Attaching GMRS Radio to the Picatinny Rail.

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If you have been following along on my previous threads, you know I have selected a Midland MXT400 GMRS radio for my vehicle-to-vehicle communication needs.

This thread will show how I plan to attach the radio mount to the picatinny rail. I am sure there are other options Bronco owners will select. This is simply one option which should work for me.

When I purchased the radio, it came with a radio mount. I then needed to acquire the following.

  • Two picatinny rail mounts.

  • Black thumb screws.

  • Four metal washers from my home collection.
The following pictures should help illustrate the items and how they are assembled.

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Attaching the mount to the radio appears straight forward and the picture below should help illustrate the two attachment points on each side.

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The radio also came with a mic holder. That will be attached to the dash later.

Hope this has been helpful. Feel free to post any questions/concerns.
 
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Is the Picatinny Rail standard on all Broncos or is an option that has not been released yet?
I honestly do not know if the picatinny rail is on all Bronco models.
 
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If you have been following along on my previous threads, you know I have selected a Midland MXT400 GMRS radio for my vehicle-to-vehicle communication needs.

This thread will show how I plan to attach the radio mount to the picatinny rail. I am sure there are other options Bronco owners will select. This is simply one option which should work for me.

When I purchased the radio, it came with a radio mount. I then needed to acquire the following.

  • Two picatinny rail mounts.

  • Black thumb screws.

  • Four metal washers from my home collection.
The following pictures should help illustrate the items and how they are assembled.

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Attaching the mount to the radio appears straight forward and the picture below should help illustration the two attachment points on each side.

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The radio also came with a mic holder. That will be attached to the dash later.

Hope this has been helpful. Feel free to post any questions/concerns.
Does that require a monthly subscription to use? I saw your other post about having to get a permit to operate it. I apologise for being slightly off topic.
 

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Does that require a monthly subscription to use? I saw your other post about having to get a permit to operate it. I apologise for being slightly off topic.
Nothing in my implementation plan has a monthly subscription. To legally operate a GMRS radio you will need to obtain a license. The license fee is $70.00 and good for 10 years.
 

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Hi gang,

I don't want to change the topic but you might want to seriously consider getting your ham ticket as well. GMRS is a great option and one that should be in all of our communications tool kits. However, there are not nearly as many GMRS repeaters as ham repeaters. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying one is better than the other. I'm saying you should have plenty of options available to you. Just a thought.
 

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Amen. I'm hoping as this forum develops that the moderators will set up a communications forum where we can post more detailed information on these topics. I really hate muddying up a current topic such as this one that really should be talking about the rail mount. Sorry BuzzyBud.
 

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Amen. I'm hoping as this forum develops that the moderators will set up a communications forum where we can post more detailed information on these topics. I really hate muddying up a current topic such as this one that really should be talking about the rail mount. Sorry BuzzyBud.
Good suggestion, we'll look into that.
 

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To bring us back to the topic, I was pretty sure I was going to mount my GMRS on the rail on the dash. But then I saw the AUX switch video. Now I think I might want to stick it behind the dash and just route the microphone. I got an Midland MXT 275 that is set up with the speaker in the mike to play about with while waiting for the truck. I had intended to step up to the 40watt radio for the bronco, but after playing with the 275 its 15 watts is plenty. It would be nice to keep the dash clear. Anyone else consider this route? there is a pretty trick install on the Midland site where they do something like this with a 4Runner and it looked nice.
 
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To bring us back to the topic, I was pretty sure I was going to mount my GMRS on the rail on the dash. But then I saw the AUX switch video. Now I think I might want to stick it behind the dash and just route the microphone. I got an Midland MXT 275 that is set up with the speaker in the mike to play about with while waiting for the truck. I had intended to step up to the 40watt radio for the bronco, but after playing with the 275 its 15 watts is plenty. It would be nice to keep the dash clear. Anyone else consider this route? there is a pretty trick install on the Midland site where they do something like this with a 4Runner and it looked nice.
Sounds great!
You might like this thread as well. I bought one and it is ready to be installed.

(3) Magnetic Mic - Stay Focused | Bronco Nation Forum (thebronconation.com)
 
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Sounds great!
You might like this thread as well. I bought one and it is ready to be installed.

(3) Magnetic Mic - Stay Focused | Bronco Nation Forum (thebronconation.com)
I saw that thread.

Here is the link to the Midland install I was talking about. https://midlandusa.com/mxt275-custom-gmrs-radio-installation/

They use an extender cable and put a socket in the dash for the mic. I think this is what Im going to do. Just need to live with the truck for a while to figure out where it needs to go. I like being able to unplug the mic and stow it when Im not using it.
 

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I like the idea of hiding the unit and just having the mic exposed but wouldn't you need to have some airflow around it, even natural convection or is there enough even being mounted in the glove box?
You're fine in there, they don't build up much heat at all. Another spot could be under the seat if you don't have the washout interior. I've used both spots in previous vehicles and are great