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Old 07-18-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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CB questions/ install pics

I'd love to see the various cb installs everyone has done in their JK. I'm close to buying a cb and not sure of anything really. The more I search the forums the more confused I am!!!

I've read that the firefly or fire stick antenna are what I should be looking for. How should I mount this? I'd prefer to not to have to drill anything.

Also as far as receivers go, what does everyone recommend? I read a bit about each of the below. Thoughts?
Uniden 520 xl
Cobra 29
uniden pc66xl
Midland 1001Z

Also, I have an unlimited, does anyone offer a kit I could purchase with the antenna, mounting hardware and cables I'd need?

So far, it looks like I'd need to find the below for the unlimited??? Why do I need all the extensions, etc?
• 18′ Coax Cable(2-door)
• 6′ Coax Cable Extension(4-door)
Swr meter
• 3′ Length of Coax Cable

Lastly, I'm thinking I'd like to install this above the rear view mirror. Has anyone done that???

Where does everyone purchase all of this gear??? Online?

Thanks in advance

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WHAT YOU NEED FOR A CB
Your going to have to spend around $150 to get into the game. You will need
  • CB RADIO -$40+ All are limited to 4 watts by the FCC so it is really all about if you want the features
  • Antenna - $20+ This will give you the most difference in range and performance
  • Antenna Mount - $10
  • Antenna Cable - $20 It's best to get this in 18' or 9'
  • Antenna Stud Mount $6
  • SWR Meter - $20 You have to tune your antenna for it to work and not damage your radio. Also crucial is to remember to get a 3' or so piece of coax to be able to hook it up. Some come with it some don't.
  • Wire and connections to run the power wire, and to ground the antenna $10
  • Not totally necessary but a good to have would be a multimeter to check the continuity with the ohm setting $10

I got most of my stuff off amazon to keep it cheap. They also have CB stuff and people who can help you out often at truckstops. There is a site that is really great with explaning everything and sells CB's called CB Radios & CB Antennas - Cobra, Uniden, Wilson, K40 & Firestik . I would definitely check them out.

WHAT TO GET
I spent tons of time weighing my options.The 3 I would put on your short list are the Midland 822-75 (very portable), Cobra 75 (semi removable and feature rich), or Uniden 520XL (permanent mount very basic). Basically all CB's are limited to 4watts by the FCC. The better/bigger the antenna the more distance of reception your going to get. (You can also illegally "tune" a CB but that's most likely not worth the effort for off-road. It might be super annoying to others that your blasting also.). The more expensive models like to add lots of pointless but sometimes fun stuff.

Midland 822-75 is a good removable option. It doubles as a walkie talkie for spotting. It's also the easiest to install. It plugs into the 12v outlet. All you need is a good external antenna like a Firestix Firefly.

Cobra 75 is super popular. It require mounting a small box under the glovebox, but can for the most part be removed. It just cannot go from your jeep to another car easily. It's got tons of bells and whistles on it. It's been know to be a bit on the quiet side. You might want to get an external speaker and mount it under the roll bar padding behind your head. Cooltech makes a good mount for it.


I've got a Uniden 520XL. It's got everything you need and that's it. I got it at fry's electronics for $42. Cheap enough that I don't have to worry about it getting stolen or rained on. All mounted it was around $150. If you get a speaker horn you can run a PA. It's RF gain is enough of a reason to spend an extra $10 over the 510. It comparable to the Midland 1001 that also has weather channels. Uniden tends to get recommended more though.

I'll repost how I mounted mine. I think it's the perfect solution.
REPOST BELOW FROM >http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/cb-...as-228453.html
There is a good thread to check out on JK-Forum that will give you about every cb mount option possible. So where have you been mounting the CB's?

CONSIDERATIONS
If your not going to mount a small external cb speaker, like behind your head in the roll bar cover, then I would take into consideration how well you will be able to hear the CB. I have seen some pretty slick installs in the center console, but I would guess they are very muffled to use. CB's can be hard to make out sometimes anyways. Being able to get to the channel changer/squelch quickly is probably not super necessary but nice.

I was going to suggest checking out http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/cb-...ns-229483.html , but that's your thread Because I'm a douche bag, and really like it, I will re-post my cb set up from that post again.

