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Author Topic: FT7800R installation in Ford Ranger  (Read 394 times)
KI6LRA
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« on: September 22, 2007, 03:23:25 PM »

I'm a new ham with a Yaesu FT-7800R on order. I'm looking for advice on doing a clean installation in my '03 Ford Ranger.  Like how to run the power cable from the engine compartment into the cab and mounting the front panel. (I've been looking at goosenecks) any ideas (and warnings) would be appreciated.
Tnx-

KI6LRA from CM98dn
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007, 03:49:00 PM »

I've always been able to get the power cable through the firewall via the grommet where the accelerator cable runs.

The warning: make sure you mount things outside of the airbag deployment zone and attach them securely so that they don't become flying missiles in an accident.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007, 05:23:33 PM »

Go to my web site, and look under VHF Options.

Alan, KØBG
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007, 05:47:13 PM »

If it's an automatic there's probably a grommet to the left (and down a bit?) of the brake master cylinder, where the clutch master cylinder would have been. That should provide a nice line to the battery in the front left corner (unless they moved it to the right side since the late '90's models.  
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KC5VTL
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007, 07:09:28 PM »

I have a F150...and there was a grommet under the steering column. Before that I had a 1996 and a 1989 Ford Ranger...both also had grommets.  Check above your brake pedal...and below your steering column on the fire wall.  If nothing there (I doubt they would have removed it...but stranger things have happened)....Look at the low spot in your feet pan area...there's usually a "drain" plug grommet there.
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KI6LRA
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2007, 06:50:21 PM »

Thanks for all of your answers.  They're quite helpful.

Don
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