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Old 04-14-2014, 07:51 AM   #1
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Help installing CB radio?

Hey guys,

I want to put a CB in my JK sport for when I am out in club runs.

I have done some reading but there is so much info and so much conflicting stuff I don't even know where to start.

I am looking at a cobra 18, will this mount well in my JK base model?

How do I know what length of cables/wire I need to purchase?

I read firestik makes good antenna? What length should I look for?

I assume the rear tire carrier bracket is the best way to mount the antenna?

How should I run the wiring? I do a lot of off roading and plan to have my top off most of the summer.

Thanks.

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I bought a Cobra 29, which is about the same size.

I mounted the CB on the center footman loop above my rear view mirror. I used 2 insulated 3/8" clamps. Two 3/4" L brackets and some nuts and bolts. I mounted the clamps on the middle footman loop. Then I market a spot for a new hole on the mounting bracket that Cobra provided. Then it's pretty straightforward from there.

Firestik is probably the most popular and that's what I run. I run a 4' off the tailgate and it works great. Make sure to get the one with the tunable tip. The one that you twist to adjust the height.

You have to measure out how much coax you need. I used 25ft and ran it through the tailgate into the roll bar, through the top plastic panel in the front. In the middle there should be a little slot for wires and such. The power cable I ran through the top panel, through the side passenger panel, and then into the battery. There are plenty of places by the passenger door to ground the power cable. BTW you can run the coax cable through the bottom, under the carpet and up the front side panel. However, this is harder to do.

I used the cooltech gatemount (cooltech LLC). It's basically and L bracket that fits right on the tire holder. You can flip is one way or the other to gain about 6 inches.

The way I did it is a really common and clean install. You can't see any wires.






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Just installed a Cobra 75 (mine) and a uniden with a buddy this weekend, so I have some fresh insight.

Cable length depends on where to where you are routing. I went from Ace tire carrier on bumper, through tailgate, up passenger side tucked under floor carpet, to under the glove compartment and 18 feet was perfect.

Buddy went from driver taillight with a license plate antenna mount, up driver side carpet, into dash, up A pillar to center footman loop and mounted it like trail less and he needed 20 feet.

We went with 3 ft firestiks. His just barely came above the roof line. Mine is about 3 inches above roof line. If you care about clearance, then go with a 3 ft. If care more about the best distance your CB will reach, go with a 4ft.

I got my entire setup from FTLDistributing Jeep Wrangler CB Radio Kits and I would definitely recommend them. There is a forum discount and they were fast. Trying to build the same on amazon was a pain in the rear.
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I'd also recommend the Cobra 75. The only thing you have showing in your Jeep is the handset.

Right Channel Radios has everything you need in a kit form.

Jeep & Off-Road CB Radio Kits | Right Channel Radios

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Cool Tech LLC has an all-in-one CB Radio kit for JK's. Includes everything you need: Cobra 75 radio, Firestik antenna, wiring, mounting plate for either the license plate bracket or spare tire and dashboard mount form the handset.

http://www.cooltechllc.com/jeep/jk_C...nOne_kit.shtml
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I really like the Cobra 75 quick disconnect handset and installing the control unit behind the glove box.

Allows for a totally clean install and the quick disconnect makes it easy to remove and can be kept at home the other 85% of the time when I'm not out wheeling.

These are not my pictures but this is exactly what my Cool Tech All-in-one Cobra 75 setup looks like:

picture courtesy of Butterbuddha MPJAInc

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I also recommend the Cobra 75. Go to rightchannelradios.com and look in the resources section, it will answer most, if not all of your questions. They also have detailed instructions on installation.
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I also recommend the Cobra 75. Go to rightchannelradios.com and look in the resources section, it will answer most, if not all of your questions. They also have detailed instructions on installation.
Yes they have lots of good information on their site, the only reason I didn't buy Right Channel's kit was that I preferred the look of the license plate mount from Cool Tech (very stealthy, no exposed wire anywhere).
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I bought a Cobra 29, which is about the same size.

I mounted the CB on the center footman loop above my rear view mirror. I used 2 insulated 3/8" clamps. Two 3/4" L brackets and some nuts and bolts. I mounted the clamps on the middle footman loop. Then I market a spot for a new hole on the mounting bracket that Cobra provided. Then it's pretty straightforward from there.

Firestik is probably the most popular and that's what I run. I run a 4' off the tailgate and it works great. Make sure to get the one with the tunable tip. The one that you twist to adjust the height.

You have to measure out how much coax you need. I used 25ft and ran it through the tailgate into the roll bar, through the top plastic panel in the front. In the middle there should be a little slot for wires and such. The power cable I ran through the top panel, through the side passenger panel, and then into the battery. There are plenty of places by the passenger door to ground the power cable. BTW you can run the coax cable through the bottom, under the carpet and up the front side panel. However, this is harder to do.

I used the cooltech gatemount (cooltech LLC). It's basically and L bracket that fits right on the tire holder. You can flip is one way or the other to gain about 6 inches.

The way I did it is a really common and clean install. You can't see any wires.






Hi Trailless,

This is the same setup I'm looking to do. Could you please provide more details on the clamps you used. Another option I saw was the CB mount from Rugged Ridge.

Thanks.
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You can find all these parts at home depot. I found the clamps by the wire section and the L brackets where all the nuts and bolts are.

I used 3/8" clamps and 3/4" L brackets. Just get some nuts and bolts that'll fit and install.

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I really like this clamp and L bracket setup you guys have... my only worry would be if I have the top off even the slighest amount of rain would be right on top of it.

What did you guys use for wiring? Did you wire to your battery?
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Well my cb is completely solid on top. It has no holes on top as the speaker holes are on the bottom. I wired it to the battery. I'll try to link you to one page that really helped out.
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This is a good start. I used a different mounting place and wired the coax through the roll bar. This is a shorter distance than going under the carpet.

http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?5...ation-Write-Up
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I really like the Cobra 75 quick disconnect handset and installing the control unit behind the glove box.

Allows for a totally clean install and the quick disconnect makes it easy to remove and can be kept at home the other 85% of the time when I'm not out wheeling.

These are not my pictures but this is exactly what my Cool Tech All-in-one Cobra 75 setup looks like:

picture courtesy of Butterbuddha MPJAInc

picture courtesy of Butterbuddha MPJAInc

picture courtesy of CoolTechllc.com

picture courtesy of CoolTechllc.com

picture courtesy of Butterbuddha MPJAInc

picture courtesy of Butterbuddha MPJAInc
I know there are cheaper set up out there but this is the best looking one.
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This is a good start. I used a different mounting place and wired the coax through the roll bar. This is a shorter distance than going under the carpet.

Cobra 29 CB Radio Jeep JK Wrangler Installation Write-Up

Thanks trailless. Your information really helps!
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SoCal, where did you find the mount for the mic and how does it attach to the grab bar there?f
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SoCal, where did you find the mount for the mic and how does it attach to the grab bar there?f
It was part of the all-in-one kit I bought from CoolTech.

It's called a Versamount2 bracket.

The grab bar is held on by two bolts under the faux metal trim piece. The bracket is just put behind the grab bar and the grab bar is reinstalled. Easy peasy.

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