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Old 03-28-2011, 02:30 AM
984wdram 984wdram is offline
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i take it you have a 4wd. i have always had good luck with cobra 29's. with the front mount mic, not side mount. i got a plastic floor mount with a built in external speaker. i cut the plastic on the side the 4wd shifter is on so it would fit over it. there is a plug under the carpet on the driver side. take the trim and kick panel off the driver side and pull the carpet back. climb under the truck and pry the plug up. this is to route your coax through, under the truck, up between the cab and bed, and into your mount. whatever mount you decide togo with, cut a small hole under it, hidden, and run your coax up through this. the power plug for the cb will have a cig lighter plug on the end. you can either use that, or cut the plug off and straight wire it. if youre gonna use the plug, just leave the wire out. if youre gonna straight wire it, run the plugs through the same hole you ran the coax through, under the carpet, to somewhere you can run it through the firewall at. if its a 3 wire lead, you can splice the red and yellow wires together to a jumper wire and to the positive on the battery. on the ground, NEVER ground it to the battery. the battery negative still has some current coming through it. there will be 2 or 3 screws on the firewall that already serve as grounds to ground your cb to. crimp an end on the negative wire, and put it on that screw. now for the antenna. for offroading, going through woods, getting the signal over the trees and what not, i run a 8 foot whip antenna mounted to my toolbox. on my toolbox, i put weatherstripping on the bottom of it so it wont ruin the paint under it, which also breaks the ground, so i ran a jumper wire from a screw i put in the frame, to the mount, and crimped an end on it and put one of the mount bolts on it. if youre mounting it on a toolbox, make sure there is room between the spring and the box, because then the antenna will ground itself out on the toolbox. also remember to get a good, high quality, antenna spring. if you can easily bend it with your hands, it is too loose, probably has a thin wire going through it, and will flop all around and hit the cab of your truck and also anything else within 8 feet of it. if you are mounting it directly to your bed, install your antenna mount there and you wont have to ground the mount. if you want a good quality cb, go with a cobra, uniden, or galexy. for the money, a cobra is well worth it. i have a cobra 29 ltd nightwatcher with weather on it, so i can see what teh weather is going to be like today, and also the rest of the week. whatever cb you go with, get it tuned, which puts it as close to 30db's as possible, which will let you talk for a pretty good distance.
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