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Old 04-21-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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CB install

I have a 08 Knight and would like to add a CB. I think there is already a antenna and power pre-wired for the CB under the dash. Has anyone done this?
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:08 PM   #2
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Rigman....very easy to do once you find the coax and wiring. If I recall, it was a two wire connector with one red and one white wire. Some have found the wiring and cable under the panel above the speedo and others have found it in the kick panel to your left.

I bought the Cobra model with all the controls in the mic. It has a small box that you can mount under the dash. I hate drilling holes for anything so I mounted the mic holder to the screw at the top right corner of the driver's panel, just above the Allison keypad.

The only downside of mounting it here is that the Cobra is designed to be used in your right hand (mic button under right thumb).
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Don, I will check it this weekend.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:06 AM   #4
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I bought the Cobra model with all the controls in the mic. It has a small box that you can mount under the dash. I hate drilling holes for anything so I mounted the mic holder to the screw at the top right corner of the driver's panel, just above the Allison keypad.
I also hate drilling holes, so I also used an existing screw. I chose the screw at the bottom right of the instrument panel -- it's out of the way, easy to reach with my right hand, and the coiled cable reaches the passenger seat if the co-pilot wants to talk on it. From this camera angle, it looks like it's in the way, but it's really not. The only time I bump it getting in and out of the seat is when DW has moved the seat all the way forward to make more room in the cabin (and then I bump the steering wheel and dashboard as well! )


I had a heck of a time finding the wires. Laying on my back, and reaching up behind the dash, I finally found the antenna connector way up above the bundles of wires near the base of the driver side windshield A pillar. There was plenty of slack to run the cable behind the dash to the interface box that is tucked up near the microphone clip. I never did find the pre-wired power connector, I just tapped into the 12 volt power socket that is on the side of the center dash console facing the stairs.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:33 AM   #5
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Hi Rigman,
Just a couple of ideas, first I tapped the 12 volts that goes to the radio that way I can turn the CB on and off using the Radio Switch. Second unless Monaco has done something to improve the Antenna you may not want to use the factory installed one. I found that I had a CB range of less that 1/2 mile using the roof top factory installed antenna. I went to a CB shop and they told me that for most antennas to work correctly they need a ground plane and the one on the roof is mounted to fiberglass. The shop installed a new antenna which is mounted to the A pillar on the drivers side, it extends about 12 inches above the roof. I now have a range of 2 to 5 miles depending on the terrain.
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The antenna that Monaco install is not worth the price that they charge, and I agree that you would be lucky to even get 1/2 mile out of the Monaco antenna.
I had to install an antenna to the drivers side and it is a 4ft high, and extrends 12 to 18" above the top but not higher that the ac pod.
All of my wires were under the am/fm radio and tuck way up in the console, had to have the dealer locate and pull them out for me.
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