Cost of ALP install versus DIY - Mustang GT

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I am convinced that ALP jammers are the way to go even considering the high cost. I would like to avoid the additional cost of paying for an install. I found a reputable installer about an hour away (Cleveland, Ohio). The estimated install cost if $500 (front + back) but they would not commit as each install is different and they have not put one on a new Mustang yet. Years ago, I installed LI jammers on the front of my 2007 Mustang. It was time consuming and a bit frustrating but I did it. However, that was only on the front and I think I need both front and rear protection as Ohio has many Troopers sitting at the top of ramps shooting the back. What kind of headache am I looking at by doing it myself? Do most of you do an install yourself or pay a professional? Also, if anyone has experience with a Mustang and can provide tips that would be great. Any other reputable installers in Northeast Ohio? Thanks.
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Good to know. Thanks!
 

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I believe both @Kennyc56 @Elcid2015 have jammers installed on their mustang. They should be able to provide some guidance.

I did my own install on my Lexus and am very happy with the result. It was a learning process and took several days but I’m glad I did it myself :)
 

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Personally, I've had enough experience installing stereo systems in my cars that I'm comfortable powering and running cables through a car. Things like fishtape make it a lot easier too! BUT, if I wanted to include any custom fabricated mounts for heads, cpus, etc, I would have a shop do that for me.
 

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You can definitely knock it out in one afternoon. I would say install it yourself if the places you want to put them are easily accessible and require minimal cutting.

Here was my install on a 2011 mustang with TMGs.


And they did pretty good in testing.

 

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If your car doesn't have any easy gromets to get the cables from under the hood and into the cabin you can always pay a shop to just drill the hole and pull the cables through, then you can do the rest yourself. many shops will do that for $100 or so and it's honestly the hardest part. As far as getting cables to the back, you can often tuck the cables under the edge of a trim panel without actually removing it with a little plastic trim tool, but popping off a couple little trip pieces by the door isn't hard. I ran wires to the back of a minivan and it wasn't bad, getting a fishtape or fiberglass pull rods from home Depot will make it easier :).
 

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I was super nervous before doing my install, with no prior experience. Despite some minor hiccups that could have easily been prevented had I taken things slowly, it went off with minimal fuss. The people here were super helpful. Obviously, mine was TMG and you're looking at ALP, but the principle of the install is very similar. Be patient and take things one step at a time, and you should be good.

And I am sure @Elcid2015 and @Kennyc56 would be happy to help if you PM them, having both done installs on Mustangs themselves.
 

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@mustang500 I have a 2013 Boss 302 with TMG G2 duals in the front and they are killing it at every test we've run so far! The rear heads will be my next project. I also got my first save with them a couple of weeks ago in Va. of all places! I did my own install and enjoyed it a lot! You just need to take your time and do it right the first time.
 
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If you want a job done right, do it yourself.

Money aside, ALP recommended to me a good installer who has worked on high end cars, supposedly. Lamborghini, Ferrari and others. The price he was charging was reasonable, but here's where a TON of alarm bells went off. I asked him if I could watch him and he said no.

Seriously? There are some serious concerns here when punching through the firewall of a car (namely water ingress issues). Most people don't care when they do installations because it's not their car.

For that reason alone, I did my own install. I'm also not very bright and I will state that for my current car it took me 3-4 days to do, and it's a very challenging car to do as well. If I can figure it out, anyone can. That said, it's probably one of the proudest moments of my life when I finished it all!
 

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Thanks for all the responses and for the link to the install. I have an 18 GT. I will post my progress as I go.
 

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Do most of you do an install yourself or pay a professional?
Hello Mustang500

I completed the installation myself a few months ago in my Vette, both front a rear sensors. Before I began the installation, I spent many evenings doing my homework. I reviewed many youtube videos that explained how to remove the front bumper, the rear bumper, and how to remove many of the interior trim. I also devoted much time documenting most of it and basically creating my own playbook. My biggest dilemma was deciding where to punch through at the firewall without causing damage. This forum was also a great resource for valuable information. The members here are fantastic and most helpful. The installation took many many days. I did have a large break from my job so I had the time.

