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NX-5000 install 2015 Ford Fusion

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Finally got around to installing my NX-5700/5800 in my 2015 Ford Fusion....Overall it went pretty smooth. Getting power from the battery to the trunk proved a little painful, but worked out well in the end.

I decided to mount the radios on the bottom of the rear deck so they would be out of the way of anything else in the trunk. I ran power for the decks under the carpet along the drivers side, there was already an existing plastic channel for wires which worked out nice. I haven't ran the cable for the control head yet, but it will be routed the same way. The control head is only temporarily installed for now, until I decide on a final location.

I'm using a Comet SS680SBNMO for an antenna, which seems to have really wide bandwidth, and seemed like a great deal for only $40. I have it mounted on a Diamond K400CNMO trunk lip mount for now, but eventually I will drill a hole. Using the Comet CF-416A to connect the antenna to both radio decks.
 

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That is a very nice set up - the control head actually looks natural right there! I wish I could afford such expensive toys!

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Looks really good... do you have the option to get separate displays for each radio with that control head? I saw a picture a while back showing VHF/UHF/800 with separate display lines on one advanced control head.

Those NX-5000's might make me finally convert from Motorola.
 

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Hello,

I have a 2015 Fusion Hybrid so the 12 volt battery is in the back. Thanks for sharing and I will check out the rear deck for my install.

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Very nice that's how I installed the 2 Astro Spectra's in my wife's 2013 Taurus with a W-3 head and my son's 500 with a W-4 installed in the dash after I replaced the stock radio with a 1 din radio. I had a few extra Ford speakers so I placed them in the openings in the rear deck and hooked the 2 radios to them rather than find a place somewhere under the dash.

Just be VERY careful how you mount that control head, there is a circuit board directly behind that portion of the dash for the radio and heat/ac controls. Also I would run power and control up the passenger side since most of Ford's wiring runs on the drivers side and you might cause an issue with something. Ford's up-fitter books always call for passenger wiring of extra equipment. Power from the battery can be PITA , but again Ford recommends running the power up the passenger side and through a groment that's behind the kick panel into a dead space and then out to the engine bay. I always just remove the inner fender well and access it that way.
 
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Can we see some photos of your power cable run? Interested to see how you went about wiring up the two rf decks and also under the hood to the battery...
Sorry for the late reponse everyone, been on the road the past few weeks.

I will try and take some pictures soon. I wish I would have done a little more research on ways to run power.... I ended up pulling the grommet out for the hood release cable, put a bigger grommet around the hole and then ran the power and cable through.... it was a pain in the butt to do, I don't recommend going that route. The rest of the power was easy, going down the driver's side wasn't too bad, there's already track there that had enough space for two power leads, I just tried to keep them as tight as I could to the existing wire bundle. The rear seat actually came out super easy, then just standard vehicle clips for all the plastic parts.

Live and learn I guess.... Still struggling with how to mount the head, right now it's just velcro'd... I guess I just don't want to give up that 12v cig lighter right there, and I used to always put my phone in that tray. Thanks radioman for the tip about the circuit board, I'll have to look into that if I start to drill.

Thanks 03msc for the link to the vehicle thread, I'll have to throw some pics out there as well sometime soon.

Biglebowski - Yes you can can basically create any sort of setup as far as # of decks, heads etc... very flexible.
 

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