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Old May 15th, 2015
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Default 2013 BMW M5 w/ Mirror integration

I have some slight concern about the radar behind the grill. In my last vehicle, the sensor was behind the bumper and worked great. This time it was recommended behind the grills but I feel sensitivity is weaker.

Laser shifters in the lower center grill in each side.

Any inputs or way to test radar strength?

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Old May 16th, 2015
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Anyone ? Would love some feedback on the radar mount. Feel like it's weak but could be wrong.
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Old May 17th, 2015
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Gorgeous car. One of my favorites!

Your intuition about your install is accurate.

Your radar performance will be compromised being behind grill slats like that. That will negatively impact performance, despite it looking like it's almost clear to line of sight. It is a compromise though versus finding a place to have the detector have a clear view of the road.

That head placement is also less than ideal. A shooter aiming for your headlights may be able to pick you off. Additionally, depending on how far back your heads are, you'll get nailed if shot from an overpass.

Your setup can work in favorable conditions, but it's limiting the full capability of what is possible with that equipment.

I really wish that you could get vertical heads with the LSP's the way you could with LI's. That would solve many issues with this setup.
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Old May 17th, 2015
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Gorgeous car. One of my favorites!

Your intuition about your install is accurate.

Your radar performance will be compromised being behind grill slats like that. That will negatively impact performance, despite it looking like it's almost clear to line of sight. It is a compromise though versus finding a place to have the detector have a clear view of the road.

That head placement is also less than ideal. A shooter aiming for your headlights may be able to pick you off. Additionally, depending on how far back your heads are, you'll get nailed if shot from an overpass.

Your setup can work in favorable conditions, but it's limiting the full capability of what is possible with that equipment.

I really wish that you could get vertical heads with the LSP's the way you could with LI's. That would solve many issues with this setup.

Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear that my thoughts were right. Il have to take it back to the installer and have them move it

The shifters are flush with the front of the bumper so they are not recessed in the openings like it seems in the pictures. I'll capture a few close ups.

Thanks for your opinion.
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Old May 17th, 2015
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That's great to hear about your jammer heads.

Realistically your placement options are a bit limited on that car, but if you can give the 9500ci head a clear view, that will maximize its performance.

https://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=43229
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Old May 17th, 2015
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What do you think about behind the bumper? It was like that on my ZL1 and had now issues but the installer mentioned that the BMW bumper is different limiting location.
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Old May 17th, 2015
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Something you could do before going back to your installer, you can also post photos of your install here and people will give you lots of feedback and suggestions.

https://www.rdforum.org/forumdisplay.php?f=39
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Something you could do before going back to your installer, you can also post photos of your install here and people will give you lots of feedback and suggestions.

https://www.rdforum.org/forumdisplay.php?f=39

Awesome ! Really appreciate it. This forum is dead
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