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Old 02-18-2013, 07:17 PM
Jimmyspy Jimmyspy is offline
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Default Took advantage of the nice weather

So the Ohio weather gods were gracious enough to bless us with a few rare hours of sunshine today, so I took advantage of it and did acouple things to the ranger. Started off with washing 4 weeks of dirt, salt, and road grime off the body and undercarriage. (I'm ashamned that my truck went a month without a bath! ) Then I spent the rest of the day stumbling my way through the instalation of my cb radio. It took alot of thinking and cursing, but I got it hooked up. I still need to tune the antenna though... (any advice on that would be greatly appreciated! haha ) On to the pictures:











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Old 02-18-2013, 07:21 PM
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I would have mounted it closer to the cab...

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:24 PM
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I wanted to, but I couldnt see a way of reaching under the bed rail there to hold the nuts while I tightened the bolts down
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:35 PM
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looks good!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:38 PM
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You basically have to reach up between the inner/outer walls of the bed to hold the nut on the underside of the bed rail closer to the cab. Get a few socket extensions or just use self tappers?
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:17 PM
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looks good!!
Thanks!

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You basically have to reach up between the inner/outer walls of the bed to hold the nut on the underside of the bed rail closer to the cab. Get a few socket extensions or just use self tappers?
Ohhh, I didn't think of laying underneath it and lookin up.... haha. And I wasn't sure if I wanted to trust self tappers to hold 4 foot of swaying antenna. It probably would have been fine, but I felt better with moving it back 5 inches or so and through bolting it. I really don't mind the space between the antenna and the cab
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:24 PM
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Ohhh, I didn't think of laying underneath it and lookin up.... haha. And I wasn't sure if I wanted to trust self tappers to hold 4 foot of swaying antenna. It probably would have been fine, but I felt better with moving it back 5 inches or so and through bolting it. I really don't mind the space between the antenna and the cab
Well even if you did, you'd just be laying there like "shit I wish my arms were 5 feet long to reach up in there". And then you'd need someone else in the bed on the other end of the screw...

As far as self tappers thats all I got holding my visor on and It hasn't budged in the high winds on the freeway or crashing through overhanging branches. Just some food for thought
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:50 PM
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Well even if you did, you'd just be laying there like "shit I wish my arms were 5 feet long to reach up in there". And then you'd need someone else in the bed on the other end of the screw...
Haha. Yea, that would've been a pain! Haha.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:04 PM
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To tune your antenna to the CB, you need an SWR Meter. you can usually find them cheap at garage sales or the alike. but you can also buy them new..
This is what I use:
http://www.amazon.com/Vanco-SWR1-SWR-Meter/dp/B0002D6KQS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361307791&sr=1-1&keywords=Vanco+SWR+Meter
but you can also use this(it does the same thing)
http://www.amazon.com/POWER-METER-Radio-Watts-Jumper/dp/B005VFG9U4/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361307849&sr=1-8&keywords=swr+meter+for+cb+radio
Installation looks good though! Not a bad placement of the radio..
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:01 PM
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To tune your antenna to the CB, you need an SWR Meter. you can usually find them cheap at garage sales or the alike. but you can also buy them new..
This is what I use:
Amazon.com: Vanco SWR1 SWR Meter: Electronics

but you can also use this(it does the same thing)
SWR / POWER METER for CB Radio 100 Watts with 3' Jumper - Astatic PDC2 and CX-3-PL-PL : Amazon.com : Electronics

Installation looks good though! Not a bad placement of the radio..
Thanks! I wanted to put it under my radio (its an aftermarket and is a lot thinner than the stock one), but the cb was too fat. This was my backup plan. Haha.

I read about swr meters but I wasnt sure if I should buy one or if I could take it somewhere and have it tuned. How much do the swr meters run?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:04 PM
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I would have mounted it closer to the cab...

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wrong, further away is better. the closer it is to a large metal object the worse ranger you get. that is why i had my 4ft on the tailgate and pulled 10 miles range
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