A client from Greensboro recently contacted Adrenaline Autosound in Clayton about designing and installing a 2018 Ram 3500 custom radar detector and laser defense system. The client was referred to us by a friend of his who had a radar/laser defense system installed in his vehicle. With a goal of obtaining the best possible protection against police speed traps and mobile radar, we created a solution based around the Escort MAX CI 360 and the AL Priority laser countermeasure system. The client liked the plan and agreed to travel the more than 90 miles across North Carolina for us to work on his vehicle.
Laser Protection System
The project started with identifying optimal locations to mount the AL Priority laser transceivers on the front and rear of the vehicle. As you can see from the photos, the client has added four high-output LED light bars to the front of the vehicle. We chose to mount the laser sensor on either end of the center light. For additional coverage, we added a TX high-output sensor between the light bars. The TX sensor increases the effective range of the laser defense system.
We replicated the sensor arrangement from the front of the vehicle on the rear to provide a similar level of protection against laser being used on overpasses.
Escort Radar Detector Solution
The Escort MAX CI 360 includes dedicated front and rear radar antennae. We were able to conceal the radar receivers deeper into the grille and the rear of the truck as they don’t need to be directly visible to function reliably. The MAX CI 360 also includes a GPS receiver that allows for location-based false alarm marking and speed-sensitive setting changes.
Vehicle Integration Process
As with all of our installations, we take a great deal of care in ensuring that the wiring from the sensors and antennae are routed safely and securely through the vehicle. We use automotive-grade cloth tapes to bundle the wiring and prevent rattles and vibration.
The control modules for the Escort and AL Priority systems are mounted to an ABS plastic panel we created and are located under the center console. This location is well protected and remains easily serviceable.
The client asked if we could wire up the light bars he had mounted on the front of the truck. We used five relays, each with dedicated fuse holders and 10-AWG wiring, to feed the lights power. Just as with the radar detector, the fusing for the lighting is easily accessible.
The control panels for the ALP and Escort systems are flushed into a panel to the right of the center console where the 4×4 system would be were this not a two-wheel drive truck. Using our router table, we cut the panel to fit and refinished it to match the rest of the dash using automotive-grade plastic trim paint.
Ram 3500 Custom Radar Installation Project
After two full days of work, we had everything installed, aligned and tested, and it was time to return the vehicle to the client. He was thrilled with the Ram 3500 custom radar installation and amazed at how well we were able to blend the controllers into the dash. If you are looking for the ultimate protection against speed traps, we invite you to contact Adrenaline Autosound in Clayton and arrange for a personal consultation with one of our product specialists.