Fitting CB Radio
Installing CB radios and other equipment inside
the cabin of modern vehicles is becoming a challenge. The 90
Series Prado however is blessed with several areas where radios
can be fitted. There are a number of aspects such as radio access,
permanent or temporary installation, shared access with a
passenger etc. that need to be considered - and of course, with
these things it often comes down to personal preferences and the
desire to do things a little bit differently to everyone else.
are a number of emails from 90 Series Prado LCOOL members who have
provided sound advise to the LCOOL group.
If you want it to be easily removable, then fit it
to the passengers side of the transmission tunnel. Two self tapper
screws into the plastic holds it fine - that's where mine lives.
When selecting a position, move the passenger seat forward, then
mount it as far rearward as possible. Wiring and aerial tuck
up easily under the plastic.
|UHF radio mounted on
the side of the transmission tunnel - Leaving room to
mount the HF control head.
When comes time to sell, put two grey
plugs into the holes. Aerial bracket sits nicely below the aerial
up/down button. Won't notice the holes here as they are tapered
away from the line of sight.
If you have a
DIN sized unit with front mount speaker (eg GME 4200), then you
have the option of replacing the double DIN sized
radio/cassette/CD with a single DIN unit and adding the UHF
underneath. Its the best installation in my opinion, but
won't be removable. Microphone sits in the same place.
Standard double DIN audio system replaced
with single DIN aftermarket unit UHF radio mounted below.
you have a small one such as Darren's UHF (pictured below) the
they fit nicely in the storage cove between the dash and tunnel.
You have to consider that the speakers in these units are bottom
mounted and an ext speaker may be needed.
|Darren placed his in
pocket between the gear lever and the bottom of the dash,
this part is easy to remove, and the radio was a tight
fit, and easy to get to the back of to hook up. [metal
fixing not required]
I drew aux current to the radio from the second
cig socket and supplied the socket with power from the second
battery for other uses. The aerial is always best roof
mounted on the Prado and easily done as they have gutters - the
higher the better. I used a ground independent base on a
swing down mount above the drivers window. 99% of the time I
run with a $12 rubber stubbie aerial which is indestructible
and performs as well as any bullbar mounted aerial. If I fit
the 6dB on the roof, its brilliant. Coax from the aerial
runs forward from the mount, down the gutter (just remove the
black trim and replace again, and feed in thru the rubber grommet
going to the door, Solder up the PL259 - most radio problems
are caused by people botching up this plug.
are using the radio in multiple vehicles, just install the antenna
cable in each - they are cheap.
mounted a uniden uh013 uhf in the plastic tray
under dash, it just pulls out (-after you remove the centre bit
around gear stick -auto) then just cut the rear end off, then cut
upwards along sides so top and bottom would flex, slid radio in
til i could line up where to drill holes in the side bits and
pulled unit out ,put holes in and used the radio screws to hold
unit in .i also cut out under the speaker ,so i could hear it
better ,but ended up putting in a extension speaker. only takes 2
minutes to pull in and out .just have to buy a new plastic tray
when selling vehicle. hardest part was soldering the coax plug on
98gxl prado 3.4v6 auto
I have a uhf & am mounted in a console on the
dash this is mounted with velcro and can be removed without
leaving holes. I purchased the unit from the Dept of Interiors (http://www.consoles.com)
Sydney they ship to you if you are not local and you can have it
colour matched the draw back to this very neat option is $300.
The two radios are a Uniden am & a GME TX3200
with remote speakers mounted in the top of the console - works
well. The wiring runs down between the demister outlet and dash.
This is fairly simple to do by levering the demister outlet with a
thin screwdriver then pull the wiring through. The wiring can be
hard wired or what ever.
I've mounted my GME by completely removing the
ashtray in the centre console. Made up a metal bracket
(basically v shaped) & used the screw holes from the ashtray
mount to fix the bracket in place - these screws are into a metal
plate. The radio cradle is then fixed to the bottom of the
bracket. I've made the bracket so the radio angles upwards
& leaves plenty of room below it to access the console &
can still use the pocket in front of the gear levers. This
positioning also doesn't affect the speaker, needs no holes
drilled & allows the radio to be removed in just a few