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Old 02-27-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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On top of CD Player

I'm purchasing a Uniden 520. I want to customize my dash and install the radio right on top of my CD player. I have a 2002 TJ. I'm going to move the air control unit further down, move the CD player down and intall the radio right there! Will this cause any issures with the performance of the radio?

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Old 02-27-2008, 04:39 PM   #2
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Why would you go to all that trouble when you could just buy the cobra 75 WX ST and just install it and call it a good one

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Old 02-27-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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Why would you go to all that trouble when you could just buy the cobra 75 WX ST and just install it and call it a good one
It's nt that good of a CB. The Uniden is highly rated. I also have Uniden in my boat and it works well.
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Uniden is a great radio, Also the Cobra is a good radio what are your plans for using them? I mean is it mostly for a trail radio or to use to talk eith friends far away? they will both do a verry good job and have the same power so make sur you have a good antenna system and you will be good to go.
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The Cobra 75 has some of the worst modulation on both transmit and receive of any radio out there. When traveling in a group on the trail you can easily pick out the people running the 75's. I know several people who got rid of theirs simply because they got tired of having to repeat themselves all the time. It's the trade off you make for having the small size set up. If its only for friends running in a tight group on the trail it would be just fine. It takes up very little space and for this purpose only its a great little radio. However an external speaker is really needed most the time. For a radio to use on the highway, I would advise against it.

I really don't think it would cause any problems at all MrBash. I would suggest getting some of that insulating material and covering the vent ducts with. When you have them on high heat that plastic gets really warm.
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The Cobra 75 has some of the worst modulation on both transmit and receive of any radio out there. When traveling in a group on the trail you can easily pick out the people running the 75's. I know several people who got rid of theirs simply because they got tired of having to repeat themselves all the time. It's the trade off you make for having the small size set up. If its only for friends running in a tight group on the trail it would be just fine. It takes up very little space and for this purpose only its a great little radio. However an external speaker is really needed most the time. For a radio to use on the highway, I would advise against it.

I really don't think it would cause any problems at all MrBash. I would suggest getting some of that insulating material and covering the vent ducts with. When you have them on high heat that plastic gets really warm.

I actually read your other post explaining the same thing. I printed your post and ordered what you recommended. I ordered the Uniden 520, the Wilson Silver Load Antenna and the RG-8X Coax Cable. I ordered it from Walcott CB for about $125 including shipping. Now all I need is fiberglass, and fiberglass resin to customize my center console on the dash. I;m looking forward to making this look real nice and slick.

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Uniden is a great radio, Also the Cobra is a good radio what are your plans for using them? I mean is it mostly for a trail radio or to use to talk eith friends far away? they will both do a verry good job and have the same power so make sur you have a good antenna system and you will be good to go.
I use my rig for hunting as well. I also wheel alone at time. In our hunting areas, we are usually far away from each other, especially when we go around Jawbone Canyon for quail. That is why I need something with a good range but I did not want to spend $300 for a CB. Hoepfully this set-up works out well. I ordered the 3' antenna instead of the 4'. I'm planning on mounting it on my rear tail light. Can't wait to get this project going. Thanx for all your input guys. I will post the pics of the finished dash.
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I will post the pics of the finished dash.
Please do, it should look awesome.
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Cb Has been installed. The guys at "The Radio Shop" in Ontario said I did a good installation. They tuned my antenna and now I am ready to roll with a reading of 1.7 on the SWR Meter.

I did not install the radio inside the dash as I hoped. It turnes out there is way too much mod involved and I don't have that kind of time. I am satisfied with the location.

The CB Radio located right below my rocker switches.


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And just for fun, here's a pic of my new rocker lights....COOOOOL
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Hey Bash. What does the other end of that ground wire attached too? The one going to the extra bolt on the Teraflex mount.

With that set up a 1.7 SWR seems kinda high. Almost like you hooked up that "extra" wire on the Wilson silver load. That wire should not be hooked up unless your having problems with the antenna having a high swr.
If so unhook the wire and have the antenna re-tuned. Or just run out and buy a cheap swr meter and tune it yourself. It's really easy, plus that way you have one when your friends need a hand.
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Hey Bash. What does the other end of that ground wire attached too? The one going to the extra bolt on the Teraflex mount.

