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Old 12-11-2006, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have the Pana-Vise VSM that sneaks behind the vehicle trim panel next to my factory radio. My former radio, a PNP3, was professionally installed and they had to add an extension and cut a chunk out of the back to allow the Audio OUT cable to enter.

I recently upgraded to a Sportster 4, and power, antenna and audio jacks are in different locations than the PNP3 (not to mention 5V power now, so I had to rework that) I'm trying to find something I can bolt to the existing VSM that will make it rise vertically so the mounting plate is no wider than the "allowed" area on the back of the radio. That way, I have room for my cables on either side of the mounting plate, and future upgrades shouldn't be a problem. I have explored the ProClip mounting system, but it doesn't seem to provide clearance in the back to plug in cables.

Has anyone mounted a Sportster 4 in a TrailBlazer / Envoy / Bravada with any success? I have it windshield-mounted for now, but the brightness of the unit is too annoying to have it at that height.
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:06 PM   #2
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I have a Sportster 4 mounted in an '03 TrailBlazer (and an '06 Colorado for that matter) with this mount:

http://www.tss-radio.com/arkon-sr88-...nt-p-3710.html

It mounts on the in-board passenger seat bolt (or you could use the driver's side I guess), is a gooseneck, and is painless to install and adjust. Puts my S4 right in reach of my right hand when driving, and is easy to see day or night.

If you go this route, make sure you have a Dremel or some other way of notching the AMPS plate that comes with the gooseneck. It is a tad too wide for use as stock with an S4 and must be notched for plugging in the power adapter and also the direct audio-out if you want to use that. It was a terribily easy mod with a Dremel and a cutoff wheel...took about 30 seconds.
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Old 12-15-2006, 09:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I like the idea of bolting to something existing instead of drilling holes in the floor. I do occasionally carry passengers, and they complained about bumping the vehicle-specific mount that extended to the right of my factory radio. How obtrusive into the passenger area is the gooseneck solution? I don't suppose you have any pics of your install?

For cable routing, do you have the cables come out the bottom of the center console and ride up the gooseneck? I have enough antenna, and my power cable might be just long enough too. Luckily, my audio cable is routed THROUGH the center console, so I should have plenty there. (That routes back to aux-in a JL Audio Cleansweep and Eclipse amp inside that handy tray in the floor of the rear compartment.)

I'm just thankful to find other GM SUV/Sportster 4 owners.
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