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Unread 12-18-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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Ignoranton the subject, but want a CB

^^ even spelled the title wrong

I have searched the forums and have noticed the Cobra C75-WXST seems to be the one of choice, even though I have heard people complain about the heaviness of the handheld. With that being said, I know you mount the electronics hidden away under the center console and I'm good on the 12V stuff. However, I don't know the CB cable and antenna needed for this. I have heard the term 3' firestik and such, but can someone help me and tell me the cable, adapters and antenna I would need to make this a good set up.

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I saw this thread: http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB...662816#p662816

And found this build on Car Domain http://www.cardomain.com/ridepost/28...-jeep-liberty/

Really want to hear from experience people with pros and such so I only do this once

Any tips? I know lfhoward will come thru

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Unread 12-18-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Bwsooner6
I went back through my Amazon.com history to find what I bought for the CB project, and you're in luck! It's all still there. This was back in '12 and the prices have probably all changed, but at least you can see what hardware you might need and then go comparison shop. Here you go:
CB radio: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Antenna mount and cable kit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Quick disconnect: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Antenna spring: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
3 foot Firestik Antenna: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
SWR meter to tune antenna: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Unread 12-18-2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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I mounted mine a little differently but used the same mount above the passenger brake light. I don't know why any one would complain about the weight of the handheld cobra 75. It's not that heavy.
You'll definitely want a spring on the back I know mine will hurt trees all day long and the occasional drive through roof.
As far as length goes I think it depends how you will use it. If you're communicating with maybe 6 jeeps on a run then you could probably do fine with a 2' and the added height of a spring (& possibly a quick disco)if you plan on being by yourself in the boon docs without cell coverage then go with the 4'. Each foot gives approx 1mile of range (terrain depending). Granted that probably won't save you but every little bit helps. My 4' is pretty tall I'm considering getting a shorter one, but I like the slightly better quality sound.
Don't forget you also need a SWR tuner.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #4
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I have a stainless steel bracket much like the one you have pictured, only with a screw on fitting mount lug like this:



You could also go with a Heavy Duty one like this:



on that is a barrel spring like this:



and on that I went with a full 1/4 wave 102 inch stainless steel whip antenna:



I also got an 18 foot CB cable (which is just a bit longer than you need, but it's a standard size, so go with it.)

and I picked up one of these from NewEgg.com:



It's a good priced radio, and has the advantage of being portable if you need or want to carry it anywhere. it's just as powerful as the big radios, but is a MUCH easier install. Just plug it in and go.

I went with the full 102 inch whip because it doesn't require any tuning with an SWR meter. Just install and go. Any of the base or top loaded antennas (any of the "Firestik" style short antennas) require tuning BEFORE USE or you can toast the transmitter in your CB the very first time you use it. If you don't know someone with a SWR meter or own one yourself and know how to use it, GET THE STEEL WHIP. it's big and bulky, but it's durable and you won't ever fry a $100 CB using it. You'll also get WAY better range and clarity than those expensive Firestik style antennas.

Seriously, the antenna is the single most important part of your CB setup. Get a proper 1/4 wave antenna for the best possible CB function.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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You can run the antenna cable through the vents in the body behind the tail light, then into the trunk behind the side plastic trim. From there you can hide the cable under the various trim pieces, along the floor to the front of the Jeep. (All the interior trim pieces have those metal clips holding them on, so a little force is all that's needed to disengage them.) I routed my antenna cable up behind the glove box and into the center console area near the shifter, which is where I mounted the guts for the 75WXST CB radio. There is a coupler for the cord that connects to the handheld, and I flush mounted that coupler on the drivers side of the center console by the seat. The handheld CB radio can be disconnected and stowed when I'm parked in my neighborhood (same reason I got a quick disconnect for the antenna). I mounted the hanger for the handheld on the dash to the right of the gauge cluster. This CB works great with the 3 foot antenna. Tuning the antenna is no problem with the little SWR meter I got, and I just left the SWR meter connected and hidden inside the center console, in case I need it again. (Tune of the antenna must be tweaked if you add a roof rack or anything that changes the profile of the vehicle.) Let me know if you have any CB installation questions.
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