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cb radio/antenna mounting place

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by tacomaholic, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Mar 31, 2009 at 4:07 PM
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    tacomaholic

    tacomaholic [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i just got a radioshack cb and 39 in metal megnetic mount antenna. wear have some of yall mounted the magnetic antenna and how. also how do i tune the antenna?
     
  2. Mar 31, 2009 at 5:18 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    post pics of the cb setup if you dont mind. alot of folks have mounted the cb's in the ash tray location. thats where im monting mine at. no sure of the magnetic antenna mount, although the roof near the 3rd brake light would probably be a good spot. as far as tuning.......either buy or find someone with a smr meter........they are used for tuning. you can get an inline one too........keep it there or remove it.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2009 at 8:52 PM
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    climber-420

    climber-420 I love tight cracks

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    SWR meter, not smr. Look at firestik's website, and it has everything there you could want to know.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2009 at 9:04 PM
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    w8n4mud

    w8n4mud There's a mod for that!

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    I know it's not a magnetic, but in the event you decide to change your mind...

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  5. Apr 1, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    Lichen

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    I installed the Uniden with the ash-tray mod. My antenna wire goes through the back sliding window and the magnetic mount on the roof near the third brake light.
     
  6. Apr 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM
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    mine will go threw the back slidey window but the window wont shut all the way.is there a trick.
     
  7. Apr 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM
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    yeah....thats what i meant! long day!:eek:
     
  8. Apr 1, 2009 at 3:55 PM
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    you can also run the coax to the antenna thru one of the rubber cab grommets on the backside between the cab and the bed...just poke a hole thru the rubber and shove the wire thru...replace grommet...still water tight :thumbsup:

    tuning an antenna depends on the antenna...some of them may have to be trimmed (not much) and some can be tuned with a set screw or something of the sort on the top
     
  9. Apr 1, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    sslongmuir

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    For the best SWR you want it in the middle of your roof. it will give you the best ground plane thus better transmitting. I have fiddled with a bumper mount when i have my cap on and can acheive a reading of 1.5 to 1 which is pretty good. Right now it on my headache rack with a 2ft firestikII and i cn get about 1.8 to 1. Go to a truckstop and buy a meter for 20$. its well worth it and they come with directions.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2009 at 6:09 AM
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    MCRANEY

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    i have my cb mounted where my ashtray use to be. my antenna is mounted in the center aft side of my toolbox. works out great for me

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  11. Apr 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM
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    How did you mount it in the ashtray spot?
     
  12. Apr 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM
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    My Cobra 19 DX IV is mounted in the ashtray location as well.

    Here's some pics detailing what I did...

    In the 2nd picture...
    the plastic material inside the blue lines
    will need be cut away (removed)

    It will be a somewhat permanent deal once done.

    I used plastic zip ties in these pics...
    but have since replaced them with velcro (type) zip ties.

    I also used a heat gun an put an indentation
    in the heater duct.
    Along with doing that... I used a 90* coupler
    at the backside of the cb.

    My antenna cable is routed along the floor (under the carpet/seats)
    and exits out the back of the cab
    at the lower rear passenger side grommet.

    Maintain the total cable length utilizing 3' increments.
    Think I used a 15' cable...
    but had to run it around the cab some to lose the extra length.
    Don't let the cable coil over on itself.

    My Lil' Wil' antenna is mag mounted on the roof.


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  13. Apr 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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    Not to get off topic but why do you guys run cb's in your tacomas? I have a marine band radio in mine but we use that when hunting in the mountains.

    Do you have to know someone with a cb as well? Or do you guys just talk to truckers out there?
     
  14. Apr 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM
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    shipps

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    Using them on the trails seems to be the main reason why guys are running CB's. Makes communication with your wheeling group much more efficient.
     
  15. Apr 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM
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    Trapperr

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    Ahhhh, makes perfect sense. Kinda the same reason I run my radio. Thank you.
     
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