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Working on installing a curb alert system. Anyone know? The front post that is to be used right outside the front fuse box....12mm? And how about the neg ground just forward of that near the alternator? Chip has written about this before, I think....

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got it.... M8 13 mm - thanks - installing a curb alert...look for a DIY soon...works great...
I'll be anxiously awaiting your DIY, as the Curb Alert is the first mod I plan to make to the car. When I was bringing my new Spyder home from the dealer back in 2004 I decided to stop at the store where I promptly found out how low the car sat, when I pulled it over a parking lot cement curb, scratching the hell out of the bottom of the front apron. I'm not letting it happen with the Corvette.
 

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
OK got the kit and decided to fabricate some of my own stuff to make this work. It's pretty easy - not ready for all the pics but here's a few tips.
1. Use the front pos lead on the rear of the fuse box and the neg post near the alternator. Fabricate a harness that attaches to their pos and neg wire with fuse holder. The unit turns on when it sees 13.5 so no switches necessary...
2. DO NOT try and unbolt the nut on the pos post - just get another nut to fit over it. It is over torqued and you will hear the fuse box plastic straining before it breaks free. I stopped before damage. Use ring terminals over both pos and neg with a little loctite red and you'll be good.
3. calibrating is easy - i threw their instructions out, and got just a bit farther up on a curb than I like, and just dialed down the sensor on it's mount until it beeped....done....

not happy with how it mounts in grill - sticks out too much...is gonna take some fabrication/remounting to get it clean looking....stay tuned...
 

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Just took it out and after all the software calmed down and the system reset, the calibration is damn near perfect. When I get this close to a parking ingot, I get three quick beeps you can hear above the radio volume. That's it - more and it goes continuous. But this is the perfect distance for me:



small speaker mounts in pass bulkhead - wire will be buried tomorrow:


Pm me if you buy the kit- I can save you some time, once we talk......
 

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Glen I'll be interested to see where you relocate the sensor. I appreciate you reverse engineering the installation so some of us won't have to.
 

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Glen
Thanks for sharing. I have a side entrance garage will this detect as I make a right turn 90 degree into the garage that I have swung too wide and am about to hit the garage door frame? Or will it only detect a straight on obstacle?

Thanks Tom
 

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
The positive lead at the back of the fuse box:

The negative near the alternator- read above about using 2 nuts instead of loosening the stock nuts

The sensor in the front that needs to be cut into the grill- a project still to do.
se box
 

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Ok here's the mod on the front grill and final placement - now it looks more acceptable. To normal people (meaning non enthusiasts), it's all but invisible.

So with fiskars/pruning shears, I cut a notch for the sensor to fit back in the grill - alcohol wipe, VHB stick and adjust angle:


Nestled in nicely - no part of grill shows the cuts, if you are not OCD....


And now a clean look now:


by the way, there is a pic somewhere on the web with the sensor mounted on a C7 under the top grill piece with sensor seeing straight ahead - that won't work picking up ingots and such, just walls ahead of you..and if you can't see a wall ahead of you, you've got bigger problems that what this device shows you...LOL....It has to angle 45 degree down.
 

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The sensor in the front that needs to be cut into the grill- a project still to do.
se box
Is it possible to locate it below the bumper, pushed back far enough to not show? Does it have to be in the grill?
 

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I would not do it for fear of having it ripped off by a driver that did not know how it worked (valet, relative, etc)


but there are no absolutes with this kit...do what you think works best....the instructions are generic, not geared at all to the C7....
 

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Discussion Starter #16 (Edited)
If you are going to buy this kit, here's what makes it turn key for a C7- this is assuming you know how to heat shrink/ splice elec wiring:
2 m8 13 mm nuts
two big (yellow) ring terminals/ heat shrink
Alcohol swabs
15-20 zip ties- theirs are too small


That's it-so simple
 

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Thanks Glen!
 

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Glen,
Thanks for the write-up. I run with a front license plate. From your photo it looks like the sensor is mounted right where the front plate mounts. Can that sensor be mounted just to the left or right of the plate?
 

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Again, this mod is generic, it can be mounted anywhere you can get the right angle and tone. The unit comes with about three different mounting brackets, you just have to figure out how you want to stick them on the grill. It's really sad, that no seller of these ( and there are several of the same unit) and the mfr is not supplying the c7 install info....but anyone can do this, as you put the whole thing together with stick on tape , not a single hole be drilled
 

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Glen, outstanding! You should be in R&D for C7 vendors, getting paid for your ideas. Keep the mods coming, I'm learning from every member on this site from their mods. It puts me at ease when I'll work on our C7.

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Rick
 
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