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    Default position of reversing sensors

    sorry to raise an old subject again.

    Have just purchased a set off flea bay. Can anyone tell me where these should be fitted on an ESTATE?

    I think some on here have them fitted in the grey bit below the painted bumper, which would make fitting easy, but would they be too low?

    Presumably if I fit them higher up in the painted part of the bumper, I'll have to remove bumper , drill it, and will I have to drill the crash limiter behind also?

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    We have all fitted them on the black/grey bit at the bottom. Its so much easier to do it there as the bar at the back gets in the way. The added bonus is that if you make a mess of it, its cheaper to replace the black trim than a bumper.

    the sensors are not to low. my sensors instructions said 30cm to 40cm high. my black trim was 33cm high, so no problem.

    I also have a towbar fitted and put in the collars to angle it away from it. I might remove them as they stick out a bit and see what happens. But that a job for another day.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardy View Post
    sorry to raise an old subject again.

    Have just purchased a set off flea bay. Can anyone tell me where these should be fitted on an ESTATE?

    I think some on here have them fitted in the grey bit below the painted bumper, which would make fitting easy, but would they be too low?

    Presumably if I fit them higher up in the painted part of the bumper, I'll have to remove bumper , drill it, and will I have to drill the crash limiter behind also?

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    I'm pretty sure even factory fitted sensors are placed in "the grey bit below the painted bumper". However this grey insert is not always grey; on some versions it is painted too

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    Thanks for the info.

    I'll try fitting them in the grey part then. And as John said, it'll save buying a new bumper if I screw it up!

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    Best to double check the instructions. I fitted mine into the lower valance unpainted bit, then found they false trigger all the time as they should have been fitted at least 50cm high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elevonic View Post
    Best to double check the instructions. I fitted mine into the lower valance unpainted bit, then found they false trigger all the time as they should have been fitted at least 50cm high.
    <Ahem!> me, too. I managed to find a kit with some spacers that gave you a bit more upward bias, which improved matters a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    <Ahem!> me, too. I managed to find a kit with some spacers that gave you a bit more upward bias, which improved matters a bit.

    Phil
    My set still hasn't arrived, but then it was a bank holiday, so I'll wait a few more days before I get on to them.

    The grey part on the bottom of the Vec Estate isn't quite vertical, and points upwards slightly, so I'm hoping that'll help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardy View Post
    My set still hasn't arrived, but then it was a bank holiday, so I'll wait a few more days before I get on to them.

    The grey part on the bottom of the Vec Estate isn't quite vertical, and points upwards slightly, so I'm hoping that'll help.
    Probably will help quite a bit. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardy View Post
    The grey part on the bottom of the Vec Estate isn't quite vertical, and points upwards slightly, so I'm hoping that'll help.
    no problems with mine. I only angled them away from my towbar to be safe. Some day I will remove the collars to see if they work without it as they stick out a bit.

    which one's did you order.....

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    Its a buzzer only system. From Techsales UK.

    Didn't fancy the lights on the dash.

    It arrived today while I was at work. It does say 50cm from ground, and my bumper is going to be more like 35cm. So I may do a very temporary set up in aprox the positions with some tape etc. & try them before drilling.

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