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Old 02-16-2004, 09:22 PM   #1
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Okay, so here was my mission: make all installation of equipment as (seemingly) unobtrusive as possible. I didn't want to deal with mounts sticking out of the dash, or running wires all over the floor. I found what I needed for this install at www.subaruwrxparts.com: an empty gauge housing that replaced the center console storage compartment, and gave room for my CB and the H2A:


The top views of the gauge housing is here: on the left, notice the new cigarette lighter I installed to give power (again, no wires running around). The right image shows the top view with the housing in place:


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Of course, this particular installation is pretty specific to the Forester owner with a CB in the dash (pretty much just me!), but maybe it demonstrates some not-so-obvious ideas for people looking for some installation options.
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Now this is a great install.

Thought personally, I would have gone with a smaller CB but that is me.
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Hey thanks; it was fun. Here is a daytime photo to bring it together:


And yeah, I was originally going for a smaller CB, but I liked the features on this one so much, I had to take the plunge. Only slightly larger than DIN (images are deceptive). -Ed.
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Sweet. I was wondering how I was going to rig an H2A dock in my wife's car one of these days when she's not looking. Thanks for the pics...
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Question - are you using the dock that broadcasts FM or a direct connect into the head unit?
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Glad you like...of course, I owe it all to my Dremel!
Well, I'm still rolling with the stock radio, so I'm using the FM signal option right now. I'm noticing some static, though (88.3 and 88.7 are both bleeding into 88.5), and I hope to upgrade my head unit with an AUX input in the next couple months, giving me the ability to connect directly (there is a switch that turns off the modulator, and then just make the connection on the back). Sound quailty will pick up incredibly after that (especially with the low-bandwidth talk stations I frequent).

So, what kid of car does your wife drive? -Ed.
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Very NICE... where would we be without our Dremel's eh? My buddy used mine on my head unit install to get the beezel to fit back in place. I've used it many times for different projects. They are handy to have.

You've got a really nice install? I see you are into CD Radio too. I have thought about getting a CB, I use to have one and belong to a CB Club, but I was not sure those things were still very popular or who I would even talk too.
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I see you are into CB Radio too. I have thought about getting a CB, I use to have one and belong to a CB Club, but I was not sure those things were still very popular or who I would even talk too.
The ONLY reason I use CB is on trail runs in my Jeep. Otherwise, I hate it with a passion.

IF you really want to do radio communications, try HAM radio.
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Yeah, I really enjoy the CB-- the truckers know everything that's happening on the road. But with some of the places I find myself, the only working communication might just be that CB (way up in the mountains, a cell phone just laughs at you).
As far as their popularity, I dunno- as far as I'm concerned, it's pretty neat not to get what everyone else has- a CB is one of those items. But HAM will definitely my next foray into ameteur broadcasting- I know a couple hams who are just rabid with it. Interesting, to say the least...-Ed.
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