I've been lurking on this forum for a while. I picked up a Valentine one about a month ago but since then have realized that most of the officers in my area (Long Island NY) are using laser. I'm keeping the V1 for radar protection, but I'm looking into getting an M25 for my Acura TL Type-S.
A big concern (which I've seen posted before) I have is hacking apart my grille. I've already seen the "well a ticket is more expensive than a grille" posts as well as "it doesn't work correctly behind the grille" but heres my thought process and some images.
The front end of my car looks like this (plus front plate):
The black areas are a wide spaced mesh grill which looks like this:
Each slat is roughly 1/8" wide and spaced about 1" apart.
The mesh is the same on both the top and bottom grills, BUT the lower grills are angled back (IE the normal of the grill surface points at an angle) whereas the center grill (above the badge) tilts back, but is otherwise perpendicular to the road.
My thought was that mounting them in the upper grille would allow them to be the suggested 24" apart (I'm assuming most officers NY are aiming for the plate) and still get good coverage. So my big question for discussion is this:
My understanding of the blinders is that they're the laser sensor + a series of IR diodes. I can certainly understand if the grill obstructs or limits the optics of these diodes why it would fail to work. BUT if I were able to mount the blinders correctly (level and angled forward) behind the grill AND met the following criteria:
None of the diodes obstructed by the grill slats.
Cut into the BACK of the grille to allow the blinder to sit as far forward as possible while still keeping the fronts of the slats there for aesthetics.
THEN do you think there would still be a signifigant performance deficit? It seems to me (and again I haven't see the unit yet so I do not know the diode spacing) that if the diodes were centered as much as possible with as thin of a section between them as possible then performance shouldn't be effected.
I know many of you have much better experience with me so I'm open to feedback.
(A few pics of my V1 hardwire as well)