Long time lurker, first-time poster. ops:
My name is Allen - I currently drive a mildly upgraded 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT. I live in Cleveland, Ohio.
I've used, to my great satisfaction, an Escort X50 and ZR3 combo on both of my two immediate past vehicles (both were mild to moderately modified DSMs), over the course of the last appx. 3 years.
I've continued to observe excellent performance of said units on my Legacy GT.
My driving record has been clear of any speeding tickets, thanks to these tools by Escort.
Very recently, however, I've noticed that the front jammer units of my ZR3 have finally stopped working. I've yet to take them apart to see if it's something I can address myself - and my phone-call into Escort yesterday met with the usual pre-holidays "the technician is busy right now, can you call back later?" bump-off. :roll:
While awaiting resolution to my ZR3 woes, I've essentially decided to purchase a Blinder - and this is where I need your help.
I currently have a LaserShield on my front plate (required by Ohio law), and will re-apply VEIL once the weather warms up a bit this coming spring. My vehicle, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the BL/BP-chassis Subaru Legacy, is similar to the one of my "car-brother," AWD_rules3830:
My legacy, however, is colored "Atlantic Blue Pearl." Unfortunately, for concealment/countermeasures, it is sadly a metallic blue.....
My current question is two-fold:
First and foremost - should I opt for the Blinder M40, or will the M20 be sufficient for front jamming?
Main enforcement will be Ohio State Highway Patrol, City of Cleveland Police Department, and Orange Village Police Department.
I understand that using all 4 jamming heads on the M40 as frontal countermeasure should offer decreased punch-through versus the X20.
In reviewing the reflective/targeting surfaces on the front of my vehicle (please reference above link to AWD_rules3830's Legacy), the license plate is definitely my primary worry (and where, to-date, my ZR3 has served very well, mounted at either side of the "base" of where the front plate hangs off the bottom edge of the bumper), but I would think that the highly reflective headlamp housings would be a good place to cover with the additional jamming heads of the M40 unit, too (to this end, I would mount a unit on each side of the grill opening, recessed within the openings, closest to the headlamp reflectors).
Would the additional benefits of the M40 be a practical one, given the higher dollar cost - or am I really just splitting hairs, here?
Second question - the chrome that surrounds and divides my grill opening, how much of a concern is this?
Can I VEIL over the chrome? Should I just re-finish it to a flat-black?
And again, as with my first question, provided that I go with the M20 (or M40 - in which case, I'd imagine that my above-imagined mounting scenario to protect the headlights, in that the jammers would reside within the grill opening, that they would also serve to protect it, too), would this even be a practical concern, or am I again splitting hairs?
Thanks for any advice, including jammer alternatives to the Blinder - especially considering my area enforcement's hardware.