I finally had the time to install the Escort 8500ci/qi45 stealth radar detector. I dont speed that much but after having a V1 in my previous car I felt
kinda "naked" without the radar, so I decide to man up and do a complete remote radar install.
Radar antenna is mounted behind the grill:
The main interface box/speaker is in the passenger foot well -in the spot with big holes in the picture:
Overall install took me one full day(about 10 hours), i am very impressed with MLs ease of taking things apart and engineering simplicity. Out of the
10 hours I spent about 5 hours brainstorming, if I had to do it again would take me 2 hours max. Took me 2 hours trying to figure out how the center
console comes out and spend about 3 hours debating on the radar antenna location and couple hardware store runs for nuts/bolts brackets. Dragging wires
through the firewall is a breeze: there is a small round rubber cap on the passenger footwell which comes off and you get access to the firewall! from
the engine bay side you just take off the cabin filter cover off (3 pop-clips) and there you go- you can now get anything through the firewall.
Will be adding Escort Shifter pack in a few weeks and will take more pictures of how the antenna is mounted with the grill off.
Very nice radar overall, havent had a chance to compare the performance yet, but the reviews seem to be very good.