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Firefighter/EMS radio location help!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by claw, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Aug 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM
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    Hello all,
    I just bought a 2010 AC Tacoma 4x4, 4 banger yesterday. I bought it because it would work well as a daily driver, carry my kayak and scooter, and go up some pretty nasty trails fairly easy. I'm not a heavy off-roader so I didn't want the locker. But the reason I go off-road is for the local Search and Rescue. When I bring my own rig (prior to the Taco) I couldn't get in as far and always had to wait to hitch a ride with someone else, but now I should be able to go with the rest of them.
    Anyway, the problem I'm trying to deal with is where to mount my Kenwood 730 VHF radio. I have the remote head so the body will be hidden under the seat (probably unless anyone has a better thought?), but where do you keep your faceplates and external speakers? I'm fairly handy at fabrication but I'm lacking inspiration currently on where things should fit!!

    Any help is appreciated and stay safe
     
  2. Aug 27, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    You can mount the mic on the side of the center console next to your right leg, the problem is finding a spot for that bulky speaker. It could go underneath the dash on where your right knee is if it puts out good sound. I mounted my CB radio (about the same size) next to my right leg on the console but I attached it there with industrial velcro and when it is not in use I store in under the driver's seat.
     
  3. Aug 27, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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    Here is mine. Its a Yaesu 7900R. I have yet to add an external speaker.

    [​IMG]

    Main unit under the passenger seat
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Aug 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    Thanks guys! That is about where I was thinking of putting the head, it just sucks that I lose the cubby space! I heard some guy talk about a clip that connected the speaker to the back of the seat but he never could show me or describe how exactly.

    Anyone else got ideas? I don't want to riddle my brand new truck with too many holes to figure out where I want everything ;)
     
  5. Aug 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    I think im actually going to put a speaker between the rearview mirror and the roof mounted to the headliner. and have a switched input between my cb and vhf.
     
  6. Aug 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM
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    Chachie, good call on having a speaker work for both! I would like to have both VHF and CB at some point but not yet. Any other pics/great ideas?
     
  7. Aug 28, 2010 at 3:32 AM
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    There is no need to drill holes. There isn't much that can't be mounted in the cab using 3m double sided mounting tape. Clean the plastic beforehand with some alcohol to ensure the tape sticks.

    All mounted with double sided tape...

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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    I haven't had time to do more work on it, but since yours is not a TRD you have space under the center console. See here.

    For remote head mount, I'm currently favoring removing the door in the ceiling console that covers the garage door mounting location, and mounting the remote head there.

    For antenna mounting, I would prefer to install an NMO mount permanantly in my roof, but it would be tall enough to be a problem in places I routinely go. So I'm going to go with a body seam mount at the left front fender.


    ETA: Mount the radio body with screws no matter where you put it. In an accident that thing becomes a missile.
     
  9. Sep 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM
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    Used heavy duty Velcro[​IMG] on the bottom. No problems...
     
  11. Sep 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM
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    I see that placing the head in the little hole is common here :) I can't convince myself to give up that spot yet, but someone mentioned having it by your left leg underneath the fuse spot. Has anyone done that and could post a picture? That may be a winner. I would go mock it up now but my radio is still being programmed!!
     
  12. Sep 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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    I'll add one more question to this. Did any of use wire ignition sense and if so where? I'm not to familiar with the electronics (or really anything yet) on my taco, but it looks like I finally have a programmed radio ready for install Wednesday night. There is a spot on the fuse block labelled "ACC", would that be good? Let me know what the wise have done so I can follow suit.
     
  13. Sep 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM
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    Bump for help with ignition sense for tomorrow night?
     
  15. Sep 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    Do you mean a wire that only has power when the ignition is on?
     
  16. Sep 7, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    Yes! My radio is set up to be turned on with the car, but I need to know what wire to splice into that will have 12V power when the ignition key is in either the accessory or on position. I found some reference in other threads about using the fuse block (ACC, ENG1, ENG2) but I'm not confident on what the hell they were talking about. Any tips or ideas?
     
  17. Sep 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    Well what radio are you installing? If its anything bigger than a cb then i would run straight to the battery.
     
  18. Sep 7, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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    It's the Kenwood 730 (I think). The power was going to go straight to the battery with an inline fuse on each line (hot and ground) but there is an additional wire that is a 12V signal wire.
     
  19. Sep 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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    oh well thats pretty cool. do you have a test light?
     
  20. Sep 7, 2010 at 10:21 AM
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    I do, where is the best place to start testing?
     
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