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Author Topic: '94 Saturn SL2 radio location  (Read 494 times)
KC0SYT
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« on: January 18, 2006, 08:54:34 PM »

I am wondering if anybody has suggestions for mounting an FT-2800M in a very small SL2.

I am hoping to get pictures of both the car and the radio soon.

I'm thinking about the passenger side next to the shifter as a possible location.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2006, 05:55:13 AM »

You might check out my web site, and look under Installations. I don't think there is a 2800 among them, but perhaps one of the other installations will give you some ideas.

Alan, KØBG
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KC0SYT
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006, 06:18:07 PM »

Thank you for the suggestion, but I would like to keep it low in the cabin so that casual observers won't see a target for theft.  I would also like to be able to remove the main part of the radio to use in other vehicles.
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KC0SYT
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006, 06:19:22 PM »

I also am not in a position to make modifications to my dash.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006, 05:21:17 AM »

We are a 4 time Saturn owner family - SL1, LW3 and currently two VUEs.  

I can't remember whether the SL series had a little dash compartment for sunglasses etc. as my VUE does.  That is what I used to mount the faceplate for my FT-100D.  I screwed the mounting bracket to a block of wood that wedges tightly into the compartment.

Dennis KG4RUL
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KC0SYT
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2006, 08:14:26 AM »

"I can't remember whether the SL series had a little dash compartment for sunglasses etc."

I don't believe that there is such a compartment.

I have a picture of my rig in my profile.  In the picture, it is set up for temporary use in others' vehicles.  I already have the antenna in the picture mounted on my trunk (via lip mount) with the wire ending up under the passenger seat.
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KC0SYT
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2006, 04:15:51 PM »

I have decided to mount it where I was thinking before, it will have plenty of ventilation and it is out of the way of the passenger.  I do wish that it had a remote head however.
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2006, 02:08:23 PM »

When my wife got a '96 Saturn in I spent a lot of time at
the local radio dealer trying to find a rig that would fit.
Ended up with a dual-band IC-207 simply because it had a
remote head.  (There wasn't enough 440 MHz activity to
justify a dual-bander.)

In the middle of the dash is the "hole" for holding CD's
or sunglasses - this is a formed piece of plastic that
pops out.  I made a wooden mount that goes in this to
hold the control head, with a couple screws in from the
back to keep it from falling out.  The black control head
blends in quite well with the rest of the dashboard when
it is turned off.

There may be smaller rigs around now that will fit, but
I couldn't find anything back then.
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KC0SYT
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2006, 07:44:14 PM »

I have the FT-2800M secured with bunjees against the center, right in front of the passenger seat.  I found it to be a rather secure, non-invasive method of mounting.  I am still hoping to get a dual bander, the FT-8800R is what I am currently drooling over.  Until then, my bunjee is working just fine.
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KD7QXO
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2006, 09:50:04 PM »

I have a '97 Saturn SL2 and just put in a 2500M.  I pulled off the fuse panel cover, which is located on the passenger side, and found a very nice metal bracket to use as a mount.  This allowed a lower mounting position that I can see from the driver's side yet is not easily visible from the outside.  
Good Luck.
Kd7qxo
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