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chconline's 2013 Honda Accord Touring I4 6MT Sedan

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Haven't done too much testing yet, since I rarely encounter radar. It's pretty similar to the Escort Redline, except with really awesome K band filtering. It rarely falses to car blind spot monitors.

Does filtering affect performance much?

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Got a Bluetooth module to control the ALP system. Got a CD player mount for my Nexus 9 to handle those road trips :D (On normal days, I don't use it)

 

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Probably, but I usually don't use it.

 

Anyway, I got the Net Radar package in early July, but I decided to wait for the MRCD antenna before doing a permanent install. As such, I simply taped the antenna on the upper grille. Anyway, the MRCD antenna finally came in last week, and I found some time this morning to get it into the car. Same installation procedure as regular ALPs, except I cut the lower grille and placed the two antennas as far as possible. I noticed no interference so far with Dual Mode turned off.

To install, I simply removed the front bumper cover part way to access to the lower grille. I used a pair of scissors to cut the grille, and used a rotary tool to sand off the edges to smooth it out. To mount the antennas, I just stacked a lot of 3M doubled sided tape. Installation looks clean :D

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Doing the wiring for the new antenna.

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Checking the placement for the MRCD antenna. Notice the regular antenna on the upper grille.

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Moving things to the lower grille.

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The final install.

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Thanks. The performance is great down there (Y)

 

Also, I drove out to a camp this weekend, so I've put over 800km in the last week or so to gain some initial impressions. (The original antenna was temporarily installed since July)

The antennas were spaced about 30 inches apart, which is less than the recommended 36 inches. I don't have dual mode enabled, but I'm only seeing minimal interference. On one or two occasions, I got a Ka band false, but it was extremely rare. The first one was around a corner of a K band sign, which initially alerted to Ka band, and quickly switched to K band. Another time, I was in a parking lot and it falsed for about a second, then it was quiet. So far, I think it should be okay with dual mode off.

I also tried using the regular antenna with TSR off to see how it fares on the highway and the city. The reason why I turned it off was because I was having some issues with NR not detecting Redflex low power K band radar a few months ago, but I've yet to see another photo radar van, so I don't know if turning TSR off changed anything. K filter is always on. Generally speaking, it was not usable with TSR off -- it was alerting to K band like crazy. Also, it falsed to K band behind a M-B equipped with Distronic, which was never an issue with TSR on. After about 150km on the highway, I had to make a stop at McDonalds to upload a new settings file with TSR back on. I don't know if anything changed in the last few months, but if detecting Redflex is still an issue with TSR on, then I think it should be looked into.

As far as the MRCD antenna is concerned, I have no way of testing the performance, since MRCD is not used in Calgary. I am experiencing false alerts. For some reason, for those in Calgary, the intersection at John Laurie and Shaganappi with the red light camera (Using inductive ground loops) caused major false alerts to MRCD. I used to see a lot of K band alerts in that intersection on my Redline, but I've yet to identify the source haha. That aside, I can confirm the MRCD antenna falses to Lexus. If I recall correctly, some newer Audi and Kia vehicles also trigger the system, but I can't confirm.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the setup. Just needs some Redflex detection if that hasn't been fixed yet. My Redline on Highway mode with TSR on can detect the Redflex quite a distance away.

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Nope, only in Edmonton, and maybe some parts of Quebec.

:lol: How often do you go to those places?

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Well, it looks like there's now DragonEye in Calgary. Just bought a new Tx sensor from ALP. A well-integrated install is always my thing :)

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