Originally Posted by bkap305
Can anybody tell me the best place, if there is one, to mount the Uniden 510 XL cb radio in my soft top 2012 Rubicon?
As for as radio location goes, it doesnt really matter at all. What does matter is antenna installation and location. Most people dont really understand CB radios and how they work. First of all, the cb will work no matter how or where its hooked up. The think is, it wont work near as well. The best place on any vehicle is dead center because with a good ground plane like a flat metal roof will prevent you from having a setup that is more directional. For example, 10 miles in all directions (center mount) or if mounted on say the right rear 10 miles toward the front left and 5 miles the other directions..... I know, its a Jeep with no metal roof but im just explaining importance of location.
There are 3 real locations to install antenna to a Jeep which are right or left rear, center rear at the spare tire mount and next to your side mirrors(single antenna only) a dual antenna setup requires 11 feet between each other so you cant do a dual door mirror mount.... The center rear and door mirror mounts are not the best options for you because they are not very good grounded locations. A good antenna installation should be well grounded to bare metal! This ultimately leaves you mounting to either rear corners of the Jeep. If mounting to a painted surface, the best thing for you to do is remove the paint under the mount and then add a braided ground cable from the body to the frame for a great ground. If you dont want to remove the paint then go pick up a good braided ground strap and ground the mounting bracket to the frame, NOT the body! The body itself just isnt that great of a ground.... NEXT you need to pay attention to the "Standing Wave Ratio" AKA "SWR". You can get an SWR meter at Radio Shack. The lower the SWR the better. If your SWR's are flat then you have a great setup!....... Antenna selection is also important. You have the 102" whip antenna which is a great way to go and you can run as much power(linear amplifier) as you want. It also will give you the greatest range of sending and receiving as possible. You can actually talk to other countries using a stock radio with the 102" if conditions and setup are right. If your SWR's are too high with the 102" antenna it is brought down by cutting small pieces off the bottom at a time till the SWR's are down..... Next, you have your Firestick type antennas which wont give you as good of send and receive at the 102 whips but they are still good and easier to adjust the SWR's. At the top of this type of antenna under the rubber cap there will be a small screw. This screw is for adjusting the SWR's which it an advantage over the whip because you can adjust back and forth if you need to........ There is so much more you can do but it gets too deep to type here.. You can tweak the radio too but youll need to drive to a CB shop to do it. They might charge 30 or 40 bucks to do it but you can get as much as 20 to 30 watts more output that the 4 watts you probably have now.... Good luck and have fun.... Google CB radio usage and setup and youll learn a lot!