Your Mustang is the type of car that attracts people who like to mod them. And, the Mustang is a most popular car. So, you are in luck. You should find much information available online.

By the way, the $500 quote you received sounds way too cheap for a quality installation. It makes me suspicious.

Good luck.
 

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Yup, save the $500 and put it towards tools that will make your install easier. That's my general philosophy with most automotive installs and repairs.

Get a fishtape like @riseboi mentioned. Get a multimeter, or in the very least a test light. Get a good wire strippers, crimpers, shrink tube, but connectors (with shrink ends), an assortment of connectors and ground loops etc. Buy a few "add a fuse's" to keep on hand and an assortment of wire. Don't use those shitty wire taps, if you have to splice stick two wires in one end of the butt connector instead or better yet, get a decent soldering iron and learn how to use it.

You can probably buy all the stuff above for under a Benjamin if you opt for the test light instead of the multimeter.......But I'd get both. :)
 

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The video shows you the front passthrough you can use. I believe I read there is an identical one on the driver's side wheel well too. To get heads to the back, run them by the sides where the panels in the doorway are in the video under the rear seat and through either the side plastics to the bumper or up to the trunk lid depending on where you want your heads mounted.

Mounting the heads in my experience takes the most time since you want to get them straight and it's the part of the install that makes or breaks it all. For that, there is a section dedicated to suggestions on best head placement for your car. Always great to have a second opinion!
 

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I think $500 is very reasonable for a front and rear install from a shop, i would try to be there during the install if i was you. do they guarantee their work?

also find someone who has a similar car on here (if possible) and go over the process with them first.
 

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I don't allow anyone watching me install either unless your another technician or I need two hands. It takes a lot of concentration and focus when installing, measuring and aligning. A little bit of error is punch through with a full size law enforcement grade dragon eye. Ohio troopers use the new tru speed and old one. Dayton ohio uses dragon eye cam and tru speed. Columbus and certain areas, tru speed old units and new. Laser interceptor 8.20 works well with most of ohio. HOWEVER, a Ohio trooper WAS USING A NEW TRU SPEED FULL SIZE on me, laser interceptor DID NOT ALERT, VALENTINE ONE DID. UP THE ROAD SAME STORY, DIFFERENT TROOPER, laser interceptor DID ALERT. So beware, some versions ARE different than others and I'm even questioning if the unit jammed the second one. Alp warranties their heads a few years. Buy from bestradardetectors , ask for a guy named tom I think.
 
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Install rubber grommet with drip loops lots of water can enter footwell of drilled take preventive measures
 

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I never ever pay for my installs. Learning by doing + you have plenty of people here to guide you ...i saw so complicated pro-install that user could not even access the cpu !
 

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I never ever pay for my installs. Learning by doing + you have plenty of people here to guide you ...i saw so complicated pro-install that user could not even access the cpu !
Depends on the car. Some cars, require EXTENSIVE TEARDOWN. Front bumpers, inner fender wells, tires off, etc.
 

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The video shows you the front passthrough you can use. I believe I read there is an identical one on the driver's side wheel well too. To get heads to the back, run them by the sides where the panels in the doorway are in the video under the rear seat and through either the side plastics to the bumper or up to the trunk lid depending on where you want your heads mounted.

Mounting the heads in my experience takes the most time since you want to get them straight and it's the part of the install that makes or breaks it all. For that, there is a section dedicated to suggestions on best head placement for your car. Always great to have a second opinion!
Awesome link. Thanks for the help!
 

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The key to DIY install (or anything else DIY) is being extremely overly confident, and then refusing to take the ego hit when it is much harder than you expected. It's like mowing a really large lawn on an extremely hot day with a push mower. Just keep thinking about that ice cold beer at the end.

Really, though... anyone can do installs. You just have to have patience and take it one step at a time. On the other hand, If you know you lack patience, or are prone to fits of enthusiastic profanity, perhaps hire an installer. 😁
 

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