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    Cool JK CB install w/ External Speaker - HIDDEN

    Heres my attempt at a clean CB install in my JK without one of those Cobra 75 WX all in my hand thingys which would have taken my whole budget.

    Cobra CB = 80 +tx
    Antenna = 30 +tx
    External 3"x3"x2" Speaker = 25 +tx
    Bracket/wiring/switch stuff = 40ish +tx


    In case anyone is interested, i used a trucker mirror tube mount and used it to mount the Antenna on the spare tire carrier. Then ran the wire through next to the brake light wire, under the carpet and into the right side of the centre console.

    I tapped into the power out and put a red switch to let me know if tis powered up and more control (I'm a control freak)

    Used VELCRO to hold the CB in place and left enough wire so i can take it out and lay on the seat and still reach the inline fuse.

    Cut out the foam roll-bar corner and extended/ran the wire down the rollbar, under carpet and back up into the console.

    Did all this friday evening and tested it out on saturdays charity run. VERY pleased with the operation and love the external speaker which lets me keep listening to the Sat. radio while driving.

    (sorry for the huge pics)





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    looks good but it really cuts down on the storage space

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    Nice job,was just wondering how to install one myself as the hand held is getting to be a pain in the u know what !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by plowboy View Post
    looks good but it really cuts down on the storage space

    True, but seeing how i wasent even using the traditional "Glove Box" except for storing the plastic bag labeled "Keep in vehicle for customer use"... which was also empty... i don't mind.

    Plus i don't have kid(s) so once the back seat comes out theres plenty of extra room.

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    Nice... I like where you hid the external speaker. do you find it muffled tucked in the padding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jak Flash View Post
    Nice... I like where you hid the external speaker. do you find it muffled tucked in the padding?
    I havent noticed any muffling from the cover. The sound comes clear, just cut the foam so it keeps the speaker in place without rattling against the steel behind it. The velcro keeps the padding tight. My only concern is the zipper from the roll bar tucked in there but i havent noticed anything yet.


    FYI: I can't take credit for this install idea. i just grouped a few ideas together i saw on another jk forum and thought i'd share on here.

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    Nice install man..

    Where did you get the external speaker??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moejeepin View Post
    Nice install man..

    Where did you get the external speaker??
    I bought everything at radioworld except some 18awg for power i had kicking around.

    http://www.radioworld.ca/
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    go back to radioworld and get some coax seal .. and cover the coax at the ant. or you WILL suck in water there and then you will be real unhappy in a year .. then you will have to replace the coax ..

    otherwise a great install .. nice and clean

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    hey Rick, what do you mean by coax seal?

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    its a rubber and is like tape ..

    you wrap it around the fitting and al the way down to the coax

    when you wrap it it becomes 1 piece

    I will take a pic of mine and post ..

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    its a rubber and is like tape ..

    you wrap it around the fitting and al the way down to the coax

    when you wrap it it becomes 1 piece

    I will take a pic of mine and post ..

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    nice install... my radio is too big to install in the console... so i installed it on top of it... dosent interfere with anything and makes the armrest a little higher and comfortable... only downside is... it is hard to change the channel while driving.... so i just count the channels to get to where i want to be... nice job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rando View Post
    only downside is... it is hard to change the channel while driving.
    Well that and the speaker that keeps filling up with water every time it rains on you with the top down, but I guess it's used to water now.
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    Looks good one question how did you ground the antennae mount?
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    you dont need to ground the ant mount . its grounded via the coax

    Look at some of the big rigs going down the road .. mounted on a fiberglass body with a plastic mount to the ant . (even a mount on a boat .. same thing)

    if you REALLY wanted to ground the mount . ( double ground) then run a small wire from a bolt to a steel part ..

    The coax handles both sig + and sig - ( center of coax and shield)

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    where he has it mounted is metal... but i dont think it is steel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick - VA3 RZS View Post
    its a rubber and is like tape ..

    you wrap it around the fitting and al the way down to the coax

    when you wrap it it becomes 1 piece

    I will take a pic of mine and post ..
    Great advice. I stoped into Radioworld and just got some. Put it on and looks good. I think i'll cover the sticky outside with electrical tape just to keep it cleaner but it works awesome. I think i put on too much cause i dident think it would strech well but boy was i wrong. Better safe than sorry so i put on 2 layers on top and bottom of the mount.


    Rando - Yeah i have it mounted on the spare carrier which i'm pretty sure is Alluminum (aluminum? Al-u-minium? alumininimum??)... I have it grounded there at the bracket right now but this evening i might run a 18awg to one of the subwoofer bolts for a better ground. It works fine now. On saturday OneHoser checked it on his SWR meter and was in the safe zone (1.2 I think) around 50 jeeps, pole transformers, and a few buildings so i'm not worried for the amt i'll be using it.

    Yeah its a pain cranking my neck and looking straight down at it to adjust the channels, but once its on CH4 i'm good to go until i shut it off.

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    if it is ALM .. DO NOT GROUND IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it will cause galvanic carosion and eat away at the aml .. it will take some time but I would not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick - VA3 RZS View Post
    if it is ALM .. DO NOT GROUND IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it will cause galvanic carosion and eat away at the aml .. it will take some time but I would not
    Advice taken.

    I said i THINK its ALM... it was nice and bright metal when drilling...

    ***me walking out to jeep with magnet***

    I think i'll ground it at the bolt for the subwoofer just to be sure, and disconnect it from the S.T.C.

    *** turns around to get , 18 gauge wire, eyelet terminal, soldering iron, wire strippers, tape, thumb wrench, sandpaper, screw&nut, tie wraps ***

    ... wait... i think i should be working... falk i'll do it later and let you know what happens.

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