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Author Topic: Advice sought -- mounting IC208H in 2002 Toyota P  (Read 363 times)
KE7AGI
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« on: June 21, 2004, 07:35:23 PM »

The subject says it all, I'm mounting an IC208H in my Prius.  It looks like the best location would be on the floor between the dash and the center console, but I'm open to other ideas.  Also, where to get power for the rig?  Given that the (tiny) 12-volt battery is in the trunk, is there a better way to tap into the existing wiring instead?

Thanks for any ideas...and 73

Steve
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2004, 09:22:03 PM »

If you want to save yourself from any problems, connect the radio directly to the battery. Proper fusing is required, ans proper routing is necessary. If you need ideas, check my web site.

My brother (k0hyg, sk) ran a HF+VHF rig in his and never had a problem.

Alan, KØBG
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KE7AGI
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2004, 11:22:13 PM »

Great site, Alan.

Do you suggest trunk mounting?  I can see it solving a lot of problems (except for the fact that I would need to extend the mic and speaker back into the car) as the 12v battery is right there and a trunk-mount antenna would be trivial to install...

Having a hard time figuring out a good location inside the cabin for the rig.  Thankfully the front panel detaches (too bad the mic cable doesn't feed off the panel).

"73"
Steve
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2004, 03:25:09 AM »

Finished the install today, I decided to put the rig under the driver's seat because it'll get better ventilation there, and I can bring the mic cable from under the seat and reach both front seats.

It was easy to route the power and antenna cables along the existing wiring harness that goes along the left-hand door thresholds.

I used a Larsen TLP series mount on the side of the trunk lid, and the wiring all routed easily behind the trim panel inside the trunk.

The Radio Shack 21-549B speaker fits nicely in front of the center instrument panel just below the 12v power outlet.  The microphone hangs just to the left of the CD player and the faceplate of the radio fits just above the steering wheel (instruments in the Prius are center-mounted).

Overall I think it came out to be a very neat installation...

Steve
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