Escort ZR5 shifters

Discussion in 'Escort Shifter Pro/ZR3/4' started by Dukes, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. System

    System Always Learning Advanced User Premium Member

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    I believe you're right on that. It's a bridge box and CPU mounted under the hood, which processes the signals and whatnot. The CPU will send an alert to the detector to let it know what's going on.

    I believe it is compatible with all Max series detectors. If it's not BT enabled from the factory you'll most likely have to use a BT power cord. I just wanna see how Escort is going to waterproof all the components for a life exposed to the elements.

    Cool concept, but like always I'm skeptical. I'll believe it when I see it.
     
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    The brain for sure will be the bridge box in the front of the car, not the radar detector. The radar detector is just an overglorified display, not unlike how you can put a full ALP system in your engine compartment and just use a bluetooth smartphone from the cabin via ALP Connect.
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    The bridge box teardown showed that the whole thing for the Max360Ci is encased in epoxy. They'd just have to do the same for the communication module, since the bridge box is already the brains of the shifters. I'll believe it too when I see it. Conceptually it's a decent improvement and something I wish more vendors would investigate, but all of the details are in the implementation.
     
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    It would open a lot of gates. I'd be happy to spend a few extra dollars to know I can install something temporary. My girlfriend has a car that'd a POS. She wants sensors, but it's not worth it for me to pull them off in a few months. This would fix that.

    I just have a feeling no matter what Escort decides to do, there's going to be a lot of warranty claims for damaged modules. Water gets literally everywhere, so even a small opening your CPU will eat itself away. If they enclosed a waterproof enclosure that's also air tight it will likely work. I just have a feeling consumers won't be installing it to the manufacturers specs and a lot of units will get damaged.

    I dont doubt they're capable of it, I just think faulty installs will make this idea flop
     
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    Hopefully, Escort addresses the possible environmental factors sufficiently for this type of setup. I would love to be able to add a jammer setup to my wifes Escape when we go on a trip, but installing something permanent in a lease car is not what I would like. Not to mention buying the same setup I have in my car would not be financially feasible. Even if Escort's ZW5 (or ZR5 for that matter) cannot slay the Dragon, as long as it handles the type of threats in my area it would be worth it.
     
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    I'm not super worried about this -- Stinger and the MaxCi already basically use this strategy of having weatherproof bridge boxes in the engine compartment. I guess time will tell whether or not there's any water ingress related damage there, but there's a lot of electronics that live under the hood and seem to survive. I would imagine Escort's thought through that. They've had a long time of working with installer networks and fielding warranty claims.
     
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    Looks like a good viable option. I never would use a timed JTK.

    ALP has competition!
     
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    I agree they've done a good job of waterproofing the bridge boxes. That said I do have some concern regarding moisture ingress into the sensors. They should have added more silicone protection around the lens of the sensor but time will tell if that's true or not.

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    Excited to see how it measures up to the lasershifter pro as I have a set I have been sitting on I may install when it warms up unless this Trumps it

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    Has anybody installed their MaxCI under the hood or talked to anybody that has? The CI has been out for just over a year so if any damages have occurred it'd likely already be showing