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Old 01-09-2011, 12:03 PM
Brodie_laj Brodie_laj is offline
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Default Re: where to mount a CB radio

ya it kind of has a step down

Here is how i mounted my radio and antenna
I bolted the bracket for the radio on, the bolt and nut catches a peice of plastic under the radio area so it is really sturdy... kind of hard to explain, drop your glove box down and look in that are and you can see it.



Here is a pm i sent to a member on here, he said it helped him so i might as well post it for others too
The antenna i have is a 4' fiberglass whip from the source and i mounted it to the bed rail with the mirror mount, but i just used one had of the mount.... on the bed rail there are 2 holes already and the mount bolted up perfectly to the 2 holes

As for the coax i ran it under the truck and through a plug in the floor by the back of the cab, that got the wire between the carpet and the body of the truck, then behind the drivers side seat there is another plug on the carpet that i ran the wire out of, now i ran the wire underneath my console and out to under my radio bezel where the radio is mounted... out of the whole install i only see about 3" of wire

apparently if your coax is running through the engine bay or outside the truck you may get a static, also the power cable going to the radio is best connected directly to the battery opposed to the fuse panel or 12v outlet

I used 9' of coax for an ext cab and i had just enough wire

My reception is very good, many times when i am out on the highway i will have my squelch almost all the way to the left with no static or anything... not to sure how far out i get but i think it is pretty good.



Here is where i ran the power wires out of the truck, just cut a slit half way up the rubber gromit and put the wire in the middle of the gromit to prevent it from getting cut on the sharp metal
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:20 PM
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Default Re: where to mount a CB radio

Sorry if this is a little late of a reply, but I was reading through this, and as a licensed ham radio operator, I was slightly horrified....just slightly though, lol.

As far as wiring goes, never splice a transceiver into the stereo lines or any other electrical bus. Connect the wire directly to the battery line with a 25 amp inline fuse on the positive cable that runs to the radio.

Splicing into anything electrical is a bad idea, if done correctly it is not too dangerous, but the extra load from a radio transceiver could possible blow a fuse at best. The most common problem is that there will be electrical noise which will reduce the clarity of a broadcast signal making it hard for people to hear you. Worst case scenario is a fire or RF leakage into other electrical equipment in your track, causing malfunctions and fried equipment.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:45 PM
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Default Re: where to mount a CB radio

^^With 5 watts I don't think they'll have to worry about it.

But i do agree with you on running a heavy power cable to the battery.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:09 AM
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Default Re: where to mount a CB radio

A 4 watt stock CB only draws a max of 3 amps. I just use a power cord I got at a truckstop that plugs into my power port. works fine.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:51 PM
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Default Re: where to mount a CB radio

i dont like how its in the back hard to get 2
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:24 PM
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where did you get the flash light mount?
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:20 PM
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Default Re: where to mount a CB radio

I have a question in the overhead mount (this is the mazda B4000 cab plus, manual 5-speed which is the same as the ford ranger, except in name).

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current setup:






Previous setup...





In the overhead mount, I saw the hole you made in the headliner. My question is, did you just use a basic bracket? of did you need to ad an extension on? ( did the bracket look like this |__| ?)
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