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Old 09-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Wiring my CB radio and antennae HELP!

Hey All,
So ive bought the antennae the radio and the coax cable but now i need to figure out how to mount the radio on the center console above the radio and then how to wire it... this is causing me quite a bit of trouble..can anyone teach me how to do this with some pictures.??? anybody have the same setup?
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Hey All,
So ive bought the antennae the radio and the coax cable but now i need to figure out how to mount the radio on the center console above the radio and then how to wire it... this is causing me quite a bit of trouble..can anyone teach me how to do this with some pictures.??? anybody have the same setup?
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Might find more info in the Communications & Electronics section...

Here are some links:

A sticky from the C&E section: CB Radio HELP!!

CB radio mount

Post up your JK CB radio install pics

Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Affordable Jeep JK Wrangler CB Radio SolutionMidland Model-1001Z

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one thing to remember is under the top dash panel is the compass module and if i put my smart phone up there it messes up the compass....
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Hey All,
So ive bought the antennae the radio and the coax cable but now i need to figure out how to mount the radio on the center console above the radio and then how to wire it... this is causing me quite a bit of trouble..can anyone teach me how to do this with some pictures.??? anybody have the same setup?
Thanks,
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As far as your CB antenna goes...
Once you have completed your install, if you find that your CB output & reception is not very good, consider purchasing a "NON-GROUND PLANE" antenna. These antennae do not rely on the metal (or lack of metal) of your vehicle, and can be attached to ANY CB radio.

This is basically the same antenna principle of how a boat radio is able to broadcast a radio signal. The boat radio still needs an antenna, but because the boat is primarily composed of fiberglass, the antenna will not have a good ground. To compensate for this, you use the "NON-GROUND PLANE" antenna.

So, if you're sending & receiving well, no problem.
If not, consider the NGP Antenna.
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The "No ground plane" antennas will give you less range then a standard antenna. Most antennas absolutely need to be grounded to get a low SWR. If your antenna is on the rear gate your really should run a 10 or 12 gauge grounding wire to the tub. I did a write up on how i did mine here-> Remove Sub Box to Ground and Run Antenna Coax - 2DR 2012

Running the antenna coax up the roll bar worked out really well.

NO DRILL CB RADIO FOOTMAN LOOP MOUNT
The L braces should be on the outside of the 3/8" clamp on this picture for a much tighter fit.


In this picture the plastic cover for the top of the windshield is removed. Normally you don't see the wires. The white wire going to the driver side is for the PA.


This mount will work with the new 2011/2012 hardtop that uses the footman loop. I copied this idea from someone who copied the idea. 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.

When I'm not using the CB radio I wrap the mic cord over the top of the radio and then when I clip in the mic it locks it in place. This is a different mount shown below, but you can see what I'm talking about. During daily driving the cord and radio do not block the view at all.
(picture taken from here->So where have you been mounting the CB's? - Page 12)



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This has been posted before but I would check it out first LINK--> Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Affordable Jeep JK Wrangler CB Radio SolutionMidland Model-1001Z

This is a really good firestik write-up for tuning your antenna. You really cannot skip the antenna tuning, or risk damaging your CB when broadcasting -> Measuring SWR


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