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Old 06-04-2011, 12:15 AM
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Default 2009 Toyota Corolla install

It took me a couple of months to wrap up all the loose ends, but here is a 2009 Toyota Corolla radio & scanner install:

Larsen trunk lip mount NMO150/450/800 tri-band mobile antennas
Uniden BCD-996XT Trunktracker III scanner
Garmin GPS18PC GPS receiver
Kenwood TM-V71A dual-band ham radio transceiver
Kenwood KDC-HD545U stereo w/ HD radio tuner & USB/Ipod interface
Crutchfield: supplied double iso in-dash mount & wiring harness adapter

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Larsen trunk lip mount antennas

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Driver's seat pulled forward to reveal Kenwood transceiver drawer unit mounted underneath with two external speakers

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Dash vent assembly removed showing Garmin GPS receiver puck before being secured with double-sided tape & velcro straps wrapped around vent

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Another view of Garmin GPS hidden beneath top of vent assembly during installation with dash trim removed

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Old 06-04-2011, 8:11 AM
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Thanks for posting, bcast...nice install!

One question: Are you using a Larsen triband 150/450/800 for both amateur and scanner? If so, did you have any issues tuning it for 140/440? (OK, that's 2 ques, sorry)

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:24 AM
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Re: Larsen triband 150/450/800

Yes, one for the scanner & one for the amateur transceiver. After pulling out the antenna rod a bit to maximum length with good mechanical set screw bite, the maximum VSWR on 2M was measured at 1.7:1 at the low end of the band, 144.5 MHz, and improves to 1.4:1 or so at the high end, 147.995 MHz. On the 70CM band, the VSWR is pretty flat, 1.2:1 or less, from 446-449.995 MHz.

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The stereo in-dash kit bought from Crutchfield is an American International TOY-K949 configured for double ISO which stacks the Uniden scanner & Kenwood stereo together. The kit can be set up for a single DIN or ISO with an included pocket or double ISO or DIN without the pocket. The included double ISO trim ring was omitted because it didn't fit without modification.

The AM/FM reception on the Kenwood stereo suffered for a while until Crutchfield tech support (they are pros!) advised to connect the "blue/white-power control wire" from the Kenwood stereo harness to the "blue-power antenna" lead in the factory wiring adapter. This apparently supplies power from the aftermarket stereo to the factory AM/FM preamp mounted somewhere near the factory in-glass AM/FM antenna.

A "Radio Shack FM Trap, Model: 9FT293C-1, Catalog #: 15-024" is used in-line with the scanner antenna cable to reduce front-end overload from FM broadcast transmitters.

The GPS is always powered on & tapped into the stereo wire harness: "battery wire-(yellow)". Per Garmin spec sheet, the input current is very low: 50 mA @ 13.8 VDC.

Snap together ferrite beads were used on the Kenwood transceiver drawer unit power cable, antenna cable, & remote head cable, to keep transmit RF out of the car's electrical system.

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About 10' of 14 gauge wire to power the Kenwood transceiver drawer unit fused at & connected directly to the battery. The power cabling is routed through an existing firewall hole/grommet shared with the hood latch release cable.

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Another view with Kenwood mic & radio heads stowed

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One of these power outlets is zip-tied behind the dash for the Garmin GPS18PC power cable
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:51 AM
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Very, very nice. You took the time to install the items very professionally.

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Very nice, I love the double-DIN installs.
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Excellent! But I could never tolerate such a setup, simply because I would never want to leave my car. (And don't tell us you have a more inticing setup at home).
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[QUOTE=bcast;1550268]It took me a couple of months to wrap up all the loose ends, but here is a 2009 Toyota Corolla radio & scanner install:

That is a very clean and nice setup. Congrats. Now maybe this will motivate me to do my RAV 4

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Quick question for you bcast, did you have to get the PG-5F extension cables or were you able to use supplied cables from under the seat to the battery? Thanks a bunch for any reply.
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I didn't use the Kenwood extension kit. I created custom cabling: separate red & black 14 gauge for the DC power to the battery, 4-conductor "silver satin" phone cable with modular handset 4P4C plugs for the remote head (6P4C/RJ11 line cord modular plugs are too large), & a short 2-3 foot, 8-conductor "silver satin" with RJ45 modular plugs & a coupler for the mic extension. A longer, unshielded mic extension cable will create some clock rate clicking in the TX audio, but no problem with this one.
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Interesting. I'm assuming you routed the power and antenna cables under the door sill, but how did you route the faceplate and mic wiring? Moreover, did you need the extra length for the mic or was it more convenience?
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Yes, routed power & antenna cable under door sill, same for the remote head cable & then routed it behind the dash to the top of the center console. Adding the mic extension & coupler was necessary for ordinary use & to be able to hang it up on the dash mounted clip.
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Thanks, I can't mount under the seat in my 2011 Corolla because it's too crowded and there is an air vent there so I'll have to do a trunk mounted system under the package shelf. Not perfect but best mount I can do safely. Now debating which receiver to get and where to mount head unit.
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Why are the antennas mounted to the sides of the trunk and not the front lip? Other then that a nice setup!
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Probably because of lack of clearance when you open. They'd most likely scrape against the back window.
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Hello BCast, great install and just what I was looking for, I have a 2007 Rolla and want to do the same thing. When I called Chrutchfield the rep had no idea about a double din mount. Now that I have the info I'll get ordering it pronto. My setup will be some type of AM/FM/CD/iPhone deal with a BCD536hp and I already have a FT-7900 on a gooseneck. I'll post pix when I get it going.

Thanks for the post and info.
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care to do my 2010 that clean for a fair price
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