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Old October 13th, 2005, 02:06 PM
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Damn.
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Old October 13th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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I guess that would be a suitable location if you could reduce the size of the mounting bracket... that thing is huge!!!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 08:05 AM
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Yep the size is huge. (Does size matter? ) I need to see if the location works... if it does I can come up with a more discrete mounting bracket.

Question for those with 2M radios: how important is it to see the face plate? Could I mount it on the inside of the CD changer access door? When the access door is open the control panel would in effect be on the floor just infront of the passenger seat.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 08:10 AM
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I would not mount the face plate there because if you can't see what frequency you're using if you can't see the display when changing simplex frequencies, or memory channels then you have to lean over to see what you're doing. That alone is too much on an inconvenience for me to put up with, but there are other things, like setting PL tones or duplex frequencies that you definitely need to see the control face for.

I think it's much better to have the display in the same field of vision the windshield is in.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 09:03 AM
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That's kinda what I thought.

Thanks, Craig.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 11:33 AM
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Hi,

I'm not sure of the size of your rig's faceplate, but I mounted my FT-857 faceplate in front of the Difflock lever. The only time I can't see it is when I have cups in the cup holder (which seems often).

Victor
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Old October 14th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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I also vote for keeping it in view because most radios will give you a pretty accurate system voltage and you can watch that figure while winching or after winching to monitor.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:18 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vabiro
Hi,

I'm not sure of the size of your rig's faceplate, but I mounted my FT-857 faceplate in front of the Difflock lever. The only time I can't see it is when I have cups in the cup holder (which seems often).

Victor

It doesn't get in the way of shifting to low? And the T-case lever doesn't block the view?
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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:18 PM
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I also vote for keeping it in view because most radios will give you a pretty accurate system voltage and you can watch that figure while winching or after winching to monitor.

I hadn't thought of that! Thanks!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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That's a good idea. My GPS does that so I hadn't thought to use my radio for that.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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Quote:
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It doesn't get in the way of shifting to low? And the T-case lever doesn't block the view?

Nope. It is above the cigarette lighter plug, so the area under is now occupied with my Pioneer XM head unit. Neither are in the way.

Initially I thought it might, but I was able to access all the buttons that are across the top of the head unit and around the sides.

Here is the diff lock off:


here it is with it on. There is about an inch or so between the front of the radio and the shift.


And for kicks, here is the ATAS-120 on the back:



And the Larsen NMO-2/70 on the roof:



I also have the rubber Commet 1/4 wave for the roof when off road.

Victor

Last edited by vabiro : October 14th, 2005 at 07:12 PM. Reason: Added Pictures
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Old October 15th, 2005, 07:05 AM
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Awesome! Thanks!!!!
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Old October 15th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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damn radio freaks.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 05:21 PM
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Ok... so I went the easy route for now. I couldn't take having my truck torn apart any longer.



It is actually very functional, although I think above the mirror will ultimately be a better location. I have some material to start working on a bracket but that will come later. The radio is under the passenger seat and an external speaker is under the driver seat.

Now I just have to figure out all the f**king repeaters...
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Old October 17th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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That's nice. Much nicer than the rearview mirror thing.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 08:08 AM
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Very nice, and very clean.

Just a reminder though, you'll have to relocate it when you get one of these:

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Old October 17th, 2005, 08:17 AM
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I have one of those... I just don't have the T-case and linkage to make it actually work!
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