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post #1 of 21 Old 10-11-2019, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Radar detector installation help

I'm purchasing an Adaptiv TPX radar detector and am open for input regarding where I'd like to mount it, and what mount to utilize. I do not want it on the bars, but I don't want a dash plate either. would prefer something on the edge of the dash. Ive seen some on RT’s that are mounted on the right hand side of the dash, but RT’s seem to have a little more real estate for that and the 1600 is trimmer around the dash. I’m looking to pull power from the RH upper fairing outlet. Any ideas on how to go about this? Going in front of the oil cooler would be an option as well.

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This is my set-up. And I would do it all over again exactly the same way. There is nothing about this I would change. The small black button near the wonder-wheel will silence an alert that I’m not interested in. And the LED light just below the speedometer confirms for me that the detector is on, and it will also flash during alerts. I have it powered from the low beam headlight wire, so the detector is always on when the bike is running. The box is vented with waterproof vents. Never had an issue with heat, or water. Although I now take the detector out when I wash the bike, as the box does get wet from the garden hose. That’s a recent development after about 20,000 miles of use, so perhaps the vents should be treated with a water repellant. But rain is not an issue.
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Here's link to my install. Similar to ATC's. AntiLaser Priority (ALP) laser jammer front & rear. Alp NetRadar front center. All weatherproof...no worries rain or washing bike.

https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/2404816-post38.html

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How do each of you (atc and kevmat) attach the unit inside the nose? Kevmat, where do you draw power for the unit?

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I use a BEX Series 3 aluminium enclosure box, sized appropriately for my detector.

https://www.boxenclosures.com/produc.../bex-series-3/

B3-160 for my Escort Redline

With end plates EP3

MF80 mounting flanges for each side (2)

Screws TS-008

Sealing kit SK3 (acts as a gasket)

I used JB Weld to glue the rear end plate on, so screw heads would not rub the oil cooler (wanted a completely flat backside), and then used adhesive to glue cork gasket material to the aluminum end plate as a thermal barrier and add some cushion against the oil cooler.

For the front “lens”, I used a Shade 5 polycarbonate welding lens. A clear one would work too, but then thieves would see a detector there. A shade 5 does not affect range, yet makes it opaque. I leave the detector in the box 24/7. Hotels, etc.

https://www.acklandsgrainger.com/en/...5/p/NONP247SH5

And these are the waterproof vents I used (after drilling appropriate holes)

Universal Kits : Frogzskin, Snowmobile Vent Protection

And then drill a hole and get a rubber grommet from a car dealer near you, and punch a small hole in the center of the grommet then silicone around the power in, and audio out wires
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Radar detector installation help

You haven’t said which radar detector you have or are considering purchasing or the year and model of your bike. But we happen to both know an old Spur maker in Texas. This is a picture of a mount that may work for you.Radar detector installation help-img_0516.jpg

I will send a picture of how I used it later today.

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How do each of you (atc and kevmat) attach the unit inside the nose? Kevmat, where do you draw power for the unit?
Radar and Laser jammer are mounted on the shelf below headlight with included hardware. I ran power from PDM60 installed below seat along with control wiring from radar/jammer sensors to ALP control unit also installed below seat.

Here's another link to my install:
https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/2376974-post20.html

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Originally Posted by kevmat;2452670Here's another link to my install:
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And another...
This one shows remote control unit mounted on speaker grille for use when I'm not running ALP Connect. Flashes red (laser) and green (radar) on alert. Remote has a small speaker that is plenty loud to be heard at speed on alarm. Pressing power button silences audible alert. The blue LED is separate from the remote and can be installed anywhere; below remote suits me.

https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/2404896-post49.html

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I use a BEX Series 3 aluminium enclosure box, sized appropriately for my detector.
Brother, from what I've just read, you have your detector covered five sides in metal and a polycarb plastic "nose". By placing your detector within a metal envelope you are severely limiting its performance. I get the front is not metal. This configuration will eliminate reception from all but head-on.
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Brother, from what I've just read, you have your detector covered five sides in metal and a polycarb plastic "nose". By placing your detector within a metal envelope you are severely limiting its performance. I get the front is not metal. This configuration will eliminate reception from all but head-on.


Maybe, but when you live in a state/providence that frowns on RD, it may be (is for us) an acceptable tradeoff.

I’d also wager your body, with a dash mounted unit is only slightly better than the aluminum box. And most detectors (yeah yeah V1 fans) are front only anyway.

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