The 706's control head fits very nicely between the two sun visors. Gee, you almost would think that Jeep was thinking ahead on this one. I really like the control panel in this location, mainly because the sun does not shine directly on it (compared to the Kenwood 742 mounted below it on the dash).
I thought seriously about mounting it just a bit higher, on the leading edge of the roof, right where the goofy WARNING sticker is. However, I know that if I did that, I would probably (in a fit of weakness) decide that I had to take the hardtop roof off, which means it would be a hassle trying to then do something with the control panel. So, it got attached to the windshield frame which leaves the top free for an easier removal.
The remaining part of the radio is mounted on a small wooden shelf (it hangs from beneath the shelf via the mobile mounting bracket). The structure is made from 3/4" plywood and is held about 4 inches off the floor by 2x4s. The end result is a little platform that you can stand on which sits on the floor behind the driver's seat with the 706 radio snuggled under it for maximum protection. I had originally built this and had it (with a 100W 2 meter amp along side) in the rear floor board of my Cherokee. With a hand full of kids often times occupying the rear seat area, this was a pretty much bullet-proof method of keeping the radio safe and sound. Since I have removed the rear seat in the Wrangler, there is little chance of someone stepping on the radio any more. However, with the possible shifting of things that get tossed into the rear of the Wrangler, I thought it would be good insurance to protect the radio from an accidental mishap.
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