This is my 2000 Montero Sport with a Kenwood and Garmin APRS system. As you can tell from my past post, I have tried a few different radio installs in my Montero. I have tried a CB and dual bander basic set up and a mobile HF set up. But, I have finally found that I enjoy working a mobile APRS station. So I purchased a Kenwood TM 710A and a Garmin NUVI GPS. This system allows me to work the APRS digi repeaters and it allows me to track of other stations on the Garminís maps. I also needed to be about to monitor the public safety bands for work. So I purchased a Kenwood TM 71 and set it up with the TM 710. As you know I have a hard time finding a place to mount my radios in my Montero. So I was talking to my buddy Dave K4WHE and he gave me the idea to install the radio displayes from the dash.
So I started by pulling the dash back and making a bracket to come out from the dash.
After making the bracket, I laced all of the wires threw the dash from under the passengerís seat to the locations where the remote heads were to be placed. To get the Kenwood to communicate with the Garmin NUVI I order a GTRANS cable from Argentdata.com.
Then I took sheet metal and I bent it to make the panel for the remote displays.
When I placed the dash back I took the dremel tool and notched out a space on the dash panel for the bracket and cables to pass though.
To place the remote heads on the bracket I used 3M double sided tape.
At this time I placed remote displays on the bracket and connected all the cables to the remote heads.
In order for the Garmin NUVI to communicate with the TM 710A, The NUVI had to have constant power. So I didnít use up all my 12v outlets I wired up an outlet to placed it under the dash.
This is the radio bodies mounted up the seat.
This is the final product powers on.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my post! Please comment and let me know what you think about my set up. Also if you have any questions on how I did this install please feel free to ask! Big thanks to Dave K4WHE for helping me with the install!