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Old 12-26-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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No Power to CB

Installed Uniden 520 Pro XL yesterday and it's not getting power. Did have a Bearcat 880 and it lit up but had to take it down as it was so big it interfered with rear view mirror. Bearcat had plug in power cord so I left it up ready to plug in new radio. However, this Uniden already had power cord (not plug in) so I had to rip half my Jeep apart to hook up the power cord to cord going to battery and neg ground. Now no power. I figure it's got to be the radio. What do you think?

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Old 12-26-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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All I can suggest is the normal electrical trouble shooting stuff. Check your fuses and connections. Use a multi-meter, starting from the battery connections and work your way back to the CB. If you find power at the back of the CB BUT it's still not turning on, then it might be a bad CB.

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Old 12-26-2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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Yeah, I would check the fuse on the CB power wire and maybe double check your ground connection. Sounds to me like you might have a bad cb though. I have a Uniden 520 and have it hooked up directly to the battery and grounded to a bolt. Works fine.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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Yeah, I would check the fuse on the CB power wire and maybe double check your ground connection. Sounds to me like you might have a bad cb though. I have a Uniden 520 and have it hooked up directly to the battery and grounded to a bolt. Works fine.
Jeez, I didn't think to check if there was even a fuse in the CB power wire! Hopefully it came with one!
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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Go back to the Bearcat 880 and simply move your mirror down 1/2-3/4". This is more than enough room for your CB and you still have plenty of length for your cable to the rearview on the 13 and up JKs.

I've got the 880 with a Strikeforce Zebra mount and love it.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #6
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Go back to the Bearcat 880 and simply move your mirror down 1/2-3/4". This is more than enough room for your CB and you still have plenty of length for your cable to the rearview on the 13 and up JKs.

I've got the 880 with a Strikeforce Zebra mount and love it.
I've got a 2013 Rubicon and it has self-dimming rear view mirror which is big. I asked windshield shop if they could lower it and they said risk of breaking glass was too great. I've got the Zebra mount also.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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There's a fuse there so something else is wrong. I'm taking it to a CB next week while traveling. Tired of playing with it.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:11 PM   #8
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if you have a soft top make your own bracket that connects to the footman loop in the middle.

2x rubber pipe clamps
2x L brackets
some nuts and bolts.

about $10 in parts and completely reversible if you change your mind. I can get some pics of mine later if you like.

thread with mounting options
where to mount a mid size cb on a JK
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:20 PM   #9
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I have a hard top. Maximus-3 is designing a CB mount and will be sending it to me soon for testing.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:10 AM   #10
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I've got a 2013 Rubicon and it has self-dimming rear view mirror which is big. I asked windshield shop if they could lower it and they said risk of breaking glass was too great. I've got the Zebra mount also.
If you mean mounting the rear view lower on the glass, just unscrew it from the holder, leave the stock holder in place and have the glass shop glue a new one lower on the windshield for you. It takes about 24 hours to cure, then you can move the mirror down to it.
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As for the 520, it sounds like you checked the inline fuse already, where is it grounded? You may have a bad unit too since it won't turn on at all.

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