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post #1 of 15 Old 09-17-2007, 06:08 PM
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CB Install - 12V Source

I'm installing a CB in my 2 door JK and want to wire it to a 12 V source that is "switched". In other words it's only powered when the ignition is on.

Has anyone located an easy place to tap into this source?
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you can tap into the left side power plug on the dash, its switched. if you need help taking thge dash apart let me know .

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you can tap into the left side power plug on the dash, its switched. if you need help taking thge dash apart let me know .
I sort of thought that would be a good place to tap into. But I am totally stumped in terms of how to get to the wiring. If you could help me with any instructions, I would greatly appreciate it!
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you are goin to start at the top of the dash, take a hook pic and pull the back part (tword the windsheild) up and it will tilt off. then take a panel poper (or screw driver) and pop off the very bottom part in frontof the shifter after you do that you will see the 4 7mm screws hold the dash peice on, it wont pull out very far unless you undo the hvac cables but you can pull it out enough to ge to the power plug wires. BE VERY CAREFULL, the dash parts scratch very easy.

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you are goin to start at the top of the dash, take a hook pic and pull the back part (tword the windsheild) up and it will tilt off. then take a panel poper (or screw driver) and pop off the very bottom part in frontof the shifter after you do that you will see the 4 7mm screws hold the dash peice on, it wont pull out very far unless you undo the hvac cables but you can pull it out enough to ge to the power plug wires. BE VERY CAREFULL, the dash parts scratch very easy.
Thanks for the information! I really appreciate it. I'm going to give it a try tomorrow. For the dash panels that need to be removed, do you just place the prying tool under the panel and basically pry it straight up? Or is there some sort of catch that you have to push in to release them?
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no catch, but on the top part the back (closest to windshield) pops up first

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no catch, but on the top part the back (closest to windshield) pops up first
Hi BeerMonkeY - I wanted to thank you for all the great help. Your instructions on taking the dash apart to get at the switched power to the cigar lighter were very helpful. I was able to tap into it without any problems and finished off the install. I really appreciate the help - Thanks!
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I might have been able to help a bit as well..... But dang work has me up to my eyeballs.

Let me know if you need your CB tuned. I have the SWR meter and it shouldn't take very long.

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I might have been able to help a bit as well..... But dang work has me up to my eyeballs.

Let me know if you need your CB tuned. I have the SWR meter and it shouldn't take very long.

Hi Michael - I may take you up on that. I tried to find someone locally to tune it but none of the places I called does that anymore. Even tried buying a SWR meter at Radio Shack but they didn't have them in the store.

I mounted the connection box for the Cobra CB inside the center console so it takes a bit of doing to get at the antenna connection. But, if you're willing to give it a go sometime, I'll pull the console apart again and maybe we can tune it.
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Not a problem. One thing you can do is sand down to bare metal the backside of the Cooltech mount bolt so it is getting a really good ground connection. Once I did this with mine my SWR was just about non-existent. I'll PM you my number.
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you may wish to upgrade that fuse as well. my Sirius pops it if I use a cigarette lighter AND it at the same time.

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you may wish to upgrade that fuse as well. my Sirius pops it if I use a cigarette lighter AND it at the same time.

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for best results and no possibility of engine noise, you should really be running your power to battery direct, and ground to a good chassis ground point, or also battery direct.

Not sure if that matters so much really with a CB. It made a big difference with a HAM tho.

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for best results and no possibility of engine noise, you should really be running your power to battery direct, and ground to a good chassis ground point, or also battery direct.

Not sure if that matters so much really with a CB. It made a big difference with a HAM tho.
That is good advice. If you still want your power to be turned on or off by the ignition switch you could set it up on a relay. Just use the ignition power source to trigger the relay on and off. I snagged a really nice noise filter from a military radio that I plan on using if I have any noise from my install.
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I ended up just tapping into the (switched) lighter plug on the dash. I had read about the possibility of introducing engine noise with this approach but wanted a power source that would turn off when the key was turned off.

The lighter appears to be a relatively clean power source so far. I haven't noticed any engine noise yet. Using the relay sounds like a good alternative but was a little more work than I wanted to take on.
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I had mine set up to switch off with the key, but it got really annoying.

I like to be able to shut the engine off and keep using the CB.

Also, every time I would key off on the trail, and get out of the vehicle, then come back, I would have to switch the CB channel again, cause it has no memory and goes back to Ch 1. Got really irritating really fast.

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