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Old 02-22-2010, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CB Radio Install

Hey guys, fairly new to this thread and have been searching for an install of a CB in the cab and rail mount for an antenna. Has anyone done this? I have been looking around but have yet to find any threads on it. Also for those who have done it, where is the best place to put it, doesn't seem like there is a great location.

Truck is an '08 4x4 DoubleCab Off-Road...looking to start doing some mods.

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi & Welcome.

Here is a guy who did exactly what you are thinking about (bed rails):
CB Antenna install

Note, unless you have a NGP (non-ground plane) antenna, I wouldn't do this. (composite material aka plastic = not a good choice for a proper RF ground)

Before the Wilson Antenna's site went down, they had a good schematic of best mounting locations. Roof #1, then I think rear of truck @ top of box (assuming metal box) was #2, driver's side front fender #3, & so on. I went with front fender location (on a quick-disconnect). Will save drilling roof for the VHF!

Here is my Cobra 75 WX ST install thread (3 pages long!) on CT4WD:
http://forum.ct4wd.com/showthread.php?t=1443

It'll give you some ideas on how to mount, running coax & power; and where I put the Cobra box.

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Threads here:
CB antenna mounting
Anyone install a CB or scanner in their Taco?
Best CB antenna
Help with CB install ... few questions.

More than you'd ever want to know about my own install:
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=135185

General information:
http://www.firestik.com/Tech_Docs.htm
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So, my acid friend: did you ever get that noise to go away?

I agree with Chalkie & others tho - VHF is/will be light years above CB - when I get my ticket, that is. I did my CB install to "get my feet wet", and because some of the guys I wheel with (like me) aren't on VHF yet.

I'm looking forward to getting my Ham ticket - just haven't signed up for my CARA basic amateur radio licence class yet.

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So, my acid friend: did you ever get that noise to go away?
Nope. Strangely enough, the problem faded to some degree on its own. Or maybe I should say that under normal driving/trail conditions it's not nearly as noticeable as sitting with the truck idling and trying to tune things. I haven't tried the NGP setup yet, as basically I got it to where I needed it for what and how much I use it for the moment so it became a low priority.
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Thanks Dante that info definitely helps a lot.

One of these days when I finally have some time I will have to start shopping for the parts and get after it. For now I just have sit here and admire everything everyone else is doing and start my own mod to-do list.
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