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Old 07-14-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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I want to install a CB in my new Jeep. I installed the CB in my others myself but I just got cheap ones and did a half ass job. I'd like to get it done right this time. Want to spend about 200 bucks including install and stay legal. Whats a good model that is compact? Antenna install is key I think.

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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The Uniden 510 and 520 are pretty popular due to their compact size. The 520 has PA and RF gain functions but otherwise they're the same radio.

You can make it really easy for yourself and purchase an antenna kit here:
Cool Tech LLC. Firestik CB Antenna System (without tailgate bracket)
Cool Tech LLC. JK Gatemount CB Antenna System (with bracket)

Grab a bracket to mount the radio, I'm using one from Quadratec:
Quadratec Exclusive JK-CBM11 - CB Radio Passenger Side Mounting Bracket for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with Factory Center Console - Quadratec

Uniden 510:
Quadratec Exclusive UNIDEN PRO - Uniden Pro 510XL 40 Channel Compact Mobile CB Radio - Quadratec

If you're doing the install yourself, the only thing else you need is an SWR tuner ($20-30). You can also optionally buy a mount for the microphone - Cooltech makes a decent one.

You can install all of the above with absolutely no drilling. The cable can be routed under the carpet pretty easily or through the roll bar padding for a very clean install.

I'm using a 4' antenna but would probably recommend something a little shorter if you're riding on even moderately forested trails. I a nice Firestik FL antenna isn't going to break, but having it bang around all day can get irritating.

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Old 07-16-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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I went with the Cobra 75. Bought it from Right Channel Radio, as a package deal, http://www.rightchannelradios.com/eq...-cb-radio.html. I also recommend the Cooltech mike mount.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:10 AM   #4
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I installed a cobra 19 a few days ago. Put the radio in the center console(between the two seats) so I could lock it up on no top/no door days. Wired a "cigarette lighter plug" for power inside the console. Drilled a hole through the consoles bottom ran the coax cable through that, under the carpet to the passenger's side tube to run back to the tail gate with the other wiring. Fished that line through tail gate. That wasn't so bad. Found a 7X1 strip of steel, drilled 3 1/2 inch holes, bent the end to about 90 degrees to hold the antenna mount. Painted to black and bolted it on the existing tire mount bolts. Also not so bad.

Now after this I was getting ZERO sound on the radio's speaker. Nothing not even static. After fiddling with it for days I realized the antenna wasn't grounded properly. So I ran a ground from the top bolt behind the tire carrier (remember to scrap off paint) to the antenna mount (the bottom of the mount).
I got intermittent sound (static). So I grounded the tailgate by running some wire from the tailgate to the tube.

Good sound. Still need to calibrate with SWR.

Long story short:
CB radio
Antenna
Antenna mount (plug with coax connection, nylon washer, washer(s) antenna connections)
Bracket/mount for antenna mount
14 or 10 gauge wire for grounds
about 20 ft of coax cable
SWR meter

Don't forget your ground. Good luck.
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