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Old 11-12-2017, 12:32 AM
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mmckenna could you post a link for the upfitter manual? I've asked the local dealer and also did an online search to no avail.
This has what I used:
https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/non-html/Q-259.pdf

There's more here if you don't find what you are looking for:
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Old 11-16-2017, 8:44 PM
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Awesome install! I have a very similar setup in my 2015 F-150, remote mount APX 6500 w/ O5 head. The bracket for the radio in the back is screwed on to that piece of round bar on the bottom of the back seat, and the control head is mounted in the front cubby hole pocket. It took two of us a good while to install it and route all the cables but it makes for a really clean install.
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Never thought of the remote heads fitting in there, looks great for those with higher-end trucks (which have the console shifter).


One way I've read to "disable" the start/stop is to have a break light that plugs into the trailer connection. It fools the truck into thinking it's towing a trailer, and the start/stop is automatically shut off.
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I like the way the heads are mounted, out of the way and covered!

I have seen Cat-5 cables with right angle connectors on one end that might allow you to keep the mics plugged in all the time and even leave the lid close when using the radios. Just put a female-female connector on the other end to plug in the mics and you can put them almost anywhere.
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One way I've read to "disable" the start/stop is to have a break light that plugs into the trailer connection. It fools the truck into thinking it's towing a trailer, and the start/stop is automatically shut off.
You can disable auto start/stop with Forscan. It's disabled on my 2015, although my radio is hooked up with ignition sense so it doesn't really make a difference for me there. But I like just having it disabled in general.

Having something plugged into the trailer connection will disable auto start/stop, but since the truck thinks a trailer is hooked up to it, it'll also disable the backup sensors and the steering wheel guide that comes up on the backup camera (if equipped)
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Hello, did any of you have grounding problems on the aluminum body...or high SWR as far as the antennas go? Steel is not a great conductor...but maybe the aluminum is better...just want to hear some thoughts...also is there ground locations athat are special to this truck?
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The differences in conductivity between steel and aluminum are minimal. I've got a 2011 F150 with steel body and a 2017 F350 with the aluminum body and no issues with either one on VHF, CB, UHF or 800MHz.

Not sure what you mean by "ground locations". I used the body ground for the radios, both grounding the chassis directly at the RF decks behind the seat, and for the power -/return feed.
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This is definitely one of my favorite recent installs posted here, nice job!
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@mmckenna,

Hi, did you make a loop from body to frame than to radios for just the body? You last post was not clear to me. Thanks for all your contributions on the board.. no magnet mounts...just NMO’s.
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I picked up body ground for the distribution fuse module for the radio behind the seat. I also ground the chassis of each radio.

The negative lead off the battery to body/chassis on my truck was sufficient.


On the work F350, I did ground body to frame since I'm running power in the service body, including an inverter. Wanted to make sure everything was good. DIdn't entirely trust the service body installer.

Both trucks only have two radios, VHF and 800, but room for more.
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Nice install!
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This is one great install. I especially like the control heads can be hid by closing the cover!

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