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Old 01-27-2016, 10:37 AM
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Best Physical Location for Radios?

Good Morning,
I'm ordering a 16 Rubicon and I wanted to plan out where I should install a few radios that I will want to use. I'd like to leave the overhead and windshield frame areas clear because I'd like to fold down the windshield in the future.

I'm going to remove the standard 130 radio and want to mount the JVC AM/FM radio in that spot using a mount that will leave the "bottom" portion empty.

Other than that, I'm open. The radios are: 1. JVC KD R97MBS marine radio.2.A Uniden 980SSB CB Radio and 3. A Yeasu FTM 400 ham radio. The Yeasu has a detachable display head and the base is a separate unit.

Here are some pics of the equipment. Hopefully they will come out.

Again, I'd like input on how to arrange these radios in the cabin. I apologize in advance for being so wordy, but I believe it necessary to accurately relay what I wish to do.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:11 PM   #2
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I have a ham radio with a detachable faceplate and mounted the radio under the passenger seat. Here is a link to the install ...

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f40/ham...d-1506993.html

I mounted the faceplate overhead but could just have easily used a ball mount in the tray area above the radio in the center of the dash. Rugged Ridge makes one.

Rugged Ridge 13551.11 - Rugged Ridge GPS Dash Organizer for 13-16 Jeep Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

but there are many other options as well.

Another option is a side mount for one of the radios.

Quadratec Exclusive JK-CBMU - Quick Disconnect CB Radio Mount for 07-16 Jeep Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with Full Size CB Radios - Quadratec

I've seen other members use this mount as well.

http://www.arizonarockyroad.com/radiomounts.html

It is an overhead mount but I don't think it would interfere with the windshield.

Hope this helps ...

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Just a personal thought here but I believe you'd be happier in the end by dismissing the goal of being able to fold the windshield down which will give you better options for mounting radios.

The reason being that most who try wheeling with the windshield down don't continue doing so for long. The thought is cool and we all grew up looking at photos of old WWII Jeeps with their windshields down but it's not all that it's cracked up to be. First, it's a PITA to lower and raise the windshield. Gone are the days of releasing a few clamps to lower the windshield. Next, you don't really gain anything for offroading other than it may look cool.

I tried it a couple times many years ago but the disadvantages and difficulty of actually lowering and then raising the windshield back up far outweighed any possible benefit while offroading. Jeep definitely did not design it to be easily or quickly lowered or raised.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:45 PM
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Thank you both very much. Time to plan things out and buy equipment. If worse comes to worse, then I might give up the idea of folding down the windshield.
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One thought... this radio mount from Arizona Rocky Road would allow you to mount your radios and lower the windshield too.

It's what I'm running and it works well... no drilling required, this is how my ham and CB radios are mounted. I added some spring-loaded mic retrievers like truckers use to make it easier to use the mics... the hold the mics against the Arizona mount via spring-loaded cord you just pull out to use.
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Put them in place of where the glove box is, not like you should be playing with them while driving anyways...
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Heres how I did mine. Eventually the whole thing is going to get a custom dash to clean it up. Just gotta pin down a buddy who does fiberglass work.



On the left
Rugged Radios intercom with two-radio switch
Yaesu FT8800 face plate. The body is under the passenger seat

Center
Vertex VHF race radio
Cobra 18 cb
Kenwood stereo

Before it gets the new dash I want to figure out how to mount my gps on the left side of the dash.
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Right now I'm thinking the JVC AM-FM radio in a single-DIN mount. The control box for the Yeasu mounted in the lower "empty" section of it. That will take up the space usually taken by the double-DIN Jeep radio. The display screen attaches to that via an RJ-11 cable. That might mount directly on top of the dash.

That leaves the Jeep radio mounted with one of the Arizona mounts.
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I just noticed the pictures are gone. Hmmm, let me retry that I guess.

Photobucket is down for maintenance, maybe the pics will come back up when they're done...
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Put them in place of where the glove box is, not like you should be playing with them while driving anyways...
Have you actually done that yourself? I can't imagine actually liking that location. And yes CB and ham radios do need the occasional adjustment while driving... channel/frequency changes, volume & squelch adjustments, etc. It's not like we're just listening to a commercial broadcast station.
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Has anyone used one of these mounts? Looks like it would be a good option if you snap the radio in and out for trail rides, but would be easy to steal if you kept it there long term.

http://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-1.../dp/B004IA5BQQ
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No I've not Jerry, was just thinking of ideas. I've had a regular radio there though on an old Merc I had
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Are there CB's that will fit in the dash along with a single din radio? Anyone ever done this? That would be the way to go for me. I'm just starting to look at radios. Don't know if a trim kit exists that would allow this.
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I'm looking at installing a Uniden 980 CB along with a JVC marine radio for AM/FM.
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Are there CB's that will fit in the dash along with a single din radio? Anyone ever done this? That would be the way to go for me. I'm just starting to look at radios. Don't know if a trim kit exists that would allow this.
Post #7 above. The center radio is a cobra 18 above a kenwood single din stereo.
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Post #7 above. The center radio is a cobra 18 above a kenwood single din stereo.
Yeah, but I wouldn't say those exactly fit in the factory opening would they? I have no interest in cutting my dash open and if I'm going to don't that way I want them to look like they came from the factory that way.
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I'm looking at installing a Uniden 980 CB along with a JVC marine radio for AM/FM.
I'd like to do it with the same CB. Might be a little big though. Would like to know someone successfully did this and what they needed to accomplish it.
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Yeah, but I wouldn't say those exactly fit in the factory opening would they? I have no interest in cutting my dash open and if I'm going to don't that way I want them to look like they came from the factory that way.
The cb does. The vhf was added later. I had to file a hair off the sides of the opening but that was it. No actual cutting involved.

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