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Old 05-08-2010, 01:40 AM
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Default FT-8800 Install in a LX450

Nothing super special here but figured I would post up my install in case anyone else down the road is looking for ideas...Having a mobile rig in the LX vs. just the HT was SUPER nice Having the FT-8800 and being able to monitor two frequencies was even better.

Thanks to Nathaniel quite awhile back for the idea on the install location - I wanted to retain my PS rear cargo panel "pocket" for storage (winch controller, straps, hitch pin/lock, etc.) and he mentioned that the subwoofer support bracket makes a good base to attach the radio to. In a LX450 you don't have the subwoofer in the rear so this space is open. I found a guy on MUD parting out an 80 and for $10 or so I picked up the subwoofer bracket and hardware.

Pretty straight forward install once I figured out clearance for the radio and drilled the holes in the bracket.. Power is fed from my aux fuse block under my PS seat so the runs are short and the power seems to be "clean" enough that I don't have any problems. I remote mounted the head to a common location on the shifter console right below where the ashtray is (in my case where my CB is). I also determined that a remote speaker was needed which for now I installed under the dash on the DS on top of the dead foot dealyo until I come up with a better plan.

Note to others...If you are programming the radio with a laptop, go ahead and program the radio BEFORE remote mounting the head unit. Not rocket science but hard to read the instructions on the laptop in the rear cargo area from the front of the rig when you need to push this button and that button on the head uint

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Old 05-08-2010, 06:41 AM
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Nice job. And yeah on the programming, that is something that occurred to me, too. But just the same it's good to figure out a way to do it in place since even with 500 memories you'll probably want to reorganize or add to them once in a while. Pretty much means taking the face and the short cable to the radio temporarily, unless you have a helpful wife/kid/dog. Now Fido, push 'yes' on the laptop. :-)
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:21 AM
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Hi Corsair23,
I am getting into the ham thing. thanks for the mounting ideas.
I also came to the conclusion of split unit, just not sure which one yet.
I have a 6 x 30amp fuse block in the rear panel fed from my second battery. So the location is you have chosen will be mine as well.

How/where did you feed the front panel wire? along the passenger side?

Damn that's a nice looking rear cargo mat.
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:41 PM
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Hey Rami

The cable for the head unit to remote locate it up front is run along the PS, under the trim etc. with everything else. I run most stuff in the plastic "channel" deals, whatever their technical name is.

I got the Yaesu separation kit vs. making my own cable and it was plenty long to reach...I bought the radio from Ham City because they include the separation kit pretty much all of the time. You can see the excess length of cable wrapped up and twist tied to the bottom of the bracket.

As for the cargo mat...That's just the OEM carpet - I keep it looking decent with a husky rear cargo liner.
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"That assumes I'm even capable of pulling and stabbing..." Jacket

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Let's see a picture of the faceplate installed. Good job, Jeff!
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:42 AM
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Let's see a picture of the faceplate installed. Good job, Jeff!
I just copied your location - I'd like to fab up a braket though that would move the faceplate out further and up to just under the CB...Would make it easier getting to those little buttons and knob dealyos
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'97 LX450 - aka "The Whale"
'97 FZJ80 Antique Sage AE #267, stock
12/74 FJ40, 2F, SM420, 4" Lift, ARBs, 33" MTRs

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"...anything else i can do for you guys, how about i wash your car or mow your lawn while you figure out your firewall system? I am now boarderline insane/unibomber." Kipper

"That assumes I'm even capable of pulling and stabbing..." Jacket

"I really like having a detachable unit." Beater
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