I just answered this in another thread when I saw this one... so I'll just paste it in here as well, rather than rewrite.
I have the Cobra 29 LX LE 50th Anniversary Edition. It's a really nice radio. For the mount, I decided to attach it directly to the plastic piece in between the two sun visors, directly above the rearview mirror. Although, first I considered a number of other options, which I'll list for you along with the reason I decided not to go that way:
- In the footwell on either side of the center console -- Well, for one thing I have a 2011, and they changed the area next to the driver's right shin, now there's a "pocket" sort of thing there that interferes with placement. On the passenger side, it would interfere with the ability to move the passenger seat all the way forward.
- Overhead using the Arizona Rocky Road Radio Mount, or center storage system that goes front-to-back like this one -- I was REALLY close to getting the ARR mount, but in both of these cases I was disappointed that it looked like I'd lose a bit of the open-air feeling when the top is down. Both of those options block significant portions of open sky when installed.
- Under the glove compartment -- too hard to reach!
- Inside the center console -- I didn't like the idea of having to open the console and start messing with stuff in between the seats, taking my eyes WAY off the road. Plus, with a full-size unit it would have required cutting into the console.
So I mounted it on the plastic piece between the sun visors. I used a piece of metal, bent and drilled to fit. Then I attached two squares of heavy-duty velcro to the two upper rear corners of the radio and stuck them to that same plastic piece that the bracket is attached to. That gives it additional points of stability. Photos are below, but right now it's ugly, just wrapped with electrical tape.
I have a friend that can powdercoat stuff in his garage, so I'll probably have him do the bracket so it looks a little more professional.
What I like about this mount position:
- The only part of the Jeep you're drilling into is the easy-to-replace little plastic piece, making this an installation that would be, if necessary, easily reversible with nothing more to buy than the plastic thingy.
- All buttons/controls/display items are visible all the time
- The ONLY reduction in visibility is the little section of window directly above the rearview mirror. The radio sits so far back towards the windshield that from the point of view of the driver, nothing extends far enough out to block any open-air visibility. One of the photos below will show what I mean.
- While you can grab the radio and move it up and down a little, under normal bouncing around on and off road, it stays firmly placed. There is no sense that it would come off without a fight.
Okay, here's what I mean by open-air visibility. This is an approximation of what I see when I'm driving. Notice how it doesn't extend into the open area overhead:
Here's the side view:
Passenger view, again you can see how it maintains visibility:
...and from the rear: