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...