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Old 08-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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CB Radio Check List

CB radio is next for the Jeep (JKU). Would you guys look over the list and let me know if I am missing anything. This is all from Amazon.
Thanks, Mike.




FireStik K4 Antenna Stud Mounts- FireStik
$3.93









Firestick II 4 feet Tunable Tip - Black- FIRESTIK
$19.99









Cobra 75WXST 40-Channel CB Radio- Cobra
$92.99







Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring- Firestik
$11.19








18' RG-58A/U Coaxial Cable With Pl-259 Connectors- TRUCKSPEC
$8.98

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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You going to be able to hook up the power to your fuse box?

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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you might want to add a quick disconnect to the mix, if you are parking in a garage. Also you need and antenna mount, you might also need some extra 14ga wire to run to the battery if that's how your install is going. I just completed this exact same setup in my JK last week.. If you need any help or ideas let me know.

Oh you might need a SWR meter also, to tune the antenna.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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STUD W/SO-239 CONN http://amzn.com/B0002HRBSU
I think you want this connector... The coax just screws into this one And then mounts to the mount...
I had ordered the one you listed but it was wrong one...
And as stated above a good quick disconnect! Leave the antenna at home when you're not needing it, one less thing to get stolen!
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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http://www.cooltechllc.com/jeep/jk_gatemount.shtml
I bought this kit when I installed mine. Had everything I needed in one purchase. And they have a license plate mount if you don't want it on the tire carrier.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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x2 on the SWR meter and make sure you have a good ground on the antenna
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #8
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Glad to see you getting the CB finally Mike. I removed the CB setup that was on our Jeep when we bought it, so I may have some of those items laying around that you can have. I know I have the cable.

I did not like the anntenna on the tire carrier... it was always slapping aginst the back glass. I like the license plate mount location much better.

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Old 08-15-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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Yes, I would like to run power from the fuse box. I assume there are directions to do this in the radio. This SWR meter, is this something that you can borrow and tune once? Or is this a constant maintenance thing that I need my own meter? Sinister, I will get this connection you suggest. I am getting this whole CB thing because of the dead battery I had. Thanks for rescuing us that day! Keith, that is exactly how I would like to mount mine, off of the rear brake light housing. I will add a quick connect and get this all ordered. Thanks!
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You might want to think about Firestick's coax. FireRing. It is exceptional good coax, super contact areas, removable tip (drill smaller hole to "fish" the coax back to the radio). And a reasonable price.

Firestik FireRing CB Coax with Stud | Right Channel Radios

I use it and would not consider anything else. Shop around to find variance in price.

Regardless of what coax you use, don't skimp on it. The cable sold at truck stops etc is not good quality.

You made a great choice on your HD spring. It "gives" just enough and stiff enough that it does not beat your jeep. My choice too.

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Mike, mounting it there you are going to want some kind of bracket to attach it to the body. If you just attach it to the plastic box that holds the plate, I think it will crack/break over time.

I ordered this Ultra Mount kit. It's a little expensive for just the bracket (based on sourcing the other parts your self), but it's really solid and one stop shopping helps.

I got my Cobra 75 off amazon for $73 shipping back in May... sucks that it has gone up in price.
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I ordered this Ultra Mount kit. It's a little expensive for just the bracket (based on sourcing the other parts your self), but it's really solid and one stop shopping helps.
I went the exact same route. I've had the antenna get whipped around pretty good on some trails and its held up. The other thing I like about this mount location is that I can still drive around with the back glass open while the antenna is still on. It makes trips to the hardware store less aggravating.

The 3ft antenna will go right to the top of your hard top. I've used it on the trail and it worked fine while talking to your group.

One other thing I'd check out before you order off amazon, go to radio shack. They have a pretty extensive cb section and you can also pick up the wire/wire connectors/etc there. You can save yourself some shipping costs.
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The other thing I like about this mount location is that I can still drive around with the back glass open while the antenna is still on. It makes trips to the hardware store less aggravating.
I had not thought about part of it!

Mike, I've got Amazon Prime (free 2 day shipping). if you don't, I'd be happy to order everything for you and you can come down when they show up for an install day. Could even do a picnic with the families.

I've also go spools of wire, connectors, shrink tubes, etc. to run the CB all the way to the battery if you want to do that.
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Looking to install a Firestik II utilizing *No ground plane* on my 2014 JKUR with the following breakdown:

Firestik II 3' (FS3-B)
Firestik Quick Disconnect (K-1A)
Firestik Spring (SS-3H)
Cooltech, LLC Gatemount (JK09CTGBKT)
Firestik NGP Coax (K-8NGP)

Any advice? It may just be cheaper to order FG3-648-B and toss the mount...

Will be used with Midland 75-822.
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Heavy duty spring is good idea, gives enough flex to avoid breaking off, and enough stiffness to keep from banging your top, SS-3H good choice

Quality coax is a must (imo), and what you select is just that, however, the firestic, "firering" is a great product and makes for a very quality ground. As well, the radio end screws off to allow for a smaller diameter so that you can drill a smaller hole to route the coax through the body (3/8 as I recall), then re attach the end.

K-8r18 or the k-8r9 are the fire ring parts numbers (18 or 9 foot)

Here is a photo of my FSII3, Hd Spring, and fire ring, note the small hole where coax (with grommet) enters the cab.


Cant give you much advise on going without a ground plane other than I heard from ham gurus that they are inferior to the ground plane models and are for mostly mounting on non metal objects like fiberglass boats, etc. That said, my FSII3 works exceptional, better than average range, works great for me.

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Heavy duty spring is good idea, gives enough flex to avoid breaking off, and enough stiffness to keep from banging your top, SS-3H good choice

Quality coax is a must (imo), and what you select is just that, however, the firestic, "firering" is a great product and makes for a very quality ground. As well, the radio end screws off to allow for a smaller diameter so that you can drill a smaller hole to route the coax through the body (3/8 as I recall), then re attach the end.

K-8r18 or the k-8r9 are the fire ring parts numbers (18 or 9 foot)

Here is a photo of my FSII3, Hd Spring, and fire ring, note the small hole where coax (with grommet) enters the cab.


Cant give you much advise on going without a ground plane other than I heard from ham gurus that they are inferior to the ground plane models and are for mostly mounting on non metal objects like fiberglass boats, etc. That said, my FSII3 works exceptional, better than average range, works great for me.

Hope this helps

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Excellent info, thanks! I am working on a traditional grounded design now at the recommendations of others. It's looking very similar to your setup but with a quick disconnect between the spring and mount stud.

FireStik II 3' Antenna (FS3-?)
FireStik Heavy Duty Spring (SS-3H)
FireStik Internal Locking Quick Disconnect (K-1A)
FireStik Antenna Stud Mount (K-4R)
FireStik 2-Piece, "EZ-Install" Coaxial Cable Assembly, 18' (MU-8R18)
CoolTech, LLC - Stainless Steel GateMount (JK09CTGBKT)

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