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Old 01-17-2005, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Sportster mounting in a 2000 Toyota Tacoma - options?

I just got my Sirius Sportster
Now, where do I mount it

The dash of a Toyota Tacoma leaves very little room for mounting.

I definately don't want to adhere the plate onto my dashboard.
There's absolutely NO unexposed chasis I can screw into that will mount the Sportster in a desirable location...

I did see an after-market "L" bracket that screws into the dashboard, slipped between the controls consol and the soft dashboard, screwed from inside the dash leaving just a plate exposed to screw an "XM" receiver (the holes provided looked like it would work with a Sirius). But the piece was $35!!!

Has anyone mounted a Sportster in a Tacoma with success in both being in a logical location and without damaging anything (adhering something to the soft dash is damage, in my opinion).

And if so, do you have pictures?
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Old 01-17-2005, 06:49 PM   #2
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those brackets are a great choice. yes they run anywhere from $25 -$40 but are well worth it!!! I have installed on my 98 Grand prix and on my 2004 Titan. No drilling intot he dash, no adhesive to come loose, strong study VERY CLEAN look.

FYI theire are at least 3 companies i can find that make them so:
http://www.pro-fit-intl.com/
http://www.panavise.com/f/comm/indas...andsearch.html
http://www.gbxdirect.com/store/index.php

PS if they say XM they most likely will fit the sporster as the sportster uses the universal AMPS pattern for the mount. I have both the gbx version and the pro-fit versions and they do both fit the sportster.
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Old 01-17-2005, 06:56 PM   #3
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$25-$35 for a piece of sheetmetal?

I gotta believe this can be found at any metal shop.

or is it more than heavy gauge sheet metal?

If locating a piece of sheet metal, cutting it to size, drilling and coating it becomes time consuming (it already is looking like it...) I'll take a close look at the links you sent.

Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:24 PM   #4
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That is not just sheet metal. It is heavier gauge and it required some guy to make a lot of measurements and trial and error fits to get it right.

Sure, you can copy it but you will need some time to figure out the best fit and right places to drill.
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:33 PM   #5
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yep.

I can imagine that:
trying to located a metal shop
essentially do the R&D myself
describe what I needed
go through the first couple attempts to get it right
somehow prep and coat the metal
the driving and time...

$35 is starting to sound like a bargain!

Thanks again!
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:47 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by msaenz
yep.

I can imagine that:
trying to located a metal shop
essentially do the R&D myself
describe what I needed
go through the first couple attempts to get it right
somehow prep and coat the metal
the driving and time...

$35 is starting to sound like a bargain!

Thanks again!
Please post your results (with photos). I too have a 2000 Tacoma and have been considering doing a permanent install. Also wondering how you will route your antenna wire from the roof to the dash....and hoping to learn from someones else's install job.
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:50 PM   #7
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will do.
I haven't had the chance to look closely at it yet.

My biggets concern is getting the adjustable mount to attach to this after market plate and not be too intrusive. I'd like to keep the unit adjustable...

I'm beginning to consider a detachable faceplate for my dash radio now...
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:49 PM   #8
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I have a 2003 Tacoma and placed my sportster right in front of the shifter with the adhesive mount, then ran the wire through thr ashray (leaving the ashtray in place). It looks good and makes for an easy installation. Shoot me an email and I can send you some pictures.
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I have a 2003 Tacoma and placed my sportster right in front of the shifter with the adhesive mount, then ran the wire through thr ashray (leaving the ashtray in place). It looks good and makes for an easy installation. Shoot me an email and I can send you some pictures.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:25 PM   #10
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I have to agree. I am a mechanical engineer and work at a metal machine shop. I know from experience just how hard it is to make something so "easy" from scratch. Not only that, but the going rates for skilled workers in metal shops will far exceed the $40 finished good from PROFIT, not even mentioning material and prep work.

I bought the PROFIT for my 04 Grand Prix. They are nice units and make the install look very clean and professional. Just tuck the cords in behind the dash and you will be pleased with the results!
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I agree with everyone. On my second day with my Sportster I printed out the pic of the pro-fit mount for my Explorer. I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of sheet metal. I was pumped and ready to fabricate. It looks easy on TV. I looked at the picture, then the metal, and said "there's no way I have the patience for this." I finally bought a mount.
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Quote:
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will do.
I haven't had the chance to look closely at it yet.

My biggets concern is getting the adjustable mount to attach to this after market plate and not be too intrusive. I'd like to keep the unit adjustable...

I'm beginning to consider a detachable faceplate for my dash radio now...
I've read in this forum that the Swivel from Profit works perfectly for what you are trying to do....and of course it will fit the Profit mounting plate.
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Quote:
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That is not just sheet metal. It is heavier gauge and it required some guy to make a lot of measurements and trial and error fits to get it right.
right-
and the good ones are coated in paint or rubber so that you won't slice yourself up on them.
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