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Clean VHF/CB radio installs

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by FoleySwampPlotts, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Aug 20, 2020 at 12:36 PM
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    How do the cables rub bare?
    I have a mount from relentless fab that’s basically an angled light mount bolted to the rail....it looks like a similar connection as yours.

    How’d you run it into the cab.....and with the extra cable?
     
  2. Aug 20, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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    An unusually high amount of pinstriping.

    Most of the radio guys I know are in agreement to keep it long, but I have a few friends that have cut them to length and haven’t had any problems. I personally leave it long but mainly because that’s what I learned years ago. If you do keep it long very loosely coil it and put it out of the way.
     
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  3. Aug 21, 2020 at 4:32 AM
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    IIRC you want to keep co-axe runs in lengths that are multiples of 3ft because thats the wavelength.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2020 at 5:31 AM
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    Mounted an Icom F5021 under the driver seat. Had to move some of the factory cable aside to mount the bracket to the seat frame. Has plenty of room as to not interfere with any moving parts (seat slider, floor vent, etc).

    Coax is wired to MESO 3rd brake light with NMO. Current plan is to run power cable through driver dash grommet to the battery.

    Mic is quite long so that it plugs directly to radio and mounts on EE TPAM.

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  5. Aug 21, 2020 at 6:15 AM
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    Here are a few pictures of my radio installation, FTM 400 along with an XPR 5550

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  6. Aug 21, 2020 at 6:24 AM
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    Is this the Comet fender mount that is actually for a Suburban or something?
     
  7. Aug 21, 2020 at 6:32 AM
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  8. Aug 21, 2020 at 6:35 AM
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    Thanks!
     
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  9. Aug 23, 2020 at 7:01 PM
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    just in installed my bearcat 880, not sure about clean and i still have to run the coax and tune it.
     
  10. Aug 29, 2020 at 4:59 PM
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    Finally, thanks for all the help and advice. 3477BDEA-3FC9-419E-B96D-2A470699D8B8.jpg

    installed the h/u under the passenger seat. had a local car audio guy help/ do most of the work.
     
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  11. Sep 15, 2020 at 8:47 AM
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    No loss of rear seat use and safe operation were a couple of my goals on this install, as well as wanting a clean finished product.

    Major components:
    - DMM from TacoGarage.
    - 3” NMO Mount from Breedlove Mounts (part 504).
    - Horizontal Stacking System from Galls (3 unit).
    - DC/DC 12v 50A charger w/MPPT and dual input from Renogy.
    - LiFePo 40AH battery with Anderson connectors from Bioeno Power.
    - 15W external speakers from Bearcat (model BC15).
    - Rig Runner power distribution block from West Mountain Radio (model 4005).
    - Ferrite snap-on split beads from Palomar Engineering.
    - Ram Mounts.
    - 6 and 10 gauge zip cable sourced from Powerwerx.

    Information sources:
    - BlueSea.com for wire gauge data.
    - K0BG.com has extensive mounting considerations but mainly focused on HF.
    - Twice weekly YouTube Q&A with Dave Castler KE0OG.

    Lessons learned:
    - Check for roof support pillars before drilling NMO holes (use special NMO drill bit).
    - Use task specific tools such as large gauge crimpers, heat gun, and body panel tools.
    - Not all 6 gauge wire is the same physical size and stiffness.
    - It wasn’t worth the effort to take off the front fender to rivet the fuse holder from the other side.
    - Place the removed bolts and hardware in marked zip lock bags according to where they go.
    - 15W speakers are about the minimum power needed.
    - Taking the time to paint bare aluminum increased my satisfaction with the end result.
    - This will likely take at least 25 or 30 hours to complete.

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  13. Sep 15, 2020 at 11:16 AM
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    The only thing that matters with wavelength is the antenna itself. The coax doesn't matter, it's just the feed line.
     
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  14. Sep 22, 2020 at 1:02 PM
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    I got a used IC 2370 and I want to remote mount the face. What kind of cable do I need to fun between the face and the box? I tried to search and couldn’t find anything.
     
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    Icom part number OPC-1156. ~$30
    but any shielded Cat-6 cable should work.
     
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    You will need a rj12 6 wire modular connector. The control head to main unit cable is 6 connectors. Rj14 or rj11 and not going to work for you.

    An 8 conductor cable will not work for the main unit. If you're going to run the microphone from the control head and need an extension a category 6 cable is you need for that.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2020 at 3:42 PM
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    Ok I’m confused. So Cat 6 cable, with rj12 connectors? That is for the face plate to the main unit? What about the mic cable? Sorry, I’m just not that clear on this.
     
  18. Sep 24, 2020 at 4:08 PM
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    Also, is this what I need? Or do I need to build one?
    C2G RJ11 Modem Cable for DSL Internet - Connects Phone Jack to Broadband DSL Modems for High Speed Data Transfer - 15ft Long with Double-Shielding to Reduce Interference - 28722 https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000083JZ1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wzsBFbYYC0NAK
     
  19. Sep 24, 2020 at 4:39 PM
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    Forget about Cat6, that's for Networking (mostly). The connectors are eight pin. You'd use that for a microphone extension, not the main unit.

    This is the factory cable, https://www.ebay.com/itm/Icom-OPC-1...e-for-IC-2730A-ID-4100A-ID-5100A/112426661417

    It has six conductors. If you don't want to spend that much this will work,

    https://smile.amazon.com/uxcell-Tel...tronics&sprefix=rj12+,electronics,190&sr=1-24

    You are looking for a 6P6C cable with RJ12 connectors. 6P6C stands for 6 Position 6 Cable. Somewhat ironically, the microphone uses an RJ45 8P8C cable.

    RJ11 cables won't do it because they are either 4P2C or 4P4C.


     
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  20. Sep 24, 2020 at 8:01 PM
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    Thank you so much! So I need more length that the one you posted, i assume that this will work the same way?

    C2G 09600 RJ12 6P6C Straight Modular Cable, Silver (14 Feet, 4.26 Meters) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0002J1SUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_10vBFb5Z4JYN4
     

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