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DANIMAL 04-23-2010 09:12 PM

Is this cb combo worth it?
 
Is this Xtreme value Complete CB Combo for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec worth the $$? I am in need of a new system now that I traded my TJ with the cb still installed. I am in need of a fully functional system before Memorial Day weekend. I need opinions on this system because I do not have much experience with cbs and I am looking for something easy to buy and install.

Thanks, Dan

JIMBOX 04-23-2010 09:31 PM

:eek:Off the top, it doesn't look that good to me

Pretty small radio, with limited functions and having a 7 watt output is either Bogus or ILLEGAL (limit 4-watts)

A good firestix antenna, is about $25 bucks and the antenna cables are Radio Shack $15 bucks--

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

4point 04-23-2010 09:39 PM

I put my own kit together for less than that. If I recall correctly I paid $130 at Fry's Electronics. I saw stuff just as cheap at Wal-mart too.
1 - Cobra Radio
1 - Ant Mnt
1 - Firestick Antenna
20' Coax
1 - SWR Calibrator

stevens243 04-23-2010 09:44 PM

That's not a bad combo but you should be able to find VERY similar everything included kits (some will come with a SWR meter to tune the antenna) for 100-120 bucks.

Keep shopping unless you are in a real hurry. You have 6 weeks or so to get this done.

DANIMAL 04-23-2010 09:52 PM

I figured it was not worth it and I have been doing some research so how about this:
Midland 1001Z 40 Channel CB Radio - 1001z or Uniden Pro510XL - pro510xl using this antenna FireStik Light-Weight Mechanical Tunable-Tip FireFly Series 40 Channel Plus CB Antenna - fl3-4

Any suggestions?

4point 04-23-2010 09:55 PM

That Uniden 510 is very popular.

JIMBOX 04-23-2010 10:10 PM

:D I agree with the uniden, but I'm still partial to Cobras and at 3', the antennas TOO SHORT, should be at least 4'

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

s3nt3nc3d 04-23-2010 10:17 PM

You can get away with a 3 ft antenna...just mount it higher. Or just lose a lil range on the radio. I have a 4' Firestik in the shed and it's almost too tall for a daily driver...just looks goofy. But it works damn good. lol

They need 3 1/2' foot antennas...

That setup listed above isn't too bad... decent antenna, pretty good/popular radio...pick up those, some cable, an SWR meter (if your cb doesn't have one built-in), and a jumper antenna cable to go between the meter and the radio and you'll be good to go. Oh and a mount...also don't forget to grind down the paint under the mount so you have good metal to metal contact (which will act as your ground). I know it sucks grinding off paint...but if you don't, your radio won't work properly. You could also prolly find a mount specific for your Jeep that bolts in somewhere and uses the metal from the bolt as a ground (so you won't have to grind any paint off).

DANIMAL 04-23-2010 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 606741)
:D I agree with the uniden, but I'm still partial to Cobras and at 3', the antennas TOO SHORT, should be at least 4'

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

I would get the 4' one.

What type of mount would you recommend?

Thanks again, Dan

JIMBOX 04-24-2010 08:39 AM

:D Sorry about the mount, I made mine, but these guys can give you some recommends


Quote:

Originally Posted by DANIMAL (Post 606755)
I would get the 4' one.

What type of mount would you recommend?

Thanks again, Dan


I mounted mine on top the 3rd lite, so my 4' antenna gets a LONG RANGE

Good luck

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

DANIMAL 04-25-2010 09:48 AM

Not going with the ready made combo
 
I hope you can help me out here. I am trying to put together a decent cb system and would like to know if what I have come up with will work together or if you can, tell me what would work better. I am looking for quality at a low price. I would like the whole system to be under $100.

Here is what I have found:

Radio: Cobra 19DX IV CB Radio Farm and Fleet $42.99

Cobra 19DX IV CB Radio (40) at Blain's Farm & Fleet

Antenna: FireStik Light-Weight Mechanical Tunable-Tip FireFly Series 40 Channel Plus CB Antenna 4’ long – black Truckers-store.com $15.95
FireStik Light-Weight Mechanical Tunable-Tip FireFly Series 40 Channel Plus CB Antenna - fl3-4

Antenna mount: I will make one similar to this one out of stainless.
Quadratec: Image Zoom

Antenna cable: Here is where I am confused. What ends do I need? Here’s a link to my options:
FireStik FireFlex Coax will make a quality connection

What kind of connectors do I need for the antenna. Would one of these work? I was thinking that having a spring on it would be better. Would I need medium or heavy duty?

FireStik Stainless Steel Combo Spring & Stud Mount - Four to Choose From - ss34m-h

Am I forgetting anything?

Sorry for all the questions, but I want to do this right as I will have this set up for a long time.

