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Old 10-20-2017, 11:27 AM   #1
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I'm installing the PAC dash kit and a Kenwood GPS head unit over the weekend and think that I have everything sorted save for where to mount the new GPS antenna.

I've read that some folks have mounted it beneath the center dash, which seems like a logical choice.

I was poking around there yesterday and noticed that Ford beat me to it.

Even though I'm removing the Sync module and rendering the Voice assist and accident notification feature useless, I understand that I'd lose the compass feature if I removed the factory GPS module.

Since the center speaker will be useless, I'm thinking about removing it and fabricating a simple "plate" to cover the void and mount the new antenna there.

Think there's be any interference issues with two GPS antennas being in such close proximity? I suspect not, but then again I haven't tried it before.

Any other good hidden locations?
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I'm installing the PAC dash kit and a Kenwood GPS head unit over the weekend and think that I have everything sorted save for where to mount the new GPS antenna.

I've read that some folks have mounted it beneath the center dash, which seems like a logical choice.

I was poking around there yesterday and noticed that Ford beat me to it.

Even though I'm removing the Sync module and rendering the Voice assist and accident notification feature useless, I understand that I'd lose the compass feature if I removed the factory GPS module.

Since the center speaker will be useless, I'm thinking about removing it and fabricating a simple "plate" to cover the void and mount the new antenna there.

Think there's be any interference issues with two GPS antennas being in such close proximity? I suspect not, but then again I haven't tried it before.

Any other good hidden locations?
The vacant speaker is a great spot
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Simple solution to mount it where the center speaker once was...

1. Take the plastic tray that's left over from the PAC dash kit. It's a storage pocket that's used to fill the gap for single DIN installations. Since I went with a double DIN unit, I didn't need it.

2. Using a Dremmel or other tool, remove either the top or bottom of the plastic tray.

3. Flip the dash tray/speaker mount over and screw the newly created plastic "shelf" onto the plastic "nubs" where the center speaker was fastened.

With some measuring, a calibrated Dremmel hand, and the right fasteners it has the potential to look 100% factory.

I have a ways to go....
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I mounted mine to the black gps module in front of the speaker. No problems with signal or compass bearings.
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