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Old 01-24-2012, 08:12 PM
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You know I've been in trucks that are both ways, and I prefer it down by the shifter. Downside is yes you have to take your eyes off the road a little more, but honestly it doesn't happen that often on the highway- happens more when you're in low range and it's nbd to stop for a second. Few other benefits:

- allows your passenger to fiddle with the radio easier. Or allows you to fiddle with the radio easier, while someone else drives.
- allows you to rest your hand on something (like the shifter) which improves your dexterity at the finger tips. I have struggled making fine adjustments to squelch and volume when my hand is overhead, easier when it's down low.
- also once you know what button you're pressing, you can leave your hand rested there for a second and resume watching the road- not as easy when your hand is overhead, which requires you to watch what you're doing on the radio more.

It's all personal preference... but I wanted to toss this out there since there are a few guys about to do installs.
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I've got my HF rig down on the console behind the shifter where I can rest my hand on it while my arm is on the arm rest. It's way easier to fine tune the tuning dial than if my arm was totally unsupported.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:48 PM
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I am going to mount my single 2m radio on the passenger side of the transmission console.

I had this set up in my 4runner and it was a pretty good spot. Also if I ever decide to throw down for a removable face place dual band, this set up will not leave a trace that it was there, when I remove it.

I peeled back the carpet and gorilla glued a small thin piece of wood (about the size of the base plate) onto the metal, then I will screw the mount on the wood through the carpet.

Here is a pic of where the radio will sit once mounted. Just gotta wait 24 hours for the gorilla glue to set up.



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Old 01-29-2012, 04:30 PM
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Mount worked as planned.. Gorilla glue was dry today and easy to mount the radio, The location is the same, less the baby wipes!

Now for the fun part...wiring...I am considering wiring my own set up this go around. It is pretty straightforward and I have to wire the CB and Fridge constant power, so might as well do it all at once. I think this would cost me roughly 300.00 for all 3 to be installed at Car Toys.. I don't have that kind of expendable income this go round..

How hard can this stuff really be??
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How hard can this stuff really be??
If I can do it, you can do it

Always on is easy...Aux fux block, correct gauge wires and fusing to the battery, grounds, and voila.

Switched power is the one thing I haven't tackled/figured out yet but if you don't forget to leave your radios on, no harm no foul using always on
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Switched power is the one thing I haven't tackled/figured out yet but if you don't forget to leave your radios on, no harm no foul using always on
It's the same, plus a switch and a relay.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:47 PM
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Chris, Why not just screw into the metal? seems like you're making it more difficult than it needs to be?
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if you don't leave your radios on, no harm no foul using always on
Icoms, like just about every other mobile radio that uses a microprocessor, have an auto power off to protect you from running the battery down.

For the IC-V8000:
  • Push and hold [SET(LOCK)] and then push [PWR] for 1 second to bring up the initial set mode menu
  • Push [SET(LOCK)] to scroll until you get the "POF-OF" function
  • Rotate the tuning dial to select between off ("OF"), 30 min ("30"), 1 hour ("1H") or 2 hours ("2H").
  • Push [PWR] to set the value and return to the regular display (the value is retained in flash between power cycles)
Page 64 in the user's manual.

I set mine to an hour, enough that if you're just monitoring it doesn't turn off too soon. Like a typical commute to work or run up to ski.
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