Uniden 520XL - No Drill Footman Loop Mount
It's been about a year and I'm still diggin' it up there. Total installed cost was about $150.

I like the fact that the mic doesn't get in the way if you cannot clip it right away. It dangles at about the perfect height to grab.


Driving view. I sat normally an took the picture at eye level. You don't even notice it is there. It's nice because the speaker is on the bottom. All the controls are easy to get to also for the driver or passenger. The phone mount on the dash is made by iOttie. (Amazon.com: iOttie ) I made the video below with it and my iPhone5. You can also hear in the video how well the CB works. @ 13:00 slaytman started chatting it up pretty good.



Amount of space between window and CB. Guess I should have measured to the hinge it hangs from. Looks to be 6"+. A guy put a full sized Cobra 29 mounted like this.


This is another view of the no Drill Footman Mount


This shows how the clamps should be inside the L-braces vs straddeling them for the best fit. You can also see goodies you don't get on the 510 version like RF gain, ANL = Automatic Noise Limiter(that I never really use), and the most used switch for the PA.. Road Bikers. In the sun you cannot read what channel your on.
USING THE PA TIP: You need to put the squelch all the way up or it will broad cast the channel your on. Also turn the volume and RF gain all the way up for max volume.


The no drill mount works with the new hardtop design 2011+


The mic stays put when driving day to day. When new you have to convince it to stay up there and lock it in with the mic.


The mounts hardware is about $10


MOUNT INSTRUCTIONS
I got everything that I needed to do this mount for a Uniden 520 at Home Depot for about $10. This should work with almost any CB if it is not too deep. It works with the 2012 hardtop. It leaves the back of the radio about 2" to the windshield. I might have to get a right angle adapter for the antenna cable.

The insulated clamps are in a box in the nuts and bolts row. 3/8" is the size you want. It is best to put the L brase on the outside of the clamp instead of being sandwiched in there. It will give you a much tighter fit and won't scratch the paint.

The 1" corner brace was in the row with hinges and gate locks. It is the perfect size. You can also put one or both of the L braces facing in to move the mount or get it to work better.

I had some 1/2" size 10 bolts lying around so I used them. As a bonus they are brass so they will not rust. You need 4 of them and washers and nuts. They were the right size to fit very snug through the corner brace.

The antenna coax I ran down the roll-bar.
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WHAT YOU NEED FOR A CB

Your going to have to spend around $150 to get into the game. You will need
  • CB RADIO -$40+ All are limited to 4 watts by the FCC so it is really all about if you want the features
  • Antenna - $20+ This will give you the most difference in range and performance
  • Antenna Mount - $10
  • Antenna Cable - $20 It's best to get this in 18' or 9'
  • Antenna Stud Mount $6
  • SWR Meter - $20 You have to tune your antenna for it to work and not damage your radio. Also crucial is to remember to get a 3' or so piece of coax to be able to hook it up. Some come with it some don't.
  • Wire and connections to run the power wire, and to ground the antenna $10
  • Not totally necessary but a good to have would be a multimeter to check the continuity with the ohm setting $10
I got most of my stuff off amazon to keep it cheap. They also have CB stuff and people who can help you out often at truckstops. There is a site that is really great with explaning everything and sells CB's called CB Radios & CB Antennas - Cobra, Uniden, Wilson, K40 & Firestik . I would definitely check them out.

WHAT TO GET
I spent tons of time weighing my options.The 3 I would put on your short list are the Midland 822-75 (very portable), Cobra 75 (semi removable and feature rich), or Uniden 520XL (permanent mount very basic). Basically all CB's are limited to 4watts by the FCC. The better/bigger the antenna the more distance of reception your going to get. (You can also illegally "tune" a CB but that's most likely not worth the effort for off-road. It might be super annoying to others that your blasting also.). The more expensive models like to add lots of pointless but sometimes fun stuff.

Midland 822-75 is a good removable option. It doubles as a walkie talkie for spotting. It's also the easiest to install. It plugs into the 12v outlet. All you need is a good external antenna like a Firestix Firefly.

Cobra 75 is super popular. It require mounting a small box under the glovebox, but can for the most part be removed. It just cannot go from your jeep to another car easily. It's got tons of bells and whistles on it. It's been know to be a bit on the quiet side. You might want to get an external speaker and mount it under the roll bar padding behind your head. Cooltech makes a good mount for it.