Thanks for any/all help you can give.

Dan

stevens243 04-25-2010 09:54 AM

I tried to use that spring mount with a 4' firestik and it wasn't up to the task.

What I did was ordered the radio, the antenna and the mount (Uniden 520, Firestik 4' and a teraflex rear tail light mount) and then went to radio shack and bought the coax (yes, just coax ends is what you need) a SWR meter and that mounting spring (and then the heavier one).

Except for a bit of wiring connections to wire the radio and some kind of mount (the uniden came with it) it's all you need.

stevens243 04-25-2010 10:01 AM

Try this spring instead. They had it in stock at my local radio shack (they also had the coax)

Chrome-Plated Spring CB Antenna Mount - RadioShack.com

The mount I used:

CB Antenna Mount-Right hand | TeraFlex Suspensions

DANIMAL 04-25-2010 11:54 AM

Thanks for the info. I am just trying to get all my options figured out.

G54 04-25-2010 02:43 PM

I highly recommend this company: Uniden Pro510XL Off-Road CB Package - $109.00

It's a complete kit which includes the SWR meter in addition to the mount, Wilson 3 or 4' ant., coax cable, and Uniden 510XL all for $109. Shipping is fast. Good company to do business with IMO.

DANIMAL 04-25-2010 03:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldgus (Post 607833)
I highly recommend this company: Uniden Pro510XL Off-Road CB Package - $109.00

It's a complete kit which includes the SWR meter in addition to the mount, Wilson 3 or 4' ant., coax cable, and Uniden 510XL all for $109. Shipping is fast. Good company to do business with IMO.

Is this the package that you run? If yes, which antenna did you get? My Jeep sleeps in my garage at night, so I don't want to ruin my antenna if/when it hits the top of the doorway. Are these antennas durable enough to take daily "hits" like this?

Thanks for the info. This is the kind of stuff I am looking for.

G54 04-25-2010 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DANIMAL (Post 607853)
Is this the package that you run? If yes, which antenna did you get? My Jeep sleeps in my garage at night, so I don't want to ruin my antenna if/when it hits the top of the doorway. Are these antennas durable enough to take daily "hits" like this?

Thanks for the info. This is the kind of stuff I am looking for.

Yes this is what I use. I'll see if I still have some pics and post them. I got the 4' Wilson and it hits my garage door all the time. No problem I just go easy and make sure the antenna's cap doesn't pop off. They are very flexy.

G54 04-25-2010 03:33 PM

Here's a couple pics. I opted for the hood mount antenna so I could see it easier from the cab. The CB does not interfere with my leg at all either where I mounted it. BTW - the lighter plug in is for my flashlight charger. I wired the CB direct so it shuts off with the engine. that way I don't have to try to remember to turn it off.

[IMG]http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/w...dy/cblocal.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/w...dy/antenna.jpg[/IMG]

distortedtj 04-25-2010 03:35 PM

^^^ don't recall which wilson is in the link you just posted. But if it is the Wilson FLEX....they can take a ton of abuse and are very flexable. I've beat the heck out of mine through the years. Missouri woods like to snap CB antennas off in a hurry...never Have I been able to snap it yet. Also with pulling into the garage daly it hits going in and out....never an issue.

I highly recommend the wilson FLEX model of the wilson antennas.:punk:

stevens243 04-25-2010 03:37 PM

That is an excellent kit and priced right also.

The antenna will take it and having a spring mount will soak up some of the abuse too.

DANIMAL 04-25-2010 03:46 PM

oldgus, with your antenna so close to the motor, do you get any interferance from the motor?
I have a JK so will this mount work? I might just get the Teraflex spare tire mount. I don't know yet.

G54 04-25-2010 03:53 PM

No interference. I'm not sure how the hood mount would work with a JK. Most go for the other mount but I'm a little different anyway. :D

Oh - and it is the Flex. this right from the site: Antenna: On the trail, you need a durable yet flexible antenna that can survive getting snagged, bent, bowed and abused. Subsequently, we picked an antenna that can bend 180 degrees without breaking - the Wilson FLEX. These 3' and 4' antennas provide superior protection against snapping and hold up well to the rigors of off-road use.

DANIMAL 04-25-2010 04:25 PM

Thanks for all the info. I think my mind is made up. I will be ordering the set up suggested by oldgus with the spare tire mounted antenna.

I will post up when I get it all installed.

Thanks again, Dan

skeeter 04-25-2010 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DANIMAL (Post 607635)
I hope you can help me out here. I am trying to put together a decent cb system and would like to know if what I have come up with will work together or if you can, tell me what would work better. I am looking for quality at a low price. I would like the whole system to be under $100.

