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Old 11-13-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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A little help please...

Greetings Everyone..

In my search to find the best way to wire and mount my recently acquired Cobra Handheld CB, I ran across a couple of wires near the fuse box (upper right corner).. I gently pulled on them and they popped right out.. They appeared to have been taped to the main cables with fabric tape. I am wondering if I might have broken their connection.. Or, are they just taped there without being connected?

Here is what each wire says:

They appear to both be auxiliary power leads.. There is a light blue wire which is labeled "Switched" along with a red wire which is labeled "Un-switched." I checked my fuse box and noticed that the slot which corresponds to the "Un-switched" wire is left empty..

I would really appreciate any help I can get here guys.. I want to install my CB ASAP (Cobra 75WXST)..

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Old 11-13-2008, 02:06 PM   #2
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Do you have a cig. lighter? I powered mine on the cig. outlet.

You can also run a fused - dedicated hot wire and ground directly off the battery. You'll get less background "noise" on the radio. There's a plastic port on the firewall (driver's side) that you can access to run wires to/from engine bay.

I assume the wires you pulled off did not have any exposed copper or spade connectors on them and everything is working?

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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Greetings Everyone..
I am wondering if I might have broken their connection.. Or, are they just taped there without being connected?
-Timber
Those wires are normal Timberman. On 1997-2000 Jeep TJ Wranglers, the unconnected wires are both auxiliary power leads, the light blue wire is "switched" i.e., gets power when the key is turned to the "on" position while the red wire is "unswitched" meaning it is powered constantly regardless of key position.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:38 PM   #4
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Do you have a cig. lighter? I powered mine on the cig. outlet.

You can also run a fused - dedicated hot wire and ground directly off the battery. You'll get less background "noise" on the radio. There's a plastic port on the firewall (driver's side) that you can access to run wires to/from engine bay.

I assume the wires you pulled off did not have any exposed copper or spade connectors on them and everything is working?
Thanks for the response Moz.. I neglected to use a "direct line" to the battery as to avoid any excess interference.. Anyway, I did notice that the cables didn't show anything exposed, so I re-taped the "un-switched" one and used the "switched" one as my hot lead. Apparently my year of Jeep has these "AUX" wires for just that.. They are leads and are not connected to anything.
Anyway, I used the existing ground (passenger side wall) and tied it all up.. It was a cinch.. Now all I have to do is figure out what antenna, and how to mount it.. I have the Bestop Highrock "Oversized" tire carrier that I am hoping to utilize for the antenna, but I just don't know at present.

I was able to find a really nice "write-up" on this subject and just followed their direction and that is that!!!

Check it: Cobra 75WXST CB Radio
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:43 PM   #5
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Those wires are normal Timberman. On 1997-2000 Jeep TJ Wranglers, the unconnected wires are both auxiliary power leads, the light blue wire is "switched" i.e., gets power when the key is turned to the "on" position while the red wire is "unswitched" meaning it is powered constantly regardless of key position.
Thanks Island TJ.. I was able to find out about those after a little poking around.. I did freak-out for a little while because as of late it seems like every job I attempt turns out to be a pain in the rear!! This was simple!!

Thanks again!
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:02 PM   #6
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they make cb radio mounts that attach to rear tail lights
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they make cb radio mounts that attach to rear tail lights
Yeah I am well aware of them, but they are like $30 for a bent piece of metal.. C'mon.. I found a little CB shop here in town where I think I may be able to use the rear tire carrier as a mount...
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x2 MOz. i like mine connected in to the cig outlet. i didnt have to tap into any thing and you can unplug it for easy removal.
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Yeah I am well aware of them, but they are like $30 for a bent piece of metal.. C'mon.. I found a little CB shop here in town where I think I may be able to use the rear tire carrier as a mount...
Make sure you get a decent antenna to go with your radio. The longer, the better. Also, make sure you ground the antenna mounting bracket to the chassis and tune the antenna and radio.

I'm not sure if your radio has a NOAA weather capability, but you need a special antenna that is specifically designed to recieve those frequencies.

Enjoy!
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:51 PM   #10
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Make sure you get a decent antenna to go with your radio. The longer, the better. Also, make sure you ground the antenna mounting bracket to the chassis and tune the antenna and radio.

I'm not sure if your radio has a NOAA weather capability, but you need a special antenna that is specifically designed to recieve those frequencies.

Enjoy!
Yeah, it has 10 channels of NOAA weather and I did purchase a nice antenna.... I actually mounted it just above the passenger tail light to the hinge of my High Rock Tire Carrier.. It worked out very well! Anyway, I can only pick-up two weather channels at present, but my antenna has not been tuned yet.. I will do that next week.

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