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Old 03-03-2014, 09:01 AM   #1
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Cb Radio. What else?

Going to pick up a cobra 19 dx iv for 15 bucks this week and have these items in my amazon cart.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JT0CGI/..._iHjftb129V691
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00317HUWU/..._rJjftb01F4EG4
The radio comes with ground and power. I think this is all i will need but cbs are new to me and not really a necessity but for under 50 bucks total i can do that haha. Is there anything else i need?

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Old 03-03-2014, 09:08 AM   #2
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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get a pa speaker so you can talk to people on the trails and say "howdy do"
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You also need an antenna mount like this... Amazon.com: STUD W/SO-239 CONN: Car Electronics

And a body mount like Teraflex 1912001 CB Antenna Mount (LH) : Amazon.com : Automotive or Amazon.com: Teraflex 1912002 CB Antenna Mount (RH): Automotive

Note that the pic for the LH mount shows it on the right, just a screwup on their part.

You'll need to use an SWR meter to tune the antenna (set its length) so the CB transmits with as much power as it is capable of... http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-PDC1-1...s=CB+SWR+meter
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quadratec sells a mount and antenna together that apparently is already tuned for a Jeep. I don't know much about that kind of stuff or even if its possible to pre-tune an antenna for a specific vehicle but it might be worth checking out.
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quadratec sells a mount and antenna together that apparently is already tuned for a Jeep. I don't know much about that kind of stuff or even if its possible to pre-tune an antenna for a specific vehicle....
Not possible.
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Jerry, I figured it sounded to easy to be true. clever quadratec marketing i guess. lol.
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clever quadratec marketing i guess. lol.
More like typical Quadratec marketing. They aren't known for technical accuracy.
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Im pretty sure i have a mount for antenna a friend gave me a few months back but if not, are the 30 dollar mounts necessary? I can fab something up for a lot cheaper than that. Even like one of the small brackets in the wood section of home depot or lowes would be like a dollar. Is there any reason to get the teraflex one? Id much rather save 30 bucks and create something if i dont already have that one laying around somewhere.
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I guess as long as you make sure its grounded, but I'll let the more knowledgeable people answer that.
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If you can fab one up that give you a good ground and has the insulators in the right places, then go for it.
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Like other said, get a tuner. Wrangler are tough to find a good ground plane and it took me several tries and mounts to get a low SWR. Anyone can install a CB and it might seem like it works, but if your SWR is high, you will have horrible transmission and most likely burn out your radio.
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quadratec sells a mount and antenna together that apparently is already tuned for a Jeep. I don't know much about that kind of stuff or even if its possible to pre-tune an antenna for a specific vehicle but it might be worth checking out.
I bought this. Beautiful set up. I did tune it though. It was under 2 which is the damage threshold but was able to go lower tuning it. I bought drivers side one. It's easier to wire because there is a hole in the body under the tail light.
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I think im going to fab up my own mount.
Does anyone know the difference in Firestick II 4 ft and Firestick Firefly 4 ft. The fire fly is lighter amd 5 bucks cheaper. Not sure which way to go on antenna

Edit: nevermind i failed to search. Firefly is lighter and with a basic radio like ill be getting it doesnt matter that the wattage is a bit lower. So ill go with firefly
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I think im going to fab up my own mount. Does anyone know the difference in Firestick II 4 ft and Firestick Firefly 4 ft. The fire fly is lighter amd 5 bucks cheaper. Not sure which way to go on antenna
About this item
The "FL" Series antennas are the performance leader of lightweight top-loaded CB antennas. Each is approximately 40% lighter than the equivalent length Firestik II antenna. From the perspective of mount stress, the lighter materials and reduced wind drag of the "FL" antennas reduces stress by more than 60%. A 4-foot FireFly will easily perform on a mount that is designed for antennas 3-foot or less. At the top of every "FL" antenna you will find our patented tunable-tip.

Has a screw to tune as well. I have it and it works great.

Firestik Antenna 4' Black FireFly by FireStik http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QB917Q/..._Q5oftb0PTGQQT

Got info from here. It's 17 bucks. Not sure if that's cheaper than your find.
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About this item
The "FL" Series antennas are the performance leader of lightweight top-loaded CB antennas. Each is approximately 40% lighter than the equivalent length Firestik II antenna. From the perspective of mount stress, the lighter materials and reduced wind drag of the "FL" antennas reduces stress by more than 60%. A 4-foot FireFly will easily perform on a mount that is designed for antennas 3-foot or less. At the top of every "FL" antenna you will find our patented tunable-tip.