Here is what I have found:

Radio: Cobra 19DX IV CB Radio Farm and Fleet $42.99

Cobra 19DX IV CB Radio (40) at Blain's Farm & Fleet

Antenna: FireStik Light-Weight Mechanical Tunable-Tip FireFly Series 40 Channel Plus CB Antenna 4’ long – black Truckers-store.com $15.95
FireStik Light-Weight Mechanical Tunable-Tip FireFly Series 40 Channel Plus CB Antenna - fl3-4

Antenna mount: I will make one similar to this one out of stainless.
Quadratec: Image Zoom

Antenna cable: Here is where I am confused. What ends do I need? Here’s a link to my options:
FireStik FireFlex Coax will make a quality connection

What kind of connectors do I need for the antenna. Would one of these work? I was thinking that having a spring on it would be better. Would I need medium or heavy duty?

FireStik Stainless Steel Combo Spring & Stud Mount - Four to Choose From - ss34m-h

Am I forgetting anything?

Sorry for all the questions, but I want to do this right as I will have this set up for a long time.

Thanks for any/all help you can give.

Dan

I don't like the little cobras. The quality just isn't the same as in their larger radios.

If you want to use a little radio I'd go for the Midland or Uniden.
Midland 1001Z Miniature Mobile CB Radio - Electronics Superstore www.WalcottCB.com

Uniden Pro510XL CB Radio - Electronics Superstore www.WalcottCB.com


Firestick antenna.
Firestik FL4B 4' Firefly Flexable Antenna - Electronics Superstore www.WalcottCB.com

Stud mount.
Firestik - K4A - Stud Mount PL259 Screw-On Connection - Electronics Superstore www.WalcottCB.com

Don't mess with a spring, you don't need it with a small antenna.

Coax.
Firestik K8A Single 18 Foot Coax With PL259 Connectors - Electronics Superstore www.WalcottCB.com

nyvulcanman 05-08-2010 10:44 AM

i like connex 10 meter radios very high power i have 2 of them with monkey made ant. 1 of them is in my tractor trailer 200 plus watts it has lots of mods but a bit pricey cost me 600 bucks the other 1 has 100 watts with same ant and that cost 500 bucks i can reach out along ways and very loud

DANIMAL 05-13-2010 07:18 PM

It's finally in and operational
 
I ordered the set up suggested by Oldgus. I got the 4' antenna with the Terraflex tailgate mount.

Installation went pretty well. Ran the antenna wire through the tailgate then up the passenger side under the carpet, then in front of the front passenger seat (also under the carpet) up the center console around to the driver's side. Mounted the cb to the side of the console next to the 4x4 shifter. I ran a wire through the firewall to get power from the battery. I had a hard time getting the swr meter to read less than 3. Did some research, scraped paint off of the Terraflex mount (to get a good ground) and ended up grounding the extra wire from the antenna and now I get between 1 and 1.5 through all channels.

This is a great set up and cost much less than most set ups I have looked at. It even came with an swr meter and short cable to hook it up.

Thanks Oldgus.

Dan

G54 05-14-2010 11:40 AM

Glad it worked out for you. I had to hook that ground wire up too to get a decent read.

OklaTJ 05-30-2010 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nyvulcanman (Post 619264)
i like connex 10 meter radios very high power i have 2 of them with monkey made ant. 1 of them is in my tractor trailer 200 plus watts it has lots of mods but a bit pricey cost me 600 bucks the other 1 has 100 watts with same ant and that cost 500 bucks i can reach out along ways and very loud

I knew there would be a driver out here to set them straight lol I run a Connex hp with a striker ant I love it! But I believe They want just small Corba's

OklaTJ 05-30-2010 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DANIMAL (Post 623446)
I ordered the set up suggested by Oldgus. I got the 4' antenna with the Terraflex tailgate mount.

Installation went pretty well. Ran the antenna wire through the tailgate then up the passenger side under the carpet, then in front of the front passenger seat (also under the carpet) up the center console around to the driver's side. Mounted the cb to the side of the console next to the 4x4 shifter. I ran a wire through the firewall to get power from the battery. I had a hard time getting the swr meter to read less than 3. Did some research, scraped paint off of the Terraflex mount (to get a good ground) and ended up grounding the extra wire from the antenna and now I get between 1 and 1.5 through all channels.

This is a great set up and cost much less than most set ups I have looked at. It even came with an swr meter and short cable to hook it up.

Thanks Oldgus.

Dan

The only ch you need to check is 1 and 40 If its a 40 ch radio

DANIMAL 05-31-2010 08:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wrangler V8 (Post 639268)
The only ch you need to check is 1 and 40 If its a 40 ch radio

Call me an overachiever. I wanted to check each one to make sure I did not get any false readings.


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