in that we won’t cut corners to hit a magical price point because we feel our clients deserve all of the performance they have paid for.
Console Mounted Controller
Inside the vehicle, we placed the controller in a custom mount in the ashtray. We did this for a couple of reasons: First, it is easily accessible by the driver, and second, it is easily concealable to protect against theft.
LED Alert Lights
One of the things we love about the K40 is the simplicity of the alerting system for the driver. When we install a system with front and rear mounted sensors, it uses a combination of two LEDs. We flushed these units into the instrument cluster in the dash for a completely stock appearance. The left LED illuminates when a front alert happens, and the right LED illuminates when a rear alert occurs.
The RL360i also comes with a remote mounted speaker for audible alerts, and we make a custom bracket to hold it underneath the dash in a hidden, but well-chosen, location where the client can easily hear it.
Client Loved His Mercedes E63 Radar System And Exterior Modifications
When the client came to pick up his vehicle, he was blown away by the transformation of the exterior. It didn’t look like the same vehicle. As he walked around it, he just kept nodding in approval. When we showed him the K40 system, he loved how well it integrated into the vehicle and looked like it was a Mercedes factory option. That made our day.
When you are in the market for upgrades to your vehicle, we invite you to contact us HERE at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio in Portland. We do all of our consultations by appointment so we can give you our undivided attention. Let us show you why Mobile Electronics magazine has named us the Top Retailer in the Nation and given us an Installer of the Year award.