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My CB radio installation

CB installation in my Silverado

My CB radio installation

Postby Skeith [OP] » Feb 06 2013, 5:50am

So after getting some ideas from reading threads on other members CB installs I decided to go ahead and get my radio in.

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Here is the custom mount I fabricated for my antenna. It is made out of 2 truck cap mounting clamps and a mirror mount antenna stud. One clamp is used
to clamp the mount to the box lip, a piece of the other is used as an extension to hold the stud. Stud also has a quick release so the antenna can be removed for parking in
garages, parkades etc. 7" 4AWG grounding strap to ground the antenna.

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The mount attached to the box. Ground strap runs into the stake pocket. Coax runs into the stake pocket from under the lip through a small gap that was existing.

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Ground strap grounded inside the stake pocket. Coax runs down the stake pocket, through the drain hole and out under the truck. From there it enters the cab through
a small hole drilled in a plastic cap/grommet near the rear of the cab under the seat.

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Cable entering the cab. Sealed hole with silicon. The cable then runs under the carpet towards the door and follows the factory cable raceway to the front of the cab.

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Cable following raceway.

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Wiring harness for CB radio power. Used Fuse tap to supply power. All soldered and heat shrinked.

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Power connections. TOP LEFT: ground taken from bolt available on chassis. MID RIGHT: fuse tap plugged into AUX1 Power fuse holder. (seen peeking from behind bundle of wires)

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Radio in its new home. DX959 barefoot rig with power noise canceling mic. Radio has custom knobs. Original factory knobs were very cheap and loose on the control shafts.
Figured brass telecaster knock offs would look pretty cool. Cables are completely concealed from view.

In all the install went fairly smoothly (this being my 5th CB install). Works great, got great reports during my radio test. Been able to chat as far south as Kentucky when conditions are favorable on SSB with this radio. The antenna is a 4' 5/8 wave firestick with tuneable tip. Grounds must be pretty good because the SWR is sitting pretty close to where I had it tuned when I removed it from my car. 1.4 on CH1 1.6 on CH40. Will definitely be trying to tighten up the tuning when I have time though, but at least shes useable. I will have a pic of the truck with the antenna installed soon. Battery on the camera died and its too dark now to get a decent picture.
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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby Onlyina_Chevy » Feb 06 2013, 5:53am

wow, I can't see a single picture.
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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby Skeith [OP] » Feb 06 2013, 5:56am

sorry that was my first attempt at linking an image from the gallery, figured it out and fixed it LOL
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Postby Onlyina_Chevy » Feb 06 2013, 6:01am

Not a problem, I blamed it on my work computer, then went to your gallery. Thanks for not crediting me as your biggest influence and hero...my head swells enough as it is.
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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby zachspod333 » Feb 06 2013, 6:06am

looks great , i went with a cobra 29 barefoot , i decided to tune and peak mine

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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby Skeith [OP] » Feb 07 2013, 12:36am

Cobra makes nice radios. The reason I chose the galaxy was it was a good deal on the factory refurb for an SSB radio with warranty, also I like the large meter.
I had thought about putting my antenna on the hood as well, but happen to prefer having it behind me. Originally the antenna was mounted on the trunk of my Lumina, so I got
accustomed to it being out of sight out of mind.

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Here is the antenna mounted attached to the mount. Was already starting to get dark by the time I got home from work.
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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby Gbrowning » Apr 29 2014, 7:57pm

Way old reply but did you guys use self tapping screws for your mounts on the bed?
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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby jesstineo » Apr 29 2014, 11:41pm

my custom made box dx 959 with extras 2014 silverado
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Re: My CB radio installation

Postby Skeith [OP] » Apr 30 2014, 12:54am

Gbrowning wrote:Way old reply but did you guys use self tapping screws for your mounts on the bed?


Not on my mount. My mount is a complete friction fit. It just clamps to the bed rail. I did use a self tapping screw and washer to ground the ground strap in the stake pocket.

The only holes I made were to mount the radio bracket, the mic clip, ground the ground strap, and a small hole in the grommet in the floor just big enough to pass the coax through.

I tried to be as non invasive as I could with this install.

The antenna has since been replaces with a 102" stainless whip though, and my radio power supply was routed through the firewall to connect to the fuse block for my auxiliary battery. other than that, everything is how it was when I first installed it. I should update the pictures.


EDIT: oh i just though of something, if you were referring to the mount for the radio itself, yes I did use self taping screws, but use a screwdriver not a drill, the plastic is a tad soft and you strip your self made threads with a drill.
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