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Tuesday, I spent 5 hours wiring up a radar kit. This is not a normal kit though, as I added the ZR3 shifter from escort. I think this could have been a 3.5 hr install, but since I never took apart this car before, there is always the exploring part. I had to mount two sensors in the front, one in the back, and the radar unit by the rearview mirror. Here are some FYIs on the car.

Rear seats come out very easily. On the bottom left and right of the back seats, there are 2 pull cords (one on each side) to unlatch the bottom part of the rear seats. After that is out, there are 2 bolts, one for each side, to unmount the back of the rear seats. After the bolts are taken out, the seats are pushed up and out.

The foot trim pieces on both sides have 4 screws in each one. The plastic piece that is higher than the foot trim just has to be popped out with a little screw driver. Before trying to room the foot trim, the plastic covers around the seat guides must be removed. They are 2 pieces. They need to be popped out of the foot trim and the front piece has to be pulled forward. The bolt for the seatbelt was a 19mm bolt, which was unusual but easier.

There is a rubber boot on the firewall behind the glove box on the far right. You can see it also from the engine compartment to the left of the main harness. This is about a 3/4 inch hole.

The bottom black plastic air dam piece in the front would not come out. There is a couple plastic push pins easily accessible, but there is 2 more up in the bumper area that I could not get a mini screwdrive in. I was forced to crush my arm in there to get the front sensors in. I'm assuming there is a special tool for these push pins (there are the same pins as on the radiator plastic cover).

The trunk was not as easy as you would think. I ran the wire through the license plate light holes. I found out that the wire does not go into the trunk. There is a metal backing to that area with a rubber boot in the hole for the light wires to go through. I just drilled a hole in the boot to run the wires. The wires were just run along the right side of the trunk with the rest of the wires. There is a hole on the passenger side to enter the inside of the vehicle. That is why the rear seats were taken out.

Wiring for the radar to the rearview was put behind the driver side pillar. Don't forget to make sure that the clips are not still in the body otherwise, the pillar molding might not go back in correctly and the plastic might get cracked.

This about sums it up. Hope this helps out.
 

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Thats some good information to know, thanks alot for posting it. Do you know how to remove the cover over the rear shelf? I need to remove it to get to the rear speakers. Drom inside the trunk it looks like the speakers are screwed to sheet metal under the shelf and then a carpet or fabric covered panel covers them.
 

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Thats some good information to know, thanks alot for posting it. Do you know how to remove the cover over the rear shelf? I need to remove it to get to the rear speakers. Drom inside the trunk it looks like the speakers are screwed to sheet metal under the shelf and then a carpet or fabric covered panel covers them.

After the rear seats are removed, the decklid cover just pulls out towards the front of the car. The speakers are held in with screws so you do have to do this to get them out. Just make sure you are careful with the rear window because you do not want to scratch the rear defroster or antenna lines.
 

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Tuesday, I spent 5 hours wiring up a radar kit. This is not a normal kit though, as I added the ZR3 shifter from escort. I think this could have been a 3.5 hr install, but since I never took apart this car before, there is always the exploring part. I had to mount two sensors in the front, one in the back, and the radar unit by the rearview mirror. Here are some FYIs on the car.
I just bought the same kit, and have finished mounting the rear sensor/shifter. I actually did it slightly different as I am very hesitant to take the drill to my 'baby'. I found that behind the license plate there is a square hole. I fished the wire through there, brought it down to near where the latch is, then ran it under the sound dampner towards the factory wiring at the passenger side. Pretty much went through the same thing, taking the back seats out as you did.

At any rate, now I'm onto the front sensors, and I'm not quite sure where the best place to put them would be. Escort recommends putting them on the same level as the head lights, but, I don't really relish the idea of chopping into my honeycomb grill to put 2 blocky sensors. I was thinking to mount them in the lower grill (fog light level), as there seems space to fit the sensors without doing any chopping (provided of course you remove the mounting hardware on the sensor itself), then push the sensor out through the back of the lower grill. My concern with doing this is if I'll affect the performance of the unit. Does the sensor need to stick out a bit, or can it be flush with the front surface of the vehicle? Will mounting the sensors that low to the ground also mess up its performance?

I don't have a front plate on the vehicle.

At any rate, would appreciate your thoughts on this as you've gone through the experience before.

Take care,
Kris
 

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This helped me a lot when installing mine, so I figured I'd help anyone else searching. I followed the same route at bob, but did the hole behind the license plate as suggested later. The upper rear seats were a pain to get out, they were really torqued down for some reason.

Escort SR7:
The front two shifters fit perfectly in the lower grill:


With a black license frame, you can't see the rear sensor at all.

 

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REBinc,

That's exactly how I ended up installing my sensors.

Where'd you put the control unit?

I ended up putting mine in the space below the ashtray (velcro-ed to the top) -- If I open the ashtray, the unit can't be seen.

What do you think of the performance of the unit so far? I haven't been caught speeding yet, but, I might have simply been driving fast at times when cops weren't around.
 

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My car is getting decked out, had the bumper totally off to do a couple things and finish up the radar. Here's some more pictures of my set up.

Radar head hidden behind kidney grill.





Valentine One multicolored concealed display




Temporary SR7 display, will be custom mounted above V1 after I make a new smaller case.
 

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Nothing against any of your setups here but it makes me chuckle to see you all go to such extremes to have radar. A detector hanging from the windshield works great for me. Then again, i guess I don't have to drive over 100mph when driving through the city.:gears:
 

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Nothing against any of your setups here but it makes me chuckle to see you all go to such extremes to have radar. A detector hanging from the windshield works great for me. Then again, i guess I don't have to drive over 100mph when driving through the city.:gears:
haha, you ain't seen nothing yet. Here's the first step of my SR7 installation in the odometer bezel. I have the rough shape done, just have to sand w/ a higher grit and paint.




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finally completed, pics in this thread http://ls2gto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222161
 

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Do you know what paint you're going to use on it? Is it a perfect match?

Pretty nice looking install, BTW. I have a similar sort of idea myself... :angel:
 
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