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Old 07-12-2005, 10:32 PM
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I'm planning to buy an Icom 302 radio for my 18 ft. cc. I saw somewere there is a flush mounting kit available for it for about 30 dollars. On most sites I've seen only the radio but no mention of a mounting kit. Is it really necessary?

Old 07-12-2005, 10:57 PM
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If you want to mount the radio in your console, you will need it (or something homemade) to keep the radio from falling out of the hole you cut out. Of course if you mount the radio on brackets on top of your console you don't need it....
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Consider mounting the radio where it will be most convenient to operate, both to see the display, and to operate the controls and microphone. Then decide if flush mounting or bracket mounting is best. You can contact the manufacturer for information on the flush mounting kit.
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The Icom flush mount kit is MB69It is easy to use and all stainless. It goes behind the dash so you will not see it either.
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I bought the mounting kit when I thought I'd flush mount my M302; chickened out on cutting the console though, so I returned the 'kit'.

The 'kit' is comprised of two small metal pieces that screw into each side of the radio body and hold it in place up against the backside of the console (probably only a couple of bucks worth of hardware). I was kinda surprised that this is all it takes to hold the radio in place. You could probably fabricate something yourself, but if I were to do it (I'm not too handy), I'd save the trouble and just buy the kit.
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Thanks guys. As usual lots of info and good advice on this site.
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Default Re: mounting vhf radio

As netioned you get brackets that mount to the holes where the dash bracket normally attaches and mine had screws with pads that faced forward so that as you tightened them it pulled the radio tightly into the cutout. I put a little Sealant around the face and when it pulled in made a nice tight seal. Then just wiped off extra sealant for a perfect seal and look around faceplate. ps- denatured alcohol is a great solvent for RTV type selant and a little on a rag allows you to make a very clean "filet". Most kits also include a template for the cutout.

Many guys will cut with a jigsaw, but for the smoothest cut (and no fear) you can make a template out of wood, stick it to the spot with double stick tape and rout it out with a router and pattern bit or a roto zip. Perfect cut without splinters. I did this and it worked great.

Good Luck

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Some people cut the mounting bracket "ears" off and use them for flush mounting. You attach with the same knobs as if you were bracket mounting. Figure out how much length you need to hold the unit tightly against the bulkhead/instrument panel.

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