Pontiac Solstice Forum banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
346 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Anyone try this XD-066 LED Display Car Reverse Backup Radar.I was considering ordering this item and install it on the front of the car to warn me if I am not paying attention to the damn parking lot cement car stops.Yea I know if you do it enough times you will be more aware of it and make sure you stop 2' short,first time I have done this since it got my lower dam repaired,yes I got it repaired for the second time.No excuse for not being aware but I was in a hurry and not thinking so now I am trying to do something that will make me think about it more often.:yesnod:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,183 Posts
Only problem is you'll have to add a switch to turn it on (or be getting false alarms all the time while driving). Then if you have a switch, you've got to REMEMBER to turn it on! :)
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
16,400 Posts
Curb feelers or curb finders are springs or wires installed on a vehicle which act as "whiskers" to warn drivers that they are too close to the curb or other obstruction.

The devices are fitted low on the body, close to the wheels. As the vehicle approaches the curb, the protruding 'feelers' act as whiskers and scrape against the curb, making a noise and alerting the driver in time to avoid damaging the wheels or hubcaps. The feelers are manufactured to be flexible and do not easily break


Curb feeler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
346 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Yes Rob I know about the feelers,not a big fan may just consider them if all else fails.
T/S I am aware of that and that would be the issue, if I don't pay attention to the parking distance then what makes me believe I would turn on the switch.I was hoping that I would be able to adjust these sensors sensitivity to see something 4" or higher and leave them on all the time.I asked the question hoping someone else has already attempted this.Thank guys
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
16,400 Posts
After running into the curb a couple of times, I learned to not drive forward till I hit the curb. I learned it so well I now do it in all my vehicles. It has become automatic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
612 Posts
After running into the curb a couple of times, I learned to not drive forward till I hit the curb. I learned it so well I now do it in all my vehicles. It has become automatic.
:agree: invariably, I end up stopping about 2 feet from the concrete berms. I was thinking that Vic (MARVIC1) had some type of alarm on his Sky. You might want to send him a PM and inquire.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
16,400 Posts
:agree: invariably, I end up stopping about 2 feet from the concrete berms. I was thinking that Vic (MARVIC1) had some type of alarm on his Sky. You might want to send him a PM and inquire.
His Sky is pretty alarming . . . .:willy: :thumbs: :agree: :agree:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
612 Posts
Only problem is you'll have to add a switch to turn it on (or be getting false alarms all the time while driving). Then if you have a switch, you've got to REMEMBER to turn it on! :)
Perhaps wiring it to a momentary button in lieu of a standard on/off button. Then as you pull in you merely hold the switch “on” and release it when parked.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,212 Posts
I noticed with driving a shorter car that if there's a car next to you, I stop when my body passes it's rear tires as we are basically sitting on the rear tires anyway. that way you have a good 2 feet of clearance in front. if you pull up all the way, folks tend to get mad as they think the spot is empty. I thought curb feelers went away in the 80's. I saw tons of them in my hood. all the brotha's had them on their caddy's and oldsmobile's. with the radar, I think the momentary switch is your best bet. that way it won't get left on like the other guys mentioned and you don;t have to remember to turn it off. just to use it. Get it and let us know how it works. Frond end damage can be costly that's for sure. especially if you have a GXP.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
346 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Well I am more than likely going to get them,my thoughts are if I leave it on ,anything that is above the threshold I set will set it off.Think of road kill ,I seem to remember someone had to spend $700 pr more for a new IC because they hit a raccoon (roadkill) at night time .My order is in ,just wondering if someone else has tried this and if there was any success or issues.I will definitely ring back on this, also just a note here , its' not that I try to park close to those barriers,I just did not think of it because it is not a car I usually drive. I always drive my truck for the most part, 4 wheel drive don't give a s**t about cement curbs.LOL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
311 Posts
Fosti, I was wandering how you made out with this. I was thinking of doing the same thing to my solstice and mustang. they are both very low to the ground and I'm constantly scraping the front on something. I too drive a truck most of the time so its not 2nd nature to me to be cognizant of the low clearance on the front.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,859 Posts
Curb feelers or curb finders are springs or wires installed on a vehicle which act as "whiskers" to warn drivers that they are too close to the curb or other obstruction.

I haven't seen curb feelers on a car since I was a kid growing up in the 50's :lol:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,183 Posts
I did a mock up attempt at ultrasonic sensors on my car, but gave up. I found that the beam is too widespread to work in that manner. When you have them down low they were either too sensitive and alarm all the time, or not sensitive enough and don't :). Plus you have to turn them on off manually (which is easy to forget).

However, I'm open to success stories - if anyone has managed this!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
311 Posts
I just bought a system with front and rear sensors for $30, I figured I'd give it a try. I'll connect it to the driving lights via a relay. The front sensor only starts beeping at about 2.5'. If anything is that close to my front, I want to make sure I know about it :) I'll post back with results once i get it installed.

Instead of drilling holes in the car, I was thinking of inserting the sensors in the lower grille. Our car is so small that i could probably just get away with 2 to cover the front but I'll play with different settings.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,183 Posts
Maybe, with purpose-built front sensors, it won't have the problems mine did.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
123 Posts
I scraped the front end of my Sky, the first week i got it. :leaving: Damn that thing is low.:cuss: Wasn't going very fast, but had to buy a couple of touch-up paint tubes, to cover the scratches... Well i guess it's part of the things we have to learn, when getting a kappa... My daily driver is also a truck, so concrete curbs are not a problem.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top