Friday, September 21, 2012

Porsche 997 GT3 RS for Radar Detection System

This customer returned to us with one of his new toys and was in need of one of our Escort Passport 9500ci radar detection systems. His latest toy is a Porsche 997 911 GT3 RS, which is one beautiful piece of machinery, and needs to have a system of equal ability for the radar which is why he wanted to use one of our Passport systems. The passport system is a fully concealed system which includes a front radar detector, dual front laser diffusers, rear laser diffuser, GPS antennae for red light and speed cameras, a small control module, and a small display.
The rear laser diffuser was mounted on the license plate frame for a discreet appearance. 

 The front laser diffusers were mounted in the two front grills on either side of the vehicles front bumper. The radar detector was mounted inside the bumper and is completely invisible.
Close up of the front passenger side laser diffuser.

 The control module for the system was mounted to the right of the steering wheel for easy access and the display was mounted in the pocket at the bottom of the radio console.

Porsche Cayman for Navigation System

This vehicle was brought down to us from a local Porsche tuning shop in order to have a new radio and navigation installed. For this Porsche Cayman we installed a Pioneer AVIC-X940BT which includes AM/FM, CD, DVD, Bluetooth, Navigation, and iPod/USB/Aux inputs. For this customer we also added a Rydeen Miny back-up camera for helping rear view. This unit was installed with a custom dash kit that fills in the space the original radio took up and perfectly matches the vehicles factory trim. The Pioneer unit is also set-up for video in motion so passengers in the vehicle can watch video while driving (for off road use only, obviously).

Back-up camera installed above the rear license plate.

Pioneer unit loading up.

Navigation showing the current location.

Lamborghini Gallardo for Radar Detector System

This customer came to us by way of Lamborghini of Washington and was interested in a radar detection system for his Lamborghini Gallardo. For this vehicle we used out Escort Passport 9500ci radar and laser detection system which is a top of the line fully concealed unit. The system includes a front radar detector, dual front laser diffusers, rear laser diffuser, GPS antennae for red light and speed cameras, a small control module, and a small display. 

For this system the rear laser diffuser is mounted on the license plate bracket to give it a wide enough field of vision to properly block laser guns and for a fairly discreet look.

Rear laser diffuser mounted above the license plate.

The front laser diffusers for this system are mounted in the front lower grill and from just a few steps back are unnoticeable. The front radar sensor is hidden behind the bumper and is not visible at all.

Front laser diffusers in the lower front grill

 The display and control module are both located in the glove box for this vehicle so that the customer can close his glove box and have the entire system hidden.

Display and control module in the glove box.

Aston Martin Vantage for iPod and Sirius Satellite Radio

This customer was recommended to us by Aston Martin of Tyson's Corner in order to integrate iPod and Sirius satellite radio into the factory radio and entertainment system. For the iPod connection we were able to integrate into the factory system and provide a direct plug in which would charge the iPod as well as give direct audio input for perfect CD quality sound. For the Satellite radio portion of this install we used an external control module which was placed in the ash tray in the center console and comes in through a radio station with a strong modulator that actually blocks incoming radio signal in order to get as clear sound quality as possible. The ash tray is still able to close giving the vehicle a factory look if desired.

Sirius Satellite radio installed in the ash tray.

iPod cable charging the iPhone next to the satellite radio controller.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Porsche 997 911 Turbo for Passport 9500ci

This is another customer that was recommended to us by Intersport Performance to put a radar detector in his Porsche 997 911 Turbo. As usual we went with an Escort Passport 9500ci which is the top of the line fully concealed radar detection and laser jamming system. This unit features a front mounted radar detector, dual front mounted laser diffusers, a single rear laser diffuser, GPS antennae for locating speed cameras, a small control module, a discreet display, and we add a cut-off switch to the system to allow the user to quickly turn it off.

Front Laser diffuser can be seen on the lower horizontal bar in the center grill.
Front radar detector is hidden behind the bumper skin.
Rear laser diffuser is mounted above the rear license plate.

Display and control module mounted in the lower pocket.

Cut-off switch can be seen near where the drivers right knee would be.

83 Porsche 911 for Pioneer Radio

This customer was recommended to us from Intersport Performance down the hill from us. He needed to replace his factory radio in his 1983 Porsche 911 since the original one had gone bad. As opposed to repairing the unit, he decided to simply replace it something that would have more features and improve the sound quality. For his car he chose the Pioneer DEH-P8400BH which features built in HD Radio and built in Bluetooth audio and phone capabilities. The radio also has the standard AM and FM radio, CD player, as well as iPod input and Auxiliary input. This unit was able to fit in the factory location for a clean look.

2004 Ford Excursion For Full Entertainment System

This customer brought us his 2004 Ford Excursion for a full sound system upgrade. This customer has had quite a lot of work done to his truck and wanted to finish everything off with a revamped sound system. For this he brought the vehicle to us knowing our dedicated sales staff would outfit him with the right equipment for his vehicle and our experienced installers would take proper care of his truck.

 At the heart of this system we started with a Pioneer AVIC-X940BT Navigation, Bluetooth, and DVD player. This unit has all the features of a modern navigation radio, and for this customer we also added a back-up camera to help with rear view. On this vehicle we used a vehicle specific camera that mounted in the middle of third brake light on top of the vehicle. Not only does this allow for a cleaner looking install but it also gives a better view of what is behind the vehicle.
Pioneer AVIC-X940BT

Rear View Camera Mounted between the third brake light.

Close-up of the rear view camera.
 The next step for this customers vehicle was upgrading the speakers. This truck has three sets of 6x8 speakers which were all replaced with Pioneer speakers. For the front set we went with Pioneer's top of the line Type-D Coaxial speakers and for the rear we used their Type-A Coaxial speakers. The reason for going with better speakers in the front doors only is because the front speakers are where most of the audible sound comes from while the rear speakers are mainly in place for filling out the sound. No pictures were taken of the aftermarket speakers installed because they were installed in the factory locations and remained behind the factory grills for a sleek appearance.

To finish the system off we added a Pioneer Shallow mount sub-woofer mounted in a Pioneer Shallow mount downward firing enclosure, and powered by a Pioneer digital amplifier. This sub helped to fill in the lower notes and complete the range of frequencies for the system. This is also a very durable enclosure which hides the sub-woofer underneath it so you can pile things on top or around the box without worrying of damaging the speaker.
Sub-woofer enclosure is the small black box to the left of the rear storage area.