Thanks TSi+ WRX and MEM-TEK. I am really tempted by the 9500Ci but we are talking >$1,500 (and I do want to buy from an official outfit) plus the installation while i can get my SR7 fixed and the ZR3 added for about $500 + somewhat easier installation.
So understood that I could do better but given that I am driving the car only on weekends, will add veil and Lasershield I think that the fix it solution might make more sense to my situation.
Unless of course your feedback is that the SR7+ZR3 integration (+veil + lasershield) defence is not going to give me decent performance at all and I would be wasting the $500 spent on that.
I would put the rear head of the ZR3 up front, over the front plate, to further reinforce the critical center-mass area - to run the setup in "enthusiast form," and, of course, combine it with VEIL G4 and LaserShield to specifically address the lighting elements and the front plate.
I would furthermore contact your local area enthusiasts, to get a true test done on your setup, both for optimization as well as to see if there are unacceptable weak points. Although TX is large, you just may find some either within acceptable driving distance for a weekend road-trip or, alternatively, may be able to meet half-way, somewhere.
Try the RadarDetector.net Forums, in the "Local/Regional" Forums, as well as in the "Laser Jammer" Forums, to contact, specifically, TX area enthusiasts.
The RadarReviews.net Forums is also a meeting place for TX area enthusiasts.
Best of luck!
Thanks again for the advice. However, one question on the "enthusiast form" setup with the 3 heads ahead (including the rear shifter). I think I read somewhere (Guys of Lidar or Radar Roy - don't remember) a test with participation of the Escort technician that showed that this setup would actually deteriorate overall performance (some frequency interference) rather than improve it. So just wondering whether you had seen these comments and whether there was some hard evidence out there supporting the 3 heads in fron setup ?
^ It wasn't with participation of any Escort representatives.
Rather, this supposition was first made by Radar Roy and others who received an advance-peek/advance-review of the then-new ZR4 - who, in-turn, based their recommendations on the words of their contacts within Escort.
The then-supposition was that the rear head's output was cued slightly differently than that of the front heads', and thus could cause potential destructive interference in a manner similar to "cross-talk."
We in the enthusiast community then repeated this recommendation, citing such sources - until it was proven by our own community members, in direct, first-hand testing versus police LIDAR devices under controlled/quantitative settings, that this assertion was totally unfounded, and that, as with the outgoing ZR3, having all three heads forward actually *helped,* rather than hindered, performance.
Run a search on the ZR4 on the RadarDetector.net Forums, you'll find the proof there.
It was never anyone's assertion that the ZR3 would see any form of such interference/degradation - the data from the past GOL tests pretty much is conclusive in this respect....and the issue only really re-spawned when the ZR4 first came on-scene.
The very first thing you should do is get rid of the front plate.
06 C4S (Supercharged) Also in Texas
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