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Old 06-06-2011, 07:28 PM
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The X5 has such a large front that it is difficult to protect. I suppose you have to split the difference between the plate and the lights. Are you running a WI front plate?
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:52 PM
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It is a large front but I'm confident the LI's will do the job based on feedback. May not be perfect but better than no protection whatsoever.

No I don't run WI front plates. Only time I ran into an issue w/ that was traveling to Oshkosh so I don't worry about it.

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The X5 has such a large front that it is difficult to protect. I suppose you have to split the difference between the plate and the lights. Are you running a WI front plate?
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I usually don't have a plate on the front either. Unfortunately, the new one I am looking at already has the front plate mounted, I imagine drilled into the plastic....
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With two LI receives there is no issue of coverage. I have had it installed since 1/10. Lasered many times with no issues.

Yes, you would think the top spot is to far back. But the issue would be getting hit from the side. We moved receivers in a couple of inches. As you can see from my picture they are easily seen from the side.

The other issue with below the bumper is that the underside of the bumper has a slight upward tilt. So if you use double sided tape then the receivers point up more than they should. They receiver should be level with the road. So if you mounted it under the bumper you would have to do a lot of work to get them level.

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Old 06-10-2011, 08:01 PM
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Talking LI & 9500ix Installed!

Well got my Escort 9500ix (love this new radar w/ GPS) & my Laser Interceptor Dual installed. Decided to do it myself afterall & it was't bad at all. Figured noone would care about doing it right as well as I would.

For the 9500ix I started w/ the fuse box but ended up hardwiring to the overhead light panel. Quite easy to do BUT the wire I tapped was different than the posts I found on this this. It's a switched 12V so the RD turns on/off when you start/stop the car. I got the smart hardwire kit which has a remote display & button that I mounted to the rearview mirror. This switch allows me to view alerts as well as mute & add fake alarm locations to the GPS database w/o having to fiddle around w/ the buttons on the RD so like it. I mounted the 9500ix up high which is, in my opinion, better for picking up radar signals & longer distance Laser hits & scatter. Not such a good location for short range laser BUT I have the LI for that!

I came across a wireless kit for the LI that allows you to avoid the hassle of having to find access to the cabin throught the firewall & also not deal w/ finding switched 12V power & finding a good spot to mount the LI power switch. Since this is a leased car I did not want to do anything permanent. The Cheetah Wireless Kit for LI basically allows you to keep all the electronics in the engine compartment & you have a remote display unit & on/off switch inside the cabin. The remote display connects to a power outlet or can be hardwired. Since the X5 lighter/power outlets are switched (bonus) I just plugged it int the power outlet under the center armrest unit & ran the wires so that it came up through the steering wheel column & mounted the remote display by the tach & the remote switch is velcroed to that spare change hole. As a bonus I don't have to listen to the LI Voice alerts (which I did not like). I used 3M molding tape to mount the heads against the upper grill & made sure they are level & routed the wires to the LI CPU & Cheetah components, which I put in an electronics project box from Radio Shack so they stayed clean & protected from moisture & elements, & put the box in the engine compartment back towards the windshield so it's out of the way & nice & secure. I got power from the remote battery terminals & the nice thing about the Cheetah kit is that it has a sensor that will only draw power from the battery when it senses the engine is running so no concerns about battery drain (well thought off idea). All in all I would say it took me about 3 hours to do everything & pleased w/ the results.

Seems to be working fine but I have to find an LEO w/ laser now! Here are some pictures.
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Looks great! Let me know how the Cheetah works out. I have heard of those, but have had some concerns...
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Nice install. I like where you installed the LI receiver. Looks like you didn't have to cut the plastic mesh. A question for everyone who has the LI system. Probably a better question for Cliff but I am to lazy to look for his e-mail right now. Those receivers look really shallow. I have the dual (front an rear) LI. One set was shallow like this pictured and the other is a little larger. I was told the thinner one were for the rear and the larger ones were for the front. I am assuming Netsurfr only received the one set. Did I get this wrong or does it not matter any more?
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These are the new LI sensors (version 8.8) so yes they are smaller so I didn't need to cut into the grill.

The cheetah wireless kit has been working perfectly so very pleased with it so far.
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blizzacks 275's all around on oem is what i did
+1, though I went with Pirelli Scorpions on stock wheels. (I bought the wheel/tire guard for $650 or something).

This combo works fine unless you literally live on a mountain top, which if you live close to Milwaukee, you don't

Congrats on the new ride.
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These are the new LI sensors (version 8.8) so yes they are smaller so I didn't need to cut into the grill.

The cheetah wireless kit has been working perfectly so very pleased with it so far.
I second what Net said above. The older front sensors were larger (deeper) than the new.
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