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CB radio install - Your thoughts please?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by huevo movil, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Jan 17, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    huevo movil

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    Fellow enthusiasts,

    For a few months I have been deliberating where to mount my CB radio? I see some have mounted theirs to the left of the steering wheel under the dash; unfortunately for me that spot is taken with my Prodigy Brake Controller for my travel trailer; some have integrated it into the cubby hole beneath the Radio/DVD (to much work for me); some have mounted their radios sideways along the back portion of the console on the passenger’s side… etc…

    I came with the idea of mounting the radio partially inside of the storage cubby above the double drink holder/tray (see pic 1 & 2) utilizing the original radio mount (u shaped) and a aluminum support post (see pic 3 & 4). This support post is made from a scarp piece of flat 1/8” thick, 3/4” wide aluminum.

    At first glance this configuration will allow me to remove the radio as needed but maintain a clean and aesthetically pleasant look. The only drawback that I see is that I loose partial use of the double drink holders beneath the radio. This is where I need y’alls assistance, what am I missing in terms of draw backs?

    I earnestly welcome your thoughts and comments.

    Pic # 1 - Radio dry fit in cab.jpg
    Pic # 2 - Radio dry fit in cab.jpg
    Pic # 3 - Mount Top-Front View.jpg
    Pic # 4 - Mount Side View.jpg
     
  2. Jan 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    That little cobra is a slick way to handle it. Did you glue or bolt your mic hanger over the pass. airbag switch?

    I did have a uniden CB mounted like this using velcro, but that was temporary:
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    Would have mounted it here, but that is where my 50W 2M rig now sits, bolted to the plastic using fender washers on the other side:
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    2M antenna here:
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    I use the ham rig far more but would like to get that CB back in the truck and will probably put it in the console box.
     
  3. Jan 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM
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    w8n4mud

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    I think its ok. I would have gone for the center compartment between the seats then. Cool bracket though.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM
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    Would you be able to cut the front out of that cubby and recess the CB further forward to allow access to the double drink holders?
     
  5. Jan 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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    I got my cobra 29 and my kicker mounted under the driver's seat!
     
  6. Jan 17, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    I would love a cb I am still doing lots of research on goodones. Too many to choose and of course to go with this thread I would have no idea where to mount it .
     
  7. Jan 17, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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    i like mine under the seat, plus my wilson antenna is a roof mount magnet type. so when i'm not using it i can tuck it away and no one would even know i have it!!! In case i get into trouble with it!!
     
  8. Jan 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    Get a less expensive unit to start. All are limited to 4W anyway. A good antenna, tuned to acceptable SWR, is far more important than the make of CB transceiver.

    All-in-all CB is a very limited form of communication. It is (barring 'skip' caused by atmospheric conditions) short range.

    If it is for fun, highway info, or communicating with another vehicle in LOS, by all means CB.

    If you are looking for emergency/contingency longer range commo, amateur VHF or UHF is the way to go.
     
  9. Jan 27, 2010 at 1:43 AM
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    bigbolas,

    I am unable to provide pics att as I am out of state. However I ran my coax underneath through the passengers edge of the the cup holder, down along the passanger side of the console kick plate, behind the firewall on the passenger side up and out though an existing grommet, across the top (underneath the wiper compartment) and to the under hood antenna mount. Hopefully this is clearer than mud? I will be glad to provide some pics upon my return Thursday if you like. I have experienced no interference e.g. bleed over from either the engine or the wiper blades as of yet.

    Would be interested in seeing where you applied the tape and mounts as well. A dry fit pic would suffice. I have not finalized the install but hope to do so soon.

    Best wishes.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    This was version 1.0. Version 2.0 is improved.. No wires or cables....ANYWHERE
     
  11. Jan 27, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    I got a big ass Cobra 29, I think I am going to mount it here
     
  12. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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    That was my mistake. And why I did Version 2.0. :eek: The coax cable now goes down under that plastic cardboard and straight under the carpet to the pass rubber plug.

    I have a dumb hole in the side of my center console, Lesson learned......
     
  13. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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    Ill probably plug it up with some odor free resin..
     
  14. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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    4 watts? That's funny, I'm pushin several hundred! 
     
  15. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    What you should do is think of a way to have something crawl out of there to scare someone sitting in the passenger seat :D
     
  16. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    toy snake? :evil:
     
  17. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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    YES!!!! That would be friggen hilarious, maybe get a chick in a short skirt :D
     
  18. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    I might try it on the gf. ;)
     
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  20. Jan 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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    I tried to keep the Firestik from hitting things and getting in the way. There will be an eventual version 2.0 for the FireStik mounting as well.

    CB antenna adapter with elbow joint.;) I got to leave it be for now, I got to reach my goal right now.
     
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