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CB Installation Complete - SWR Numbers Look Good

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by gunn_runner, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Feb 2, 2018 at 1:28 PM
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    gunn_runner

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    I just finished up installing a Uniden Pro 510XL in my 2013 Tacoma. The job was straightforward with no issues, and I thought I'd share a few photos and my SWR numbers for those knowledgeable members that can tell me I'm on the right track or not.

    I used the Relentless Fabrications tailgate mount, a 2' Firestick, and a Firering coax. The Coax is run behind the taillight, down the frame, and through a rubber grommet 6" behind the center console.

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    I removed the center console up to the dash and cut a slot for the Uniden 510 to go through, only because I wanted it to sit flush with the dash and not get in the way of my front cup holders.

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    Below are my SWR numbers. Im getting a little over 1.2 on Channel 1, 1:1 on channel 20, and a little over 1.7 on channel 40. This is after tuning the tip of the Firestick. After listening to the truckers from my driveway, I found out I was receiving a guy loud and clear over 7.5 miles away in downtown Cleveland. I know that doesnt say much since he could have been using more power than 4w, but that's not too bad for a little 2' antenna in my driveway surrounded by trees and houses.

    How do these numbers look?

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  2. Feb 2, 2018 at 1:38 PM
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    JdevTac

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    You could tune it a little more to get channel 1 and channel 40 just about evenly matched. Would settle somewhere in between the 1.2 and 1.7

    The SWR being higher on 40 says your tip could be shortened a little.
     
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  3. Feb 2, 2018 at 1:42 PM
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    Also I see you are using a Firering. Check on it maintenance-wise in 6 mo or so to make sure it hasn’t started to warp (the black plastic) and expose the wiring inside to elements. I had a similar setup but on my hood and after 1 yr or so it warped and the coax/wiring inside corroded.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2018 at 1:49 PM
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    Will do. Thanks for your advice!
     
  5. Feb 2, 2018 at 4:33 PM
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    Just had a question as I am looking to install a CB in the near future. Was that grommet already there or did you have to drill and add that?
     
  6. Feb 2, 2018 at 5:18 PM
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    gunn_runner

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    Already there. I slit it with a razor to push the cable and connector through.
     
  7. Feb 3, 2018 at 6:55 AM
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    I was trying to find a clean way to enter the cabin but with the connector so big wasn't sure if I would have to drill and place a grommet myself. I will try this instead. Thanks.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2018 at 6:58 AM
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    Nice Install and write up OP!
     
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  9. Feb 3, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    Great work, even an SWR of 1.7 is totally acceptable when your running a stock 4 watt radio. Don't sweat it
     
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  10. Feb 3, 2018 at 8:10 AM
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    Clean install. Can you still use that tray? I dont think I could get my fingers under the CB if I had it there & wanted to stick things under it
    Is this true or nahhh :confused:
     
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    There is another on under the drivers seat too.
     
  12. Feb 3, 2018 at 8:27 AM
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    Where is that one located? I haven't had a chance to crawl under the truck to check it out but if you have a picture or point me to picture, that would be great.
     
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    I do not have a picture of it, sorry.
    Will look for one. Pretty sure there is one on the passenger side too.
     
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    stolen from another thread:
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    Here's another showing the plugs in the floor:
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    Barely fit in there but I can. I don't really use it so not an issue for me though.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2018 at 5:46 PM
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    Thanks, I crawled under the truck today and was able to spot what you were talking about, thanks. This will be my next project!
     
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  18. Feb 6, 2018 at 10:46 AM
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    Nice work!! just saved this thread to my 'to do' list
     
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    No CB in your truck Chad?
     
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    On the parts shelf collecting dust like most of my 'mods' :oops:
    Really want to get it installed soon. Bummer not having one on convoys with the club.
     
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