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Old 08-29-2014, 01:25 PM   #1
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I am trying to decide where to mount my CB and which one. I have a 2dr JK Sport and have seen the post about the Cobra install but not sure if I want the CB on the dash. I am looking at a smaller CB (Midland 1001z) and mounting it up above the rear view mirror but not sure if it will hang down to low and block the rear view mirror. Does anyone have a CB mounted up and if so how does it work with the mirror? If you have pics as well that would be awesome.

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I had one mounted above the mirror. Cobra 19DX-II. It fit fine. I just did not like the mic cord hanging. Too much of a distraction when wheelin'. Get bouncing around enough and the cord would smack me and the passenger in the face. Took it out and went with the 75, as seen above. No more cord beatings.

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You talked me into it. Going out to take some pics of my Cobra 29 LTD mounted above the mirror on some mounting bar I bought second hand. I think it's the Arizona Rocky Road CB mount. OK took 5 quickies.




Passenger side of the bar, the coax cable was too thick to get through the hole in the bar itself but the power is in there so I zipped tied the coax to the back of it. Either way it turned into a very clean install.


Drivers side, both sides use the factory door surround bolts. If I was more up to it I'd fold back the sunrider and show the mounting spots, but it's just using preexisting hardware.


And what I see while driving, it's less obstructive than the spare tire.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:37 PM   #6
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Thumbs up Cobra 75 is a great trail radio

I did the same basic thing as Stu did.
Went with the Cooltech all in one kit.

My thoughts (hope this info helps you out):
Cons:
Since the entire "radio" is in the mic, it gets slightly warm in the hand if talking on it a lot. Not uncomfortable at all, but warmer than a normal mic. It is also heavier than a standard radio mic, and bigger. I wouldn't recommend it for a driver with small hands. It's also expensive, compared to a standard CB.
It also has a small display, compared to a conventional radio.

Pros:
The CB has good range. I have hearing damage, but have no problems hearing the speaker when holding the mic. I bought an external speaker, but probably won't use it.
It has some program-ability, that makes it easy and intuitive to use. So the display size, isn't a big issue for me.
It is so nice to just undo the mic plug, and toss it in a lock box.
I bought a 2' antenna for trail running, and used the "gate mount". So once the mic is unplugged and the antenna is off, someone would have to be looking real close to know there is even a CB in the vehicle. Great for mall-crawling topless, or naked.
The Cooltech all in one kit comes with a really nice mic bracket, quality antenna, antenna bracket and cable. The instructions are very good, and there are some great install write-ups on this forum too.

To me, the Cobra radio and the Cooltech All-In-One kit, was well worth the price of admission. I didn't want "another box" in the way, and am a better listener, than talker, so it will be pretty much just trail use.
If I liked to talk a lot, or wanted to run a linear, side bands or some other "trucker-special" stuff, this would not have been my choice.

Here are some shots of the whole "rig". The hand talkie is a dual band ham radio. Just made an aluminum plate to bolt on the Versamount-II that came in the Cooltech kit.



Mic connector attached through dash with a grommet.


2' antenna for trail running (about 2 mile range, versus the 5+ mile range of the 4' antenna).
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:56 PM   #7
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How do you like the Cobra 75?
I like it a lot. The speaker is plenty loud. No need for a stand alone speaker. I mounted the box behind the center console. There's room back there. I purchased the teraflex spare tire tailgate mount and the 4' Wilson antenna and it works very well. I would recommend a 3' antenna as the 4' slaps every tree branch out there and doesn't fit in my garage. For trail use only a 3' is all you need. It's also got a lot of nice features including weather stations which could be useful if on the trail for extended periods of time.
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I bought the quick disconnect mount from Quadratec. Mounts to the right side of the console. The seat hits it when moved forward so the radio will have to be removed to load rear seat passengers. Not too happy with it and looking for another solution.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:47 PM   #9
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I have an Spod so above the mirror was out for me. I went with the Bearcat 980SSB and mounted some Velcro on the dash. That way I can take the CB off any time I want. It holds nice.

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I mounted a Cobra 18 WX ST on a Valco EZ Mount which uses the footman loop.
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I used a 4' Firefly and a Firestik MkM2 molded side mount on the rear of my '06 TJ.
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It was easy to get my SWR reading to 1:3 on 19 and 1:5 on 1 & 40. The only downside was having to drill two holes in my Jeep for the antenna mount.
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I did the same basic thing as Stu did.
Went with the Cooltech all in one kit.

My thoughts (hope this info helps you out):
Cons:
Since the entire "radio" is in the mic, it gets slightly warm in the hand if talking on it a lot. Not uncomfortable at all, but warmer than a normal mic. It is also heavier than a standard radio mic, and bigger. I wouldn't recommend it for a driver with small hands. It's also expensive, compared to a standard CB.
It also has a small display, compared to a conventional radio.

