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Has anyone installed the new Escort QI45 detector with laser shifter modules? It looks to have extreme ease of installment (QI stands for quick installment, 45 for in 45minutes or less) plus extra time for the shifters. I was reading Radar Roy dot com, and it looks very easy to install.

The radar unit is the same electronics as the Escort 8500 X50, and the shifters are the same as the ZR4. The advantages, are that it installs easily, and is remote, plus adding laser shifters to the mix. And not as expensive as the 9500 ci.

 

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I was interested in that unit, however, I was a little concerned in the lack of rearward protection, though perhaps statistically, you're much less likely to get "painted" from the rear.

It does look like a fairly easy DIY install; the problem for me now, is that I have mesh grills over the intake openings, so there is no good place to mount the laser shifters without an obstructed view.
 

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I was interested in that unit, however, I was a little concerned in the lack of rearward protection, though perhaps statistically, you're much less likely to get "painted" from the rear.

It does look like a fairly easy DIY install; the problem for me now, is that I have mesh grills over the intake openings, so there is no good place to mount the laser shifters without an obstructed view.
From what I have been reading on some radar/lidar forums, getting painted from the rear is becoming more common. I read somewhere that Roy was recommending if you are using the QI45 system, to use the ZR4 heads.
 

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I was interested in that unit, however, I was a little concerned in the lack of rearward protection, though perhaps statistically, you're much less likely to get "painted" from the rear.

It does look like a fairly easy DIY install; the problem for me now, is that I have mesh grills over the intake openings, so there is no good place to mount the laser shifters without an obstructed view.
You could modify the screens, by machining a cutout. Not impossible.

From what I have been reading on some radar/lidar forums, getting painted from the rear is becoming more common. I read somewhere that Roy was recommending if you are using the QI45 system, to use the ZR4 heads.
According to Roy, when you buy the shifters for the QI45, they ARE the Z4 heads. That is what you get from Escort when you order the shifters for the unit.
 

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KS-CS, if you're using the motordrive grills the mesh is as you would know quite course. I don't know if it's possible or not but if you can see the emitters in the laser shifters it might be possible to line them up so all have a clear shot through the mesh. Otherwise I'd be looking for another mounting spot to avoid blocking the shifters. I guess you could cut an opening in the grills but it would seem a shame as they are beautifully made.
 

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You could modify the screens, by machining a cutout. Not impossible. . .
KS-CS, if you're using the motordrive grills the mesh is as you would know quite course. I don't know if it's possible or not but if you can see the emitters in the laser shifters it might be possible to line them up so all have a clear shot through the mesh. Otherwise I'd be looking for another mounting spot to avoid blocking the shifters. I guess you could cut an opening in the grills but it would seem a shame as they are beautifully made.
I had considered making cut-outs, but I really don't think that would look very good; and from what I've read, mounting behind any mesh could significantly degrade the function of the shifters (not to mention that it would mean removing the whole bumper cover again - something I'm not eager to do). Guess I'll just stick with my 8500 for the time being . . .
 
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