I've got a Uniden 520XL. It's got everything you need and that's it. I got it at fry's electronics for $42. Cheap enough that I don't have to worry about it getting stolen or rained on. All mounted it was around $150. If you get a speaker horn you can run a PA. It's RF gain is enough of a reason to spend an extra $10 over the 510. It comparable to the Midland 1001 that also has weather channels. Uniden tends to get recommended more though.

I'll repost how I mounted mine. I think it's the perfect solution.
REPOST BELOW FROM >http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/cb-...as-228453.html
There is a good thread to check out on JK-Forum that will give you about every cb mount option possible. So where have you been mounting the CB's?

CONSIDERATIONS
If your not going to mount a small external cb speaker, like behind your head in the roll bar cover, then I would take into consideration how well you will be able to hear the CB. I have seen some pretty slick installs in the center console, but I would guess they are very muffled to use. CB's can be hard to make out sometimes anyways. Being able to get to the channel changer/squelch quickly is probably not super necessary but nice.

I was going to suggest checking out http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/cb-...ns-229483.html , but that's your thread Because I'm a douche bag, and really like it, I will re-post my cb set up from that post again.

Uniden 520XL - No Drill Footman Loop Mount
It's been about a year and I'm still diggin' it up there. Total installed cost was about $150.

I like the fact that the mic doesn't get in the way if you cannot clip it right away. It dangles at about the perfect height to grab.


Driving view. I sat normally an took the picture at eye level. You don't even notice it is there. It's nice because the speaker is on the bottom. All the controls are easy to get to also for the driver or passenger. The phone mount on the dash is made by iOttie. (Amazon.com: iOttie ) I made the video below with it and my iPhone5. You can also hear in the video how well the CB works. @ 13:00 slaytman started chatting it up pretty good.



Amount of space between window and CB. Guess I should have measured to the hinge it hangs from. Looks to be 6"+. A guy put a full sized Cobra 29 mounted like this.


This is another view of the no Drill Footman Mount


This shows how the clamps should be inside the L-braces vs straddeling them for the best fit. You can also see goodies you don't get on the 510 version like RF gain, ANL = Automatic Noise Limiter(that I never really use), and the most used switch for the PA.. Road Bikers. In the sun you cannot read what channel your on.
USING THE PA TIP: You need to put the squelch all the way up or it will broad cast the channel your on. Also turn the volume and RF gain all the way up for max volume.


The no drill mount works with the new hardtop design 2011+


The mic stays put when driving day to day. When new you have to convince it to stay up there and lock it in with the mic.


The mounts hardware is about $10


MOUNT INSTRUCTIONS
I got everything that I needed to do this mount for a Uniden 520 at Home Depot for about $10. This should work with almost any CB if it is not too deep. It works with the 2012 hardtop. It leaves the back of the radio about 2" to the windshield. I might have to get a right angle adapter for the antenna cable.

The insulated clamps are in a box in the nuts and bolts row. 3/8" is the size you want. It is best to put the L brase on the outside of the clamp instead of being sandwiched in there. It will give you a much tighter fit and won't scratch the paint.

The 1" corner brace was in the row with hinges and gate locks. It is the perfect size. You can also put one or both of the L braces facing in to move the mount or get it to work better.

I had some 1/2" size 10 bolts lying around so I used them. As a bonus they are brass so they will not rust. You need 4 of them and washers and nuts. They were the right size to fit very snug through the corner brace.

The antenna coax I ran down the roll-bar.
That's brilliant! Thanks Rooster!
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A good CB shop can build any length of coax for you. I took mine over the other day and they cut it to fit and did all the soldering for the ends too at no extra cost.

As for antenna, I prefer the old fashioned whip. I secure it well and have never had an issue. Some clubs don't like them because they are so long though. With the top off I used to run it up under the roll bar on the TJ. On the JKU I have it mounted low and may add a support tie off somewhere.

I am picking up a Uniden 520 as well, giving up the full sized one I run right now.

SWR meters are ok - but I wouldn't waste my money there unless you like to tinker. I took mine over to the shop at the truck stop and they checked it and tuned it for free. They cracked mine as well and added a bunch of goodies before I bought it from them. I only have had to replace the coax on mine once they are tuned, the coax would get wet and corrode after two years.

