After getting my HAM ticket back in august I finally spent a few hours putting my radio into the truck. I had ordered the FT-7900R plus the MLS-100 speaker and a Larson NMO 2/70 antenna from Gigaparts before the holidays, and they all arrived just in time for Christmas.
I started by putting on the fender mount and antenna, and running the wires and coax through the firewall and into the cab.
I considered putting it on switched 12v, but in the end I decided to follow the instructions (and advice!) to wire it directly to the battery.
I was able to use the same grommet in the firewall that I used to wire my lights through, and put together a sheet of plexiglass with both the external speaker and the radio body to hang under the drivers seat;
I was planning to mount the faceplate in the center cubby, or sticky taped right on the dash below the heater controls, but while I wired the base in I set the faceplate down in this spot and really liked how it looked;
The remote wires run out around the front of the seat rail and then under the center trim.
Only one hole was required to pass the remote cable through and it is completely covered by the faceplate. I pulled out the rubber liner from this pocket and if I ever pulled out the radio it would be completely stock looking.
Now I need to figure out the local channels and repeaters, and get them programmed..
I also managed to fit the truck in the garage.. with a few inches to spare.