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LAFENGAS 03-08-2007 09:26 AM

DIY: STEALTH V1 Radar Install *pics Re-hosted*
 
Rehosting all my dead linked pictures. Mods, feel free to merge the threads.
Original thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=288495

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Not the most challenging of installs, but it did have its complications. It's pretty straight forward, just relocating the functions/switches of the detector.

I'll be short but sweet. Basically, I found the concealed display offered by V1 as just a stupid selling factor. To me, the best place to get a look at your radar display is up by the rear view mirror (where the V1 is traditionally located) or the gauge cluster... to minimize how far you take you eyes of the road. To me, having the radar hidden was the point of the concealed display, not where you look. So I decided to relocate my radar to the back of the car, for a few reasons.

1.) If I decide to leave my windows down when running errands, I don't have to worry about somebody reaching in and swiping my radar detector

2.) If a cop sees my radar detector and pulls me over for speeding, he is less likely to give me just a 'warning'

3.) I don't want my driving view cluttered with more then it needs

so with this, I relocated the detector to the rear of the car. This being said, radar wave’s travel through most materials (glass, flesh, leather) with the exception of metal. So by mounting my radar detector in the rear window, I have not lost my ability to trace radar waves. Laser is different, but when that goes off it's pretty much too late anyways. Given the pros I stated above, the reduced ability to detect laser from the front has been reduced (however rear laser detection has been increased)


Research on a radar detector forum has tested this location and gave similar results in comparing rear and front mount. This being said, I move on.

first thing... this is a list of the things I did for the install:

1.) Installed detector at the rear window, passenger side center
2.) Hardwire into my accessory power
3.) Relocated the Buzzer/speaker to the front of the car
4.) Relocated the volume control to the front of the car
5.) Hardwired a mute function into my steering wheel buttons
6.) Replaced my OEM rearview mirror with a 2 way mirror
6.) Located the concealed display behind my rear view mirror

I still have a couple things to do, but I’ll post those updates later when 100% complete.

a.) I am replacing my frequency band surface mount LED's with different colors for easier identification. From the factory all the LED's are red. (i.e. Laser = blue led, X-band = green, orange, yellow..etc.)

b.) Fabricating a concealed mount at the rear window making it difficult to tell the radar is in the rear window, even when looking at it. The suction cups on the rear window would be a dead giveaway.

And the install.
Dismantled the guts of my V1 1.8
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_1.JPG


this is the buzzer/speaker that actually makes the noise, that's located at the front of the car, inside my rearview mirror.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_1a.JPG


this is the 3rd brake light where I ran all the wires to above my headliner. Instead of running several wires, i took a 10' printercable, cut the ends off it then soldered a less cumbersome connection on the end. I didn't want to solder things directly to the V1, because I still wanted it to be removable if I need to take it out for whatever reason.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_2.JPG


here's the printer cable I used to run 11 wires from front to back above the headliner, the pin connector already soldered. Like I stated, I did this because it was cleaner then running 11 individual wires and making a mess with connectors etc.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_3.JPG


the buzzer/speaker I replaced with a DC plug adapter. By putting the DC plug in I ran a couple wires to the front at the rearview mirror so my sound would be up front, not in back with the detector. Also this allowed me to plug/unplug that wire making the detector still removable.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_4.JPG
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_5.JPG





I also wanted to incorporate the mute function so I tapped into the concealed display mute wire (it's a yellow wire that goes into the phone jack plug). By putting momentary switch (other leg of the switch is ground (-)) it enables the mute. So I made a momentary switch behind one of my inactive steering wheel buttons. This now mutes my V1 without removing my hands from the wheel.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_6.JPG

I forgot to take a picture of the momentary switch, it's pretty sweet though. I ripped apart an old keyboard and fabricated it with that.
The switch was placed here on the silicon board, beneath the R/T button located on the left hand side of my steering wheel. When I push that button, it closes the circuit to the momentary switch, then muting the v1.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_7.JPG



since my OEM mirror doesn’t allow any light through it, I had to replace it with a 2-way mirror. For this I went to Car Quest and purchased a generic replacement SIDE-VIEW mirror for a pick-up truck. Side view mirrors are usually 2 way mirrors to prevent glare. When a light source is placed behind the mirror, it can be seen. In this case...the v1 concealed display.

After obtaining the 2 way mirror, I cut it to the same shape as my original using the OEM glass as a template.

Here's what the display looks like through the glass/mirror. Again, the appearance will change when I change the LED's and figure out how to re-work the arrow indicator system. The volume control is also located inside my rearview mirror, the control knob sticks out the of the mirror housing so I can still adjust the volume if need be.

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_8.JPG


I'll show exactly how the rear detector is located and the overall finished look when I finish making the mold/fabrication process. But as a general install, this was how it was hardwired and relocated.