There are lots of options if you get serious about it. There's a guy here that builds antennas from scratch that pull in over 30 miles easily any night and can pull in neighboring states too on good nights.
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I've been seriously considering getting a different radio. Right now I have the Cobra 75 and a 3' Firestik and have been happy with it but...I'm thinking I want something different.

I've been tinkering in my mind with the idea of pulling out the part of the center console/stack where the netting is behind the shift lever to see if I can make a custom mount for a single DIN radio to mount the Cobra C18WXSTII (has a front firing speaker so an "in-dash mount" would be perfect). It would be more of a permanent mount option...but so far, the "fabrication" of said mount is only in my head.

If you have a local CB shop that can tune your antenna, great. If not, it is STRONGLY recommended to get an SWR meter and tune it yourself. It's not a difficult task and will ultimately extend the life of your CB. An un-tuned antenna has the potential to damage the electronics in the CB. If your CB has been...ahem..."peaked", then it's imperative to have the antenna tuned.
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Got mine installed using the footman look (Uniden 520) and the Cooltech Ultramount. Used the footman loop mounting bracket by Strike force Zebra. Similar concept to the one above but it keeps the CB closer to the window.

With a 3 foot antenna, the SWR meter is now reading a bit above 3 so that's not good. I did not want to use a 4 foot antenna due to the garage hitting it but may be unavoidable. I grounded to the the battery though...wondering if that is a problem. Using a quick disconnect makes the reading a bit better but it wobbles on itself (too much play between the two parts) and I feel this will add stress to the bracket. Like an idiot, I bought another one and it wobbles too.

Once I get my SWR reading down, this thing will be a fantastic setup and so useful on trails.
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Cobra 75 is super popular. It require mounting a small box under the glovebox, but can for the most part be removed. It just cannot go from your jeep to another car easily. It's got tons of bells and whistles on it. It's been know to be a bit on the quiet side. You might want to get an external speaker and mount it under the roll bar padding behind your head. Cooltech makes a good mount for it.
You can actually buy the little remote box for a fraction of what the whole CB package costs (I think it was 20 bucks compared to the 75 of the complete unit) and mount that in a scondary vehicle to make switching vehicles easier.
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Rooster76 How difficult was it to "wall-fish" the cables? Great mount BTW, I might copy that setup!
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I have have the Strike Force Zebra mount as well but was wondering can that be used with a sPod ? I was looking at getting one of those as well but I'm not sure if there is enough real estate up there for both. Anybody know ?
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Right Channel Radios sells kits with almost everything you need including a little SWR meter for getting it set up.

I ordered the Uniden 520 setup from them for my wifes truck and I got my Midland 75-822/ 4' Firefly from them for my JKU.

Good service and no issues.

Cooltech has nice mount options, but I have the Terflex setup and the Hi Lift mount has a CB spot built in.

Good luck!

Lots of choices, but if you're just looking for a couple mile range and trail runs with buddies, ANY of them will be fine.
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That Strike Force Zero mount is pretty slick. I would have gone with that if I had found it, but I have had no problems with the one I rigged up.

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It's not really all that hard with a coat hanger. Just tie the wire on real good and maybe add a good wrap of ducktape. There is a hole that is filled with foam that you push through. It's shown in step 19 on this write-up. Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Affordable Jeep JK Wrangler CB Radio SolutionMidland Model-1001Z . It's best if you have a plastic putty knife to pull that panel off, or just be careful. There are about 5 pressure clips that you just yank on a bit to pop off. They then pop right back later. I followed the write-ups lead in grounding the black wire to a bolt on the side of the dash. I had to add a washer to get it to not cut the wire when I tightened it down. The wires off the CB are not all that long. I went and got some 14 gauge stranded (you don't want solid) wire by the foot at home depot (lowes also sells by the foot)to make the power wire long enough to reach the battery. While your there you might want to pick up some 10 or 12 gauge wire to ground your antenna mount if it's on the gate. I did a bit of a write-up on it. Remove Sub Box to Ground and Run Antenna Coax - 2DR 2012 . I soldered all my wires, and soldered the loops at the ends. They also make solder-less crimp connections you can use.

