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CB radio Installation. I've got questions...

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by w8n4mud, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Dec 27, 2008 at 7:49 PM
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    I just installed a Uniden Pro250XL. Having issues trying to give it POWER. You think it's as simple as 1-2-3. However, I can't seem to figure out the whole negative ground vs the positive ground and/or using the ignition switch as power. Are you guys even running a wire to the trucks battery? Advise! By the way, the instructions mentioned something about using a fuse block but have no idea what that is. Help!

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  2. Dec 27, 2008 at 7:52 PM
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    I like the spot you chose but for me i would definately knee the hell out of that. i would have to go check how its wired just to make sure. Heres my location i chose.
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  3. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:08 PM
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    amazingly enough my knee doesn't touch it. However, when my foot is taking the parking brake off, I did make contact with the back of it. Now, that I've been in and out of the truck the whole day, I'm already used to it. It should work out great there.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:08 PM
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    SoCalman22, where did you mount your antenna?
     
  5. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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    Heres where i have it resting along the back bench will find a way so that i doesnt get beat up when hitting bumps on the road, but i just take it and mount it right out side through the sliding door put it on top in the middle of the cab.
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  6. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:15 PM
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    mounted in the rear passenger center cup holder
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    ran the cable under the brake light assembly rather than going through the sliding glass
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  7. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:17 PM
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    so monkeyproof you keep your antenna on at all times right?
     
  8. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:25 PM
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    yes sir, it's mounted 24/7...

    i never have any problems with it. i've had this one for almost 8 years now and was on my previous vehicle. the magnetic base is strong and has never blown off from high speeds, high winds or branches on the trail. and since its a magnetic mount i can easily dismount it and just let it rest sideways on the roof when going into a low ceiling parking structure or whatnot.[/quote]
     
  9. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:27 PM
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    Im looking for a PERMANENT mount BUT with a quick release of the antenna. I'm desperately looking for ideas. I think its tougher to do in a 2nd gen taco vs the 1st with the flat bumper.
     
  10. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:29 PM
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    mine is permanent, i can take off the actual "whip" only using a small allen key leaving the base still attached to the roof
     
  11. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:31 PM
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    You've got a black truck like Socalman22. Is that magnet leaving scratches on the finish of your paint?
     
  12. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:34 PM
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    if you slide the magnetic base yes it will i have proof on my roof the magnet is pretty strong.
     
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    My antenna is mounted one of my bed cleates. You might wanna use a fuse tap for your pwer.

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  14. Dec 27, 2008 at 8:47 PM
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    WTH is a fuse tap? What do I need for that? Can you take a pic of the mount on your bed cleat? Any mods to make that work or was it an easy install? Is a fuse block the same as a fuse tap?

     
  15. Dec 27, 2008 at 9:23 PM
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    For the OP.

    There are a lot of options out there for what you are trying to do.

    Power: To power the radio you can go directly off of the battery (I did). What I did was ran some equal gauge wire to the battery and connected the red wire to the positive terminal of the battery (by crimping the wire into a terminal lug and attaching). For the ground I ran to where the negative of the battery attaches to the body. if you go directly to battery ensure you install the inline fuse closer to the battery (try within the 1st foot and easily accessible) You could use a fuse tap (like one sold at any automotive supply store). You could go the route of installing a 12 circuit fuse block like our own Shadow Warrior did (and I will do at some point)

    Antenna attachments. If you want a quick release look into these. I am running this one on my FJ and as soon as I get a CB for the Tacoma I will for her

    Also after installing everything make sure you tune your antenna. There are many articles on tuning an antenna for optimal SWR <---click.


    Hope this helps.
     
  16. Dec 27, 2008 at 10:40 PM
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    I checked out the info you sent Banshee. Very informative. Seems like I've got my work cut out for me. I do appreciate it though. A nice CB is only part of the equation. Now to see if I can do it.
     
  17. Dec 27, 2008 at 10:48 PM
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    I really hate shadow warrior ok not really his rig is sick! i may want to do the fuse block would clear alot of crap i have good post good stuff banshee!
     
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    this post has been informative i too am looking for mounts for a 2nd gen for the antenna i was thinking duals mounted in the bed rail.... they look cool IMO but is there a benefit?
     
  19. Dec 27, 2008 at 11:16 PM
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    I don't know about the permanent mount with a quick release antenna, but it wouldn't be very hard to put a quick release on the coax cable that runs to your antenna. A trip to your local electronics store (networking or computer electronics would probably be the best bet) a RJ style criming tool and your choice of whatever style male and female connectors you might have your problem solved. I would look at some TNC style connectors if you are serious about doing this kind of setup. This coupled with a magnetic mount, would probably kick ass. Other than the crimping tool, this would cost all of about 5 Bucks... You could even take the cable in and I'm sure they would install the connections for maybe 10 bucks (RJ crimpers are anywhere from 20 to 50 bucks).
     
  20. Dec 28, 2008 at 8:56 AM
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    For the record, I decided to go with the K40 Power Whip antenna and the K40 Magnet Mount. I'm under the impression I should be able to attach a "QUICK RELEASE" connector between the antenna and the mount for easy removal. Any idea if I can also add the "SPRING" above the connector in case I do hit an overhead object? As far as the cable from the mount to the CB radio... well that's another fork in the road. I'll head over to Circuit City first and talk to the installers about a fuse box/block and see what they can do to assist. I've got a store credit there so I'll try to use it.
     
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