TX3400 - Where to fit remote head on 03' GU Patrol

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:50
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I have just removed my TX 3400 from the Pathy so that I can fit it to the new Patrol. My dilemma is that I can't seem to find a spot where the remote head can be fitted without drilling holes all over the place.

I would be interested in hearing from other Patrol owners with maybe a photo or two of how they have gone about their UHF fitting. The best information comes from other people's experiences.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Patrick
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:56

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:56
Not a 03 mod, but helped a mate the other week fit a GME 3800 (same size, just 25w) into a roof console in his GU, his came with maplights, and also an area specially designed (or luck) to hold folded maps.. very much worth while..

its an option
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Follow Up By: mark - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:17

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 19:17
Truckster,
Is there any advantage in buying the tx3800 over the tx3400. From what little i know and have been told the tx3800 has 100 extra channels for programming. However one salesman told me that i have to purchase a frequency and pay a fee every year to use one of these 100 channels.
It doesn't sound right to me. I would assume that the 25w just increases the transmitting range.
Any info would be great.
Regards Mark W
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 23:57

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 23:57
you dont need to pay a fee to use the 100 channels if you only use them for scanning - which I do.

If you want your own private channel to send and recieve you do.

The 3800 has tons of features. There are 100 channels all up, inc the normal 40.

You can setup 1 channel to scan 3 frequencies, and pick the strongest one of the 3 and it will use that one..

had oodles of others.
I have all cop areas in Vic programmed into mine. :) and some of NSW too...

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Reply By: halfinch - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:06

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:06
howdy patrick

Fitted my old man's 3200 just in front of the centre consol (next to hand brake i think). Just slipped out the black plastic and it fitted a treat. Was a couple of years ago though, not sure if models are the same.

Halfinch
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:20

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:20
Hi Patrick,

I fitted the remote head unit onto my brother-in-laws GU just under the air con controls on the bottom of the centre console. Its clear of the cig/power outlets and is easy to read. It did require two hole to be drilled, but they are relatively hidden and could be easily patched with plugs down the track if removed.

The main unit was cabled tied near the steering column. As the sound is from the main unit, it needs to be closer to the driver unless a remote speaker is used. Overall, it looks very neat and would do this to my GU if I didn't have the overhead console. Could organise some pics to be emailed if interested.

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Follow Up By: Patrick - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:28

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:28
Hi Captain,

If you have any photos laying around I would greatly appreciate receiving them.

patrick_k@picknowl.com.au

Thanks,

Patrick
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:35

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:35
Hi Patrick,

Will take some pics tommorrow and email them after my brother-in-law shows up.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Patrick - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:41

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:41
Thanks Captain, much appreciated.

Patrick
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 20:55

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 20:55
If you don't want to drill holes use Velcro!!!!
Have My 3200 fitted under the A/c with it!
GU Wagon
Brian
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Follow Up By: Patrick - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:46

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:46
Hey Captain,

Any chance of seeing those photos of the fitout.

Cheers,

Patrick
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 22:07

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 22:07
Hi Patrick,

Still waiting for my brother-in-law to show up! He has been delayed, but hopefully he will email me the pics tomorrow anyway. I will forward them on as soon as I get them. All I got at the moment is my overhead console pics if thats any help?

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Reply By: Member - Shawn - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:27

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:27
Patrick

The remote head to the TX3400 in my GU III sits bottom centre under the aircon controls. No drilling, it's held firmly in position by double sided velcro. The connector cable passes over and behind the plastic face plate that holds the two 12v outlets. The main unit with speaker is secured front side of the console box in the wasted area void inside the console. A bit of fiddling around taking out the console and raising the cover that surrounds the gear levers, but its neat and tidy.

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Follow Up By: Patrick - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:35

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:35
Hi Shawn,

Sounds interesting, where do you place the microphone?