If you run directly to the battery you get less engine feedback. It also will stay on when the Jeep has the key removed. If you don't want that there are fuse-taps that you can use. I have left mine on over night a couple times without any issue.
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I went with the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB mounted on the Rugged Ridge Dashtop Tray.
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I'm def going with that above mirror mount!

My wife and I made a trip for a friends 40th to Vegas this weekend and I convinced her to stop at a truck stop on the way.

Amazingly even outside of LA I was in CB heaven. So far I purchased the 520xl and a 48" fire stick. (No one else around here carries this stuff!)

Now I have some additional questions.

1. The "footman" installation- uses only parts from Home Depot? Or is there an install kit from elsewhere required?

2. How much antenna cable do I need for a jk unlimited?

3 what antenna mount should I use with no drilling required? Teraflex mount? Quadratec? I read also somewhere about a "quick disconnect"? What is that exactly? Which are you using? Where can these be bought?

4. Besides the radio and firestick, what else is needed? So far I think I need cable, tailgate or license mount, maybe some wire for power?

Sorry for the 100 questions, but we will stop over at the truck stop on the way out so if I need anything additional ill be able to pick it up!
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Also, 5. Which mount is preferable? Tailgate or license plate? If I go cooltech all I need is the mount?
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Another Option

You could also buy a portable CB. I have a Cobra and bought a Cobra magnetic antenna that I place on my hood when a bunch of us go out. I run the long cable through the door area (around the hinge) and it fits perfect going through there without kinking the cable. You then buy an adapter for the CB so the antenna will screw into the CB. This can all be done for under $100. Mine works great. When not in use, the antenna goes under one of my seats and the CB fits in the glove box.
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1. The "footman" installation- uses only parts from Home Depot? Or is there an install kit from elsewhere required?

The mount only uses those parts above.

While you are there I would pick up some 14 AGW stranded wire. Without measuring I would guess you need 10' red, 6' black. To ground the antenna base get 5' of 12 or 10 AGW stranded.

Also some heat shrink tubing about 1/4".

A soldering gun with 63/37 solder is ideal. 60/40 is good to use too. You'll tin the ends and solder the connections. Its not hard to figure out how to use with a few minutes of youtube. If you don't want to screw with that you can get solder-less crimps. Make sure to get the right size. You will also want a wire crimp tool. You could maybe just use a hammer vs a crimp tool, but it's nice to have the strip function (that can also be done carefully with a utility knife).

2. How much antenna cable do I need for a jk unlimited?

18' is recommended by FireStik as what to use for best performance, even if you need less. With an unlimited I'm almost positive 18' will work up the roll cage. Do a rough test fit with duck tape first. Most likely you will want RG-58 (very common) type of coax for your antenna. A truck stop may have other types laying around so be careful. http://www.firestik.com/Tech_Docs/coaxtalk.htm

3 what antenna mount should I use with no drilling required? Teraflex mount? Quadratec? I read also somewhere about a "quick disconnect"? What is that exactly? Which are you using? Where can these be bought?

The best is Arizona Rocky Road mount that goes from the gate bolts above the spare tire. Then a 3' plus antenna will hit everything. The mounts that are low to the spare will work good enough. You will need to sand off the finish around the antennas base (not optional). Also you will want to run a grounding wire to get the best tune.

If you get a FireStik FIREFLY (not there stiffer ones), then a spring is not needed or desired. After you tune it put hair spray in the cap so it doesn't scrape off on something. I hit my garage door about by an inch of antenna daily with no issues. With the stiffer ones you will need a spring, and I would just pick up the more flex able firefly off amazon instead for $20.

A quick disconnect is a way to remove the antenna fast. They are a helpful way for strangers to remove your antenna and play with it like a sword. They may make tuning more challenging. I would just get a wrench and screw off the antenna if need be. It's not hard with the gate open.

4. Besides the radio and firestick, what else is needed?

I posted all the stuff in my previous post.
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I'm def going with that above mirror mount!

My wife and I made a trip for a friends 40th to Vegas this weekend and I convinced her to stop at a truck stop on the way.

Amazingly even outside of LA I was in CB heaven. So far I purchased the 520xl and a 48" fire stick. (No one else around here carries this stuff!)

Now I have some additional questions.

