Well now that I'm home for thanksgiving break, I finally got a chance to install my father's newly acquired Laser Interceptor jammer and Valentine 1 radar detector with color modded remote mounted display. In addition to that, we integrated the V1 and LI so that the laser interceptor powers the V1 and gives it voice alerts too. One button will be the power switch for both devices.
Regrettably we didn't take pics in the beginning because we were working at night. Getting the grill off of the A8 is a nightmare - the lower grills pop right out, but the main grill requires 5 torx screws and a good amount of clips that are almost impossible to reach without scratching the paint of breaking the chrome. Anyway, first we removed the grill and cut into the back of it to level it out for the jammers.
Here's an engine shot to show how clean the wires are hidden and wired.
Can't find the wires? Look closer:
Going through the firewall - another total nightmare because there is a wicked 90 degree angle inside the rubber boot:
A better picture of how all the wiring is run:
Next, we had to drop the lower dash of the A8. Nightmare number #3. This takes removal of the trim pieces, 6 torx screws in hard to get areas, and a number of clips to be released. And then, there is the most asinine HVAC vent you have to remove that I've ever seen. Due to being blocked by numerous brackets and electronics, it took about an hour and a half to remove!
Backside of the dash that I'll have to drill through to mount the switch - very nerve racking!
So many wires....this a combination of V1 wires, remote display wires, the laser interceptor power wires, the mute wires, external speaker wires, and the LI sensor wires pulled through:
Here's the jammer computer mounted and hooked up to the V1:
Starting to organize wires:
All tucked away and ready for switch installation:
V1 mounted high just below the tint strip - wire completely ran inside the headliner and A pillars from the fusebox.
Almost impossible to see the V1 from outside:
And finally, after hours and hours of work, the remote display and the kill switch mounted in the bottom right hand corner of the picture:
Switch close up - was very nerve racking drilling through the leather:
All done - a gratuitous profile shot:
Finally the A8L is ready for some high speed cruising! Just in time too; we have to pick up my sister at school 4 hours away tomorrow. We should make great time.