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Fitted some rear parking sensors today, took a few pics as i went along, wasnt too much trouble, awkward bit was the bumper really.
Started off by unpacking all the box and testing the system. All was fine and working dandy :D


I tested the positive feed, connecting the red wire from the control box to the blue/black wire in the rear light cluster, which is the positive for the reversing light. All was well so hard wired by piggybacking to this wire, and connecting the earth to the nearest location on the bodywork.


Then i temporary sited the digital display on the right hand side just in front of the speaker grill. I was happy with this position because the lead doesnt show too much.


Then it was time to thread the cable through to the back. This was ok just unclipping the trim to feed the cable through to the bulkhead, then unscrewing the plugs to feed it though the ceiling. Some of the plugs didnt screw out so had to prize out with a knife. But they all came out :cool: Then all that was left was to feed the cable down to the rear light cluster, whilst feeding the cable down, put your hand up through the hole and pull through...job done.


At this point i drilled out the bumper to receive the parking sensors, i measured out according to the instructions and drilled out using the holecutter provided. Sorry guys no pics of this :oops:

Next it was bumper time, unscrewed all the torx bolts underneath there are 8 in total including the ones on the wheel arch. which leaves 2 bolts either side of the locking mechanism. Now these are much harder to access but all they need was a little bending outwards with and open ended spanner, unscrewed and they came out a treat :D



Now the next part was a fiddly bit, the polystyrene bumper inside the plastic bumper had to be cut out to receive the parking sensors, so a bit of work with a stanley blade did the trick.


All that was left to do was feed the wires through the grommet for the light cluster and connect to each sensor. make sure no wires were showing, i was going to tape up with electrical tape at this point, but it was nowhere to be seen.....typical, so i'll do this another day

here is the finished article, works a treat :mrgreen:
 

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I have a park sensor kit for my van but I'm afraid to fit it because i have a towbar.
Don't want the sensors being fooled by the tow bar. Not sure where to put the sensors
especially the centre two.
Come to think of it, maybe the towbar is a good enough park sensor LOL:
 

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I have a park sensor kit for my van but I'm afraid to fit it because i have a towbar.
Don't want the sensors being fooled by the tow bar. Not sure where to put the sensors
especially the centre two.
Come to think of it, maybe the towbar is a good enough park sensor LOL:
Same really I have some to go on but as well as a towbar I have painted bumpers.

Hence the sensors are still in their packet
 

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I have bought the same style of sensors just the screen is a bit different, I have not fitted them yet cos I didn't know what I would find behind the bumper.
did you have to cut the metal carrier at all because I was told that it interferes with the sensors :confused:, tell me do they work ok now they are fitted?
 

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I have bought the same style of sensors just the screen is a bit different, I have not fitted them yet cos I didn't know what I would find behind the bumper.
did you have to cut the metal carrier at all because I was told that it interferes with the sensors :confused:, tell me do they work ok now they are fitted?

mine seem to work a treat, no trouble. i just recessed them into the poly bit behind the plastic bumper
 

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If you buy parking sensors that are "dsm" which includes most top name brands these days it doesn't matter if you have a towbar or cycle rack etc. This type of sensor does ignore fixed protrusions on the vehicle. However, expect to pay about £175 fitted for this type of kit.
 

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I fitted parkright sensors for 4x4 to cover big wheels on the back and tow bars, so it provides a safety tolerance roughly equivalent to my bike rack which sticks out about 30 cm when folded up. I've not hit anything yet and I really need this device as I've no rear view and lwb. Mine is just a audio beep. To run a display to dash would have been a pain in mine.
 

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Same really I have some to go on but as well as a towbar I have painted bumpers.

Hence the sensors are still in their packet
The reversing sensor kit I fitted indicates and measures the distance from the vehicle to the object and screen changes to red once 500mm away so I just never go nearer than about 300mm to allow for two bar. Its really good and well worth the money but using my £30 one now for about two years its great.
 

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I have fitted a cheap kit from fleabay on mine with a tow bar works a treat when the freaking snow clears Ill take a pic for positioning ok
 

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We fitted a cheap e-bay one to ours, the bumpers are sprayed and we sprayed the sensors as well (kit said only spray with one thin coat) also we have a tow hitch, and we did it all without removing the bumper.
 

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I fitted a set i got off the bay. Worked fine till the rear springs settled down. Now they only pick up the chuffin floor I:LOL:
 

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Hey jezza, thanks for this post - was really useful today for fitting my reversing sensors. Great post, cheers.
I ended up not removing the bumper as all the bolts were rusted in place and kept snapping n had no time to grab any replacements. Managed to thread the cables down the inside of the bumper once the holes were drilled.
Also checked positions by connecting everything up and fixing the sensors to the bumper before drilling any holes. Did this by mounting them into some cut down pieces of cardboard tube and gaffer taping them to the bumper - just wanted to be absolutely sure they worked so tried it out parking in a few tight spots on our street.
All sorted now anyway - thanks again jezza
 

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Valeo make several versions,called "park & beep" with or without displays,some kits also have front sensors, available from Mill autoquip branches including St Austell ;)
 

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Ive got a tow bar and just had a kit fitted, and its a beep one, small speaker is placed in the rear, fairly loud T:

It gives a constant tone when you are about 30cm away which is about 15cm away from the tow bar.

Works perfect, no need to spend loads of money on this.
 
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