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CB Antenna installation

Hello all. I am looking for some advice. I currently have a 2005 Ford Ranger Edge series. 4 door. I was curious to see if there is a way to run CB Antenna coax wire without running it through the door where I have to close the door on my coax, possibly damaging the antenna wire in the long run.

Is there a way to run wire from the back of the truck bed, through a stake hole mount underneath the truck and run the wire through it that way without drilling a hole? (something I REALLY don't want to do) I was wondering if there is a rubber grommet somewhere near my driver seat or passenger seat so I can run the CB Antenna coax into the cab into my CB Radio.

I moved the airbag control **** and mounted my cb radio under the **** controls for my cb radio. It was helpful on this website on how to do it. But I haven't seen any luck on cb antenna installs or ways to run coax wires without drilling holes into the cab of my truck.
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If you pull out your driver's seat.. and pull back the carpet or vinyl flooring (whatever you have).. there IS a rubber grommet under the seat. It's a hole right to the under side of the truck..

In front of the white rectangle there where the wires run.. you can see it (shitty picture sorry)
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Might be able to see where I didn't put sound deadener over it here better.. it's about 3/4" of grommet.
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I would run it through there.. plenty of space for it.
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There is also one that is directly behind that white plastic cover.. under the wires kind of, near the hump for the rear seats. Same size hole and grommet.
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Do you have a pic underneath the truck to see what I'm looking for? I would probably do the one by the rear seat. It looks kind of like a massive undertaking to remove my drivers seat like that and knowing me I would screw it up and my seat would be lopsided when I try to put it back, lol!

Also, how did you mount the wire underneath your truck? Or did you just tighten the coax cable by pulling it through the grommet to the point where you didn't need to use tie downs underneath the truck?
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Not for nothing, but why don't you want to drill a hole?

I would install a fitting in the hole, so hole can be sealed tight.
You screw the outside antenna to the fitting and then use another antenna wire on the inside to the radio.
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I'm just not real crazy about putting holes in my truck bed.
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Do you have a pic underneath the truck to see what I'm looking for? I would probably do the one by the rear seat. It looks kind of like a massive undertaking to remove my drivers seat like that and knowing me I would screw it up and my seat would be lopsided when I try to put it back, lol!

Also, how did you mount the wire underneath your truck? Or did you just tighten the coax cable by pulling it through the grommet to the point where you didn't need to use tie downs underneath the truck?
I don't have one of the underneath.. but you can see one of them if you crawl under there. If I remember correctly one of them (there are 3 actually all in a straight line).. the front one is covered by the aluminum foil/foam noise/heat reducing stuff. It's a rubber grommet that can be pulled out.

Pulling out your seat is 4 bolts.. 2 on the front.. slide your seat forward and you will see the back 2.. if I remember correctly they are 17mm or 18mm, but don't quote me on that. And then you should have a wiring harness to unclip also. Removing the trim around the bottom of the door might be necessary, but you just pull up.. then push back the flooring. Oh.. and you might need a T45 or T50 Torx bit to remove the seat belt from the floor. Harbor freight is your friend for those if you don't have them.
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I ran an extra brake light wire from the harness under the seat.. I didn't know about those grommets until I did that sound deadening install like 4 years after the fact.. I just drilled a hole for that wire and used some rtv silicon sealant stuff and I haven't had any issue at all with the wire or water or anything like that in the last 4 years. To fasten your coax under the truck, I would use hose clamps, or zip ties or something until you can figure out a better solution.
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