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    I have been using an O3 Mic with my XTL for a while, but am seriously considering installing an O5. However, there is not much space in the car. My current thought is to remove the ashtray and mount a small abs or aluminum plate to the center console where the ashtray was, and mount the head there. (see pics) However, I don't think there is sufficient room behind the proposed mounting location for the bulky cable and connector to fit. Does anyone know if Motorola sold a right angle adapter. If not, I think I might try to bodge together a short "pigtail" from the GCAI connector(s) on the back of control head and see how that work.

    Also, what cables must be run to the control head. Can I use the current ignition sense and speaker connections from J2 on the radio brick, and run just a single cable to the control head?

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    3D Design makes an ABS plastic gauge pod for the E9X M cars.

    You could modify one of those.

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    I believe you should be all set using the J2 wiring you already have in place from the brick, and just running the cable from the CHIB to the O5.

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    Looks like a pretty good setup to me. I had to do an XTL remote head install in my friend's Mercedes a few years ago, and had to go the pigtail route and it was tight.

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    Well it took a few hours over the weekend, but its completed. Got some mild steel, and an angle grinder and some JB weld, and this is the result. I think it matches really well. I still have to work out a place for the microphone clip, and am thinking about getting the Mic with the keypad. Also, anyone know if I can program the radio through the head, either USB or Serial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredwrx View Post
    Also, anyone know if I can program the radio through the head, either USB or Serial.
    Yes, you can still program through mic connector on remote mounted radio.

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    Smooth.

    I hate to be "that guy" but I notice you're NAS on ICIS and you have zone up/down as well as mode select (on the knob) available. How do you prevent landing on a trunked personality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyboy View Post
    Yes, you can still program through mic connector on remote mounted radio.
    Sweet, now I just gotta locate that cable amongst my others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triptolemus View Post
    Smooth.

    I hate to be "that guy" but I notice you're NAS on ICIS and you have zone up/down as well as mode select (on the knob) available. How do you prevent landing on a trunked personality?
    No worries, thought I might get asked about it. Since most of the interesting stuff is the Big E, I did it more to prove to myself I could do it.

    The radio is setup so that when I enter any zone, the radio lands on the last active channel from that zone. I also put the trunking personalities in their own zone in channels 20-30, but the zone has 40 channels in it. That Zone is called "TRUNKING," and each channel in the zone other than the channels the scan list is pointing to, is called "LEAVE ZONE NOW." So, I never actually land on the trunking personalities when using the zone up or down keys, in addition, the OBT Astro25 Control Channel are set to transmit on 445.0 (simplex channel) just in case. Ya, not the "best" solution, but I'd much rather tx on a hammy simplex freq, than interfere with/attempt to affiliate with the system.

    I tested the mobile, and it has never tx'd unexpectedly in relation to the trunked zone/personalities.

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    Came out great!

    Quote Originally Posted by wiredwrx View Post
    W I still have to work out a place for the microphone clip, and am thinking about getting the Mic with the keypad.
    Get a magnetic mic mount and attach it to this:

    https://www.panavise.com/pdf_indash/75103-506.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avery Johannssenn View Post
    Came out great!

    Get a magnetic mic mount and attach it to this:

    https://www.panavise.com/pdf_indash/75103-506.pdf
    Thanks...and that mount is a great idea.

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    Very nice install. The colors even match at night!

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