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Author Topic: 2m/440 install in 2014 Camry  (Read 533 times)
KD5PCK
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« on: July 21, 2014, 02:35:45 PM »

Just got a new Camry and plan to install a radio in it soon. Just curious if anyone else here has any experience with this particular vehicle. I'm thinking of running 12VDC to the trunk and mounting the radio there since it looks like there is no place in the passenger area to mount a radio. Just trying to mount the remote head is going to be a challenge. Any thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 03:06:44 PM »

You can always mount one underneath a front seat. But, if you do install the radio in the trunk, you'll have to extend the power cable. The stock unit already have about .5 vdc drop, so you should use much larger wire. I'd suggest #6, but #8 might be okay if the current draw is below 12 amps of so.

Whatever you do, don't attached the radio under the rear package shelf, as this is the hottest part of the trunk.

Oh! And drill a hole and mount the antenna correctly.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 06:34:19 PM »

I already have #6 wire to run for the power. No problem there. I have a custom bracket planned to mount not only the radio but some other items. Kinda like a console in the trunk.

As far as mounting the antenna, no holes. I've been told in the past that a "real ham" drills a hole to mount an antenna. Been there, done that. Had it professionally mounted. Then brought it back to the same professional for some other work and had it professionally ripped off the roof of the car. Long story short. There was more than a 3/4" hole left in the roof of my car. I'm not going through that again.

So... any thoughts as to where to mount the control head in this vehicle?
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 09:17:34 PM »

any thoughts as to where to mount the control head in this vehicle?

The way I start with any vehicle (after drilling the antenna hole) is with the control head in my hand and sitting in the driver seat, and testing various locations for visibility and ease of operation.   The best place may not be the easiest but if you take the time to do it right you end up with a good looking and easily operated setup.  I may end up having to modify some dash plastic, drill a few holes, use a different speaker or remote the microphone but when it's done it looks and works right.  Custom stereo installers do this kind of stuff all day long so there's no reason hams can't do it with their equipment.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM
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« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 07:18:21 PM »

In my 2010 Camry, I use an adjustable stalk that bolts to the LF passenger seat mounting bolt. Holds the head in view and in reach but allows use of the cup holders, gear shift and compartment under the AM/FM radio. Also, no glove box or passenger issues.
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« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 07:46:27 PM »

In my 2010 Camry, I use an adjustable stalk that bolts to the LF passenger seat mounting bolt. Holds the head in view and in reach but allows use of the cup holders, gear shift and compartment under the AM/FM radio. Also, no glove box or passenger issues.


You wouldn't happen to have a link for that stalk would you? I've been trying to find one like that. I know I've seen it somewhere before but just can't remember where.
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