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Unread 12-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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CB mounting and VIC/GDM space usage - fishing for ideas

I'm looking at taking out the GDM of my ZJ and making some use of the space, as well as finding a good place to mount a CB. So far I believe my options are:
  1. Simply mount the radio in the VIC/GDM slot
  2. Move the climate controls to the VIC/GDM slot and mount the radio above
  3. Mount the radio in the ash tray slot and use the VIC/GDM slot for storage or a switch panel
    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/z...w-pics-754929/
    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/z...panel-1370164/

I would appreciate any ideas, especially if you have done anything yourself and please include pics if possible. I would especially appreciate ideas for storage for the VIC/GDM slot, but my main goal is for mounting the radio in a good location. I'm trying to stay away from overhead mounting just because I've got no headliner and a sealed-shut broken sunroof from the previous owner, and a future project will be removing the junk and installing an actual roof and headliner. if it makes a difference, I've got a '97 Laredo with the GDM not the VIC

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also adding option 4, moving climate control down, converting its old spot to storage or switches, and CB in ash tray slot
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Unread 01-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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Are you set on using a CB you already have?

You can find the 2wd cubby, get the storage you mention and eliminate the VIC.

I'm planning a switch panel where the VIC is and recently picked up a Cobra 75wxst with everything in the mic.. gonna work out well for me.

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I kicked my VIC in the dick and made a cubby instead. My CB is to the left of the steering wheel and gets bashed in with my knee quite often
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My vote is #1 or #3, least amount of modification required.
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I feel #2 would be a lot of work for not much gain
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Most CB's dont fit in the space the vic leaves which is why people do the climate control swap. The swap is easy if you have the (all electronic) ATC climate stuff as in the picture. Not so much if you have the manual controls as they are mechanically linked to pieces of the system.

It's really a shame nobody makes a remote head CB like all the ham gear is, makes it real easy to put the body of the radio under the seat and the control head where you want it.
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thanks for the replies guys

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Are you set on using a CB you already have?

You can find the 2wd cubby, get the storage you mention and eliminate the VIC.

I'm planning a switch panel where the VIC is and recently picked up a Cobra 75wxst with everything in the mic.. gonna work out well for me.

I don't have a radio yet, I'll likely get the same $35 cobra that's in my TJ. It would probably leave enough room to have 2 switches next to it in the VIC slot.... It will also fit in the ash tray slot if I put the work into it. the writeup I linked above uses the same radio I've got in my TJ. that would free up the whole VIC space for storage and/or switches. Any thoughts on making a combination storage switch panel for the VIC slot (cubby with a 2-switch panel)?
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Alright thanks for the input, everyone. I have overhead-mounted the CB (cable routing is so easy with no headliner) and will convert the GDM slot to a cubby. The ashtray will later be converted to a flip-out switch panel.
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