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Radio / Control head installation at proper angle

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wm8s

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I'm looking to replace my '03 Tahoe with a '12 model. I'd like to install the remote control heads (a total of 4 control heads, plus 3 mics and some auxiliary switches to turn two of the radios on/off) so I don't have to crane my neck around to see the displays and operate the controls. As far as I know, that all but rules out the commercial 'tween-the-seat, 10"-mini-rack mount deals, even though they all look great and seem easy to install.

I'm not opposed to mounting the control heads, mics, and switches all on a flat 12"x14" or so panel and using some kind of gooseneck-like or articulated arm setup to elevate it up in front of the built-in stereo controls, for example. But I don't know where to get anything stiff or sturdy enough to support such a panel and 4 control heads, 3 mics, wiring, and switches; I'd say it'll come in at a coupla four or five pounds, maybe.

Any suggestions on something that will up such a panel in a position that is a little closer to in front of me than a console rack? I'm not opposed to doing some fab, but obviously something turnkey would be preferred.

Thanks.

[Edit: I read a few recent threads on Tahoe setups, but none addressed my question specifically; thanks.]

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Why not build your own custom designed console? You could design it to fit where you want it mounted and hold the equipment you want to mount on it. A HVAC contractor should have the sheet steel and a good metal brake you'll need.
 

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A couple of years ago, I'd definitely done that. But I've moved recently and have no shop anymore. I can saw and drill here and there, but I'm looking for something more turnkey now. I'm getting old, I guess ;)
 

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Thanks for the links. I tried something like that initially in my '03 Tahoe, but the floor was made out of tinfoil and would not support anything at all. I wound up fab'ing a platform on rails that bolted to the seat frame that worked fine, but was a lot of work. Maybe I'll just stick with the console and learn to crane my neck...
 

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You might take a look at the computer mounts made by Ram. Their computer mount bases attach to the passenger seat bolts and are very sturdy, in my experience. You might be able to attach something like an IIX stack to the Ram base.
 
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