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    About 6 weeks ago I took a trip up to Wicked CAS to chat with Nazar about a few different things for my car. I had a bunch of questions about different things I wanted to integrate in the car... we chatted about bluetooth, ipod integration, jammers, Radar detectors stereo work, etc. I had lots of ideas but was really not sure which direction to go, so I needed a bit of guidance. For those wondering, I have known Nazar for about 10 years... First met him when I had my Supra and wanted to install something a little nicer than Best Buy products. He's always been a straight shooter and always offered me some pretty good parts deals. This was the first time, however, I was going to have him do an actual install on my car.

    We spent a good hour or two going over the different things I wanted and needed to fit in my budget. We both agreed that with the upcoming rally, it was probably best to upgrade my Radar detector to something a little more up to date. We decided on the Escort 9500xi... primarily because of my previous experience with the 8500, but also it has the customizable display, built in GPS for speed traps and cameras(I dont think those exist around here), and great real world reviews. The other cool part is the fact I am able to get a special cable that allows me to hook up my iPhone via blue tooth with live data coming in from other Escort and Beltronic owners running the system. So while I sat there we called escort, placed an order for one with the hardwire kit. Nazar ended up overnighting it, to make sure we had plenty of time! I thought that was pretty cool. We scheduled the install day, and continued on with my requests.

    Another area Naz and I went over, was my radio. When the E55 came out in 2003 the Command Center(radio) was the shit, it had the phone built in, navigation, and the euro version had live TV; today its missing Bluetooth, iPod integration, and touch screen. I am not ready to swap out the factory radio so we talked about the Denison integration products which connect right in to the MOST fiber ring, before I could finish... Naz got up from the desk, ran up to his office, and came down with this little Gizmo made by Scoshe (Pictured below)


    For the price of shipping the Denison unit, this device is able to integrate bluetooth audio through the Aux port already in the car. He told me to try it out, and see what I thought. If I like I can pay for it, if not, no harm in me using it for a little bit. I've made a couple calls and streamed some music but so far I am pretty impressed with this little thing, I think the rally will really be the first time I really put it through its paces.

    Finally before I called it a day, I made one more request. I purchase a CB radio and wanted him to install it... after he finished busting my chops and laughing it up, we figured out an option for easy in, easy out installation. That way, I can have the CBradio, but take it out when I wasnt on an event. The ideas behind the radar detector, Bluetooth integration and CB radio would make for a much more enjoyable rally.

    When I finally came back for the install, I opened the package from escort and unwrapped the package and instantly realized... no hardwire kit. I know I heard Nazar ask for it, even heard the Escort rep confirm it.. but NOTHING. We started trying to figure out our options, and then one of the installers actually volunteered the hardwire kit from his car. I was blown away... Justin(installer) knew I had traveled an hour up to get there, so he did what NO ONE expected, he uninstalled it from his personal car, and gave me the hardwire kit. He wasn't even working on my car. I was in complete shock... still am. I don't think I have ever heard of such a thing to keep a customer happy.




    So then on to the CB radio... We ended up deciding that I would use the map sleeve on the trans tunnel as a temporary home when I was on an event and wanted to run the CB. In the picture below if you look above the CB radio at the bottom of the dash, you will see two red connectors. I can connect/disconnect the power in seconds and the Antenna connector is run under the carpet of the car, it all can be easily concealed. The antenna dissasembles and stores in the trunk, whole thing can go from Stock, to installed, back to stock in less than 10minutes. Its absolutely a perfect set up...



    The above pictue shows the CB radio before the wires were all trimmed.

    While I had already done a fair amount of research before I went up... The Wicked CAS team had some great recomendations for me that really made this work out in my opinion and the customer service is second to none that I have experienced. Having worked as an installer before, I am generally pretty OCD about wiring... The installer wired, heat shrinked and mesh loomed all the wire and connections in the car... while all this extra work took some time, the wiring in the car was flawless. Also for those of you who are thinking, these are pretty basic installs, they are but they are meant to be. Nazar and team have done work on a lot of locals cars, way more fancy than my install, and all look pretty damn awesome!

    For any of you that are looking to rally proof your vehicles, I suggest reaching out to them and see what they can offer!
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    That's awesome!

    I have a few things i need done, hopefully I'll be able to use these guys! Never heard such a positive review of a shop
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    Yeah, def reach out to them... I think having a good idea of what you want is always the way a positive experience starts.
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    Naz is good people.. I met pete there about 9 years ago in his ml55

    Time flies..
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    I was there for the install portion of this, I drove up with Pete because he thought he would need to leave his car there over the weekend. We hit monster traffic on the way up so we rolled in around 4:30, and the guys decided they would just stay late and get it done that day.

    They're good people, I'll definitely be going to them if I need fun electronic bits added to my car at any point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leemik View Post
    Naz is good people.. I met pete there about 9 years ago in his ml55

    Time flies..
    Man, you're right I remember that! There was a guy there with a supercharged black 350z and I remember everyone being in awe that all his aftermarket "Z" caps lined up perfectly in the engine bay... He told some story that he had them custom machined to match the pattern in the car to do so... Then showed everyone he loosened them to line up... Was a good time with that group!
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    Quote Originally Posted by splatt View Post
    I was there for the install portion of this, I drove up with Pete because he thought he would need to leave his car there over the weekend. We hit monster traffic on the way up so we rolled in around 4:30, and the guys decided they would just stay late and get it done that day.

    They're good people, I'll definitely be going to them if I need fun electronic bits added to my car at any point.
    Crap can't believe I neglected to mention that
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