UHF & STEREO IN GU PATROL

Submitted: Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 14:23
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HI ALL, I AM LOOKING AT REPLACING THE (RATHER LARGE) FACTORY STEREO UNIT IN MY GU WITH A GME TX4400 UHF AND A STANDARD SIZE CD PLAYER, DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THESE TWO ITEMS FILL THE ORIGINAL HOLE AND IF BRACKETS ETC ARE EASILY AVAILABLE TO DO THIS. THE ALTERNATIVE BEING A TX3400 AND LEAVING THE ORIGINAL STEREO.
WHERE DO MOST PEOPLE PUT THEIR UHF'S IN GU PATROLS?
ANY SUGGESTIONS REGARDING RETAILERS IN MELBOURNE AND/OR UHF AERIAL TO USE WOULD ALSO BE APPRECIATED.
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Reply By: Tony - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 14:44

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 14:44
Yes I have done just that, replaced Nissan stero with a CD player, 6 stacker in the back, and the UHF 4000 fits below.

A great fit and looks part of the dash not added on underneath etc.

As for antenna I think the Polar are the pick of the bunch.
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Follow Up By: Brian - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 16:55

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 16:55
Forget the cd player get a mp3 player same price. You can fit about 16 cd albums on one cd in mp3 format!!!!!

Brian
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawn - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 18:15

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 18:15
Tony,

I've been looking at replacing my factory unit, but can't work out how to remove the front cover that surounds the cd player etc, it comes out part the way from the bottom but I to scared to pull it out further incase it breaks.
What is the secret of removing the front cover panel??

cheersKeep your powder dry
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (WA) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 18:49

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 18:49
Forget tje mp3 cd player , get an appel i,pod . You can fit about 250 full cd,s on the 10 gig . Go on a trip , and never hear the same song twice .Why go overseas when you can ExplorOz
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Follow Up By: Brian - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 20:49

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 20:49
How much for ten gig ?????

Brian
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Follow Up By: Andrew O - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:32

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:32
So Errol(WA), how did you connect the ipod into the cars sound system?

CheersSo much to see, too little time ...
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 21:42

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 21:42
Cost is about $700 , bit exe , but i think its worth it . To connect it , you bye a Dr Botts sender unit for $125 i think it cost , then you dont carry any more cds and no more cds jumping on rough roads ether .Why go overseas when you can ExplorOz
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Reply By: Groove - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 15:37

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 15:37
Hi Darren,
I put a Uniden Dual Band (am/uhf) in my GU and am quite pleased with the results.
I removed the panel that the cigarette lighter socket is mounted on, made a new panel out of perspex (sprayed black) with a section cut out to accomodate the radio.

It works well, is out of the way but easy to operate. I also had enough space on the panel I made to add two cigarette lighter sockets, one from the main battery one from the aux battery.

One of the reasons I went through this trouble was because the CD player skips on rough roads and I wanted to keep the good old fashioned cassette player.

I have also heard of some using small radios and mounting them in the sunglasses holder near the interior light (not sure if all GUs have this holder), my radio didnt fit.

Another very good solution if you dont have the UHF yet is to buy one that has a remote head. This means the main part of the radio sits under the dash or out of sight and only a thin panel with display etc is mounted on the dash.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Tony - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 08:18

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 08:18
Alpine CD player that I have fitted has never skipped on any road surface, and its been in two vehicles leaf and coil sprung.
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 16:07

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 16:07
Darren,

The TX4400 should fit without a hassle as it has the standard Nissan and Toyota mounting holes, and all the common brands of stereo's have the standard Nissan and Toyota mounting holes. So its just a matter of pulling the dash appart and wiring them up. A couple of mates of mine have TX4400's mounted in their dash's, one with a GU, the other with a 1990 Hilux. I have a 1990 Hilux and my TX4400 in a roof console, and the Pioneer head unit mounted in the dash and the stacker up behind the rear bench seat.

cheers,
Sam.
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Reply By: Member - Shawn - Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 18:23

Monday, Jul 21, 2003 at 18:23
Darren,
I've got the TX3400 - good unit. The main unit is mounted inside the void of the console, you can hear the speak fine in that posn, the head unit is velcroved to the underside of the facia below the a/c controls with the wiring running back behind the cig lighter panel back thru the console tunnel to main unit
cheersKeep your powder dry
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Reply By: Member - Wayne- Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 00:24

