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Old 17th October 2007, 12:54   #1 (permalink)
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Parking sensors - easy DIY fit?

Hi, I'm just wondering as part of my list of mods to do after I've picked up my car, how difficult is it to fit after-market parking sensors and how reliable have the ones been that you've installed? I know there is a link on here to instructions, but I'm just wondering if it was a difficult job? Do you have to buy a colour-coded spray can to paint the sensor units or can you buy these already in certain colours? My Civic is Galaxy grey.
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[HOW TO] Install non OEM parking sensors - and save £250!!!!

This link is to a "How to..." thread on this matter
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I bought my sensors on Ebay (£19) and got the stealer to fit them for 1 hour labour.
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Hi Aubrey, that sounds like a great deal! What dealer did you use and do you have a link for the sensors please? I presume they colour coded them too?
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Hi Aubrey, that sounds like a great deal! What dealer did you use and do you have a link for the sensors please? I presume they colour coded them too?
My dealer is Inchcape Honda in Southend, I guess too far from you. I can't find the seller that I bought my sensors from, but this is exactly the same type as I have.

Parking Reversing Sensor 4 Sensors Audio Buzzer Alarm - eBay Security Electrical, Car Accessories, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 18-Oct-07 22:52:25 BST)

I'm very pleased with them and they are availble in different colours.
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So, even if sensors purchased were £50 and main dealership 1 hour labour was £80 - £100, not bad is it.
I could go some of that.
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Does anyone know how reliable these CISBO sensors and can vouch for their use? If they work well with minimal false readings then I'd be tempted to use them on my Civic and possibly other cars too!
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Does anyone know how reliable these CISBO sensors and can vouch for their use? If they work well with minimal false readings then I'd be tempted to use them on my Civic and possibly other cars too!
Hi Naresh,

I had an awful time with these sensors and wouldn't recommend them to anybody, I had nothing but trouble with them and I know one or two other people are having the same problems. Could be a faulty batch I suppose as many people on this forum haven't had any problems and are more than happy, but if I were you I wouldn't touch them with somebody else's barge pole let alone mine.... My personal opinion would be to spend another £30-40 ands get some better ones. I bought Steel mate sensors and found them to be of a much better quality.

Last week there was some going cheap on ebay, might be worth a look there, The model number is PTS400.

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So many of you guys can actually recommend the CISBO version? I turned down a car which had the parking sensors fitted because I thought it would be cheaper to install them myself but not if I'm going to end up with an inferior product!
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Anyone any experience with the Taurus T123? Is't a "sensorless" system with an antenna that sticks to the inner side of the bumper. Looks promising, but I have my doubts...

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Iv'e been having a look at those Koen.
Certainly is a neat and far easier way than having to drill 4 holes in the bumper.
Although its suggested that the bumper be removed, I fancy that someone with small hands, could get behind it, clean it thoroughly and stick the strip on.
Like you ----- ??
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Well, if I had to take the bumper of and would have years of easy parking afterwards, I'd do it. But I can see what you mean. Depends on how accessable the inner side of the bumper is. Haven't taken a peek yet.
The thing is however, that I would like to have some user comments. A decent kit goes at around 100 euro or more, and if it does not work properly, it's not only a wasted 100 euro, but probably some bumper damage as well, or maybe worse. And that's way beyond 100 euro...
I already had a quick look at other forums, but not much animo there either. Seems like this is a pretty new technology. And then it's better to stay aside for a while.
Anyway, if I take the plunge I'll certainly keep you informed.

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Please Do mate.
My wife is so tiny, that she can walk under the cars to clean the floor pans.
Even then she has to reach up.
I could hire her out to those wanting rear sensors fitted.
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So can anyone confirm if the CISBO are a good option to buy or is it hit or miss with their reliability? I'm picking my car up this weekend and want to do this mod asap.
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Can't help on the CISBO - personally I would use auto watch sensors. easy to fit, remove back bumper and there are 4 target points marked for drilling. Wiring - through either of the two grommets (in the back panel) into the boot. brown wire into tailgate loom is reverse feed. earth screw to bodywork. TANAAHHH fitted reversing sensors!!
If you lived up North could do the job for you - I have the curse of 14 years Honda Mechanical Experience!!
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Hi mate thanks for that, I looked at these Autowatch sensors and they look very expensive compared to the CISBO's. These "target" points - are they marked on the back of the bumper? If not how do you guys position your sensor holes?
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Hi mate thanks for that, I looked at these Autowatch sensors and they look very expensive compared to the CISBO's. These "target" points - are they marked on the back of the bumper? If not how do you guys position your sensor holes?
Have a look at the fitting non-OEM sensors thread mentioned above - it has full instructions including bits about the target points.

As for the cisbo sensors - I have also had problems with them and would recommend getting something more expensive (and better quality).
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All target points are marked for drilling on the back of the bumper. they are about a 1 1/2" circle with a cross inside.
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Ok thanks for the information. After reading some reviews I think I'm going to stay away from the CISBO sensors and go for the steelmate, or Autowatch if I can stretch mu budget that far.

Is there a "how-to" for the removal of the interior panels as I don't want to break anything, or is there a Haynes manual available yet? Also is the wiring loom for the rear lights up by the reart seat belt anchorage point as mentioned here? I was kind of hoping that I could just tap into it where the light bulbs are? That way I could remove the light assembly and take the reverse feed from there. Maybe this isn't possible though?
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Well, it's been a while since we kicked this thread, but I was just checking at Conrad, since they are also selling such an antenna parking aid. It's called EPS Safepark from a German company called Tobé. Conrad price is €109. I was told that on ebay they sell for less than €40, and indeed: eBay.be: ELEKTROMAGNETISCH EINPARKHILFE RÜCKFAHRWARNER m. BUZZER (object 270188920615 eindtijd 29-nov-07 14:14:32 CET)
(probably also available via the UK site.)
I was trying to ask the seller if this is the very same system, but apparently you have to have positive feedback on ebay, or you'll have to register a credit card before you can ask a seller something. Duh!
Maybe someone can help me here, and ask the seller if his system is a Tobé EPS Safepark?

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