After watching several of our YouTube videos and reading our reviews, a Jacksonville client recently visited Audio Designs and Custom Graphics to discuss a radar detector and laser defense system for his new 2019 BMW M5. He had purchased an alternate solution for his Aston Martin and hadn’t been impressed with the performance or the installation. After talking with him about the features he liked and what he wanted to improve upon, we suggested an AL Priority radar detector and laser defense system.
AL Priority BMW Laser Defense System
The project began with the installation of the laser sensors and the radar receiver on the front of the vehicle. We mounted the Net Radar DSP antenna in the driver’s side grille area, just to the left of the M5 badge. This location provides the most sensitivity and range possible in terms of speed radar gun alerts.
The team then moved on to the laser sensor installation. We flushed a pair of sensors into the lower grille of the BMW by removing some of the plastic in the hexagonal mesh. We used a level to make sure that the sensors were parallel to the ground regarding roll and pitch axes for maximum sensitivity and long-range defense performance.
A third sensor in the form of the AL Priority TX was mounted closer to the center of the grille near the lane departure warning camera. The TX sensor increases the signal strength of the laser defuser for added protection.
The work on the outside of the vehicle wrapped up with the installation of two more laser sensors just above the license plate on the rear of the vehicle. Once again, we adjusted the sensors so that they are perfectly level with the ground.
AL Priority Control Panel Installation
With the sensors wired and the cables run along the factory wire channels, our installation team turned to the interior of the vehicle to complete the upgrade. We mounted the system’s compact control panel on the center console, just ahead of the storage compartment. This location puts the panel at the driver’s fingertips to cancel lidar signal transmission when the vehicle is at a safe speed.
The team added an LED to the blank panel on the left side of the dash to indicate at a glance which mode the system is in.
Radar Detector and Laser Jammer Testing
Once the team had the installation complete and the all the wiring was secured to prevent buzzes and rattles, we used our Bushnell radar detector and Laser Jammer Tester to confirm the system was configured and functioning properly. The Laser Jammer Tester can create signals similar to the Marksman Ultralyte, Stalker Lidar and Pro Laser III units that are used around the state of Florida. This testing establishes flawless operation of the system to ensure our clients will be satisfied with their purchase.
How the AL Priority System Works
When the system detects a radar signal, it will announce the type (X, K or Ka bands) so the client can make sure he’s at a legal speed as he approaches the officer. The sensitivity of the system helps to ensure he has adequate time to slow down.
The laser jammer works by sensing the pulsing signal from the lidar guns, then instantly starts to transmit a scrambled version of that signal to prevent the vehicle’s speed from being measured. At the same time, the operator is warned about the type of lidar detected and the direction (front or rear) that it came from. He can slow down, then cancel the jamming transmission so the officer can take a reading.
AL Priority User Training
After a full day’s work, we were ready for the client to return to Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville to pick up his car. A member of our sales team reviewed the installation with him, then gave him a thorough demonstration of how to use the system. The client was so thrilled with the AL Priority laser defense system we installed in his BMW M5 that he plans on bringing us his Aston Martin so we can upgrade it to an ALP system, too. If you are looking for the best defense against radar traps, drop by our store or send us an e-mail using our contact page.