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CB Radio Install in XJ


 
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CoreyXJ
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2004 7:52 pm    Post subject: CB Radio Install in XJ Reply with quote

Part of the "wheelin" experience is being able to communicate with your fellow wheelers. Having a CB is a helluva lot easier than yelling out the window or stopping and waiting to talk.... CB -Just key it up!

First thing I did was mount the CB under the glove box using one of the screws on the bottom of the glove box. Using one of those as a support screw, put another screw into the bottom of the glove box to make sure it doesn't go anywhere. The wiring you can run right behind the carpet and over to the fusebox. Hook to a fuse that is switched with the ignition and ground it to the body right there by the fusebox.


The antenna was a little tricky because I chose to make it a fender mount. I measured how far down the factory AM/FM antenna was on the pass side, I then drilled a hole in the same spot on the driverside. I hollowed it out to 7/8 and then filed it out to about 1 1/8" to fit. I went to the Jeep dealer and bought the black trim piece that mounts to the fender. This piece is the base of the antenna. Then I used an antenna kit from RadioShack.


I bought a 3 foot Firestik antenna and assembled all the pieces. Access the fender from the bottom side through the wheel well. Pull the inner piece back and you can reach all the way up the fender.



I made a back strap piece in the shape of a U for the entire assembly to screw through the center and mount in the hole just like a reguler antenna does. I sealed around the edges with JB Weld just to make it superstrong and then painted it all black.
Finished product....



My handle..... Turkish

Laterz-CoreyXJ
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff. Didja tune the system with an SWR meter?
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CoreyXJ
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2004 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man I wish I had one of those meters, so I really didn't set the standing wave. A friend of mine has one at the radio shop I used to work at, so I am gonna have him set it as soon as I get time to run up there....

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2004 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two things Corey:

Radio Shack has an SWR meter for $35. I have one and it works fine for my purposes.


Second, might I suggest strategically placing a spring device between the mount and the Firestick. It will allow it to flex at the base when you are going under/through heavy brush or branches. Based on the location it's in, it will save the antenna from breaking. A stainless one will run you about $10



Just adding my $0.02 Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been happy with my antenna mounted inside the rear bumper cap. I have a bracket that was orig screwed into the sheet metal right above the brake lights, but I was unhappy with the height, so I removed the bumper cap, trimmed the top of the cap a little bit and installed the bracket there. It's great because the whole antenna is lower, the bumper cap protects the mount, and I can unscrew the antenna and the mount is invisible. I added a racquetball to prevent it from scratching up the side of the car. I'll try and get some pictures tomorrow.
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