A client from University City contacted JML Audio in St. Louis about adding a custom-installed laser and radar detector to his 2016 Audi S5. We set a time for him to drive by our facility so we could get to know him better and explore options for his vehicle. After speaking with him and going over ideas, we worked up a proposal that he liked. At that point, he arranged to drop off the vehicle so our work could begin.
K40 Expert System
If you have ever driven an s5, you already know it is an incredible machine. For this reason, we chose the K40 RL360i expert system. It combines cutting-edge radar detection for the front and rear, and we added laser defusing to both ends of the car as well.
Bumper Removal For Radar Sensor Installation
We begin every custom-installed laser and radar defense system by removing the front and rear bumpers. Doing this allows us to optimize placement of every sensor for peak performance. It also gives us better access to the metal subframe in the vehicle, ensuring a solid mounting location. We machined custom metal brackets in-house for the front and rear radar sensors. and then placed them in areas that were completely hidden from view.
Front Laser Defusers
Our install team integrated two K40 G5 laser defusers in the front grille, completely exposed to the road ahead. We took particular care to confirm they were parallel to the ground and aimed perfectly straight to maximize their protection for the driver. You see, the G5 sensors from K40 go way beyond laser detection. When they see a laser signal, they immediately fire back powerful beams of light that keep the laser gun from getting a reading on the vehicle.
Rear Laser Defuser
In the rear of the vehicle, we mounted a single G5 defuser into a color-matched license plate frame. It gave the vehicle a stealth look while keeping the sensor in the optimum position.
Cluster Integration Of Indicator Lights
At this point, we moved to the inside of the vehicle. We integrated the front and rear indicator lights with the instrument cluster behind the turn signal indicators. If the client sees a threat from the front, the left turn signal flashed blue. If a rear threat happens, the right turn signal flashed blue. Under normal conditions, the cluster looks completely original with the K40 system only coming “to life” when a threat exists.
Carbon Fiber Controller Mount
The final piece of the visible installation was the controller for the radar system. Our goal for this part was easy access for the driver while making it look factory-installed. We fabricated a custom carbon fiber mount to flush the controller to the right of the shifter in the center console. It blended in perfectly with the other carbon fiber accents in the vehicle, and added a classy touch to the interior.
Installation And Testing
It should be noted that JML Audio solders, looms and heat-shrinks all connections and wiring in our systems. We match the factory loom, making our wiring practically invisible. Once we complete an install, JML even goes so far as to test the radar and laser functionality. We believe if you are going to make a sizable investment to your vehicle, you should get all the performance you paid for.
Paint Protection And Window Film
While we had our consultation with the client, the subject of paint protection and heat reflective window film came up. Once we explained the benefits of both, he asked us to do a full treatment in both areas. Our film technicians installed paint protection in the full hood, bumpers, headlights and fenders, as well as rocker panels, quarter panels, door edges and lower half of the doors. We installed our heat-reflective window film on all the windows, including the sunroof. This also gave the client 360 degrees of protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, not to mention a much cooler interior.
For the final touch, we performed a full-service detail, making it look showroom-new inside and out.
Client Loved His Audi S5 Radar And Laser System
We were excited to deliver this Audi S5 back to the client, since we thought our team did an excellent job of meeting his expectations. When he arrived, he loved the work we performed for him, and that made our day.
When you are ready to add a custom-installed laser and radar detector to your vehicle, contact us HERE at JML Audio of St. Louis. Our team will design and build you a cutting-edge solution that is tailored to your unique needs.