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APX6000/6000XE housing colors

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APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby TomSlick » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:14 am

I'm confused about what housing colors are available for the APX6000/6000XE family. The spec sheets say black, yellow and green for both models, but I'm seeing housing kits online like the NHN7071AS in orange, and I see red and blue as well.

Can they all be ordered from the factory in these colors? We're looking at buying in the not too distant future, and would like to color-code to separate the portables per apparatus (i.e., yellow=engine, green=ladder, etc.), and having more than three color options would be helpful.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby JeffFireRadio » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:18 pm

The 6000 and 7000 radios, standard and XE, are available from the factory in black, yellow, and green. APX XE models give you a color-matching top controller and speaker grille when you order one of the three color options. The standard APX only has a black top controller available for all three housing colors (looks strange after seeing an XE with matching top plastic). The red, blue, and orange colors you refer to replace only the black outer housing (I think of it like an APX 'shirt'). The 'hat' (top controller), the 'tie' (speaker grille), and the 'shoes' (batteries) all remain black. I have only seen the colored housings available for the 7000. Someone else might chime in on the availability via the 6000. Hope this helps. -Jeff

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby JeffFireRadio » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:26 pm

Clarification...standard APX speaker grilles remain in whatever color you got from the factory (or order yourself a different one from parts after the fact)...black, yellow, or green. So you could have an APX6000 with the black top controller and battery (only thing available), the black, green, or yellow speaker grille originally put on the radio, and if they make the other colored housings for the 6000 (again, not sure), a red, blue, or orange housing. Yikes, who dressed THAT radio? :) Call the Motorola fashion police. But yes, the other housings do make it easy to quickly identify radios with different functions or programming (i.e., SWAT, rescue, command, RIT, etc.) - Jeff

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby TomSlick » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:23 am

Since they don't seem to allow ordering the other colors from the factory, I'm wondering how hard it is to swap the housing pieces. Realistically though, I doubt that we would bother. I would have been nice to be able to get them from the factory in any color.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby MTS2000des » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:30 am

Not hard at all to swap the main housing and speaker grille, the control top is quite a bit more involved.
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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby TomSlick » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:20 am

Can anyone confirm the actual availability of housing colors other than black, green and yellow for the 6000XE? I've found part numbers for red, blue and orange for the regular 6000, but so far nothing for the XEs.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby escomm » Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:57 pm

There are no other colors for the XEs

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby TomSlick » Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:00 pm

Bummer - it would have been nice to have some additional options for color-coding them.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby aagon » Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:22 pm

I actually saw a pink apx 6000. Pretty sure it was custom and not factory. I didnt ask though.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby pfd radio » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:43 pm

TomSlick wrote:Can anyone confirm the actual availability of housing colors other than black, green and yellow for the 6000XE? I've found part numbers for red, blue and orange for the regular 6000, but so far nothing for the XEs.


Tom Can you provide the numbers that you found
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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby F800 » Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:54 am

Will the Coyote Tan case for the SRX2200 fit on an APX6000?

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby TomSlick » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:14 am

pfd radio wrote:Tom Can you provide the numbers that you found


Sorry for the delay in responding - if you look at Wiscomm, for example, you can see non-XE housing kits in red, orange and blue:

http://shopwiscomm.com/APX6000-Parts-C270810.aspx

They are in the "NHN707xAS" range.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby Mfire39 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:19 am

I'll let everyone in on a little secret.. Unlike the APX7000XE which uses a different housing shell then the standard APX7000, the APX6000 & APX6000XE use the same housing shell. The top control of the APX6000XE drops down a little on the sides to fill in the gap. So you can use the standard colored APX6000 housing shells on an APX6000XE.

Here is a comparison photo of a couple of my radios, APX6000 & APX6000XE.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby TomSlick » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:26 am

Mfire39 wrote:I'll let everyone in on a little secret.. Unlike the APX7000XE which uses a different housing shell then the standard APX7000, the APX6000 & APX6000XE use the same housing shell.


Thanks, that's good to know.

I'm wondering if anyone can speak to availability of the various housing colors. For example, radioparts.com shows at least one (orange, I think) as 'discontinued'.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby PATHman89 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:59 am

To change the housing, what special tools if any do you need?

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby mikegilbert » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:31 am

PATHman89 wrote:To change the housing, what special tools if any do you need?


You'll need a Torx T8 bit to remove the six screws which hold the housing to the chassis.

1. Remove the battery
2. Remove the accessory connector cover
3. Remove the two screws in the middle of the radio which hold the speaker grille in
4. Lift speaker grille away to reveal two screws underneath
5. Remove the top two screws above the speaker. Be careful not to let the speaker fall out
6. Remove the bottom two screws below the serial label
7. Carefully pull the sides of the housing away from the chassis and remove cover
8. Reassemble

Voila!
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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby sjxts3000 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:52 am

mikegilbert wrote:
PATHman89 wrote:To change the housing, what special tools if any do you need?


You'll need a Torx T8 bit to remove the six screws which hold the housing to the chassis.

1. Remove the battery
2. Remove the accessory connector cover
3. Remove the two screws in the middle of the radio which hold the speaker grille in
4. Lift speaker grille away to reveal two screws underneath
5. Remove the top two screws above the speaker. Be careful not to let the speaker fall out
6. Remove the bottom two screws below the serial label
7. Carefully pull the sides of the housing away from the chassis and remove cover
8. Reassemble

Voila!


The three-piece setup on the 6000's makes is a HELL of a lot easier than the 7000 single-shell design.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby Viper0222 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:07 pm

F800 wrote:Will the Coyote Tan case for the SRX2200 fit on an APX6000?


Yes, it should. I have Coyote furniture on my APX8000, which is based on the APX6000, and it fits perfect.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby dbusse » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:45 am

We use various colors of heat shrink tubing on the antennas to help identify radio groups at a distance.

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby motoapco25 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:20 pm

Is there a XE style speaker Grille part for the regular 6K?

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Re: APX6000/6000XE housing colors

Postby sjxts3000 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:28 pm

motoapco25 wrote:Is there a XE style speaker Grille part for the regular 6K?

No...closest to that would be the 8000 (non-XE) speaker grille.


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