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Unread 01-15-2015, 09:55 AM   #1
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Jeep TJ CB Radio DIN Install

(First post on this forum - Hey everyone!)
So I have plans for a single DIN CB Radio Install in my '00 Jeep TJ. I am taking a somewhat unique approach: instead of a DDIN conversion, and mounting my CB radio in the dash beneath my regular radio, I will completely remove my current radio and replace it with my Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB CB Radio. I have future plans (emphasis on 'future') to install a Tuffy Stereo Security Console, which will harbor a new radio for listening to music. I did a lot of research and it appears to be the best on the market--although it is a little pricey: http://www.quadratec.com/products/14127_XX_PG.htm The cool thing about this console is that it allows to to remove your "music radio," for lack of a better term, and install it into a locked steel dash in your Jeep's center console. It's secure, easy, and frees up dash space for other things--in my case, a CB!

One of the things I am really excited for with this CB radio is the PA function. I have also purchased a PA speaker that I will mount under my hood--I'm not sure how helpful it will be in my Jeep endeavors, but I do see some practical trail/joke purposes. I exchanged a Cobra for this particular Uniden because of the stellar reviews, built in SWR, and SSB capabilities that it has. I'll also create a detailed step by step process on the PA speaker install, and the SWR tuning.

I'm hoping that this will result in a fairly clean, uncluttered look, and I plan on taking pictures/videoing my process for future CB DIN installers. One thing I have definitely noticed is that this is not very commonly done!! I found just a few articles on DDIN installs, combining a radio and CB radio together that were really solid. I hope to pave the road for future installers. If anyone has any tips, advice, or questions, please let me know!! Expect pictures and video in the next few days.

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Unread 01-15-2015, 10:02 AM   #2
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Unread 01-19-2015, 08:47 PM   #3
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Under hood speaker will sound like crap, who do you plan on talking to on Side-Band? Do Not trust the on board SWR meter for making tuning adjustments.
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Unread 01-21-2015, 11:48 PM   #4
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Where do you then recommend the PA speaker be mounted? I am interested as well..
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Unread 01-26-2015, 11:38 AM   #5
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Out side of the engine compartment, unless you want to talk to the engine. If you get a decent one, on the front bumper with a slight downward tilt.
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Unread 01-27-2015, 02:49 PM   #6
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Under hood speaker will sound like crap, who do you plan on talking to on Side-Band? Do Not trust the on board SWR meter for making tuning adjustments.
X2 on the SSB. SSB is so rarely heard on the CB band any more that I wouldn't pay extra to get it. It's never used in typical offroad events.

So far as the SWR meter goes, the internal SWR meters that come in some CB radios may not give an accurate ratio, but they work fine for finding the minimum SWR point for antenna tuning purposes. It doesn't take accuracy for that, it just needs to indicate the point at which it is seeing the minimum reflected power which is an easy task for it.
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