Installing a CB radio is the first thing you will want to take into consideration. The radio itself is quite large and can take up a considerable amount of space.
Depending on the model selected, an antenna will also be in question. Naturally, wiring will also need to be done but this doesn’t require a professionals help unless you feel more comfortable with it.
Interior: To set up a CB radio you will need to find a location to mount it. These units can vary in size and this will dictate where it can and cannot be mounted. Most vehicle owners will mount their CB radio to the dash. The Tacoma’s interior makes this difficult as the dash connects to the center console. Limited mounting options drive Tacoma owners to get creative.
You want to keep the CB radio where it is immediately accessible. Many Tacoma owners take to mounting the CB radio to the side of the cup holders on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
Those who are after a much cleaner look will need to be more creative. One fantastic method of mounting the CB is by placing it in the center console. This does tuck the unit out of plain sight, and the center console can be altered to allow the microphone to pass through the side of the glove box. This will sacrifice storage space but the usefulness of a CB radio will make it worth your while.
Once the CB radio’s mounting place has been decided, wiring comes in to play. The CB radio will rely on a 12-volt power source. Where you choose to draw this power from is completely up to you. The cleanest and easiest way to achieve this is to simply run the power lines right to the battery. For this installation, you won’t need much other than a drill, and some basic hand and electrical tools.
Exterior: The CB radio is internally mounted and operated, which makes for quick installation. However, an antenna will need to be mounted externally. Permanently mounted antennas for these units are fading away and you likely won’t need to drill any holes. As you decide on a place to fit the antenna, you will want to be sure it is safe from any brush with the potential to knock it clean off. Most choose to use the roof as it brings it up to where a good signal can be achieved and the compact antennas of today won’t protrude into the tree line.