Patrick
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Follow Up By: howie - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:56

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:56
my remote head is held underthe aircon controls by solastic, been there for some years.
main unit is behind the panel above the glove box.
speakers are in the main unit but no problem hearing anything thru thin
plastic.
thats assuming its not got passenger airbags of course.
if you remove glove box temp,unscrew 4/6 screws holding panel,big gap appears.
panel held on by velcro now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawn - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 05:12

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 05:12
Patrick,
The mic just sits in the leather 'pocket' of the hi/low gear lever
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:29

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:29
Patrick,
I've got a pretty cramped cockpit area and here are a few things I've done to my GU.
1. I removed the ashtray and fitted a piece of craftwood cut to the same shape. I made up a ftting to utilise a screw below the ashtray's position and have a couple of bits of brass threaded rod coming upwards to go thru 2 holes in the craftwood. On top of this craftwood I have mounted the speakers for my HF radio and my in-car phone kit. You could easily fit the remote UHF head there.
2. On the dash I have installed a "Dept of Interior" (a Sydney based company) dashpod. There are no holes to be drilled for this and it sits there with GOOD QUALITY double sided tape and velcro. Don't be fooled....I do a lot of driving over very corrogated raods and it NEVER moves. This pod holds my UHF (complete radio), the external speaker for it and a voltmeter (with switch underneath to alter which battery I am monitoring).
3. There is the overhead idea which could simply involve double sided tape off the plastic fitting (the sunny holder is a bit like Jeantte Howard in bed at night....ie: next to useless).
4. You could also consider double sided tape in front of the passenger on that area where the glove box SHOULD be.
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 22:55

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 22:55
I've done the same with the ashtray - removed it, cut out a bit of sheet plastic (or craftwood/mdf as Roachie has) and with a bit of jiggery-pokery fixed it where the ashtray was, with no visible holes drilled. I've mounted both the TX3400 and my HF remote heads there. Remote speakers under the dash, pointing down and outwards.
Alternatively, fit the remote head vertically in the dummy panel on the lhs of the centre console as mentioned earlier - I was going to put it there, but since I'd already mounted the HF in place of the ashtray, I had the ideal place to put the 3400.
Gerry
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Reply By: BenH - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:34

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:34
Hi Patrick,
I bought the Uniden UH013 for the remote head option because there is no other real option for a radio in the Patrol (other than a roof console).
I have a 8 week old 04 model that I have just fitted it to, I had to drill 2 small holes just above the antenna switch to mount the remote head, it was quite disturbing to do this!!! I had got the opinion of a few local 4WD shops on the mounting position before the drilling.
There is a guy here in Sydney that can repair holes in a dash by heating, moulding and painting the dash (you really have to see his work to believe just how good it is).
I had a 96 Pathfinder before the Patrol and got him to cover up the holes from the car kit install, could not see it after his work! It cost me about $80 to fix the holes but well worth the money in my opinion.
Anyway happy Patrolling,
Ben,
P.S if you want a photo just let me know the email address and I can send it.
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Follow Up By: Patrick - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:38

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:38
Hi Ben,

Photo's would be great. My email address is patrick_k@picknowl.com.au

Cheers,

Patrick
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Reply By: BenH - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:39

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 08:39
Hi Patrick,
I will take some low res photos today and email them,
Thanks Ben,
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Follow Up By: Patrick - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 16:33

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 16:33
Hey Ben,

Have you had any luck in taking those photo's?

Cheers,

Patrick
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Follow Up By: BenH - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:08

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:08
Hi Patrick,

I have not yet had a chance but will do some shots on Saturday, I have done four states in four days this week, bloody busy with work!!!
As for the people that have said use some velcro personally I would not, I just did a trip out into the west of NSW and did 3700kms in 5 days (2000kms of those were dirt roads with cattle crossings) if there was anything loose on the car my god it would nave fallen off for sure!!!
I will send photos soon,
Ben,
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Follow Up By: Patrick - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:44

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:44
Hi Ben,

Mate after driving 3700K's in 5 days I would be sleeping for a week.
Obviuosly you have to travel a lot for your work which must be a drain on yourself as well as the Patrol.

I appreciate that you can supply some photos but take as much time as you want as you sound like a decent rest is in order.

I appreciate your assistance.

Cheers,

Patrick
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:31

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:31
Patrick,
I have the remote head from my TX3400 mounted at the bottom of the centre console in front of the gearsticks the head is slightly offset to one side to allow room for the external speaker to sit next to it. Looks OK to me.
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Reply By: rolande- Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 21:42

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 21:42
Patrick,
Have also seen a photo (although can't remember where),of the remote head mounted north-south along the edge of the centre console facing the driver, the mic was then attached to the side of the centre console with the curly cord out of the way, looked very neat. After having gone through this fitting a cd stacker, I have found the best way is to see where you like it the most and then work out how to attach. If you don't have rear air vents, remove the rear panel of the centre console, (4 screws), there will be a metal panel and enough room to mount the main unit with a extension speaker next to the drivers or passengers seat.
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