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Old 02-03-2013, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default My custom 9500ci display installation (update with video)

I've installed the 9500ci a few times, and I always wanted to try this. I contacted the guys at radar-mirror.com to get a quote on having the display installed in the mirror and they wanted $400. Then he went on to tell me that it wasn't also capable of curing world hunger and giving me foot massages on command, so that was a no-go.

Instead of forking over the dough, I just pulled apart my autodimming mirror to see what was what.

After about an hour of work and $5 in supplies, this is what I came up with:



It looks great and it's visible even with a few 500w work lights shining right at it. I wiried in a "display mute" switch so that i can easily disable the display if need be. I've also got a new laser jammer system (LI dual) on the way.

I'll post pics of the rest of this installation sometime.

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EDIT: Ok, here are some more details on what I've done


Stuff I installed:

Escort 9500ci integrated Laser jammer and radar detector system - purchased for $1200 about 2 years ago

- Radar antenna (mounted up front in the bumper)

- Fornt and rear laser jammer heads

- GPS antenna for false alarm marking and speed camera locations

- Display module

- Control module

- Other stuff



NOTE: I didn't use the escort laser jammers (they kinda suck) because of item number two

Laser Interceptor LI Dual Laser shifter system $550

- Uses actual laser diodes instead of crappy LEDs. The best jammer system on the market.



Sony XDP-MU110 Digital Sound Processor and Amp - $50 on closeout at crutchfield

- Plugs into factory head unit to get better sound and more power



Blaupunkt THB-200A Powered Under-seat 8" sub - traded some junk for it




JBL GT6-6 replacement speakers and adapter brackets
- Open box, $50 a set from crutchfield



AE64 forward/reverse harness $30

- This allowed me to install everything without touching a single factory wire.


Any time I do installations like this, my number one goal is for everything to look as factory as possible, down to the last wire. I wrap all wires in friction tape and/or cover them in a braided covering (depending on what the OEM uses) and I always make it extremely neat and organized. All connections are soldered and heat-wrapped. Nothing pisses me off more than messy half-assed wiring jobs.

I always take stuff like this:



And make it like this:



And like this:




Also, any time I have to pass through body panels I try to maintain a factory look, like so:

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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I'll post pics of the rest of this installation sometime.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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I'm finishing up the last details of the installation over the next couple days. I'll update this thread when everything is done. Unfortunately I didn't really get any pictures of the inside of the mirror and how I mounted the display, but it's very simple and intuitive. Basically the process amounts to gluing the display to the back of the glass after a bit of prep work. I'll post a detailed how-to once I'm done.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:05 AM   #5
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Continued from first post:

Here is some of the wire running to the front sensors/antenna in the braided cover ( I later replaced the white ties with black ones)



Here is where the sub wiring connects to the battery:



I used the little yellow wire and a long stick to pull wiring under the carpet:





I installed the AMP and CPU for the escort behind the head unit: The amp is held in using velcro and an industrial Zip tie. It also has foam at contact points to reduce rattles.



Some of the wiring mess before I organized and rerouted everything:



My placement of the Laser Interceptor CPU:



GPS antenna, up underneath the front of the dash (held in place with industrial velcro)



Holes drilled to mount sensors in girlle (I'm not finished with this part yet)



I hid the control module under the removable cup holder:

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Old 02-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #6
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With cup holder in place:



Installed the speakers for the LI unit under the passenger side dash:




The car all buttoned back up - Not a single stray wire or anything that doesn't appear factory. All wires are properly routed, organized, and tied down.




here is a video of the display on startup


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Old 02-13-2013, 02:42 AM   #7
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I like your style and your choice of hardware. I'd love love love a LI setup :-) Looks really nice man, I hate messy wiring too.
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