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Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by FROADER, March 3, 2007.

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  1. Mud Bug 94

    Mud Bug 94 Well-Known Member

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    i officially dub it a SLED
     
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  3. JIGAWHAAT

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    Cool thanks
    I think it will be more then fine for what I need it for.
    Now back to froaders console.... Looks good:thumbsup:
    Sorry for the hijack buddy. I got what I need and I am now out of the way.
    Later
    JIGA
     
  4. Gatorblazer

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    Now how exactly did you mount it? Does it make any noise? It looks like your using the cb body to brace the box, and just mounting the cb to the dash

    jigga gatorrrrrrr!!!!!!!
     
  5. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I ended up not mounting it to the tunnel at all. It's "jammed" in there pretty good and yes, the cb helps keep it in place as well. There is no noise coming from it and it doesn't move at all.
     
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    Yes you could use (2) Antennas, but to have them work effectivley and
    correctly, these (2) antennas must be placed no less than 11 feet apart.

    So, (1) K40 antenna on a mag mount in the center of the roof will work fine.
     
  8. 90ranajo

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    I don't think you'd get a very good ground through the rack. Dual antenna setups work best when the antennas can be space at least 6' apart or more. On most smaller pickup and SUVs you don't have the width to do that. You would get more performance out of a single antenna.
     
  9. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Added a speaker so I can hear the CB now. In Pismo I tried to talk to my dad on the CB and couldn't hear it. This little speaker is a cheapo from Radio Shack, and works great!

    [​IMG]
     
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    froader...just remember to check your switches ;)...

    and nasty350lt, if you search cb on the site you will see people do twin antenna's and they either mount them at the top of their taillights or their bumpers (and someone is making and selling these mounts)...the reasoning behind this is for the furthest spread between antenna's and also the lower height keeps them from being tore off from hitting branches, etc...also, some places in the woods and forest i go have a height limit on your antenna's too..
     
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    Nasty...I was discussing this with someone earlier because I wanted to mount my antennas on the roof rack with mirror mounts and we determined that the grounds would be a PITA. I'm eventually just going to do a permanent roof mount since I don't plan to resell my Sport. At least not to someone who wouldn't appreciate my modifications.

    Mounty 09 makes some trick mounts for a gen 2 ex that go in behind your tail lights. Here's the thread...

    http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188306
     
  12. Stic-o

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    Bwaaa, Colin I just noticed we have the same floormats! :D
     
  13. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    And mine are still full of Pismo sand.
     
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    I think you both stole my floor may idea as the Expedition has the same mats in it! They were in my Explorer first! roflol
     
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    ^ and that is were you are wrong!

    the one's in my explorer (which I had long before yours) were orinally in my Ranger... So Lets see that goes all the way back too... um...98-99...around the time your car was made! :p:


    Sorry to hi-jack your thread Colin..
     
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    has NObody put speakers in the sides of ther boxes seriously? thats teh first thing i woud do after the CB..put lil speakers int eh sides..or some LEDs or somethin!
     
  17. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I thought of it, but this way I can take the sides off without having to worry about speaker wires. Plus, a speaker on the side won't project the sound as well as one on the front.

    There will also be LEDs for the switches on it when I get around to it. For now, I know if I flipped a switch or not so I'm not too worried about the LEDs.
     
  18. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Old thread bump with a question. :)

    [​IMG]

    How exactly is the CB being held in the face of the box? Is it just loose and pushed up against the dash with those mounting brackets?

    I want to make one of these today, but figuring out how to mount the CB (mines in the ashtray) to it is perplexing me a bit.

    I also want to add some switches, dual 12v sockets, and the monitor for the rear view camera in this.

    Thanks for any tips or advice Colin. :)
     
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    It appears to be bolted/screwed to the dash with the bracket. I don't see anything actually holding it to what would be the front of the console. If it were me I would likely make a bracket that would hold it in place behind the console and screw in to the existing factory screw holes near the front of the radio.

    If you do something like this make sure you use an external speaker mounted somewhere. The speakers in these (or really any cb radio) are not of the best quality to begin with, and being inside of a box like that they will be muffled at best.

    Also if it were me I would make the console self contained, bolt it down, and use quick disconnects for power lines and such for whatever I happened to put in it.

    The DB
     
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    I used some plummer strap to hold it against the front plate, and, as DB stated used connectors so the console can be removed easily.
     
  21. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Greg, you're right. The CB was just kind of wedged in the face of the plywood. It was solid from being mounted to the bottom of the dash with the plywood fitting tight where it is.
     

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