Has a screw to tune as well. I have it and it works great.

Firestik Antenna 4' Black FireFly by FireStik http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QB917Q/..._Q5oftb0PTGQQT

Got info from here. It's 17 bucks. Not sure if that's cheaper than your find.
Yup thats my find. Just ordered from amazon along with 18 ft of coax (only causr it was 7 bucks) and the stud connector jerry linked to. All for 30 bucks
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The left hand (driver) behind the taillight mount will be easier ... there is already a grommet on top of the wheel well on that side to bring the coax in. Right hand side you will have to drill a hole. Beware the powdercoated models, you'll have to grind some off to make a good ground. I have the stainless models from Quad ~$45 on both sides - CB and 2-meter
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quadratec sells a mount and antenna together that apparently is already tuned for a Jeep...
They can't make a setup that is already tuned for ANY specific vehicle. They have no idea of where you plan on mounting your antenna, or when laying your coax, you might accidentally loop it back over itself, etc.
There are several factors involved in tuning your setup.
That's why the antennas they sell are TUNABLE antennas.
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I'm no fan of of the Firefly antenna made by Firestick, it's way too 'whippy' for the conditions I wheel in which are certainly not unique. I see them on the trail once in a while & they're always banging into the top, spare tire, rollcage, etc.. That's why I like the standard Firestick FS series which don't whip around on rough trails.
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Mine is mainly a DD but offroad every once in a while. Nothing extreme like you do i think the firefly will work ok. If not then i learned a 17 dollar lesson...
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They can't make a setup that is already tuned for ANY specific vehicle. They have no idea of where you plan on mounting your antenna, or when laying your coax, you might accidentally loop it back over itself, etc.
There are several factors involved in tuning your setup.
That's why the antennas they sell are TUNABLE antennas.
I said I had my doubts that they could make a pre-tuned antenna, but in this situation they do know where you will be mounting your antenna because it has the rear tailight mount included.
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... in this situation they do know where you will be mounting your antenna because it has the rear tailight mount included.
My mistake.
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Duplicate post.
(Stupid iPhone)
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I think im going to fab up my own mount.
Made mine out of some 1" square stock I had laying around. With my "pre-tuned" non-tunable antenna(Francis 4'), my SWR's are around 1.3. I originally mounted the whip to my bumper on the driver's side, but had a horrible ground plane with the SWR's over 3.

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Im thinking of taking the third brake light tower off and using one of those existing holes and then putting a 2" in the center cap of my spare for a third light.
And btw i picked up my cb for 15 bucks tonight. Antenna, stud and cable are planned to arive tomorrow.
Cb didnt come with mounts so now i gotta figure out how/where to mount the actual cb
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Nice score. I have the same radio, works decent enough. Remember that the top of the spare mount is angled downward a bit so your antenna will lean away from the rear window a little. I was going to mount mine there as well until I noticed that. Also, be prepared to figure out another mounting place if the ground plane isn't right with it on the gate.
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I mounted mine using the bolt just to the right of the 3rd brake light mount. That bolt is about 1 inch long. Plenty of bolt thread to get a good grab, once I placed the antenna mount on it.

I bought the antenna bracket from a truck stop. Then threw away the half that I didn't need.
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Nice score. I have the same radio, works decent enough. Remember that the top of the spare mount is angled downward a bit so your antenna will lean away from the rear window a little. I was going to mount mine there as well until I noticed that. Also, be prepared to figure out another mounting place if the ground plane isn't right with it on the gate.
Ya thats plan A.. If it doesnt work out then i guess ill just rake out the 30 bucks on a teraflex brake light holder. Seems like my only other option really. I just hope it works haha it would be nice to have the whole setup for 50 bucks.
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I mounted mine using the bolt just to the right of the 3rd brake light mount. That bolt is about 1 inch long. Plenty of bolt thread to get a good grab, once I placed the antenna mount on it.
Where did you get that mount? Thats the exact one i had but lost it. Cant find it for the life of me.
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Where did you get that mount? ...
Flying J, Love's, Petro, etc.
All of the major truck stops have them. Go to the CB accessories aisle.

Just be sure to get the one with the 2 bolts, & NOT the 4 bolts.

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