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Cb radio install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by NraFan, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Sep 27, 2009 at 3:13 PM
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    NraFan

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    Here's the new radio:

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    The Cobra 29 WX NW BT radio

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    The mount I made is a stolen idea from evilmonkey. Its a little more refined. I used 16ga steel I had lying around the shop. Cut a few shapes, threw a few bends on it, welded a couple spots, and painted it up.

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    Here's the radio mounted in the cab. I looked everywhere for a spot to mount this, but this radio is huge. Anywhere else would have been banging me or the wife in the knees. So this is where it ended up. It will really only be used when driving cross country (every few months) so the position works just fine. A quick glance and you can see all the controls.

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    I ran the power along the drivers side directly to the battery.

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    There is already a spot under the drivers seat, near the rear air, that the carpet is sliced. I ran the power cables and coax through here. The coax was run under the truck, and through a a grommet in the floor pan along with a large cluster of wires. Its almost directly below the drivers seat.

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    Pulled the two power lines through this grommet in the firewall on the drivers side. Connected them to power and ground on the battery.

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    A few pics of the truck with the antenna. About half the antenna is above the roof, so the reception is pretty good.


    Once everything is installed, I used an SWR meter to fine tune everything. This Firestik antenna has a quick tune feature on it which was really handy. After one adjustment I was getting readings of 1.5 across all channels. Reception is good for about 2 -3 miles with this setup.

    Thats about it. A few hours total (not counting watching the paint dry on the mount). If you want to mount a CB in the front of the cab I would go with the Cobra 18. Its more compact. This radio has everything. Weather, backlight, Bluetooth. I love it. Not one to shamelessy promote a company, but http://www.rightchannelradios.com/ has everything you need and the customer service is incredible. I highly recommend them for an experienced CB'r or a first timer. They were great. Please check them out.
     
  2. Sep 27, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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    FearNothing321

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    looks good, nice and clean install
     
  3. Sep 27, 2009 at 3:19 PM
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    fghtngsquirrel

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    Looks great!
     
  4. Sep 27, 2009 at 3:21 PM
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    InfidelTaco

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    Very clean. Good job Devil Dog.
     
  5. Sep 27, 2009 at 3:22 PM
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    beastlytaco

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    looks good man. that is a great radio, it will last you many years to come
     
  6. Sep 27, 2009 at 4:46 PM
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    krimson

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    That's the best idea ive seen to mount the antenna.
     
  7. Sep 27, 2009 at 4:55 PM
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    Colton

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    Awesome write-up! :)

    That looks very nice!
     
  8. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM
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    ChocoTaco08

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    :headbang: i love that antenna mount. any problems when closin the tailgate like havin to be extra careful? or was it already pre-existin screws? loving that cb too.
     
  9. Sep 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    nice install.
     
  10. Sep 27, 2009 at 9:56 PM
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    No, no problems. I just used some #8 tek screws. There is plenty of room. The tailgate actually has a little recessed area there. I originally wanted to run the coax through the tailgate area, but there wasn't enough room. Just slam the gate without ever worrying about it.
     
  11. Sep 27, 2009 at 10:09 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Man that is an awesome idea for peeps with a cover. I just may have to steal your idea.. or maybe get you to make me a bracket for some $$$ :p
     
  12. Sep 28, 2009 at 6:11 AM
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    Its a pretty easy bracket to make. If you dont have the resources to do it yourself, any shop would probably throw one together for you pretty cheep. You can buy a small piece of steel anywhere. Just lay it out and tell them what you need, should be good to go. Let me know if you need help with the layout.
     
  13. Sep 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM
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    I remember your install while I was doing all my research. I think yours is really clean. I didnt have the balls to cut up my new radio. I think you did an excellent job. The truth is, I just remove mine most of the time, I only use it for cross country trips. If i was running it all the time, your install would be the way to go. Thanks!
     
  15. Sep 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM
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    I love the mounting for the radio and antenna. Looks great man!
     
  16. Sep 28, 2009 at 5:38 PM
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    Thanks. I appreciate the feedback.
     
  17. Sep 28, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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    x4 (or 10 or whatever) on the antenna mount. I've got a hard top tonneau and can't use the bed rails...

    You should make up a few of these and sell 'em. I'd gladly pay $ for that!
     
  18. Sep 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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    I have a Cobra 18, might look at that set up
     
  19. Sep 28, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    nice work on the radio and antenna mount, I mounted my cb just llike you did, I still haven't got a firestick or quick disconnect yet, that cb is awesome, that will be my next upgrade from the pawn shop special I have now, i like the weather channels
     
  20. Oct 21, 2009 at 4:43 PM
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    I like your mount. Mine is a little flimsy when on the trail. I may redo it. I'd pay for yours as well.
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