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Old 1st December 2012, 02:43   #1
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Stealth Radar Detector Install for M5

Hi,

first of all I don't want to spark another which detector is the best debate as there
are plenty of opinions and solutions :-) ...
I know there're plenty of people who swear by Bell/Passport/V1 etc , I've had
K40s in various cars and they have served me well so far.
I like the ability to have a complete stealth install without any visible
installation signs such as display/'knobs etc

For my current M5 I thought it would be interesting if we somehow can
have the K40 LEDs integrated into the HUD (in my previous cars I had the
LEDs integrated into the indicator lights part of the instrument cluster).
For those who have had work done by Sound in Motion you probably know
they do great work and provide better than OEM quality and finish.

Derek spent a few hours investigating the various possibilities and he got a little
side tracked and spliced the video out from the iPod Touch into the HUD

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3956398836996

For the actual install I wanted to have the K40 remote installed in a stealth place
as I didn't want to have it fly around the glove box or elsewhere . So Derek
created a custom mounting bracket and installed the remote into the factory
ashtray part of the middleconsole.

The LEDs have been fitted into the HUD unit (quite complex as the entire
unit is fairly large and is of interesting shape/architecture

The detectors have been installed in the front and rear bumpers, the laser
diffusers have also been mounted in the front and rear bumpers

K40 LEDs integrated into the HUD (blue LEDs to the left and right)



HUD Unit and Installation


K40 Remote installed into the factory ashtray in the middleconsole




K40 diffusers/detector installation




K40 radar detector installation


All work was done by Sound in Motion in Boston (Sound In Motion - Boston's Best Mobile Entertainment Design, Installation & Custom Fabrication Shops)

Next up will be the upgrade of the B&O system to live up to its potential ....

- Jan
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Old 1st December 2012, 03:36   #2
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Great idea!

I am having my Bel/LI system installed next week. I love the idea of integrating the display in the HUD!! I have never heard of this. Would it be possible to put the Bel Stir digital display module in the HUD? That would be perfect. If not, then what is involved in putting the LED in there. I suppose that would be a great backup option. Does the K40 have a display or just the LEDs?

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I am having my Bel/LI system installed next week. I love the idea of integrating the display in the HUD!! I have never heard of this. Would it be possible to put the Bel Stir digital display module in the HUD? That would be perfect. If not, then what is involved in putting the LED in there. I suppose that would be a great backup option. Does the K40 have a display or just the LEDs?

Thanks,

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It's not as easy as to just splice the display into the HUD , it's quite an "interesting" construction
The K40 "only" has LEDs (and voice) so integrating the LEDs is actually possible (with some research and care as
the HUD unit is not exactly built intuitively and one has to be very careful in placement etc as there's pretty no room
for error (ie move the LEDs after the fact) .

Not sure where / if you go to a place in Portland but the guys at MusicarNW (Musicar Northwest | World-class audio and electronics integration)
are great and very knowledgeable (Ken and Tim, they also know Derek from SIM in Boston who did the install in my car)
So it might be worthwhile to check with them. They also specialize in Bell/Passport installs (they have a number of installation
videos up on their YouTube channel at musicarnw's channel - YouTube

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Awesome idea for the HUD. I might have to integrate that as well!
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Nice. I had the Escort 9500ci system installed in my F10 M5.. Display in the rear view mirror and controls in the ashtray.

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Nice. I had the Escort 9500ci system installed in my F10 M5.. Display in the rear view mirror and controls in the ashtray.

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That is my plan. Mirror display and ashtray controller. I am also having the Laser Interceptor quad installed. I hope the power switch will also fit in the ashtray. Did you have the LED installed? If so where? Any photos?

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I didn't have the LEDs installed and had the laser interceptors installed as well. It's a great system
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I didn't have the LEDs installed and had the laser interceptors installed as well. It's a great system
I suppose the led is not critical. Where did you mount the LI pwr switch?
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I suppose the led is not critical. Where did you mount the LI pwr switch?
LI power switch? It's not separate.. The power switch is part of the controls which are mounted in the ashtray. If you refer to the pic I posted, you'll see an indentation on the top of the buttons which is where the power switch is for the entire system. The only way I know of disabling the Laser Shifters/Interceptors is by scrolling through the systems options and doing it within its settings.
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