Tickets Suck

on 30 November 2010
Created: 30 November 2010

Most of us have a lot of experiences with good old Johnny Law and speeding tickets. There is only a hand full of people that I personally know that can cry, beg and lie there way out of almost any type of ticket, including speeding tickets. Unfortunately for me, even though I try, I am not one of those people.  So after my last ticket ($220.00) I decided to invest in a solution that might not stop all my tickets but could help stop a large portion of them. After doing a little research on Florida law and looking into a few different products I decided to install a Laser Jamming system on to my 2007 Nissan Frontier, I was looking for something that would not hang from my windshield or go crazy when I drive by a store or shopping mall, so I purchased a hide-away unit that would integrate well into the vehicle.

One of the first things anyone should do is read the instructions before beginning any type of installation. This will help insure that you do not do double work. After reviewing the instructions and opening the box to see what the product looks like it was decided to install the laser jammer on the lower half of the front bumper. Once a location was found the front grill was removed to open up the front bumper area to make working a little easier.

Next, one of the jammers was held into place and check for mounting options. When installing the jammers you need to make sure that the sensors are wide and pointing straight forward, this will help insure the laser from the gun will not squeeze into an unprotected area. The Laser Jammer works by putting up an invisible wall that the laser bounces off not allowing Johnny law to get a speed reading until you want them to. It is recommended that you have an on-off switch installed on the power line of the unit, so when you are getting clocked and the jammer is on and working, you can slow down to the correct speed and switch it off allowing the officer to see that you are going the speed limit.

Creating a mount for the units turned out to be pretty easy, it required a small piece of ABS plastic that slid between the bumper and plastic body panel. It was mounted using factory body panel mounts and held into place with a few drops of quick dry silicone.

Like I mentioned earlier, the jammers must be pointing straight ahead and level with the road, to do this the manufacture provided two level capsules that could be inserted into each side of the unit. Make sure that you leave the capsules in while tighten the unit into place. Now it is time to get the wires into the cab of the truck, I like to make all my wires run with factory wire loom, and I make sure that I zip try the wire every 6 to 8 inches. Getting the wire into the vehicle can be problematic at times, but I used a tool called a Wire Insertion tool, this tool looks like a hollow screw driver it is used for poking though a rubber gourmet because the tool is hollow you can send a wire directly though into the cab of the vehicle. Once inside you can pull the tool out the rubber gourmet will close around the wire creating a water tight seal.

With the wires inside the cab, it was now time to find a place to mount the piezo tweeter and LED. These pieces are used as indicators, one audible and the other visual. When finding a mounting location for these pieces I was looking for some place out of the way but still visible. The location that I choose was the underside of the instrument cluster hood. I started by removing the hood and cluster to see what was available for space. When it all check out I began to mount the LED.

When finding the center of a fragile piece of vehicle plastic it is always a good idea to use tape, this will give you an area to mark your center lines without damaging the plastic panel. Once the center was found I used a drill bit on slow speed and made a hole for the LED. Super glue was used to hold the LED into place then activator was applied to dry it with in seconds.

For the siren mount, I decided to mount it next to the LED on the inside of the hood. Because the wires were attached to each other and the same length it just made sense. Once the super glue and activator was dried I mounted the brain behind the cluster and buttoned everything up.

For now the only thing left to do is to try it out, there are a few options for testing. The first and probably not the best idea is to find the closest freeway and start speeding looking for a Highway patrol officer. The other two, and much better options, and they are using a standard remote control standing about 2 feet away and pushing any button, or purchasing a small laser gun that (about 50.00) can be found on the manufacturer's web-site.  

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