Recently I decided it was time to invest in a new radio for my Subaru Baja.
The last radio I had purchased specifically for mobile use was a Kenwood TM-2530, right after moving to Denver in 1984. It had served well, but has retired from vehicular service several years back. The new radio is a Yaesu FT-8800R and will meet the need without a doubt. At purchase time, the mobile separation kit was included for no charge, and made for a nice installation – as the control head detaches and mounted very easily. This should work for many Subaru models, as several have the little door on the center console that flips up to open. This was almost too easy.
At first I was fumbling around taking the console apart and trying to find a place to attach the mounting bracket somewhere – and thought maybe if I could just find something that would fit into that opening behind the trap door that could hold the control head at the right depth… It occurred to me that a piece of wood would be easy to attach to, and I tried a piece of 2×4 lumber and lo`an`behold – it fit perfectly into the space. I rounded off the inner most end for a snug fit, and cut the depth such that the radio was slightly recessed under the open door – and it was done. So much easier than I could have ever expected.
If I need to pull the rig out for long term airport parking, or to use in the other car, the whole piece pops out easily, and doesn’t leave any trace. Before this Baja I drove a Forester and it had the same compartment, and I suspect that other models have a similar sized opening. I doubt that Subaru planned it to fit a 2×4 so well, but I’ll take such good luck when I can get it…