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Ground Connection

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by kurtwp, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Jul 13, 2017 at 2:13 PM
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    kurtwp

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    I can use the bolt highlighted as a place for grounding. This is behind the driver door kick panel.

    20161003_133318.jpg

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  2. Jul 13, 2017 at 3:34 PM
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    Can you?, I don't see why not. Basically any time you see a bolt with wires attached to the metal body of the truck, it is a ground. I grounded to the same place for my dash switches and used the same type spot under the hood for all my lighting relays.
     
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  3. Jul 13, 2017 at 4:20 PM
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    What are you trying to ground? How long is your grounding wire?
     
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    Yes
     
  5. Jul 14, 2017 at 4:40 AM
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    I am just grounding a 4w CB radio from under the seat . The radio wires that came with it reach the nut.
    Yes a CB to keep the other passengers in the Tundra distracted from their cell phones. Don't need them sucking all the
    data during a long trip.

    Maybe the kids can annoy a ORT to the point I can shoot a remake of Dennis Wearver's Duel.

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  6. Jul 14, 2017 at 4:52 AM
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    Yes, that is a ground point and I have used it.
     
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    That's a great ground to use just make sure you tighten it up good. Looks like main ground location for dash so if it gets loose your truck will act possessed
     
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  8. Jul 14, 2017 at 5:11 AM
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    Yes sir you should be good to ground your CB on that point. I was just making sure you weren't running a long wire for something like a stereo amp.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2017 at 5:36 AM
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    @1UPPER Well I finally made a decision on the ham rig I am going to buy. Its the Kenwood TM-V71 which is 50watts. That I will be connecting directly to the battery using a 20amp fuse. I figure 10ga wire should be fine to handle the draw. Maybe I'll drop the fuse down to 15. Suggestions?
     
  10. Jul 16, 2017 at 4:15 PM
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    How many watts does the radio draw vs put out? Watts divided by 12 volts (12 volt system) = amps.
     
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  11. Jul 17, 2017 at 2:13 PM
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    well I checked the manufacture web site and it has this for reference:

    Current Drain
    Transmit VHF HI Less than 13.0A
    MID Less than 5.5A
    LOW Less than 4.0A
    UHF HI Less than 13.0A
    MID Less than 6.5A
    LOW Less than 5.0A
    Receive Less than 1.2A (at 2W audio output)

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  12. Jul 17, 2017 at 4:37 PM
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    I would email the manufacture and ask how many amps the radio pulls from the system to operate.
     
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