Yesterday at British Recycler's Wrenching Day, Jared helped install the Yaesu FT-8800. My original plan was to use the separation kit, but it didn't seem to make sense in the end. Mounting under the seat posed a problem with the amount of dog hair that would collect in, on, and around the radio. While the face plate is nice an compact there was no place that worked well for me.
So I decided the easiest would be to use the empty space on the overhead console for the entire unit. The space worked well, and the supplied wiring harness was the perfect length to reach the Blue Sea fuse panel. The cover panel (seen in the second pic) wasn't used in the end as it blocked some of the PL-259 and also allows for better airflow for the cooling fan. The sunroof hasn't been used in years, so I unhooked the switch. It might make a useful button to control the winch from inside the truck;) There are a couple notches that need to be made on trim pieces to prevent pinch points and the antenna mount needs tweaking. It folds down, but the angles are a little off.
I'm really happy to have this rig. The VX-6R is a great HT out of the truck, but having the antenna inside (and it's extra length) made it a bit cumbersome to deal with. I'll get it programmed at the MORG this Saturday and start playing around with it some more. Not a lot of pictures from the install, but I can get more if anyone is interested.