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Need to install Motorola two-way radio & lights

Just bought my first Jeep - 2014 Jeep GC Summitt. So far, I love it. Traded in a Mercedes E350 for it, so its got a hard act to follow.

I am installing a Motorola Two-way radio and some flashing lights (I'm an EMT). The radio & lights are in, now I just need to get power to them. The radio base unit and the relay for all the lights will be located in the spare tire compartment. Three questions:

1. I need to get power from the battery back to the spare tire well. What is the best way to access the battery? I've never dealt with one under the seat before.

2. I also need a wire powered by the ignition to power the relays on/off with the car. Where can I grab that one?

3. Finally, I intend to put an antenna for the two-way radio on the roof. It requires a 1" hole for a professional installation. There is about 12" between the shark fin and the rear of the moon roof. Will locating the antenna in that space affect the radio antenna (shark fin) or anything else? Especially when transmitting??

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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If you have a 12v DC outlet in the back you can pull the panel and tap into the power wires for direct access to always on power from the battery. That will save you some wiring.

As for the ignition powered wire, I've always found it easiest to tap the wire for the accessory 12v DC outlet in the front of the Jeep and run the wire back to the rear via the panel under the steering wheel and following the floor trim panels next to the doors. I ran a very similar wiring configuration when I installed my amp in the tooltray in the back of my WK.
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Re: Need to install Motorola two-way radio & lights

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If you have a 12v DC outlet in the back you can pull the panel and tap into the power wires for direct access to always on power from the battery. That will save you some wiring.
I've tried to determine what the fuse amp rating is for that rear outlet, but the owners manual does not show it. I would need to be sure it is sufficient before I use it - although it certainly would be the easiest source!

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I've tried to determine what the fuse amp rating is for that rear outlet, but the owners manual does not show it. I would need to be sure it is sufficient before I use it - although it certainly would be the easiest source!

By the way......my compliments on your avatar.....is that you?....or are you dreaming??
On my WK, I didn't know the fuse rating either. However, that rear outlet has been powering my 1000w RMS Fosgate amp pushing a sub hitting hard for around 2 yrs...if I had to guess, you'll probably be fine

Also, thanks for the avatar compliment, I recently switched to that one. It's not me haha, it's a porn-star. I said this in another thread yesterday when someone else complimented it, but reps to whoever can admit to knowing the identity of that pornstar!
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