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CB radio install #745898
March 03rd 2019 8:20 pm
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I have posted this in the Xplorers Club on facebook. Also wanted to share it here:

Installation of a CB radio in our 1985 Dodge Xplorer 228. At first I was planning to have it on top of the dome light, and hard wired to the same. But, a) the coaxial cable wouldn´t fit under the A column cover, and b) I didn´t feel like drilling through anything without knowing if I would drill through the roof! So we decided to have it installed just under the dash, next to the steering wheel. Antenna is on the right side, as the left side already has the AM/FM antenna.

1st picture: installed the Firestik K64A mount...

2nd pic: installed the K4A stud

3rd: The antenna (Firestik FL3 Black) and the spring (SS3M), though the spring bents a bit too much for my liking, might exchange it for the SS3H (heavy duty). Not an issue, it´s just me. LOL The white cable (AIS Silver Teflon OL-259 18 ft. RG-8x) also connected. On all connections (incl. between the mountinga parts) I have used a bit of dielectric grease. Not just for conductivity, but also to keep dirt and moisture out.

4th: The CB antenna is about 1.5 ft. taller then the AM/FM antenna (not seen on this pic).

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Re: CB radio install [Re: Xplorer_Loco] #745901
March 03rd 2019 8:28 pm
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5th: Ziptied to the door frame/hinge.

6th: In order to avoid the cable from moving up and down freely and to keep it away from eyesight along the dash-windshield...

7th: ... I just keep it hooked up like this. (Looking from the outside through the windshield, at the dash-windshield-A column boundary.)

8th: Screwed the dash out for some cleaning...

9th: getting the original dirt out, from 1985 ... yikes!

10th: Using 303 Marine/Aerospace cleaner-protectant, looks almost like new... kind of...

11th: Marking where the three holes will be, to attache the CB radio´s bracket.

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Re: CB radio install [Re: Xplorer_Loco] #745902
March 03rd 2019 8:30 pm
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12th: But as I never felt like drilling holes, I tried 3M heavy duty velcro first. Usually have had great results with this.

13th: Bracket (with the velcro in place) installed on the CB radio (a Midland 1001LWX). Also, the mic holder, with a 10ga wire to ground it to the chassis. The radio casing is ABS-plastic, but as the screws go in deeper, there actually is a metal connection to the entire radio.

14th: The SWR meter conencted to the CB radio. (Workman SWR-2T meter. After tuning in the CB radio, it can be either disconnected or just left connected as is (switched in the FWD position), between the antenna and the CB radio. I chose the keep it, in case I need to re-adjust along the road, etc.)

15th: The coaxial cable, hooked up as on the right side, then running down to enter through the existing gap (of perfect size lol) to the "heart" of the CB set-up. Aslo seen, a bit lower, is the 10ga black grounding wire. While on top of the ABS-plastic it is grounded via the screw to the chassis. (Not seen is the dielectric grease on that grounding cable-screw conenction, have it done after I took this picture.) On the left side of the parking brake lever is a CB loudspeaker (Midland 21-406), held in place with the 3M velcro. Does not obstruct the air flow of fresh (cold, outide) air vent, when it is open. (I barely use it anyways. LOL)

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Re: CB radio install [Re: Xplorer_Loco] #745903
March 03rd 2019 8:34 pm
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16th: Don´t mind the cables, they will be securely stowed under the dash, with zipties and split cable covers.

17th: The loudspeaker, and the fresh air vent behind/next to it. It does not obstruct it in either open or closed position. Yes, I have tried it. LOL)
Also, I have tried the parking brake lever operation, and it does not interfere, at all!

18th: The SWR meter, also with the 3M tape, securely in place.

19th: Final setup. (Except for the red-black power cable of the CB radio. And don´t mind the gloss spot around the high beam switch on the floor. I used rustproof gloss spray to avoid that switch from rusting due to the snow, salt, etc., getting on the shoes. I will clean these mats... and just spray them all over with it, so it will be high gloss and looking cleaner hahaha).

20th: Final setup, with the mic. When testing it out, getting the mic in and out, got the CB radio detached from the dash, and putting it back on was a bit of a pain. So after 2 minutes I just decided to drill these three holes and to use the screws to hard mount it. I have already tested that position and liked it, so a permanente installation it is! PEnding thing is the power for the CB radio. I will try a cig lighter adaptger plug first, and if I don´t like it, then I will hardwire it directly to the cig lighter. After that I will finally tune in the radio and we are good to go!

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Re: CB radio install [Re: Xplorer_Loco] #745904
March 03rd 2019 8:42 pm
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Somehow pics 17 and 18 not uploading correctly.

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Re: CB radio install [Re: Xplorer_Loco] #745922
March 04th 2019 3:46 pm
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very cool
I'm about to do the same


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