CUSTOM EQUIPMENT MOUNT:
So I decided that I was tired of my dash cluttered with my GPS and XM radio. I also had a PA system controller that was mounted under the glove box and hard as hell to reach as the driver.
I was influenced by heavily by Barlowrs's Yaesu 8900r mount (GREAT build) and wanted to be able to do something similar but with more equipment options.
Here is Barlowrs's Yaesu 8900r mount :http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ml#post1429365
First I took a 1x1 square steel tube and split it down the center with a circular saw and metal cutting wheel. I made two length wise cuts to get about a 1cm lip on each side of the piece. I then mocked them up in the cab
As you can see I've bent them to match the slop of the roof. Basically, bend a little check, bend a little check...
I chose the factory holes for the rear view mirror up front to mount to.
for the back I put bolts through the two factory holes on either side of the dome light. One of these holes has a clip for the wire to the dome light. I ripped out the clip...
I then made support cross bars
I used a bit of epoxy and ziptied the cross brackets to the two main bars.
Which allowed me to take it out and weld it exactly how I had it mocked up in the cab.
Better view of the bend
Ground down all the ruff edges and burrs. You can also see the holes for the XM and PA mount in this photo. The GPS did not get added until the and as I was waiting for the mount to come in the mail while I built this.
Again used 60 grit and rotary sander to prep for paint.
Paint and marked for brackets
At this point, I want to get into the wiring involved in this mod. The PA System (BLK, RED, GRN, GRN) was fairly easy. I did need about 2 more feet of wiring so I soldered and heat shrinked the extra footage.
The Garmin and XM however were a problem. They drew power from standard cig lighter plugs. Those were certainly not long enough and had to go.
I purchased a 1x2x4 project box from RadioShack and took the circuit boards out of the two cig plugs.
Here you see just the XM circuit board. I had to unsolder, then resolder the power cable from this board to the XM radio. I then soldered in my own black and red wires onto the + and - terminals. You can kind of tell in this picture, I was able to keep the functionality of of the LED light.
Here you see both the XM and Garmin circuit boards. Again, I was able to incooperate the LED power light for the Garmin
LED for the XM (top) and Garmin (bottom). You can see how I routed the wires. After completion, I decided the wire routing sucked so I made a new box doing the same thing but routing the wires through the top of the box. I do not have a close up but you will see it in the next set of pictures.
FML. I did not want to do it, but realized the only was to route the wires to the firewall in a clean way was to take about the whole Fing dash.
What a damn mess. Clean it up!
You can see the second and final XM/GPS power box in this picture.
All power wires are currently sitting idle in my engine bay. I will be fabing a custom fuse block (again similar to Barlowrs build, THANKS MAN!) later to give power to the devices. (I'm waiting on parts)
Final check before Point of No Return... Cutting into the headliner :saw: As you can see I still have room to add a few more peripherals, I like options!
DONE. For now.