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Old 09-14-2009, 11:30 PM
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any reason that you can't go down to radio shack and get a plug for the cig lighter? They're fused, they're easy to connect to your radio, and it's almost hassle free.

True you might have to get a bit creative running the wires, but I'm sure you'll figure something out....

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Yeah, I will definitely have to get creative with the wiring, but my problem is, the bracket that came with the radio was easily bolted into the floor console on my Jeep, where I could actually mount the radio itself, but in my truck, I have nothing to really mount the radio to as the bracket/hardware don't really work in that application.

When I wired it in my Jeep, I just ran the wires through the firewall and to the battery (couldn't use the cigarette lighter, that was the toggle switch for my auxillary fan). The wiring coming off the radio has a fusible link, so I am not too concerned about running it off of a constant "hot," it's just how to mount the radio itself in the cab where it is in reach, but not sliding all over the place.

The other fun part will be running the coax through the cab and out the back for the antenna to mount to the bedrail.

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any reason that you can't go down to radio shack and get a plug for the cig lighter? They're fused, they're easy to connect to your radio, and it's almost hassle free.

True you might have to get a bit creative running the wires, but I'm sure you'll figure something out....

good luck

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Any transmitter needs a good supply of power. The lighter socket is wired with a small gauge of wire that will have too much voltage drop when keying transmit. When I first got my truck I temped in my ham radio using a lighter plug. I keyed transmit and the radio promptly reset due to too low a voltage. I had to run it at the lowest possible output too keep it from resetting. I had a local car audio shop install a power lead from the battery to underneath the drivers seat with #8 wire and an inline fuse and it only cost me $45. Problem solved. My dual band ham radio can draw as much as 10 amps on high power.

The lighter socket may be fused as high as 25 amps, but if you think about it for a second, heating a lighter plug does not require a certain voltage to work, just the high current. So if the voltage drops due to wire resistance losses, it doesn't matter. On a radio, have a steady 13.8 volts is necessary for the electronics to work as designed.

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I have to agree on powering the CB, a separate power wire would be best coming from the fuse box under the hood. Either that or a relay with power from the battery, and then triggered by an accessory that only comes on with the key.

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You learn something new every day. I wasn't aware that the radios were that sensitive to voltage drop. That being said it sounds like the only option you've got is to "create" a hole through the fire wall and either put some sort of terminal block inside the cab, or tap directly into the battery.

When I ran the wires for the lights, I was able to get through the fire wall pretty easily by piggy backing through one of the grommets that were there. I was only using 10 gage wire though....

As for getting the coax through (I haven't checked this out yet) there might be a grommet that you can slip through in the back of the cab. I had an '02 GMC that I was able to do this no problem. I then slipped under the bed, and popped up through a hole (that fortunately was already there) in the bed to mount my antenna to my tool box.

just my not so informed opinion

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