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So if you get the hardwired zw5 kit......if I hardwire the detector in the cabin to a keyed/switched power source like it should be I still have to get power to the under the hood module that hooks up to the shifters. Does the box under the hood have to be wired to keyed/switched power or can it be wired straight to the battery (fused of course)?
 

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the module under the hood is designed to connect straight to the battery it communicated via BT with the module thats part of the hardwire cable used to power the detector. There are no wires to get through the firewall. Just wires from the heads to the CPU and CPU to battery (which all live under the hood). Then the cable that goes from the detector to the power source in the cabin for the detector. The detector will act as your alert and JTK control.
 

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Does the box under the hood have to be wired to keyed/switched power or can it be wired straight to the battery (fused of course)?
That's a good question. I think the answer will depend on how much the idle power draw is of the unit put under the hood. Any chance you have a multimeter and can measure the power draw of the unit when it is powered off but connected to the battery Possibly hook it up in series through the multimeter... @SquirrelMaster - any advice or thoughts?
 
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I would work on picking one of these up possibly, since I have an "easy" area I live in. But I really wish they announced the gun name!
 

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It can be wired directly to the battery.
See post # 9 at link below that shows a 2 minute auto-cutoff to save car battery after inside connected detector is shut down.
It would help if this sort of thing were in the manual as it is an interesting and important question.
 
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Thanks for all the info guys. This is kind of what I was hoping to hear lol. I’m toying around with the idea of swapping the r7 for the rl360c and zw5 maybe. I know they aren’t on the alp level but I rarely see laser at all and when I do it’s so far always been legacy guns. Not having to go through a bmw firewall is a huge selling point for me
 

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Thanks for all the info guys. This is kind of what I was hoping to hear lol. I’m toying around with the idea of swapping the r7 for the rl360c and zw5 maybe. I know they aren’t on the alp level but I rarely see laser at all and when I do it’s so far always been legacy guns. Not having to go through a bmw firewall is a huge selling point for me
The ZW5's tested pretty well in the testing I have done, it's really only some dragoneye/certain laser ally guns that give them trouble, everything else they have done well with in my testing. if you aren't in a laser heavy area or if you have to change between cars often they are a good option.
 

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On my 4 series, mounted vertically in the kidney grills it was solid vs a TSS & XLR with @thebravo targeting me.
Easy install as well.
 

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On my 4 series, mounted vertically in the kidney grills it was solid vs a TSS & XLR with @thebravo targeting me.
Easy install as well.
That’s interesting, I wouldn’t have thought that two standard heads mounted vertical would do very well.
 

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I was surprised as well. Might have been the fact that the front end is rather small in profile. Haven’t tested again DE. I have moved the set up to another vehicle...
 

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I was surprised as well. Might have been the fact that the front end is rather small in profile. Haven’t tested again DE. I have moved the set up to another vehicle...
I assume since it did well with those that it would handle all legacy guns fairly well but, did you test against any of the other common legacy guns? any pics of the install?
 
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I assume since it did well with those that it would handle all legacy guns fairly well but, did you test against any of the other common legacy guns? any pics of the install?
There was a 3rd gun, which was more legacy, but I don’t want to misquote the model. @thebravo, do you recall the make/model? I do recall who’s gun it was... We did perform 3 runs per gun as well.

Sadly, I failed to take pics of the install, but it was on a F36 chassis, and the heads were affixed with 3M double sided tape to I believe the inside of outer most kidney slats. Also from the kidney grills, we were able to use a “wire fish” to poke between the radiator, and the headlamp housing (there is a rubber like gasket there). Wiring was run towards the passenger side where there is a ground connection and a battery terminal (for jumping - as the battery resides in the trunk).

You you go this route, you should be good with your F30.
 

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There was a 3rd gun, which was more legacy, but I don’t want to misquote the model. @thebravo, do you recall the make/model? I do recall who’s gun it was... We did perform 3 runs per gun as well.

Sadly, I failed to take pics of the install, but it was on a F36 chassis, and the heads were affixed with 3M double sided tape to I believe the inside of outer most kidney slats. Also from the kidney grills, we were able to use a “wire fish” to poke between the radiator, and the headlamp housing (there is a rubber like gasket there). Wiring was run towards the passenger side where there is a ground connection and a battery terminal (for jumping - as the battery resides in the trunk).

You you go this route, you should be good with your F30.
Coming home from work today, Zw5 saved me from a ticket. Sorry, no video, but no ticket!
 

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There was a 3rd gun, which was more legacy, but I don’t want to misquote the model. @thebravo, do you recall the make/model? I do recall who’s gun it was... We did perform 3 runs per gun as well.

Sadly, I failed to take pics of the install, but it was on a F36 chassis, and the heads were affixed with 3M double sided tape to I believe the inside of outer most kidney slats. Also from the kidney grills, we were able to use a “wire fish” to poke between the radiator, and the headlamp housing (there is a rubber like gasket there). Wiring was run towards the passenger side where there is a ground connection and a battery terminal (for jumping - as the battery resides in the trunk).

You you go this route, you should be good with your F30.
Thanks for the info sir. The RL360c and zw5 are ordered. I’ll post up pics of the install once it’s done. Just need to find someone nearby to test with or buy another gun, I sold my PL3 a year or so back.

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I’ve also been recently thinking about buying the redline 360c with the ZW5 shifters with the 200 dollars off deal escort currently has if you buy them together.
 

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Well I got the rl360c and zw5 combo Installed, literally just came inside. I went with the red locations due to an easy install. I’ve gotta find someone to drive the car so I can shoot and see how it performs, if it doesn’t, I’ll turn them vertical and put them in the outside of the kidney grills. I guess I’ll see how they do!
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Well I got the rl360c and zw5 combo Installed, literally just came inside. I went with the red locations due to an easy install. I’ve gotta find someone to drive the car so I can shoot and see how it performs, if it doesn’t, I’ll turn them vertical and put them in the outside of the kidney grills. I guess I’ll see how they do! View attachment 156131
I get ease of installation, however, those look too low IMO. If it were me, I would install in the grill area, pushed to the outside near the headlights. Remember, LEO's need to shoot where they will have the most reflection and on your setup that's going to be your headlights. I'm afraid the position of your ZW5's are too low to provide enough coverage.
 

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I get ease of installation, however, those look too low IMO. If it were me, I would install in the grill area, pushed to the outside near the headlights. Remember, LEO's need to shoot where they will have the most reflection and on your setup that's going to be your headlights. I'm afraid the position of your ZW5's are too low to provide enough coverage.
I agree, I’m curious how it will perform though so I’m going to test it as is and if I get PTs I will move them.
 

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i own the R360c and ZR5s. I agree with Searay. I have 4 sensors on the front of my ride to handle the DE now. I also updated mine a couple of days ago which is said to improve response to DE hits. I did very well in a test last summer so feel very confident now after the latest FW update, as I've been saved 3 times in the past 4 months. Just wish that Escort would report which gun I'm being hit with. There software doesn't do that yet. Maybe some day it will. Till then though, I'm happy with the performance. So there's my 2 cents worth.
 

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