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Where to Run CB Coaxial Cable?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tdswimin8, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Oct 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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    tdswimin8

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    Hi Everyone, So I am installing my CB radio and my antenna is going to be on the back left bumper. Any ideas on where to get the cable into the cab? I was thinking just to pop out under the driver seat where the tow package comes in but anyone have better ideas?

    Thanks in Advance!
     
  2. Oct 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    j1999t

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    behind the rear left passenger seat there is a grommet you can remove and run it through there, wrap it around the frame (away from the suspension) and up to the bumper, use zip ties to secure it.
     
  3. Oct 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    I saw that grommet from the outside but I cannot find it in te inside behind the seat. Where does the grommet pop out in the cab?
     
  4. Oct 9, 2011 at 4:00 AM
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    This is what I did. My antenna is located on the front of the bed, attached to my toolbox.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2011 at 4:16 AM
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    I ran the coax into the cab from an unused grommet about 6" inboard from the B-pillar. Antenna mounted on passenger side behind the cab, wire run under the rails and into the driver's side cubbyhole, zip tied to the e-brake cable and through the grommetm under drivers seat to the center console to the CB mounted by my right leg.

    Cut a + in the grommet to run the coax. Gonna seal it up w/ silicone when I get the chance.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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    DDD

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    Here is how I ran the Coax antenna cable to the antenna.

    Here is the grommet that I am going to use.
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    I pulled out the grommet and used a sharp tool to poke a hole into it.

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    I shoved my needle nose pliers through the hole.
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    And grabbed a hold of the wire.
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    Slide the grommet over the wire.
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    Finally put the grommet back into the hole.
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    Its water tight and you don't have to drill any holes in your truck. Now I ran the cable under the right rear door floor panel to the passenger seat. There is already a channel with wires under that floor panel with room for 1 more wire...
     
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  7. Oct 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    db your the man!!! thanks for the help everyone
     
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    What did you use to terminate the coax cable at the cb? Is there like a removable or crimp on connector? I only ask cause I have 18ft of coax with 2 finished ends (I think they have PL259 connectors), but it looks like I'm gonna have to cut one end to get it into the cab through a grommet like you did. Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  9. Dec 26, 2016 at 1:51 PM
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    I am in the same situation... thread is from 2011 too... but bump for an idea!
     
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    Does anyone think running the coax next to amp wires will cause any interference? Such as running the coax next to amp power and remote wires?
     
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    Not sure, no experience with that, I am using a 2 ft firestick and a 4ft for when i need to reach out and touch someone far away.
     
  14. May 6, 2017 at 3:55 PM
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    Hey guys,

    Just adding my 2 cents here as I literally just did this today. Same grommet I found by just laying under the truck and poking around on accident. I used the Firestik kit:

    https://www.amazon.com/FIRESTIK-K4-...UTF8&qid=1494110953&sr=1-22&keywords=firestik

    With the stainless steel door jam mount on the rear of the bed like many others run although I have just fab'd up my own mounts with steel and a vise on past trucks:

    https://www.amazon.com/FireStik-SS-...=UTF8&qid=1494110953&sr=1-4&keywords=firestik

    Of course you could just get some plain CB cable and solder PL connectors on both ends and just get an antenna with a PL connector. The better you can make the connection (solder) the better you will ensure a clean signal. Obviously a lot of ways to do it but the Firestik kit is generally my go to. Plus their antennas are very tune-able and easy to use. Don't forget to tune with an SWR meter. I run CB and ham so I tune at CB channel 40 so I'm in the middle.

    -tj
     
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