I would like to start this thread, by asking you to retrieve your install manual. If you are to lazy, or have it boxed up please visit this link.
Now follow along to page 4. At the bottom right there is a Performance Warning that reads.
I have placed emphasis on the two key areas of concentration.Performance Warning
To get the best performance possible, the
mounting location of the radar receiver is
critical. Although radar signals will pass
through some types of plastic, mounting the
radar receiver so that it has a clear “view” of the
road will ensure maximum warning.
Since Laser signals will not pass through
objects, including most plastics, it is critical that
the Laser Shifters are mounted perfectly level
and have an unobstructed “view” of the road.
This is a picture of my original install for the radar receiver.
This past weekend we wrapped up our Guys of Lidar 2008 Laser Testing.
We found the time to do a mini radar test on the last day. We had TWO 9500CI's both mounted differently. The first unit belongs to happya$$, and he has his radar receiver mounted in the interior of his cabin, hanging off of the sun visor. So it was mounted VERY High.
As you could see mine was mounted in the grill of the car, behind 3 slats of what looked like harmless plastic.
For the first run we chose a Stalker 34.7 Ka and due to the length of the course we had to make it forward facing.
HappyA$$'s unit DOMINATED. The results are simply mind blowing, and it's something this industry has never experienced.
So, we hop into my car expecting similar results. And what do you know?
My 9500CI managed to pick the Forward Facing 34.7 Stalker at a distance of 300FT. Until we release the GoL results I can not give exact numbers, but lets just say a sub par performing radar unit that can be bought for less than 150 dollars destroyed my CI.
So we proceeded to remove my radar antenna from behind the plastic, and did a quick temporary mount.
Within 5 minutes of work and giving my head a clear line of sight I was getting out of this world performance. Although HappyA$$'s unit managed to best mine by 40FT, which I will wrap up to his NON Real World install.
On my drive back through Ohio & Kentucky on the way home, I managed to run into 3 bouts of instant on K band, and 4 bouts of constant on K band.
And 3 bouts of 34.7 Ka Stalker where the trooper was moving in the opposite lane.
The CI did amazing. On my limited but brief encounters before going up to the GoL test I was getting about 3 seconds of warning on 34.7. And I had assumed that the engineers at Escort, had figured out a way to make this thing quiet as a church mouse on K band while in Highway mode.
After driving around town this afternoon in highway mode it was going wild. And within 30 minutes I think I had tamed it down with the auto learn feature.
Bottom Line: Make sure your radar reciever has a clear line of sight. DO NOT BLOCK IT WITH ANY PLASTIC.
Finally, here are my post fix install pics.