Car Radio Mounting Ideas

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Car Radio Mounting Ideas
Car radio are usually in-dash, but they don't need to be. (autoradio 2 image by Nathalie P from

The majority of car stereo receivers come pre-installed in the dashboard where the driver and front seat passenger can easily access the controls. But several other places in your car might be good for installing an aftermarket stereo receiver, satellite radio or CB radio. Consider all your options before deciding where to mount your new hardware.

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The dashboard is the most obvious place to mount a car radio. This is the most convenient location if you want to use the controls while driving and also puts the radio out of the way of storage and seating space. A CB or satellite radio with an enclosure should come with brackets for mounting it below the dash, or on an unused portion of the dash such as beneath the base of the windshield or directly above the glove box. Mounting your radio to the dash also gives you easy access to the car's wiring and saves the need to add additional wires to reach a more remote area of the car.


The centre console is another good place for a car's radio. The console is still within the driver's reach and relatively close to the wires needed from behind the dash, but is likely to provide more space for a larger receiver. Many cars also feature a centre console with a storage area that has a lid, allowing you to close or even lock your valuable radio out of sight. The biggest disadvantage of a console mounted radio is the storage space it takes in the centre console.

Glove Box

Mounting a radio in or behind the glove box places your equipment in one of the most out-of-the-way spots in the car. Because most glove boxes lock, it will be easy to conceal the radio and keep it safe, even if your car is left open or broken in to. The glove box is also close to the same wiring that runs to and from the dashboard radio, making for an easy installation. Problems with this choice of location include the loss of storage space and the distance between the driver and radio, which may be impossible to operate without help from a remote control or a passenger.

Rear Seats

Finally, if you're willing to relinquish control to your back seat passengers, consider mounting your radio in the back seat area. Most cars have some sort of rear seat storage, whether it's a console, locking seat back compartment or empty space on the overhead console in some SUVs and minivans. In some cars, this rear seat space is reserved for optional equipment like a DVD player or extra air vents, but you might be able to find a perfect place for your radio that puts it out of the way of the driver. You'll most likely need to run wires to a back seat radio, both for electrical power and to connect it to dashboard speakers.

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