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Author Topic: Dual Band Install in a 2013 Ford Explorer  (Read 6464 times)
N0WE
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« on: April 30, 2013, 07:32:57 AM »

Has anyone put a radio in the newer (I think this body style came out in 2011) Explorer? I have a Yaesu 8800 with the removable face plate. I just can't seem to find a good location to mount the face plate. Any help would be appreciated.

Jim N0WE
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W9MMS
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 07:42:17 AM »

How about mounting it on top of the dash with 3M double side sticky tape.

((((73)))) Milverton
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N0WE
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 10:15:35 AM »

That is an option but I prefer that it not be that visible.
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KJ4OBR
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 08:44:06 AM »

Hard to give advice without an exact pic of your car, but a carmax image search shows a cubby below the radio/climate controls in front of the gear shift. How about a right angle bracket velcroed into that cubby holding the head, run the remote wire to the radio body vi a small access hole drilled through the back side of the cubby. You can even remote the mic by using a six conductor rj-12 telephone extension. I did this with my FT8900 in my 98 Jeep Liberty just be sure the extension is a straight through, not a cross-over. I have some pics towards the end of this album: https://plus.google.com/photos/108388273845581073968/albums/5693931148402558865

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N0WE
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2013, 07:07:45 AM »

There is a place where you suggest. This would be my first choice. Unfortunatley that is where the 12 volt utility socket, the USB port and the line in port is. Thanks for the suggestion.
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KC2VQG
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013, 03:41:51 PM »

I know you prefer to keep it out of sight but thought I'd share my install with you.  I've installed my 8900 in two different modern 4Runners similarly and have never had an issue.  The main body has gone in the glove box with the head unit installed to a suction cup mount.  The wire is tucked back under the dash and the entire setup is very unobtrusive. 

For you seeing as how its a Explorer and more and more police departments are adopting them for use, a nice 2m sharkfin antenna might be up your alley.  Food for thought.  Pic of my setup:

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r222/TurboManiacal/307731CC-D7BC-4333-B516-EC6C053FA62A-8449-0000092952CB23F2.jpg
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 07:39:38 PM »

Wish I had taken some pictures earlier tonight on my revised install in my work truck. May post one later, but I stopped at lowes on my way home and bought a 3foot piece of 1x1x1/16" of aluminum angle. I notched out the ends by cutting one side of the angle about 3" from each end. I then drilled a hole on each end. I mounted another piece of angle to this and attached the remote head bracket. Beside that mount, I mounted my amplified/dsp speaker. Where did I put this contraption? Between the two overhead visors using the mounting brackets and screws for the visors to hold everything in place. The speaker is up against the headliner and all is out of the way of the mirror and is secure. I have some minor cable work to finish for the mike and speaker, but I am pretty happy with it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 05:38:50 AM »

I just love it when someone suggests mounting a transceiver atop the dash. I guess they don't know that the passenger side airbag virtually covers the whole dash from the steering wheel to the right A pillar!
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K6RBK
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2013, 05:55:21 PM »

I'm in the process of designing some cup holder mounts for my FT-857 and FTM-350.  The idea is to create a cup-shaped object (probably from fiberglass) with something protruding from the top that I can affix the face plate mounts to.  That way the face plate should be reasonably secure while driving, out of the way of the airbags, and no permanent attachment needs to be made to the dash or console.

Maybe something like that would work in your case?  I'm sure someone probably makes such a thing, but I haven't looked.

Rob
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AC2KV
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2013, 04:12:44 PM »

I'm in the process of designing some cup holder mounts for my FT-857 and FTM-350.  .....

Maybe something like that would work in your case?  I'm sure someone probably makes such a thing, but I haven't looked.

Rob

Here you go-

http://www.mountguys.com/product_p/sr33-yaesu.htm
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N3KDJ
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2013, 05:25:06 AM »

I used this Lido Mount with the AD1 Adapter to mount mine:   http://www.mountguys.com/product_p/sr88-icom.htm

Turned out like this:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5sNr9DvL81w/Uc4N548SFNI/AAAAAAAAQuk/LElox1E8ZR0/w506-h401-o/photo.jpg
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2013, 07:31:41 PM »


That is a great idea & mount the radio body under one of the seats.You will be set to go.

Clayton
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K0BT
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 09:29:02 AM »

I made a cupholder mount for my 2013 F-250 using a flat-top 2.5" plastic plumbing end cap wrapped with 2 strips of foam tape.  I glued a another plumbing piece into it to make it the correct length and mounted the FTM-350 control head to it. 

I tried a Lido mount but couldn't stand the vibration with the heavy control head.  This mount is rock-solid and I can easily pull it out and stow it.  A few minutes staring at plumbing parts might give you a few ideas.
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