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Old 12-29-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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Red face My CB install saga

I got a Cobra 75 complete kit for Christmas.

So I called 4WP and they wanted $200 for the install, so I called my car stereo shop and they said they could do it for $125. They did a great job on my stereo, so figured they would be ok. They CLAIMED they had done CB's before.

So I had bought a rear passenger side brake light mount that I didn't realize wasn't for my year of Jeep. They were able to use the same bracket and mount it on the spare tire holder.

They mounted the mic in the right place, to the left of the glove box. I knew things weren't right when I saw they had stuck the SWR meter that came with the kit to the side of where the shifter (auto trans) was. So I took a look at the SWR meter in a half assed attempt to tune it myself. Sure enough, it was way off the charts, above 3 on the meter, so I shut it off.

I then asked the rep at the car stereo place, and he pretty much admitted that they didn't really know what they were doing. So I checked the phone book and found a place called 'CB Radio Shop' in Fontana that was part of a small truck stop. I went there and they guy I talked to, Keith, really knew what he was doing.

He discovered that the antenna post was bad, probably from over tightening + the coax was bad, probably pinched. He was able to get a good reading after putting in a new post and running a new Coax around the side of the Jeep. He also mentioned to NOT buy kits online, should've hand picked the parts to make sure I end up with quality stuff such as a decent Coax. The coax in the kit was absolute junk. I also picked up a quick disconnect for the antenna because I can't get in my garage with it up.

So I took the Jeep back to the stereo shop so they can run the new coax. I should be all set after that.

Moral of the story:
1. Don't buy a kit, hand pick each part so you don't end up with crappy components.
2. Don't go to a car stereo shop EVEN IF they claim they know how to do it. Take it to an actual CB shop.

'CB Shop' in Fontana is highly recommended. Keith mentioned he was going to do a write up on 'the Jeep boards' telling people to not buy these kits. He also mentioned the antenna mount they included is steel and will eventually rust, they should've included a stainless steel one.

Interestingly, while at the stereo shop, I spotted another Jeep: The Poison Spider Jeep (see attached). This thing is absolutely SICK! It was having some stereo stuff installed. There's a shop next door to the shop that does lifts and other Jeep work (Socal Supertrucks). Sure enough, I headed over there and got estimates for a lift and a few skid plates, but that's a subject for a different thread...
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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Most of the bigger truck stops have a CB guy running around in a van or something, those guys know their stuff and always seem to be cheaper than any sterio or cb shop.

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Old 12-30-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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Rick, Maybe its who you got the kit from, I got a kit from Right Channel and it was great and istalled it myself....
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:58 PM   #4
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x2. moral of the story is read up on what you're doing first and buy the appropriate equipment. I also bought mine from right channel and it's a dream. I have the same cobra kit as you and I did it myself. granted some of it was a pain in the ass but it all took about an hour and I didn't need to pay anyone for it. I bought a fire stik antenna which is pretended so mine requires minimal tuning
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:01 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post
Rick, Maybe its who you got the kit from, I got a kit from Right Channel and it was great and istalled it myself....
That's where I got my kit from.

Next time I will go the CB shop and get everything there. I'm not the type to attempt to install it myself.

The stereo shop STILL has my Jeep. They're really starting to piss me off. With exception of yesterday up until around 2:00 PM, today will be day 4. They assured me that it will be done today, we'll see...
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:04 PM   #6
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None of this stuff is hard to install. Why are you paying other people to do it for you instead of doing it yourself and doing it right?
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ive done 4 cbs in my jeep and some buddies its easy u can find all the info online for the antenna which is the hard part. cause certain things need to happen then its just running power. antenna. PA speaker. easy peasy.

all my friends call me COOP a LOOP! Feel free to do the same.
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