I installed the Honda CB myself this past summer. It is not a difficult job. The wiring is easy, everything is designed so the plugs cannot be connected wrong. The hardest part is getting the antenna holes drilled so the CB antenna lines up with the radio antenna. Just take your time, plan on about 3 - 4 hours to do a neat job.
Installed one last spring. Instructions are fairly good but they tell you to remove trunk. This is not necessary but you do have to remove four bolts in bottom of trunk so that you can lift trunk up enough to get good (safe) drilling angle for harness. I used 2X4 wedged between inner fender and trunk to block trunk up in position to drill. I also converted all metric drilling demensions to the "inch standard" because I'm to cheap to buy sets of metric bits.
Have done two to date and a fun job all in all. The hole in the trunk can be drilled without any moving or undoing of the trunk. A right angle drill with the proper hole saw and it's a done deal. As has been mentioned before as you undo the the top shelter bolts be sure and keep them in order as they are different in design and size. If you have any questions prior to installation feel free to call.
Installing the radio does not require loosening the trunk. I have 4 installs under my belt along with two CD's. I removed the seat, and then drilled the trunk from the outside. A high speed drimmel or a hole saw will do just nicely. I used a round rat tail file to clean up the edges.
OK, the seat, & trunk doesn't scare me. But the thought of removing the top shelter does. If it take the rest of you 3 to 4 hours, then it'll probably take me at least 6 hours. LOL Is there any other "tricks" i need to know about? I just hate the thought of tearing apart our new baby. :shock: I do have the service manual, so I hope It will make the job go a little easier. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
there's no need to take off the top shelter .... loosening it and prying up the front right side is all that's necessary .... all you have to do is locate the connector and plug in the harness and you can do that easily with the shelter loose instead of off ...
you do have to remove the pockets, however, to connect in the filters.
It's time consuming ... not hard.
I didn't do mine myself as i installed the rear speakers withouthelp and swore i would never get into that again. :?
I did however have the single antenna from sierra electronics installed and really like the "singularity" of the black antenna and it works very well for a hundred bucks. The "bigPhred" is in Ohio right now and whatever happens I will stay with a CB and a single antenna. They all seem to work well for me.
Don't worry about drilling the antenna holes, just go with Sierra's all in one. For $90 it's way cheaper than the Hondaline. I put one on mine when I did the install and love it. I prefer the single antenna look.
the basic install is easy, use the sierra elctronics ant. and splitter save lots of time and effort and works great, to keep track of the differant screw sizes and location take a piece of wood drill two lines of 1/4 inch holes down either side of it and as you take the screws out put them in the holes in the order you take them out , greatly simplifys reassembly
I agree with some of the above,i just did mine and if you want you can use a 1&1/8 spade bit and you dont have to drill where the mark but about 3/8s above no truble, as for the antenna i also used the sierra and it works great my cb even works inside my metal building and i swear i think my fm sounds better.