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Author Topic: Routing power to the battery.  (Read 397 times)
KI4UHY
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« on: March 21, 2007, 06:05:46 PM »

I'm about to install a Yaesu FT-7800R into my 1996 Saturn SC2, and my only problem is I can't seem to find a way to run the power to the battery, short of drilling a hole in the firewall, which I really don't want to do. How did everyone else run their power?
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N0RZT
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2007, 06:54:09 PM »

I drilled a hole in the firewall.

Well, that's not 100% true.  One of my father-in-law's friends installs equipment in police cruisers.  In exchange for a vanilla milkshake, he gave me the five minutes of his time to do the job.

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Chris
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K0BG
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2007, 06:56:26 PM »

Why not? If you plan your work, and work your plan, the best solution is to drill a hole. Antenex makes a special 3/4 inch drill meant to install NMO mounts. It is just the ticket to drill through a firewall.

Contrary to popular belief, what you DO NOT want to do is use existing holes that already have wires or cables running though them.

If you want more information, visit my web site.

Alan, KØBG
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AC2RC
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2007, 03:21:40 AM »

Don't be afraid to drill a hole through the firewall.I used a step drill to get a hole but wanting a minimum sized hole I drilled it small then made it oval with a Dremel tool .The gasket [always use one !]assumed the oval shape that better fit the two wire power line .I then sealed the hole thoroughly with silicone sealer.
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NA0AA
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2007, 03:25:54 PM »

Many cars have un-used grommet holes that you can easily use w/out even a drill - a knife blade to slit the cover and slide the wires thru.

If you do drill your own you must use a grommet of some sort to prevent the wire from shorting to ground in time.
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