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I'm installing an Escort Laser Shifter ZR4 unit that works with their detector. My question concerns location of the front two shifters location. Anyone out there got a suggestion or has installed the unit? Remember the shifter must be able to 'see' the laser and the typical illuminated image is 3 feet wide at 850 feet. My SGT/SC has the stock metal grill with horizontal fins. while the GT500 is plastic. Thanks for your input...

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the front two shifter units are .625 inches high. The opening between the metal grill vanes are .375 inches. The three LED sensors are located offset near the top half of the shifter units.

 

Remove the grill and mount the two shifter sensors between the top 2&3 grill horizontal vanes no more than 3 feet apart. The sensors can be positioned (hard mounted) between the 2nd and 3rd horizontal grill vane. This is enough space to allow the 3 LEDS to see the road ahead. Reinstall the grill. Then route the wires down the cable run on the drivers side and through a firewall grommet. You will be able to located the plug-in junction box for the system under the drivers side dash.

 

The rear sensor is mounted to the top two license plate screws. Wire runs through the license light into the trunk and along the cable tray into the cabin along the drivers door sill to the junction box.

 

Connect the front two and rear sensors, your radar/laser (mine is a 9500ix), and ZR4 control unit to the junction box. All hidden under the dash. I ran the ZR4 round cord over the aluminum gauge cover and the top of the dashboard. The ever so small ZR4 control (4.2"L x .55H) is velcroed in between the speedo and tach.

 

The GT500 is easier because of the 'openness' of the grill.

 

Happy motoring!

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A few pictures to show the mounting locations of VR4 Laser Shifter and its three sensors, two front and one rear. Nice and clean with no wires showing.

 

 

Been thinking about getting one of those, especially after getting a 52-in-a-35 ticket in my truck last week. From what I've read, you need a switch on the inside of the car. Once the alert goes on, you are supposed to get back down to the posted speed then turn the thing off, so that by the time you pass the cop, he supposedly won't know who was jamming him. Do you have that switch?

 

Also, again from what I've read, the laser gun will just go blank when your unit is activated.

 

I've used Escort radar detectors since they first started making them. Although I'm leaning towards staying with Escort, I've read a lot about the Blinder M27 and the new X-treme M47. Recommendations?

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Been thinking about getting one of those, especially after getting a 52-in-a-35 ticket in my truck last week. From what I've read, you need a switch on the inside of the car. Once the alert goes on, you are supposed to get back down to the posted speed then turn the thing off, so that by the time you pass the cop, he supposedly won't know who was jamming him. Do you have that switch?

 

Also, again from what I've read, the laser gun will just go blank when your unit is activated.

 

I've used Escort radar detectors since they first started making them. Although I'm leaning towards staying with Escort, I've read a lot about the Blinder M27 and the new X-treme M47. Recommendations?

 

 

The picture showing the dash mount shows the thumb wheel on and off. My units are wired to the fuel pump electrical circuit. The signal back to the hand held laser, shows an error on the sending unit. I figure the operator will have to aim and shoot again and this takes more time. The VR4 was designed to incorporate the newer 'Atlanta" type laser gun (LIDAR) with its 7,000 foot range and 0.3 sec read time. Link http://www.laseratla...enforcement.htm

There is a remote mount mute switch. I will ask if it also shuts the unit down..... I've used the Escorts (Cincinnati Microwave products) since the '80's. For those of you that travel Virgina that prohibit radar detectors, they have a unit that has a metal case and shielding of the antenna that can't be seen by detector detectors incorporated in the radar guns.

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^Stay with Escort. I've tried them all and it works the best by far.

 

Great install guide. I'd love to do the same to my car. Does it help with typical radar at all too or just laser?

 

 

 

The VR4 is laser only, but is physically connected and works with the radar/laser detector unit. The company makes 5 or 6 different radar/laser detectors that will connect to this laser (LIDAR) SHIFTER. Not cheap when you purchase both units, but if you figure the cost of the ticket, court cost, insurance increase for multiple years, and for those of you living in states that now have taxes to add to you speeding cost, it is cheap. Virgina tax is up to $3,550.

 

link http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/dont_mess_with_taxes/2007/07/virginia-speedi.html

 

As I was told yesterday, "I could tell what the car was from a 1/2 mile away with the lowered stance and stripes." The less stopped vehicle is a Silverado truck. Now how to put one of these units on a GT40 or a COBRA....

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