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Old 12-13-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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CB radio locations on JK's

hey all, one of my firsts mods on our new jeep i'd like to make is installing a removeable gps unit and a CB radio for safety and security in case of emergencies, and for CB radio fun too of course. i was just wondering what kind of CB radios are most JK users running and where are some good spots to place one.

i have a pretty good idea of where i will be placing the gps mount, but im a little torn on the CB placement.im the kind of guy who needs thing s to look and be very neat and clean with full functionality. i run a cobra DX 19 in my sport trac because its physical size was perfect for where i placed it and it had the basic features i needed without all of the extra stuff. not to mention its a solid unit. here's a picture of how i installed it.



im really meticulous about hiding all wires and doing clean installs, and i dont like using the cig lighter as a power source because you lose the use of your lighter, the clutter and the power interference.

anyone have any ideas of where to place a cb radio in a JK? any pics would be great. btw, im planning on using a NGP antenna and mounting it on the tire carrier. any help, info, opinions or advice would be awesome. thanks guys.

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I mounted my Cobra DX 19 between the door and the steering column above the speaker, mic hangs off the pillar trim, power goes through the firewall to the battery and the antenna wire sneaks out the door to my antenna that is mounted on my mirror relocation bracket, excess wire is hidden behind the trim panel.

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Mine is just hung from the strip above the rearview mirror.



From the driver's seat, visibility is unaffected except for a couple square inches above the mirror. Not even the open air wit the top down is affected.



However, if you plan on having a smaller one, there may well be better options. I like the full-size units. I thought about mounting at the center console panel by the passenger's left shin, but that would make it impossible for the seat to move forward.

Antenna is a 4' Firestik, mounted using the Quadratec spare tire mount with the ground running through the door, into the trunk and attached to one of the rear seatbelt bolts.



Using this configuration, SWR is 1.1 at CH19, and between 1.2-1.3 at CH1 and 40.
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i'm curious if anyone has installed theirs inside the armrest compartment. i'm not sure that i could park with the top off and the cb in full view without it being stolen or damaged....going for the out of sight out of mind direction.
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i'm curious if anyone has installed theirs inside the armrest compartment. i'm not sure that i could park with the top off and the cb in full view without it being stolen or damaged....going for the out of sight out of mind direction.
People have done it, although for the larger units it involves some reengineering and cutting of the center console. Even smaller ones require some cutting it you want to keep everything clean with no cables visible.

By the way, mine has been visible for the entire year that I've had it with no problems -- you might be overestimating the desire for people to steal a piece of 70's tech that costs around $30.
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Mine is up top on an Arizona Rocky Road supplied mounting bar. It is a small Cobra.
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jeff, i like your antenna placement, i think that is where im going to get the best swr. my first idea was to place the cb in the armrest too. i think my clumsy ass would end up running into the radio and stripping it if i put it next to the steering colum. thanks for the ideas fellas.
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I put mine next to the 4wd shifter, just drilled it roght in there, I have long legs so the seat is usually far back for me, plenty of room, and I just hang the mike on a air vent
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Mine is just hung from the strip above the rearview mirror.



From the driver's seat, visibility is unaffected except for a couple square inches above the mirror. Not even the open air wit the top down is affected.



However, if you plan on having a smaller one, there may well be better options. I like the full-size units. I thought about mounting at the center console panel by the passenger's left shin, but that would make it impossible for the seat to move forward.

Antenna is a 4' Firestik, mounted using the Quadratec spare tire mount with the ground running through the door, into the trunk and attached to one of the rear seatbelt bolts.



Using this configuration, SWR is 1.1 at CH19, and between 1.2-1.3 at CH1 and 40.
your 29 is an awesome radio bro. love your set up. i dont think the gf is going to like having the radio up high like that though, i will try to fit it inside of the center compartment. as with all mods i do, ill document with pictures and post.
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I mounted mine in the location of the stock radio. The only bad thing about this set-up is that you will have to purchase an aftermarket single-din radio and the Cobra 18 CB. The Cobra 18 is the only CB that will fit in the same area with an aftermarket radio.
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Mine is just hung from the strip above the rearview mirror.



From the driver's seat, visibility is unaffected except for a couple square inches above the mirror. Not even the open air wit the top down is affected.



However, if you plan on having a smaller one, there may well be better options. I like the full-size units. I thought about mounting at the center console panel by the passenger's left shin, but that would make it impossible for the seat to move forward.

Antenna is a 4' Firestik, mounted using the Quadratec spare tire mount with the ground running through the door, into the trunk and attached to one of the rear seatbelt bolts. And where did you route the coax?



Using this configuration, SWR is 1.1 at CH19, and between 1.2-1.3 at CH1 and 40.


Did you reinforce the plastic when you mounted the CB? I was thinking of the same thing but thought I might have to put some sheet metal on the backside or something.
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Is anyone using the Cobra that has the microphone with the radio works inside it?

These mounts are great creative ideas! Thanks for posting.
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Mounted the 2 meter on the dash over the radio and put a bracket to mount the CB problem is where to put the two wips!
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there's a couple of guys that use the handset cb radio on my explorer forum. they love it, but the guy who sells my cb radio gear in town says its not that great. but he's a range freak. im sure it works pretty decent and the convenience factor would be hard to beat.
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I'm planning on a rear-mounted antenna placement based on my experiences in the woods.
It was bad enough before I switched to a stubby AM/FM antenna. All I need is a CB antenna twanging stuff up three times as badly.
-Which is a bummer, because there are a couple of sweet mounting locations and techniques centering around the license plate area that I had initially scoped out.

