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Old 04-24-2012, 01:15 AM
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A good looking CB Install??

Anyone have a good looking install of the their CB ? Am looking for some ideas ......anyone do a "low profile" install or have any ideas for a "clean" look?...please throw up your pics if ya do!


Was looking at the quadratec cb kit they have on sale right now...any recommendations? Potential pitfalls to avoid?

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A lot will depend on your CB you purchase.

If you have a Cobra 75WxSt, you can do an install like I did here:



The base unit is behind the dash and I did a second switch panel setup and put the plug where the cig lighter would have normally been.

If you have a compact CB you can mount on the dash over the vents in the middle or get a mount to put by the driver door. IMO the driver door version could be a problem if you get into deep mud or caught in rain with no doors.

OR you could do some type of overhead console...

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I put my cobra 19 inside the center console. Cant tell its there unless i turn it on.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:10 AM
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Thanks! Good idea(s)!




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A lot will depend on your CB you purchase.

If you have a Cobra 75WxSt, you can do an install like I did here:



The base unit is behind the dash and I did a second switch panel setup and put the plug where the cig lighter would have normally been.

If you have a compact CB you can mount on the dash over the vents in the middle or get a mount to put by the driver door. IMO the driver door version could be a problem if you get into deep mud or caught in rain with no doors.

OR you could do some type of overhead console...
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Not sure if mine is that clean but it works well for me. Just placed velcro on the underside and on the top dash. That way it sticks and holds but I can remove it when I'm in the city or out of view for thieves. I like the Uniden Bearcat 880 so far and works well.
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Off topic, but where did you get those switches?

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Old 05-19-2012, 03:54 PM   #7
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Ericpl do you have any more pics. I like the hidden approach. Very nice.
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First off, what kinda Jeep are we talking about?
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Thanks! Good idea(s)!
nomad... really nice job. looks clean & professional. i do alot of off road w/no doors/no top. that behind the dash install would be peferct. have u had any issues w/the unit gettin wet/dirty?
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sorry... erik thanks for the idea.
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I put mine under everything, its out of the way and it doesn't get in the way of me shifting.
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I just put an Arizona Rocky Road mount on and it out of the way. Pics are in my sig. Will take more if you need. Just let me know.
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I installed a Uniden 510 with a 4ft fire stick.



I'm generally not any good with installing anything of any kind in any vehicle but this turned out great. I centered the unit on the front window, ran the wires behind all the paneling directly to the battery and the tail gate. A little time consuming because of the extra unneeded thinking put into it but in the end it transmits and receives great and the SWR reading is awesome.
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I made a mount overhead for a cobra i got from walmart and Im running a 4ft firestik with a homemade mount
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Here's mine it's clean panavise mount
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Any tips on anti-theft for open mounted radios? Nice installs.
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Any tips on anti-theft for open mounted radios? Nice installs.
Get the bolts tight, that will detur the average thief
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Any tips on anti-theft for open mounted radios? Nice installs.
I have the 75wx so I just put it in the console out of site when not driving the cord is long so you don't even have to disconnect it.
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hey guys when you say you wired it to the battery, did you wire straight to battery or with an inline fuse (if so how big) also did you ground back to the battery also
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I put my cobra 19 inside the center console. Cant tell its there unless i turn it on.
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Not sure if mine is that clean but it works well for me. Just placed velcro on the underside and on the top dash. That way it sticks and holds but I can remove it when I'm in the city or out of view for thieves. I like the Uniden Bearcat 880 so far and works well.
Do you have any issues while bouncing around off road with the cb falling off or moving around at all
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Not sure if mine is that clean but it works well for me. Just placed velcro on the underside and on the top dash. That way it sticks and holds but I can remove it when I'm in the city or out of view for thieves. I like the Uniden Bearcat 880 so far and works well.
Think about what will happen during an accident. Do you want 2 pounds of steel flying around.

Bolt it down.

For quick removal, look for a bracket that uses slots instead of holes. (Or modify your existing one.) Then you just loosen the knobs and slide it out. More secure than velcro and just as fast.
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hey guys when you say you wired it to the battery, did you wire straight to battery or with an inline fuse (if so how big) also did you ground back to the battery also
Always run an online fuse for a power supplied devise. Check with the manufacturer or your local radio shack. A cb should always have that info in the user manual or just Google the model for the info. A fuse will protect you equipment. If you cross a wire you can fry your radio.
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hey guys when you say you wired it to the battery, did you wire straight to battery or with an inline fuse (if so how big) also did you ground back to the battery also
Always use a fuse the electronics use way less amps than most fused accessory lines. Mine has a 3 amp fuse that came with it.
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I would have to question how are you gonna use it. Where youre gonna use it (Mountains, Highway) and the distance to the other person is the big decision factor. They dont have a very good range. CB only have so many channels and I dont think youre gonna use it like changing the channels every 10 minutes. I would not place it near the windshield. And if it were me, I would go with Handheld radio.

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