1. The "footman" installation- uses only parts from Home Depot? Or is there an install kit from elsewhere required?

2. How much antenna cable do I need for a jk unlimited?

3 what antenna mount should I use with no drilling required? Teraflex mount? Quadratec? I read also somewhere about a "quick disconnect"? What is that exactly? Which are you using? Where can these be bought?

4. Besides the radio and firestick, what else is needed? So far I think I need cable, tailgate or license mount, maybe some wire for power?

Sorry for the 100 questions, but we will stop over at the truck stop on the way out so if I need anything additional ill be able to pick it up!
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1) Check out right channel radios for cb install kits

2)WF member grsn67 with the (tan 4dr jku Mohave edition) was able to pull of his cb install with a 18ft coax but he went with under the dash install

3) I went with a Firestick brand quick disconnect it only comes in handy when the jeep goes into a garage or gets a car cover over it other than that I don't think it's needed unless you mind carrying a wrench to pull the antenna off then go with one

4)Sounds like you still need the antenna mount, and some extra power cable since it comes with only 2-3 ft of red/black cable, I would say a PA speaker but you went with a Uniden 510xl instead of a 520xl so nevermind that

Only 2 differences that I know of between the 510xl vs 520xl that the 520 model has over the 510 are 1) RF gain adjustability (not really needed), 2) PA capability (cool to have), and 3) Instant emergency Ch.9 switching that's it!!!
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I forgot to mention above. Some antenna coax will require you to solder the tip. That's basically kinds, like the FireStik fireRing, that come with one end off. It makes it easier to fish through that way. Likely one with both ends on to begin with would be able to fish through the gate.

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Also, 5. Which mount is preferable? Tailgate or license plate? If I go cooltech all I need is the mount?
Some say that the cooltech can be ripped off on a rock. I could see limbs catching the antenna and whipping it back into the Jeep. A tennis ball on the antenna might be a good idea with tat mount to soften the blow. It also will likely be a bit harder to get 18' of coax to work without an extension. It's not too bad depending on how hard core you wheel. I'm not sure what's included in the kit. I think the firefly antenna is at least.

The tailgate mount is nice because its high and centered. Being sandwiched between the tire and jeep is not ideal, but doable. The main downside is the bending of the coax can lead to it going bad. Make sure that the gate bend is a bit loose.
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I loved gorman!!!

damnit! I bought the wrong unit and antenna. Lol. I wanted the 520 and realized I got the 510. Additionally, I bought a firestick but not the firefly.

I'm going to return these and get the 520xl, pa, rg 58 18 ft of cable, and firefly on the way home. Then I'll likely buy the cooltech disco and spare tire mount.
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One thing about the quick disconnects- they wobble on themselves once the antenna is one. May not bother you but since the Ultramount bracket is pretty thin, I removed it to avoid more stress on it.
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I use the Uniden 510 with a CoolTech license plate antenna mount, 3' Firefly (to fit into my garage with my lift kit). Side console mount, (out of sight, out of mind) love it.
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Ok I returned the goods. Going to just order online.

Some more questions. I saw they sold cb speakers. Do all the CBs have built in speakers?
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Yeah, and the Uniden 520 speaker is quite loud. try it first before buying a speaker.
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Ok. Last question, for the time being...
http://www.cooltechllc.com/jeep/jk_gatemount.shtml

If I purchase this and then the cb itself, all i'll need is the Home Depot parts to mount the cb?
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Purchase has been made. Here's what I got coming from the ups man!!!

Strike force zebra mount
Uniden pro520xl
Cooltech Gatemount antenna kit

Can't wait!!!

I opted for the zebra mount on the footman as it seems like it may be a bit more secure? We'll see. I'll definitely do a write up once all the pieces come in.

Anyone else have the zebra mount?

I'm not sure what else I'll need - maybe some power and ground wires? Where's the best place to tap for power?
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I have the Zebra mount- works perfectly. It is secure and keeps the CB back closer to the windshield and not your head. I went straight to the battery for power and ground. I added a small 3A fuse with an inline fuse holder near the battery power.
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I made my own bracket for my Cobra CB and used the Cooltech antenna mount and antenna
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DPI, call me if you need help. You will have to extend the CB wires...may not need to solder but you will need to crimp and use heatshrink.

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