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Old 04-05-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default 8 Pics of Custom Bracket for AudioVox PnP2 in Lexus SC400

Thanks to Sirius Backstage, I was able to take advantage of the Friends and Family program and have been enjoying the AudioVox PnP2 unit in the two cars I have access to. I swapped cars often, using the "jam it against the windshield" technique (see photo below). But since I'll start driving my Lexus SC400 more often, I finally tackled making a bracket to mount my PnP in a more permanent manner.


Here's details on how I did it. Below you can see the top area of my center console and as I was removing it the other day to tap into the power supply of my cigarette lighter socket, I noticed there's a small pocket on the right that might be a suitable mounting area (made of a fairly thick ABS plastic) to bolt a bracket to.



Here you see a piece of scrap metal that had in my garage for the past decade or so (my garage is full of such stuff, 99% of which I'll never use). But I'm glad I kept this particular piece since it is thick enough (1/8") to be solid, yet thin enough to bend to the needed shape- perfect material to use for my bracket.



Below is what the pocket looks like after the trim panel has been popped off the dash. You can see where I've drilled the rear mounting hole, and towards the front I've drilled another. The further apart those two holes are drilled, the more solid the mounting bracket will be. Should I someday remove the bracket, these holes cannot be easily seen.



Here's the bracket after some hacksawing, filing, sanding and drilling. There was a bit of trial and error involved here so this was one of more time-consuming parts of the entire process. Notice that the 2 holes on the left have been tapped- that way I'll only need a bolt from above and if I size it right, no nuts or threads will appear inside the pocket. The 5 holes on the right allow me to vary the height of the PnP should I feel the original position is too high or too low.


I was about to paint the bracket black but couldn't find any primer in my garage (probably about the ONLY thing that ISN'T in my garage!). But while digging through my garage I came across some black heat-shrink tubing and gave that a try. Glad I did- it's a flat black, not glossy like paint would have been and is much more resistant to scratches and dents.



Below is the test-fitting of the bracket. To get it perfectly upright I had to remove it a few times and place it in a vise and bend it ever so slightly. It's not as slanted as the rest of the dash, but that's just a personal preference to keep the AudioVox PnP more upright.



Here's the AudioVox PnP all wired up and ready to go. I tapped into the cigarette lighter and ran a power cable through the center of the console to the rear and that's where the PnP gets its power. The antenna position you see is not permanent- I primarily drive around town and here in Los Angeles there are Sirius repeaters all over so I don't need to place my antenna on my roof except for long trips. The extra wire is coiled up on a spool behind the PnP so I can unreel it to reach the roof when I leave town.


If you wish to see larger versions of the above photos, you can see the same sequence of pics on page 3 of my SoundDomain web page:

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Old 04-05-2004, 07:55 PM   #2
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Impressive custom install
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Old 04-05-2004, 08:36 PM   #3
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Wow, looks much better than your previous setup! Good work
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Old 04-05-2004, 08:51 PM   #4
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Default I'm into "go", not "show".....

My previous setup may not have "looked" as good, but from a functional point of view, it worked great!

I used dense foam (used in packaging material) and some of that kitchen drawer lining that you can find at Walmart- that lining is very good to keep the foam from sliding against the vinyl and glass, and allowed a solid mount that did not vibrate and didn't move when you pushed the buttons.

It also placed the unit nice and high for all passengers (and envious other drivers) to see, and I was able to remove it from one car and place it in the other car in a matter of seconds. It left no trace since nothing was marked up on your dash.

All in all it's not a bad way to mount the PnP unit if you need to use it in multiple cars and need to swap quickly.

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UPDATE: The original AudioVox PnP2 antenna in the pics above started acting up- just like many others have reported, the connection between the co-ax plug and connector started separating.

So before the one-year warranty expired I returned it to AudioVox and they promptly sent me an updated replacement antenna. As you can see, the smaller and lower profile antenna tucks nicely into the far forward area of the SC300/SC400 dashboard. Also notice that I found some black kitchen drawer lining material- that blends in better with the black antenna and keeps it from moving around:
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UPDATE: After getting a painted antenna from CMA www.ColorMatchAntenna.com, I moved the antenna from the position shown above to the rear trunk of my car. That of course makes it permanent to my car, but that's OK since I have a spare antenna in case I want to use my PnP2 in other cars.
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:45 PM   #7
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The CMA solution looks great. I've been wanting to do that but would still be stuck with the black wire coming out of the third tail light on a pickup so I don't think it would have as good of an impact as you were able to get here.

Congrats on it all... looks really good.
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Default Time for another UPDATE - which is the easier swap?

My AudioVox PnP2 shown above has served me well, but it's time to get a slimmer and newer unit, especially since Sirius has a special offer going on now thru Sept. 15th (get a new Starmate4 or Sportster4 for freebate with a pre-paid subscription).

I know the units are similar internally, but does anyone know which one would be an easier swap for me? Coming out of my dash right now are the original AudioVox PnP2 cables and co-ax connectors for the power and antenna, and the SIR-SWB plug. Would the docking unit of the Starmate4 or the Sportster4 be an easier swap out?

(Or, if they both use this new universal dock I am hearing about, maybe it doesn't it matter.) Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:57 AM   #9
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I'm guessing the Sportster 4 could reuse the antenna connection, but not sure about the power connection (check the voltages, if they are the same then it should work). The SIR-SWB would work too. Post some pics when you get it installed
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If you are looking at the rebate options, notice that you can get the Sportster 4 and the boombox for $70. That's what I did, and the boombox sounds GREAT! The remote works with it, too. It's a nice setup. I like being able to take my Sirius radio with me wherever I go that a boombox would be convenient.
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Default Sportster 4 for free after rebate > overpriced boombox

No thanks on paying $70 just to get a boombox that will eventually sell for a closeout price of $11 on sirius.com, just like the Audiovox PnP2 boombox did last year:
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ad.php?t=90546
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Pics of the new setup will have to wait till I find the right adapter. Contrary to what I was advised, the FM-in socket on the Sportster 4 docking unit is 3/32", which won't fit the 1/8" plug of my SIR-SWB.
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