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Running antenna coax into cab?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by Paraphoe, March 30, 2007.

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  1. Paraphoe

    Paraphoe Go big or go home Elite Explorer

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    So how did you guys run the coax into your cabs? I'm going to just tap into my cig lighter for power, but I'd like to know how you all ran the antenna coax to the roof. Pictures would help a great deal.
     
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  3. rizzjc

    rizzjc Scubajoe - Radio Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    When I do, and have used a mag mount antenna, I just run it through the top of the door, and behind the trim inside the vehicle. I'm sure others have done more intricate (i.e. cleaner) installs.
     
  4. Paraphoe

    Paraphoe Go big or go home Elite Explorer

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    Thanks, anybody else?
     
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    I already thought of this but im going to run it through were the tail light wires go....

    Have not done it yet but thats what im gonna do...
     
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    pull apart the headliner and drill a hole. just remember to rust proof the new hole
     
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    I put on a roof mount antenna and ran the wire down the pillar behind the passenger side seat.

    [​IMG]

    I don't have any pictures of the wire routing.
     
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    mine was thru the tail lights and behind the trim panels on the drivers side and up under the dash. Victor
     
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    Score...I thought that would work...
     
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    I ran mine through the roof right under the roof rack rail at the very front. All you see is antenna cable going under the rail... will take a shot tomorrow.
     
  11. Paraphoe

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    I'd like to avoid drilling a hole in my roof. Really not willing to go that route. That was why I grabbed a mag mount antenna. I want to be able to pop it off whenever. Not sure how the hell I'm going to manage the cable though, haha.
     
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    I have a mag antenna on the front cowl. I have the wire going between the pass. side fender and door into the cab, under the floor-matt to the cb in the middle console area. I just leave it there too.
     
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    I ran mine in through the rear drivers side door works very well, and you can take the antenna off and put it under the rear bench seat when needed.
    Ill get some pics tomorrow.
     
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    I guess that's a scanner, but I'd love to see a step-by-step of the install for that, with photos!
     
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    Ill try to find the pictures I took putting that together, but it was actually very simple. I cut out the first shelf on the console, and then cut a piece of plexiglass to just fit inside the opening. Traced the back of the scanner onto it then cut the plexi with a jigsaw so it just fits. I left room for switches too. Then I just got a sheet of vinyl that looks like carbon fiber. It has held up pretty well its been there for a few years now. I did have to move that wiring harness connection in the console over a little to give the scanner enough room. If I find the pics ill do a write-up.

    It is a scanner, but I needed it to listen to the AWOS (Automatic Weather Observation System) before going flying. I would love to be able to talk on the CB Frequencys rather then just listen, but I don't have a license to buy a transceiver.
    Has anyone found a CB radio that can still pick up all of the other frequencies?
    (I don't want to hijack this thread, should I make a new one?)

    -Ryan
     
  17. Jason94sport

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    I have a taillight mount so I ran it around the taillight by the hatch & then into the hatch between the weatherstrip & the body then under the carpet to the dash. No wire is visible. I'm all about hiding wires. Even my engine compartment has every piece of aftermarket wire in black wire loom.
     
  18. Paraphoe

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    MustangP51, that's pretty much exactly the type of thing I was looking for. Thanks man! :thumbsup:
     
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    You can run the cable through the rubber rain channel just above the door weatherstrip. Run it forward through the rubber channel, past the windshield, out the bottom of the drain cahnnel. This puts the cable behind the fender, near the door hinges. Continue running it downward, then under the truck.

    Inside, remove the driver's side kick panel and the plastic door sill plate. You will see a rubber drain plug. Slit the drain plug and run a snake wire down. It will come out the botton of the truck. Tape the snake to the antenna cable and pull it up through the hole. Of, course, you will have to remove the connector from the cable to make it fit, then re-install or replace the conector.

    To make the antenna removeabble, put in an inline connector, or just unscrew the whip.

    73,

    Bob WB2VUF, KBNC2100
     
  20. rizzjc

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    Very cool. It DOES look like real carbon fiber ... at least in the photo.
     
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    I'm mounting my Firestik to a mount above the taillight on my 92 X (thanks Mounty), but I am curious as to how to route the coax through the weatherstrip on the rear hatch. It's a thick cable, obviously, and I want a secure and sealed solution. It seems that running it between the weatherstrip and the body would pinch it considerably. Anyone else ran into a problem similar to this?
     

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