First, you want to mount the box in a hidden and hopefully waterproof location. Rather than putting it under the seat or under the dash, I decided to locate it inside the center console. I used some heavy-duty double-sided tape, but small sheet metal screws would work as well.
This location allows the plug for the CB itself to be centrally located and easy to access. Using the flush-mounting hardware that comes with the kit, you can drill a hole in the front of the console just below the lid.
With this completed, it is time to run the wiring for the power, antenna, and external speaker (if required). We need to have an outlet for these wires, so the best option is out the back of the console with a 1/2″-3/4″ hole. You can use a rubber groumet to clean this up once finished.
If you have carpet still installed, you can easily conceal these wires without much effort and run them however you see fit. If you do not have carpet installed, I would recommend either drilling a hole in the tub just behind the front seats or use an existing drain hole and run your wires to the outside through that.
Wiring and Final Touches
If you use a stock rear bumper, there is a perfect antenna mounting location ready for you on the passenger side. One of the holes used to hold the plastic end caps on is usually the perfect size for a standard antenna. This location keeps it out of the way of the license plate and allows full movement of the tailgate.
The best way to run power to your setup is direct to the battery. If you do this, make sure to use an inline fuse. The easiest way to access the battery with this setup is to exit the wires out through an existing location in the firewall.
I found that if you look behind the fusebox area in the glovebox, there is a foam insert in the firewall that can be easily penetrated. Take a coat hanger, or long piece of straight wire and tape your positive and negative leads to the end.
Fish around behind the fusebox feeling for the foam area, and push through. Your wires will pop out cleanly in the engine compartment, very close to the battery.
In the picture below you can see this better, and the wire routing was just done for illustration. You will want to run your wires away from the battery and hoses. You can simply run the positive lead right to the battery terminal, and I used an existing ground screw for the negative wire up by the headlight.
Finally, the last thing needed is to mount the handset hanger to hold the CB. This can be put anywhere you feel most comfortable, but I mounted it on the dash just below the cluster on the right-hand side. This is very easy to reach and does not get in the way.
As you can see, this is only one way to mount this versatile and affordable CB.