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Old 01-15-2018, 03:37 AM
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CB and Rear view camera cables pinching

I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned. Both of my CB and Rear view camera cables are ruined due to about 2 years of opening and closing of the tailgate.

I routed/zip-tied them to the stock harness, obviously a mistake. How are you guys routing these cables?

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I ran my CB cable ( near shifter installation ) down into the passenger footwell drain plug and then followed the frame to the rear of the vehicle. I have a bumper mount whip antenna.

I never recommend routing a cable or power lead through a door opening. The results become obvious. Power leads can short out. Even before obvious damage occurs to the CB cable, it is likely compressed internally till the shield isn't functioning right and could be shorting to the conductor.

Take the time to drill holes or find one already there. Put grommets in place to protect the wiring/cable. Takes time, but not really any more than having to fix it later on.

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I ran mine through the mesh tubing along the existing factory wires and haven’t had any problems.
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I ran my CB cable similar to @motox , but I didn't zip tie to the factory wiring and left enough slack in the cable to leave a rather loose curve until it ran up to the top tube. This way there is no pinching and the whole section of cable moves rather than a small part that binds. If this is done there isn't any reason why the cable shouldn't last for a decade or longer.
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What factory harness? There is no factory wiring harness between the tail gate and tub, the connections for the 3rd brake light are made through a pair of button connectors between the tub and tail gate.

The coax cables for my antennas pass through holes in the body I drilled, the cables are protected by several layers of insulated heat-shrink tubing. It almost looks like you're closing the tailgate on the cables which would pinch and ruin any cable. Is that what is happening?

These two photos are how both my cables have been routed for 20+ years without problem. Those who are squeamish about drilling holes through the tub should get over it if your Jeep thing isn't going to be a short-lived thing.
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Thank's for the different ideas guys. As soon as my new replacement parts arrive, I'll post pictures as to how i finally decided to run both cables through the tailgate of my JKU.
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What factory harness? There is no factory wiring harness between the tail gate and tub, the connections for the 3rd brake light are made through a pair of button connectors between the tub and tail gate.
I was going from memory when I mentioned the harness and haven't had a chance to look at it yet to offer a better description. What I intended to say was whatever connects between the tailgate and the body (hinge, check strap, wiring), I did NOT secure my antenna cable to that but left it loose with enough slack between where it exited my tailgate cover and the base of the top tube so that there would be no pinching. The OPs photos looked like the cables were zip tied to something that either pinched the cable or put it through such a sharp bend as to prematurely stress the cable into failure.

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