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 00:24
Darren

I have just done exactly what you are planning. Fitted an Alpine CD Changer/Tape/ Radio with TX 4400 underneath. They both fit in well. Had to do a bit of work to work out the wiring to the door speakers and the other hassle is the standard aerial connection. The Nissan one (in my ST 4.2 Diesel) has a double pin plug, whereas most aftermarket ones are a single pin. Went to the local communications specialist and he suggested cutting off the old plug and fitting a new one (cost approx $4) The other wiring I tapped into and soldered the new wiring into place, leaving all the plugs just in case I ever want to refit the original radio/CD player/Tape Deck.

There is a small gap around the side of the UHF, but not noticable enough to be a nuisance or detract from the dash. I bought my UHF from Prestidge Communications in Perth and they sent it overnight. TX4400 and aerial (Uniden) cost me less than the radio only at the local shops. All wiring for the UHF runs out through the main grommet in the passenger footwell on the left hand side of the firewall.

I hope this is of some help.

regards
Wayne
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 00:38

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 00:38
yup, I'll go with that

www.prestigecom.net.au

overnight $8. How can you beat that!?
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 09:24

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 09:24
Thank you all very much for your replies, I was going to try to find one place to buy both the stereo and uhf from and have them install both but am now thinking a JB hifi/prestige combination seems to be the way to go.

Wayne, other than some tinkering with the wiring I take it that it was it a straight forward bolt in job for both units? (ie no stuffing around with brackets etc)

Also are you happy with the prestige (uniden) aerial, I have had a look at their site and it is hard to visualise what each aerial looks like?

The mp3 cd player or appel i,pod options are new to me, Iooks like I'll be doing a bit more homework.

Thanks again
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Reply By: stillthinkinaboutit - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 10:28

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 10:28
Wayne is correct about the double pin antenna socket, one pin is for the AM/FM telescopic antenna and the other is for the SW antenna that is printed onto the rear side window. If you look under the glove box, near the removable plastic side panel you will see where the cable from the telescopic antenna comes out, it has the standard single pin connector on it. Just unplug it and use an antenna extension lead available form Jaycar or DSE, Supercheap etc.

Regards,
Mark
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 12:12

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 12:12
Mark, what is the "SW antenna" on the window, (i thought it was a demister). is it not necessary?
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Follow Up By: stillthinkinaboutit - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 12:47

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 12:47
Hi Darren,
The original CD Radio Cassette fitted into the GU Patrol ( Wagon ) has a Short Wave Band (SW) as well as AM and FM. The Shortwave Antenna is on the passengers rear side window( looks like demister but has only one wire, demisters have 2 wires ) next to the third row seat. The windows on the two rear doors have demisters fitted. If you replace the original CD Radio Cassette you will not need to connect it to the Short Wave Antenna, the replacement unit will only need the AM/FM telescopic antenna.

Regards,
Mark
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:50

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 11:50
Ok, MP3 player ROCKS.

I can get 160 songs on 1 CD. Who needs a stacker?

I have an Alpine unit, JUST OUT (I got firstone!) does MP3 and WMA files, $540, I have always had alpine, and out in the bush, doesnt skip ONCE!

MP3 is worth looking at, if your around Mornington way in Melbourne, take a look at Peninsular Sound in Frankston, small shop, but BIG on quality and service.
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Reply By: Member - Wayne- Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 14:13

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2003 at 14:13
Darren,

Both units fit straight in. I used the original screws from the large radio to hold them both to the original brackets. The wiring is a bit short, so takes a bit to juggle it into place. But other than that, no hassles at all.

I havent checked out the info about the antennae cable, but if that's the case, then its even easier, just get an extension for the antenna.

The uniden aerial is Ok, looks ok and seems to work quite good. Just drove 3000ks down from Karratha to Jurien Bay and then back up through the murchison Goldfields and could pick up the truckies and other travellers very easily. Also the TX4400 has the extra 20 channels that you can program for recieve only.

I found sites on the net that have heaps of frequencies, but I've only kept the WA ones.

Hope this has been helpful

regards

Wayne
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