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Police take certain measures to try and enforce their laws on the highways. These are my little gadgets to make sure I'm not the one getting the ticket. This project is ever evolving, I've never considered it done since I first started over a year ago. I'll update this thread when ever I add something new.

List of what’s been installed at one point or another:
Radar Detectors:
* Valentine One
* Escort SR7
* Escort 9500ci
Laser Jammers:
* Escort ZR3
* Escort ZR4
* Dual Laser Park Pro (LPP)
* Dual Laser Interceptor (LI)

Other:
* Cheetah GPS Mirror
* Kill Switch Panel
* Uniden pro510xl CB

EXTERIOR
FRONT
Front Version1.0:
ZR3 Shifters mounted in lower grill, SR7 radar behind PS kidney. Plate mounted cut into lower grill.

Front Version1.1: ZR3 moved outside, LPP mounted in lower grill.

Front Version 1.1: LI replace LPP, ZR4 replace ZR3, new detachable front plate, although its left on most of the time because I’d rather have that targeted than my headlights on laser hits. 9500ci antenna is mounted directly behind the passenger side grill, level with the road.

Front Version 2.0: Sport appearance package grills install, radar given a clear view of the road.

Front Version 2.1: Didn't like the SAPs, so I went back to V1.1.
 

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INTERIOR
Concealed Display
Display Beta: To start with I made a slim V1 concealed display and removed the jack. While I was doing that I swapped out some of the LEDs to different colors for better band definition. I also removed the alphanumeric display from the SR7 following this thread (http://www.radardetector.net/forums/escort/20153-custom-installed-remote-escort-nsx.html). I think working on the general positioning and view of the displays from various points around the dash.

Display Version1.0: Flush mounted the V1 into the dash and removed the mute button. I also custom molded a box into the dash to hold the SR7 display. Due to all the molding, I had to repaint the odometer trim, so I chose black.

Display Version2.0: Molded a new box to hold the V1 and SR7 displays right next to each other. I also incorporated a biLED as an indicator for the LPP, which is now being used as an indicator for the LI. More info on the SR7/LPP display (http://www.radardetector.net/forums/escort/37152-escort-radar-detector-mod-make-your-own-remote-display.html)
 

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Display Version3.0: 9500ci integrated into tachometer. I originally used a LS1 YJ face while still using my OEM electronics in the cluster. I then switched it out for a black LS2 gauge face from gtoshiftlight.com. More info: http://www.ls1gto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=284633


Display Version3.1: I swapped the blue 9500ci LED display with the red display and lens from a Bel STIr. I also installed the V1 and separated it components. The bogey counter replaces the highbeam indicator, and the arrows replace the e-brake indicator. The band indicator is hidden behind the shift light, which changes color depending on band. X is red, K is green, and Ka is Blue. With everything else on the car, I figured have an alert for laser would be redundant. The V1 strength is the 8 LEDs at the of the 9500ci display.



Display Version4.0:
Currently working on it, it will involve using the center cluster LCD to display radar alerts from both detectors. I'm creating the knickname "Goat One" based off Bandit's license plate in "Smokey & the Bandit" being BAN ONE.
 

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Kill Switch Panel
Kill Switch Beta: Needed a kill switch and display for the LPP, so they simply stuck out the top of the fuse box cover.
Kill Switch Version1.0: Bought a switch panel from Nitrous Outlet that is meant to fit in the GTO ashtray. Red button mutes SR7, and one button controls SR7 power and the other V1 power. More info here: (http://www.radardetector.net/forums/how/33547-how-kill-switch.html)

Kill Switch Version1.1: Extended lead wires off the SR7 so I could still have the mode button and enter programming menu. I also installed a mute button for the LPP and the LPP shared power with the SR7.

Kill Switch Version2.0: I bought a window switch from a Holden Commodore Calais from Australia. I then separated the lower half of the switch so I could independently wire the lower switches. The front two still control my windows, while LL down is Volume, LL up is Mute, LR up is mode, and LR down is Mark for the 9500ci. The child lock button at the bottom serves as the power switch for the 950ci and LI. More info: http://www.ls1gto.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4917851#post4917851

Kill Switch Version3.0: The auxilary audio knob that was sticking up was removed, as it did not look OEM. Now, the mute functions are handled by the cruise control stalk. I wired a couple DTDP relays and attached them to the cruise control leads under the column. I have done the same to the DIC buttons, steering wheel controls, gas cap release and the wiper stalk. When enabled, the cruise enable button mutes both the 9500ci and V1 simultaneously, while cruise up mutes only the 9500ci, and cruise down mutes only the V1. The DIC controls the 9500ci, the gas cap is an emergency kill switch (when jamming), and the wiper stalk controls the squelch on the CB.
 