Pros:
The CB has good range. I have hearing damage, but have no problems hearing the speaker when holding the mic. I bought an external speaker, but probably won't use it.
It has some program-ability, that makes it easy and intuitive to use. So the display size, isn't a big issue for me.
It is so nice to just undo the mic plug, and toss it in a lock box.
I bought a 2' antenna for trail running, and used the "gate mount". So once the mic is unplugged and the antenna is off, someone would have to be looking real close to know there is even a CB in the vehicle. Great for mall-crawling topless, or naked.
The Cooltech all in one kit comes with a really nice mic bracket, quality antenna, antenna bracket and cable. The instructions are very good, and there are some great install write-ups on this forum too.

To me, the Cobra radio and the Cooltech All-In-One kit, was well worth the price of admission. I didn't want "another box" in the way, and am a better listener, than talker, so it will be pretty much just trail use.
If I liked to talk a lot, or wanted to run a linear, side bands or some other "trucker-special" stuff, this would not have been my choice.

Here are some shots of the whole "rig". The hand talkie is a dual band ham radio. Just made an aluminum plate to bolt on the Versamount-II that came in the Cooltech kit.



Mic connector attached through dash with a grommet.


2' antenna for trail running (about 2 mile range, versus the 5+ mile range of the 4' antenna).
Is that the versamount II holding everything to your dash?
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I have the Cobra 75 also but I installed mine differently. I ran the antenna wire into the center console up and behind the rear window switches (the console piece they mount to just pulls off). There is a large amount of space there so I mounted the silver antenna box in there also. I then drilled a hole through the storage compartment and used a grommet to protect the cable. The CB stays in the center console hidden away nicely.
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Mine is similar to "back in the game". Ran antenna from rear gate to center console. Leave the Cobra 75 box in there, power from cig lighter there, and run cable out from there. As I only use on the trail I didn't do anything more fancy.
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Is that the versamount II holding everything to your dash?
You are correct Sir!
There are four holes on the face of the Versamount-II. So I made an aluminum plate, drilled four holes to match the Versamount-II, painted it with bed liner. On the hand talkie side, used "gripper paint", to help hold the hand talkie in place.
BTW: While it does not appear the stock Versmount-II would affect passenger airbag deployment, I'm pretty sure the plate I added would. In an accident which deployed the air bag, I'm pretty sure that hand talkie would be headed back to China...

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I did pretty much what SteedGun has, but my rails run lengthwise, because I remove front panels when I go topless, but convert back to mall crawler config when done.

I have pics here:
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Mounted mine on the passenger side of the center console. Not a cobra but gives you an idea. Attachment 1459657
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just now looking into getting CB. the cobra 75 looks good. could you just sit the mic/cb in the cup holder near stick shift. I got 2 cup holders in between stick shift and console. I do not plan on talking much either.
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I put my Cobra 75 in the storage slot on top of the dash. Probably will mount the mic holder sometime somewhere.
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just now looking into getting CB. the cobra 75 looks good. could you just sit the mic/cb in the cup holder near stick shift. I got 2 cup holders in between stick shift and console. I do not plan on talking much either.
I think that would work. I'd certainly give it a go, if you like the radio.
The two things I'd be wary of is;
it may come out over big bumps, and over time bouncing around in the cup holder *may* cause vibration damage to the radio. Maybe a piece of foam in the bottom of the cup to ad as a buffer?
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I put my 520XL in my center console. Pic attached.

I thought I would need an external speaker, but it's surprisingly loud and easy to hear on the trail with the lid closed. It's probably not loud enough to hear on the highway with the windows down but I never use it that way.

The radio is attached to the console wall with lots of velcro. I drilled a hole at the lowest point on the back wall of the console to bring the wires in. You can't see the hole unless you remove the radio.

I had to remove the upper level storage tray from the console to get enough height. Some 90 degree adapters for the microphone and/or the antenna wire would probably reduce the overall height enough to let me reinstall that tray.
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just now looking into getting CB. the cobra 75 looks good. could you just sit the mic/cb in the cup holder near stick shift. I got 2 cup holders in between stick shift and console. I do not plan on talking much either.
That's what I do. No problems. Assuming on trail with low speeds. Highway speeds you won't hear it.
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Cobra 75 setup. Mounted under center console to keep everything out of the way. Mic holder is a gear keepers tether (I hate clipping and unclipping mics) and holds it up out of the way by the pssr sunvisor.

Not sure about others, but I thought the Mic sucked. I'd definately recommend an external speaker. I went with a Rogus setup that ties the Mic into the Jeeps stereo.
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Mounted CB on dash

Mounted full size CB on my dash & it's also removable
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Return it and buy the model that has a tiny box and the whole cb is in the mic. I love mine. So easy to find a spot for the little box

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