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Cb Radio already installed. how do i use it?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tacoma owner 480, May 22, 2017.

  1. May 22, 2017 at 1:50 AM
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  2. May 22, 2017 at 1:54 AM
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    You don't need the trim tools. It's just a few screws and retention clips. If you don't have an antenna or the coax isn't already ran you will need to run it and tune it yourself. Use these instructions to remove the trim:
     

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  3. May 22, 2017 at 1:55 AM
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    the radio works but only emits static, i think it just needs an antenna. im not sure how to run the wire or what type of antenna to use.
     
  4. May 22, 2017 at 1:56 AM
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    Don't transmit anything without a properly tuned antenna, it will destroy the radio. Once you get an antenna you'll have to tune it to the correct SWR, you'll also need to pick up an SWR meter to tune it. Let me know if you have any questions. :thumbsup:
     
  5. May 22, 2017 at 2:01 AM
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  6. May 22, 2017 at 2:48 AM
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    will my am/fm radio antenna interfere with a cb antenna?
     
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    can you post a picture of the cb radio? the last one doesnt load
     
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    im giving up on this CB radio thing for now .too many problems to install it. id have to pull apart the entire plastic trim just to get to the the CB radio to connect the damn antenna. on top of that i have to buy the actual antenna, after that i need to buy the SWR Meter then i have to learn how to use it and tune the antenna. then i would have to reinstall all of the panels and figure out how to run the wire cleanly and find out where and how to mount the antenna. on top of all this i have to upgrade the alarm system ill just wait until i get the new alarm system installed.
     
  12. May 23, 2017 at 7:15 AM
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    you don't have to buy an SWR meter, there are a lot of helpful folks here that are passing one around to use, then mailing it to the next person who needs it.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-great-swr-meter-pass-around.411071/page-11

    You can get just about any antenna you want (plus mounts and stuff) at a truck stop like Pilot or TA Travel Center.
     
  13. May 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM
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    And you don't have to tear the dash all apart...

    Pull the ashtray
    Unscrew the ashtray mount, set then aside in case you want them back later
    Route the coax cable and attach it to the back of the CB
    Hook up the power and ground wires
    Push the CB into where the ashtray came out - This is where the right-angle connector and reshaping the air duct helps to further recess the CB
    Adjust the wires/cable
    Tweak the antenna - SWR meter
    Drink your favorite beer

    I'm simply using some velcro to hold the CB into the ashtray slot. Hasn't budged in years... I use the Little Wil and it really didn't even need SWR tweaking.
     
  14. May 23, 2017 at 11:12 AM
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    I doubt it's held in place by anything permanent, mine is just held in by friction. The reason it juts out like that so much is because the original owner didn't cut out the ashtray bracket. Once you do that it'll go in way more. Just pull on it and see if it comes out. I tried permanently affixing it but I never found a good way to do it.
     
  15. May 23, 2017 at 11:13 AM
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    And removing the radio dash panel is a lot lot simpler than you may think. It's just pulling off the climate controls and a few screws. I can do it in under a minute. Just follow those instructions I attached in an earlier post.
     
  16. May 23, 2017 at 2:49 PM
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    you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!! i feel so stupid!:annoyed: All i had to do was pull on the cb radio and it came right out! it isn't even attached to anything its just held in by friction! when i pulled it out there was already a black wire atatched to the coax antenna area on the back f the CB radio. Does this mean i already have an antenna installed somewhere?
     
  17. May 23, 2017 at 2:52 PM
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    If you had an antenna already installed it's damn near impossible to miss it. It'll be a big ass giant antenna sticking out like a sore thumb.

    I'm guessing it was just removed. Some common mounting locations include the engine bay, rear bumper, and where the bed meets the cab. I'd look in the engine bay first for any spooled up wire.
     
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  19. May 25, 2017 at 8:27 AM
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    @skeezix - you referring to the tiny Garmin GPS covering the passenger airbag switch? Velcro - surprisingly, it's held up pretty well
     
  20. May 25, 2017 at 4:20 PM
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    Damn! you were right again. i followed the cb coax cable and the previous owner ran the cable through the firewall into the engine bay and at the end of the wire it looks like someone snipped it off and took the antenna with them. i ordered a cobra CB Antenna with a magnetic base mount i will upload some pics when i get it in the mail :thumbsup:.
     
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