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2008 Sequoia Install

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N7DKL

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It took me a while to get up the guts to start tearing apart my new truck but it was time. When I do installs I don't drill holes unless I have to and then not where they can be seen. I like to maintain the resale value.

I had a scanner (BCD996T) and a ham radio (Kenwood TM-D700A) to mount, along with a GPS unit for the APRS part of the ham. I started by mounting the scanner and the body of the Kenwood to a piece of wood because I could not find a good spot in the truck to mount them out of the way without drilling...or so I thought. This would end up being slid under the drivers seat.

When I pulled the center console apart I found there is lots of room to mount radio bodies under there but I would have a power problem if I did that since the Uniden remote head will not control the scanner power (That is my one big complaint about the remote head). I ran a Garmin GPS 18 (self contained hockey puck) up under the dash and stuck it with double sided tape to the top of the glove box. My truck has a great installed GPS/Nav unit but no output for the data so I needed the separate unit. This ran to a 12 volt outlet I installed under the console. I also installed two Motorola speakers under the console, one for each radio. Sound is great even through a layer of plastic and they are completely hidden and out of the way.

The radio heads were mounted using a Pro-Fit mounting bracket and the cables run inside the dash.

I installed a master power switch on the board under the drivers seat that be reached from the door side. It's easy to reach when getting in or out and it also controls power to the GPS so no battery drain if I leave the truck too long.

The antennas are mounted on each side of the front, just aft of the hood hinge. The roof, although the best for performance, would have made most parking garages and drive through areas off limits, and that was no good. I used "L" brackets and Larson mounts. I always use black antennas so they don't show up so much. A trick I learned when I used to outfit police cars is to use black rods and to paint the mount and antenna base with touch up paint the same as the car. They blend right in if you do that (great for unmarked cars).

What do you think?
 

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Looks great! Remote heads on the Pro-Fit dash brackets turned out nicely!!

Someday I'll get around to posting pix of my 996/Spectra Hi/GD-Itronix XR-1/Panasonic Arbitrator MDV install in my 08 Tundra X-Cab
 

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What is that on the Kenwood's power cord? Is that a noise filter?

If so do you mind my asking which one it is an how you like it?
 

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The filter is the Kenwood version. I think I found it on their website. It plugs right in with no mods and works great. No noise at all.
 

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L brackett

How did you install that L brackett? I have a 2008 Sequoia too. How did you get the holes drilled into the sheet metal up there by the window? Seems to be little room for this mount, but obviously you accomplished it. Good job, looks great. Where did you route the coax through the firewall?
 

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The L bracket for the antenna(S) comes from Larson. There is a rubber piece that covers the top of the fender just behind the hood hinge (at the far outboard edges of the black plastic trim part under the wipers). This rubber part is very soft and pulls right out of the way. I drilled two small holes in each fender for the bracket and the rubber part hides those holes when you put it back. To route the coax (and the power lead for the radios) I punched a small hole in a rubber boot in the firewall on the drivers side. There is a large bundle of electrical wires as well as the cable for the hood release that runs through that boot. This way I didn't have to drill any holes in the firewall and the rubber boot keeps it all weather proof.

The bracket holding the control heads comes from Pro-Fit, Mounts for Handheld and Mobile Electronics- Vehicle Specific Mounts..

This is the second vehicle I have used their brackets in (last was a 97 4Runner) and I will always use them now. The fit is perfect and they look good.
 

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Ok thanks,

I thought that was how you routed the cables into the cabin. I'll use the same route...it's very easy and simple. I am familiar with those Larsen L brackets. I have used them before in other installations in previous vehicles.
Right now I use a Diamond motorized antenna mount mounterd on the roof rack at the rear. I used it on my 4 runner also and it worked great Thats prettty much all the roof rack is good for.
I know that the vehicle OBD II computer is mounted under the kick panel on the right side. Any problems with RF getting into it or is the antenna on that side for recieve only?
 

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I ran both cables through the drivers side so there is no interference from the computer.
 

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Can you confirm for us what model antennas you used? One looks to be a Comet (dual band?) and the other maybe the Maxrad 150/450/800.
 

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The amateur antenna is a Comet SBB2 and the scanner is connected to a Maxrad BMAXSCAN 1000. They both work great.
 

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Updated Install

I have updated the radios in my truck. I have added an Icom IC-F5061 commercial VHF radio for work. The control head is mounted just below the prior control heads and the radio is under the drivers seat with the others. I added a Diamond K9000 motorized antenna mount to the luggage rack for the third antenna. Still no holes drilled in the truck and with the motorized mount I can still fit in parking garages.
 

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I like how that looks with the L brackets. I bought one of those for my car, they make it better for mounting things to the console.

For my use, I could not put control heads that large in my car, the passenger would complain. That looks nice in that Toyota though. And you probably have the room to not have the passenger complain either.

Thank you for sharing.
 

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Having room for the passenger is important, but paying attention to where the airbags would deploy is critical. The last thing you would want is the airbag to rip off the control heads and turn them into missiles.
 

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Here is the photo of the updated install.
 

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