Definitely a case where getting out there and doing what I want to do in the Jeep is helping to define which mods I do and sometimes how they are applied.
(AWESOME! This is the kind of stuff I've been looking forward to experiencing, wanting a Jeep for so long!! )
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Did you reinforce the plastic when you mounted the CB? I was thinking of the same thing but thought I might have to put some sheet metal on the backside or something.
It's not reinforced, but there are nuts on the back side of the plastic to help fasten it down. The plastic has a small amount of flex if you start pushing on the radio, but it's solid and doesn't actually come loose at all.
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It's not reinforced, but there are nuts on the back side of the plastic to help fasten it down. The plastic has a small amount of flex if you start pushing on the radio, but it's solid and doesn't actually come loose at all.
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there's a couple of guys that use the handset cb radio on my explorer forum. they love it, but the guy who sells my cb radio gear in town says its not that great. but he's a range freak. im sure it works pretty decent and the convenience factor would be hard to beat.
The main downside (from what I've heard) about the 75 is that the small integrated speaker is not nearly as clear as the speakers that tend to come on the larger units. I had read something somewhere where a guy was suggesting that signal quality may be slightly degraded due to compromises made for the sake of small size. I have no idea if that's true.
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People have done it, although for the larger units it involves some reengineering and cutting of the center console. Even smaller ones require some cutting it you want to keep everything clean with no cables visible.

By the way, mine has been visible for the entire year that I've had it with no problems -- you might be overestimating the desire for people to steal a piece of 70's tech that costs around $30.
never under estimate the stupidity of thieves though. they make think its worth something because they don't know what it is.

i'm pretty sure this is where we will install mine. i thought i had seen someone post pictures on this forum but maybe it was another forum.
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never under estimate the stupidity of thieves though. they make think its worth something because they don't know what it is.

i'm pretty sure this is where we will install mine. i thought i had seen someone post pictures on this forum but maybe it was another forum.
A console install would probably be my favorite choice aside from where mine currently is. But I'm not good at fabrication/re-engineering/repurposing, so that's pretty much out. Also I can't imagine it being too safe to have to lift the console lid and turn your head around to stare between the seats if you need to make an adjustment while driving. I find myself tweaking the gain and squelch a lot on the highway, or changing channels. I don't have to take my eyes off the road to do that now.

Depending on your usage though, that may never be an issue.

You know how laptop docks route all of the cabling through to a single connection point so when you plug in the laptop, everything is automatically connected? I wish there was something like that for CB's. Have a CB dock attached above the mirror (where the dock is connected to the power, antenna, etc.), so when you want to use it, just pull the CB radio out of the center console and click it into the dock. When done, disconnect with a single button release and put the radio away from prying eyes.

Sigh. A man can dream.
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i did a cb install inside a center console for my buddy in his 2011 f-150. he didnt really have a decent spot to mount his radio so i mounted it inside the armrest. i asked him how it was driving around and dialing it in and he said he actually liked it and though it was a great idea. im just hoping that when i drop the cb into the center console of our JK it wont take up too much room because that space looked pretty tight.
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A console install would probably be my favorite choice aside from where mine currently is. But I'm not good at fabrication/re-engineering/repurposing, so that's pretty much out. Also I can't imagine it being too safe to have to lift the console lid and turn your head around to stare between the seats if you need to make an adjustment while driving. I find myself tweaking the gain and squelch a lot on the highway, or changing channels. I don't have to take my eyes off the road to do that now.

Depending on your usage though, that may never be an issue.

You know how laptop docks route all of the cabling through to a single connection point so when you plug in the laptop, everything is automatically connected? I wish there was something like that for CB's. Have a CB dock attached above the mirror (where the dock is connected to the power, antenna, etc.), so when you want to use it, just pull the CB radio out of the center console and click it into the dock. When done, disconnect with a single button release and put the radio away from prying eyes.

Sigh. A man can dream.
luckily, my husband is an electrical engineer. if we do install it there i will try to remember to post pictures and document it.

but, yeah, i doubt i'll be riding around town using the cb, i want it of trial use.
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Here is where I put mine.

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i test fitted a cobra dx 19 in the center console this morning and it didnt fit. i really dont want to mount it on top of the dash but that looks like where its going to go unless i can figure something else out.
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There was another thread about this but I will post here again. I mounted mine here because if I want to get the pioneer system I have my eye on it will still all work


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Here is where I put mine.

that's a fair comprise, but wondering if it gets in the way when driving?
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@jcf - looks good! i like that its integrated.
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Hey Jeff, is your Jeep an 11 or a 12? I had the same mounting place with a small uniden on my 2007 that went when i traded but i haven't put one back in my 2012 yet. the trim looks a little different in the new models and was wondering if it came apart ok. You used a full size cb huh? any problem with the bracket being long enough to accomidate the angle of the unit and the windshield? i want to get a full size, but was hesitant thinking it wouldn't fit.
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Hey Jeff, is your Jeep an 11 or a 12? I had the same mounting place with a small uniden on my 2007 that went when i traded but i haven't put one back in my 2012 yet. the trim looks a little different in the new models and was wondering if it came apart ok. You used a full size cb huh? any problem with the bracket being long enough to accomidate the angle of the unit and the windshield? i want to get a full size, but was hesitant thinking it wouldn't fit.
Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Mine is an '11, but the layout is the same for 2012. It is a full size radio, and the included bracket wasn't long enough in the "arms" to clear the windshield so I had to get a longer strip of metal, bent appropriately and drilled holes to mount..

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