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Remote Audio Adapter
Audio Version1.0:
I modified the V1 audio adapter (http://www.radardetector.net/forums/valentine-one/39648-how-v1-remote-audio-adapter-mod.html) and mounted it in the TC/Door Lock bezel.

Audio Version1.1: I bought a plug from JHP and installed the knob in the plug for future plans. The switch next to it is for my auxiliary input on the stereo.

[No longer in use as of 10/18/2009]


Mount
Mount Version1.0: By the time is came to the GTO I was already sick of suction cups. I went straight for mounting it under the IPASS using 3M dual lock. It is to the right of the mirror so I cannot see it at all from the drivers seat. The rear radar head has perfect view of the rear window, however the rear laser is blocked by the mirror. I have the ZR3 in the rear to make up for this.


Laser Interceptor
LI Version1.0: Mounted the box inside the top of the center console. It is hidden under a cover but can still be heard.
 

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Current Work

Steering Wheel Controls for everything:
I've since sold my commodore window switch and have reverted back to all OEM buttons. Everything will now be control through my steering wheel controls.




I found a commodore that came with paddle shifters, so I'll be integrating those into the GTO as the new mute switch and kill switch.

Installed:



My general plan is to make 3 or 4 modes for the steering wheel control:

Mode 1: OEM Controls
Volume Down-Stereo Vol Down
Volume Up-Stereo Vol Up
Mute-Mute
Prev-Prev
Next-Next
Mode-Mode - Holding enters Mode 2
(+)-Mute Switch - Holding enters Mode 3
(-)-Kill Switch

Mode 2: iPod Controls
Volume Down-Stereo Vol Down
Volume Up-Stereo Vol Up
Mute-Play/Pause iPod
Prev-Prev Track on iPod
Next-Next Track on iPod
Mode- Holding returns to Mode 1
(+)-Mute Switch - Holding enters Mode 3
(-)-Kill Switch

Mode 3: 9500ci programmable function controls
Volume Down - 9500ci Brightness
Volume Up - 9500ci Volume
Mute - 9500ci Mute
Prev - nothing
Next - 9500ci Mark Location
Mode - 9500ci Mode
(+) - 9500ci Mute
(-) - 9500ci Power
-Automatically times out to leave program mode back to previous mode [1 or 2]

Mode 4: Digitize CB controls
 

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You're insane!
 

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Say the speed limit is 70...what do you cruise at? Im guessing you must FLY to make this worth it. I go 5 over, so it wouldnt be worth it for me! Very nice set-up though.
 

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Say the speed limit is 70...what do you cruise at? Im guessing you must FLY to make this worth it. I go 5 over, so it wouldnt be worth it for me! Very nice set-up though.
Max speed limit is 65mph in IL, instate cruising I try to keep it under 95 (30 over is the limit for a misdemeanor ticket). IN has a speed limit of 70mph, and they have too many random cross overs so I do 85. OH is 65 but their cross overs are pretty much precisely spaced, and they either use constant on or Laser, so I'm comfortable doing 85. All this goes out the window if someone blows by me though. I then follow them hanging back about 1/8-1/4 mile.

I put about 15k miles a year on the car, mostly highway, so I deem it worth it.
 

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the only thing I will comment on here is the laser. Its actually Lidar, laser assisted infred radar. Its a passive beam that is almost pinpoint and closer ranges and does not penetrate objects like radar can.... so unless they point the Lidar at your window, which they won't, that detector will not pick up a police Lidar beam... I can get you the tech specs if you don't believe me.
 

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Max speed limit is 65mph in IL, instate cruising I try to keep it under 95 (30 over is the limit for a misdemeanor ticket). IN has a speed limit of 70mph, and they have too many random cross overs so I do 85. OH is 65 but their cross overs are pretty much precisely spaced, and they either use constant on or Laser, so I'm comfortable doing 85. All this goes out the window if someone blows by me though. I then follow them hanging back about 1/8-1/4 mile.

I put about 15k miles a year on the car, mostly highway, so I deem it worth it.
Whoops, you just confessed to Gotza. Pack your toothbrush, and if the soap is on the floor, leave it there.
 

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You ride in Front on All Chicago GTO cruises :)
 

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Once again. Awesome work REBinc! I assume you got new gauge trim since the V1 remote is now in your instrument cluster.

Very very impressive, I know it isn't as fun, but wouldnt it just be cheaper to drive slower? LOL :)
On the subject of why all the gadgets, for some it's a hobby for others it's a necessity. I depends on how you drive.

Obviously it is best to stick to the speed limit, but when you drive a performance car strict adherence to the speed limit is like strict adherence to chastity. It's often preached but not always followed. So consider the gadgets "condoms" for speeding.
 
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