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CB Hole/Battery Concerns

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Very new to the forum, but I need some help and thought this would be the best place to go to.

I'm installing a CB on my 05' Ranger 4x4 automatic XLT and am mounting the antenna on the hood (off to the side). I want to run both the power cables for the radio and the antenna through the firewall to make it look neat.

I was thinking about drilling into the rubber grommet with the other dashboard cables (to the top left of the breaks) and feeding both through. I would then recaulk the gap with silicone. Would that be acceptable? Could it let in exhaust or other nasty stuff into the cab?

Adam

PS - I'm also wondering about connecting it the the battery. I have an auxillary horn connected direct to the battery and have confirmed I can do the same with my CB radio. Does it matter whether I put a plastic washer between the two? Can the two ring wire connectors touch?
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I drilled straight through my firewall. The hole is small enough not to be a problem although it was kind of difficult to drill through all that metal. There is a link to my blog below. If I remember correctly I did a write-up on how I did my whole set up
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I drilled straight through my firewall. The hole is small enough not to be a problem although it was kind of difficult to drill through all that metal. There is a link to my blog below. If I remember correctly I did a write-up on how I did my whole set up


Awesome. What about wiring directly to the battery? The radio has an in-line fuse. Can you wire two accessories direct to the battery?
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That I'm not sure. I used a light tester and just wired it to the right fuse as to where it would shut off when the car shut off and vice versa
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Awesome. Thank you for the help. Do you happen to have a picture of how you wired it to your fuse box?
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I have a bunch of pictures for the battery, fuse, and firewall in the article on my blog. I would upload pics right now but I don't remember my photobucket password plus I'm still at work lol
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Great blog! I just took a look. It looks like you just unplugged the fuse, placed the cable in and then plugged the fuse back in. Sound about right?

Also, any thought behind the fuse box in the engine compartment vs in the cab?

Thanks again for all of the help.
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Thankyou. I kinda jimmy rigged it but it worked fine. Yeah all I did was place it under the fuse. I used the engine bay fuse box because that's just what went through my head. I'm sure the one in the cab is probably better
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Awesome. What about wiring directly to the battery? The radio has an in-line fuse. Can you wire two accessories direct to the battery?
You can wire as many accessories to the positive battery terminal (and negative for grounding reasons) as you like, in-line fuse of course is mandatory.

The biggest limitation for that is your alternator and how much it can supply. Unless it's super demanding then you usually don't have to be too concerned about this.
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