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Old 09-16-2009
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so i know this thread has probably been done to bits, but i am putting my CB into my truck, probably today, but my question is this, how do i run the wire out of the cab? i'm planning on putting the antenna on the side of the box for now (it's a magnetic antenna, i will be getting a better one, but it will work for now)

also, do you guys have your CB's hooked up to key on voltage or constant?
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I guess I am a little old fashion. I still plug mine into the cig. lighter and run the antenna wire out a window. I don't keep it hooked up all the time.
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ok, so i'm now wondering another thing, i was planning on mounting my CB between the bottom of the dash, and the shifter trim (manual transmission) but the CB won't go far enough back to not be in the way of the shifter, so i'm now debating either cutting the section out of the shifter trim, so that the cb will slide in there nicely, OR mounting it between the center console and the drivers seat, kind of right next to the cup holders... what do you guys think? my cb is small, same model as rangerextreme's, one of his pictures here

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when i put mine in i bolted it to the udner side of the dash i then ran the power to the fuse box hid the wires then ran the atena wire through one of those port wholes under the trim under the rocker panel up between the cab and the box onto my roof or unto the tool box if that hepled any
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On my ’03 there is a rubber plug in the floor under the driver’s seat that would work as a feed-thru.

As far as the antenna goes, you need a good ground to make it work correctly, a mag mount on the roof of the truck would work but on the box not good; too many dirty mounting points to get a good ground.

Make sure to check the SWR of the CB System before you transmit too much.

The antenn is the most important part of a CB System, buy the best antenna you can afford and the best coax you can afford.
Antennas made by Wilson are good, there are other good ones but get a name brand, very important.
Coax, stick to RG8X type coax, Belden is the most common and really good, Times Micro Wave Coax (#?-RG8X equal) is the best but not so easy to get.

Too much info not asked for sorry, luck with setup and check the SWR once completely installed.

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