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Ideas for Toyota Tacoma Antenna

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bbscott

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I have an 2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Extra Cab and I wanted to know if any one had installed an antenna. I was hoping not to drill holes anywhere on the vehicle but if I have to I will. Plus any ideas of figuring out how to get threw the fire wall or some other way to get it into the car. Thanks

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Well, I guess you can use a magmount and run the cable thru the roof side of the door opening. I assume that X-Cab Tacomas don't have a door for the 2nd row of seats, if that's not the case, you can run it thru one of those doors, or, mount it on one of those doors.

Most contractor vehicles down here have a steel thing behind the window, you can see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/43033468@N00/2460740514/ , if you have something like that you can mount the antenna there and route the cable the way I told you.

Another option is (sacrificing your AM/FM radio), you remove the antenna and see if you can route the cable thru there, I know they did that in some police cars here, they ran the cables for the lightbar/speaker thru there, but they completely removed the AM/FM antenna.
 

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bbscott said:
I have an 2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Extra Cab and I wanted to know if any one had installed an antenna. I was hoping not to drill holes anywhere on the vehicle but if I have to I will. Plus any ideas of figuring out how to get threw the fire wall or some other way to get it into the car. Thanks

Scott
I had an '02 X-Cab and here's what I suggest:
  • for no-hole antenna installs, get a Maxrad (or similar) right-angle antenna base bracket. http://www.tessco.com/products/displayProducts.do?groupId=360&subgroupId=75. You can attach this to the fender right where it meets the hood. RG-58 coax will pass between the hood and fender here closer to the vent near the windshield.
  • On the passenger side of the firewall, there is a fairly large, soft rubber grommet you can slit to pass the coax through and into the cabin.
 

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I split the lead of my am/fm antenna and ran it to my bct-15 looks great and no one knows what i got in the truck! also the receive quality is not fantastic but it gets the job done. I listen to mostly uhf-vhf anyways 140-170 440-470mhZ but it does have some "ears" on aircraft AM
 
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