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Old 11-20-2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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Best CB / Antenna combo?

What is the best bang for your buck combo? I seen some threads on best place to mount it but can't search for what you guys think is crap and what is good.

I wheel in the mountains so quality of sound is more important to me than trying to hear sombody from 20 miles away. Most times we're bumper to bumper on the trails anyway. Thanks in advance.

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I just installed the walmart Cobra. Here's pics of how I did it. As I understand, antenna and coaxal quality are more important than the radio. (They are all limited to 4W output, no matter how expensive.) I went with the 2 ft Firestik tuneable tip suggested by Jerry Bransford to go with the taillight mount I ordered. I have not receved any of it yet, but I hope to have it here and installed before next weekend so I can try it out. I'll let you know.






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Old 11-20-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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Sick Ageless, where did you get that mount? Wheres best place to buy the firestick?
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Firestick FS-4 or FS-3?
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Sick Ageless, where did you get that mount? Wheres best place to buy the firestick?
I "got" that mount from a pile of scrap sheetmetal. Sheared it to the length and width I wanted, then took an angle finder and read the angle of the windshield header. Bent the sheetmetal to that angle. (So the long portion would be flat.) Then I drilled holes for the supplied mounting bracket in the top and used the footmans loop to set the holes in the short piece. Bolted it up with some slightly longer flat head allen bolts. I purchased the antenna from CBworld (online. It was the first place I found via Google that had the 2footer.)

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Firestick FS-4 or FS-3?
FS-2 (The number is the length in feet. )
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I forgot to mention. The wires are routed behind the windshield gasket. (Except for the fuse.) I plan on running the coax inside the roll bar padding and hiding it where exposed behind the visor using zip ties and the sticky squares. I'll go take pics of what I currenty have done... Also, you know about the spare wires in the glove compartment, right?
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there are spare wires "in" the glove box.


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Old 11-20-2010, 11:27 PM   #8
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Here ya go. More pictures.







I'm 6'4'' and this setup doesn't block my line of sight at all. I like it.

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there are spare wires "in" the glove box.
Well, as a matter of fact...



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Old 11-20-2010, 11:35 PM   #9
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Whats with the spare wires in the glove box?
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Whats with the spare wires in the glove box?
If you open your glove box and remove it.
You will see the fuse panel....remove the screws holding it in. (I believe 3 of them)

behind it you will see two wires unused from the factory...one is a constant power and the other is hot with the ignitions. Great source of power for the CB power wire.....you pick it you want it on the constant or ignitioned wire for power. Most of the time LABELED from the factory.

(no cutting wires or tapping into wires/fuse.)
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Whats with the spare wires in the glove box?
That pic is just me messing with Tim. Disregard it. The spare wires in the glove compartment that I'm talking about are in the loom beside the fuse panel behind the glove box. There should be two clearly labeled wires. One says switched and one says non switched. That's pretty self explanitory, and I used the non switched wire so I can have the CB on without ignition.
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You know or what slappy here said.^^^^^^
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You know or what slappy here said.^^^^^^
Slappy??

Here's the wires you're looking for.

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Old 11-21-2010, 12:54 PM   #14
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So cobra 25 or 29? Uniden? Whats a good used cb? EBay has lots for under 50$.
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So cobra 25 or 29? Uniden? Whats a good used cb? EBay has lots for under 50$.
It's like Chevy's and Ford's.. Errrr Uhhhh wrong brand for comparrisoin I guess... Anywhooooo You will get tons of answers with who is best.. Both Cobra AND Uniden make superb products. I myself am a Cobra fan but not by much!! Pick one that has the best options for your needs. Remember space is minimal in our rigs so size DOES matter (That's what she said!!) ha ha ha =)

FYI, you can also find NEW radio's for roughly that price if you look!!
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So cobra 25 or 29? Uniden? Whats a good used cb? EBay has lots for under 50$.
This is the one I bought at Walmart. $40 out the door.

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Same^^^^

I've had the uniden 510 pro and uniden520. and several other smaller cb's.

They all work fine and get the job done well.
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Here is a good little kit that will give you everything you need. And comes with a SWR meter to tune the radio.....MUST DO IF YOU WANT THE RADIO TO LAST AND NOT FRY.

Uniden Pro510XL Off-Road CB Package - $119.95

They have other kits with other radio's also.
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this forum is great, I had no idea about the wires in the box......Im looking into installing a CB also..........thanks guys for sharing your knowledge,,,,have a good turkey day
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The best antenna for your buck is a 102 inch steel whip; it is what all other antennas are trying to be. They cost 15 bucks at radio shack and will out perform any other antenna you can buy. The best radio for your buck is the Uniden Pc78LTW (IMHO), be sure to have the cb peaked and tuned. When buying a cb go to a cb shop, or buy one from a cb shop online if the shop you are buying from does not offer to peak and tune the cb don't buy it there. If you do not have the cb peaked and tuned you will only get 4 watts of transmission power; after having it peaked and tuned you will usually get about 25 watts. You will talk about one mile per watt, so you can see the deference. Also be sure to buy good coax like RG9913 a good coax will ensure no transmission or reception loss and it keeps the dreaded engine noise out of your cb. The two most important things are 1. your antenna and 2. your coax. The radio is generally the same as far as performance goes so just make sure you get the features you are looking for and you get the cb peaked and tuned. I put a link about coax and antennas that will be helpful to read before you decide.

The Ultimate Guide to 11 Meter CB Antennas
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Has anyone that has used the "spare wires" got any interference throught the radio, I know some people that have used power from the fuse panel and have problems with interference. Are these wires considered clean power like a direct connection to the battery?
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I have a peaked and tuned Cobra 29 LTD ST with a 4ft Firestik also tuned pretty well. I can get up to 10 miles on a good day.
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Has anyone that has used the "spare wires" got any interference throught the radio, I know some people that have used power from the fuse panel and have problems with interference. Are these wires considered clean power like a direct connection to the battery?
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I'd run your power directly to the battery if those wires are coming from a fuse panel they won't perform as well and you'll get more noise from the vehicle. Just when you run it to the battery make sure the power is fused.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:22 AM   #25
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Ageless - Now that you've had the CB mounted for a few weeks... how's that CB mount working out? Does it bounce up and down very much or is it working out to be stable enough to hold it in place?

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