**This was the previous setup (currently being changed, because I can)**

I cut a piece of aluminum up and made a mount that tied into my rear passenger head rest. I decided to locate it here for a couple reasons. 1.) it keeps the radar detector low, which will help for Laser, since cops tend to shoot lower on the vehicle (just trying to increase my odds here) 2.) Keeps me physically out of the way of it, since laser can’t travel through human flesh

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_9.JPG

Powder coated the bracket “wrinkle black”
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_10.JPG

I then made a mold out of Foam. This mold will be used to make the housing to help disguise the V1:
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_11.JPG

Made the housing out of CF and here it shows the fitment:
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_12.JPG

Here are some of the mounting pictures, pretty self explanatory.
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_13.JPG
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_14.JPG
http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/3943/stealth_15.JPG


Though, I have decided to make some revisions since my interior is torn apart. The V1 and Display locations will be changed.

Enjoy.

SWINFORD 03-08-2007 09:31 AM

Nice post

ROB_nGUYen 03-08-2007 10:17 AM

Always loved the custom work you did to your car, keep it up..

bmwnetgui 03-08-2007 10:23 AM

I am in awe of your skills. Great job. What a way to bond with your vehicle.

jbfrancis3 03-08-2007 10:30 AM

Nice work!

One question for you, since you have already dismantled the unit...Do you see any way that one could seperate the directional sensing units, say have the front detector mounted in front and the rear in the same manner? Im guessing its not possible, but any insight would be appreciated

LAFENGAS 03-08-2007 10:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snox400 (Post 5646971)
Nice work!

One question for you, since you have already dismantled the unit...Do you see any way that one could seperate the directional sensing units, say have the front detector mounted in front and the rear in the same manner? Im guessing its not possible, but any insight would be appreciated


When i first took it apart, i was hoping i could do that. Unfortunately, all the sensors/lenses are molded into a diecast aluminum housing (you can see it in the 2nd picture, aluminum color) So, no i couldn't sepearate the points, trust me...i would have if it were easier.

simplyj 03-08-2007 10:49 AM

wow, i'm speechless. I'm new on this board and every time I see another one of your mod threads I become more and more impressed.

deafboy 04-19-2007 06:14 PM

lol...so if someone wanted to sit on the rear passenger side....um....they would have to tilt their head?

lol...great DIY as always :clap:

you never cease to amaze me.

Limited_Slip 04-19-2007 06:28 PM

Nice.

I have a question though..... how hard was it to run the wire through your headliner?

any tips or advice?

Limited_Slip 04-19-2007 06:29 PM

x3 triple post.

sorry delete

Limited_Slip 04-19-2007 06:31 PM

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SL Blak Soldier 04-19-2007 08:55 PM

WOW, great install. very cleanly and professionally done. great work man. i really like what you did. :bow:

Custom3 04-19-2007 09:17 PM

you just sick with it.....amazing...your car is lucky :)

CashFlow87 04-20-2007 12:00 PM

nice work, but im not sure i like the way that looks....

tdevil 04-20-2007 01:29 PM

WOW.

BUT WOW, that is impressive! Completely custom install. Very very cool.

i think what you might be able to do is forget trying to display via the mirror like that. Leave the V1 mounted in the rear, take out the LEDS and such, and tap the wires are connected to the arrow leds and run them into a carputer, decoding the "number" part should also be pretty easy and basically have the carputer up front display all that.

i think you have a carputer right? you were making bezels awhile ago?

rmatt8748 04-20-2007 01:46 PM

LAFENGAS,

awesome as usual

LAFENGAS 04-20-2007 03:49 PM

thanks again all.

Quote:

Originally Posted by deafboy (Post 5889608)
lol...so if someone wanted to sit on the rear passenger side....um....they would have to tilt their head?

for laser yes, but radar passes through brains.



Quote:

Originally Posted by Limited_Slip (Post 5889660)
Nice.

I have a question though..... how hard was it to run the wire through your headliner?

any tips or advice?

easiest way is to pull back your door and window seals and sneak it up above the headliner.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CashFlow87 (Post 5893276)
nice work, but im not sure i like the way that looks....

yeah, me neither. It has since changed though. I'll post new pics when it's presentable.

Quote:

Originally Posted by tdevil (Post 5893797)
i think you have a carputer right? you were making bezels awhile ago?


no, i just have a navigation/DVD unit. good idea though! :thumbsup:

vids_blk323Ci 07-24-2007 04:09 PM

amazing! Can you elaborate a bit more on the work you did for the buttons on the steering wheel?!!

Flycaster 07-24-2007 06:27 PM

Love it! Awesome mod!

LAFENGAS 07-27-2007 07:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vids_blk323Ci (Post 6357947)
amazing! Can you elaborate a bit more on the work you did for the buttons on the steering wheel?!!

It's easy to explain, but may be tough to follow.


Basically, computer keyboards have very thin momentary switches for each character. I took an old keyboard, cut one of these thin switches out. and soldered a wire to each side of the switch. Once i had the wires in place, i just mounted it under the button on the steering wheel.


The momentary switch is just a circuit interupt. You don't hook up a power and a ground wire to it. Just one...and it completes the circuit only when it is pressed.

understand? :hmm:


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