With that set up a 1.7 SWR seems kinda high. Almost like you hooked up that "extra" wire on the Wilson silver load. That wire should not be hooked up unless your having problems with the antenna having a high swr.
If so unhook the wire and have the antenna re-tuned. Or just run out and buy a cheap swr meter and tune it yourself. It's really easy, plus that way you have one when your friends need a hand.
That wire attahced to the extra bolt is the extra wire from the wilson silver load. I did'nt know I was not supposed to hook it up. Even the guy at the radio place said it's fine. I guess he war wring. I'll justr buy a cheap SWR meter from ebay and retune it. Thanx Scoob!
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That wire attahced to the extra bolt is the extra wire from the wilson silver load. I did'nt know I was not supposed to hook it up. Even the guy at the radio place said it's fine. I guess he war wring. I'll justr buy a cheap SWR meter from ebay and retune it. Thanx Scoob!
I dont know if I would trust that place. They should have looked at it when they come up with a 1.7 SWR. Not that its a real bad SWR. You could run that swr and not hurt a thing. But for a 4 foot antenna mounted that high up on the tub should get a better swr then that. Which will increase your range.
Here is what Wilson has on their website about that wire.

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Wilson's exclusive impedance matching transformer is connected through the external wire at the bottom of the FGT and Flex series of antennas. It is NOT a "ground wire" to increase the ground of the antenna, although using the lead does make the antenna DC ground. It is used when you are not able to get below a 2.0:1 SWR even after tuning. This generally indicates a mismatch of impedance between the coax and the antenna. This can be caused by poor ground but is generally attributed to the mounting location. It re-inserts 25 ohms impedance at the antenna feed point and brings the system back to the 50 ohms required. It is not a tunable device, therefore it is not fooling the radio into thinking the system is matched. It is actually matching the antenna and feed point to the required 50 ohms impedance for the coaxial cable. The most often time it will be used is when the antenna is mounted on the top of tool box in the bed of a pick-up, or on the passenger side of a tractor using co-phased antennas.
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Yea, i was getting SWRs around that, and having range issues with that wire attached (I also have a wilson silver load 4ft, with mini-8 cable). I took that wire off, re-tuned, and my SWRs are all under 1.0 in ever channel, except 2 which are 1.1s. My main channels (19,22,9) barely move the needle when doing a SWR check.
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Why would you go to all that trouble when you could just buy the cobra 75 WX ST and just install it and call it a good one

because they suck
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my SWRs are all under 1.0 in ever channel, except 2 which are 1.1s.

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LOL, Thats another way of putting it
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you know that its physically imossible to get your SWR below a reading of 1.0 right?
the ideal number would be 1.0 but even then, its usually possible only under laboratory conditions.

i think your meter is a little off
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just got my swr meter from ebay for 16 bucks, I removed the wire and now I'm reading 1.4 on every channel except for 1, 2,3 those are arounbd 1.6. Over-all I'm satisfied. I was listening to a slut talk shit to some truckers tonight about spankin her booty while I cruized throught the hills of rancho looking for access to the dirt roads behind the million dollar homes. The higher over the city I got, the better reception I had.

Uniden 520
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Wilosn Silver Load 4' Antenna
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Stainless Foldover.

Very satisfied.

Can;t wait to use it on the trail!
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All I need now is a 3.5" RE Superflex lift, 33" wrangler MT/R Tires, Heavu Duty Winch Ready front bumper, 12,000lb Smitty Bult Winch, A CD/MP3 Player, 4 new Bose Speakers, and a custom trunk box that will cover the entire rear cargo area. On top of the trunk box I will mount my Machine Gun holder and I'm ready to Roll!!!
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you know that its physically imossible to get your SWR below a reading of 1.0 right?
the ideal number would be 1.0 but even then, its usually possible only under laboratory conditions.

i think your meter is a little off
No i didn't know that. I calibrate the meter for every channel as per- the manual. Its worked fine for a few other Jeeps as well (who had higher readings). Ill look at the meter tommorrow, but I swear I remember it getting lower. Probably wrong, but ill check it.

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