Details on installing a Yaesu FTM-400XDR in a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor pickup
Details on installing a Yaesu FTM-400XDR in a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Staring at the antenna, I used a stake pocket mount from Breedlove Mounts. I ran 25′ of LMR-240 coax from the passenger-side rear stake pocket inside the fender well and then into the frame to the front passenger drain plug. I powered the radio using the position 1 AUX switch taking advantage of the factory pre-run pass through wires. The Yaesu FTM-400XDR radio was mounted to the passenger side front seat using a RAM-Ball mount – this allows for easy access, no need for a external speaker run and is out of sight since it is just under the front seat. For the 400XDR control head I made a custom cup-holder-mount using the bottom half of an old fire extinguisher and a RAM ball mount and arm. Total install time including wiring up the AUX switch block was about 4hrs.
I used 25 feet of pre-terminated (with PL239) LMR-240 (from MPD Digital) which was run from the passenger rear stake pocket and kept inside the fender well and run towards the front of the box. From there the coax was run inside the frame towards the front.
At the front of the box/bed I ran the rest of the coax inside the frame of the F-150. There are large holes in the frame and getting a fish tape in was very easy and the holes were large enough that using a pre-terminated coax was not an issue. Notice the large hole in the frame just by the front passenger plug (circled in red) in the frame – perfect exit point for the coax.
Radio was mounted using the included factory bracket and a RAM-Ball mount was added to the bracket which was attached to a RAM-mount arm and u-bolt mounted to a seat cross member with another ball.
More install photos and Ford F-150 Raptor photos can be seen here in this Flickr gallery.