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PilotJK
01-16-2014, 06:05 PM
I'm in the market for a small and efficient CB radio, yet inexpensive under $100. I was looking at the Uniden Pro 510. Any suggestions?

wayoflife
01-16-2014, 06:11 PM
It'll work and get the job done. Of course, there are much better CB's you can get for just a little over $100 but, they are bigger and harder to find a place to mount.

cozdude
01-16-2014, 06:16 PM
what eddie said. there are some better ones that are just over $100 that will be tougher to mount due to size but will work better. another middle ground option (if you like to call if that) is the cobra 75. its small and does a great job all for around $100.

here is a pic of it

olram30
01-16-2014, 06:20 PM
i really need to get cb radios for my jeeps. kinda sucks not having them. when my wife follows me on a trail i always have to stop and get out to talk.

Jeepmed
01-16-2014, 06:26 PM
I Mounted my Cobra 75 in the center console. Out of site out of mind.

NFRs2000NYC
01-16-2014, 07:10 PM
How are you unlimited peeps running your coax? My local CB shop told me not to exceed the 18' of the cable length (no extensions) and I can't seem to route it cleanly past the rear of the front seats. Any tricks? (tailgate mounted antennas that is.)

cozdude
01-16-2014, 07:14 PM
How are you unlimited peeps running your coax? My local CB shop told me not to exceed the 18' of the cable length (no extensions) and I can't seem to route it cleanly past the rear of the front seats. Any tricks? (tailgate mounted antennas that is.)

i dont have a jku BUT i have enough coax left sitting in my tailgate that i think i maybe able to help. i ran mine under the plastic floor trim and just followed all off the wires to the tailgate. i prob have 4ft or so of coax left just chillin in my tailagte door lol

jeeeep
01-16-2014, 11:47 PM
How are you unlimited peeps running your coax? My local CB shop told me not to exceed the 18' of the cable length (no extensions) and I can't seem to route it cleanly past the rear of the front seats. Any tricks? (tailgate mounted antennas that is.)

I think I have about 20' started with 25' - I mounted my CB on the dash above the radio (for now) I have coax running through the dash behind the glove box then down to the floor and along the floor under the carpet with the other wiring all the way to the back, I do have it going on top of the wheel well and then into the looping with all the other cables into the back door, out the plug and mounted...I do have enough slack to move my radio to the future front cage and haven't had any issues.
I did tune it in a very open area and have great transmission and reception - cobra 29, 4' firestick. I did not use the all in one coax end, my neighbor showed me how to lay the outer shield back soldered to ring connector for ground and works great

Tree squirrel
02-26-2015, 04:58 AM
Wave from Long beach ca.
I'm looking for a hand held cb, any one have info on a good one?

10frank9
02-26-2015, 05:01 AM
Wave from Long beach ca.
I'm looking for a hand held cb, any one have info on a good one?

Eric from the OC is selling his here:

http://wayalife.com/showpost.php?p=459627

Good dude.

Cencal
02-26-2015, 05:04 AM
i really need to get cb radios for my jeeps. kinda sucks not having them. when my wife follows me on a trail i always have to stop and get out to talk.

My girl and I just use a set of 2 ways.

I think I paid $20 at Wally World .

ArmyofMike
02-26-2015, 06:04 AM
I installed a Firestik Firefly 3' on spare mount and a Uniden cheap CB. I wasn't 100% where to mount it, so I fed wires under drivers seat and sandwiched the cb radio between seat and center console. It actually fits quite snug, can be heard loud and clear (10-4 Good buddy!) and is easy to see adjustments/display. In all honesty, I'll probably just keep it there...I'd take a pic, buttttt I'm in crappy SF and my wife is driving the Jeep all week. Haha!

jeffj
02-26-2015, 07:12 PM
It'll work and get the job done. Of course, there are much better CB's you can get for just a little over $100 but, they are bigger and harder to find a place to mount.

Can you guys give some ideas on CB's over 100 that you guys recommend. I just got my roll cage installed so I have somewhere to mount it. I think I read you can use the KC light mount to mount it to the roll cage.

OverlanderJK
02-26-2015, 07:13 PM
Can you guys give some ideas on CB's over 100 that you guys recommend. I just got my roll cage installed so I have somewhere to mount it. I think I read you can use the KC light mount to mount it to the roll cage.

Cobra 29...

tobias lopez
02-26-2015, 09:28 PM
I Mounted my Cobra 75 in the center console. Out of site out of mind.

Same here. ☝👍👍

tobias lopez
02-26-2015, 09:32 PM
How are you unlimited peeps running your coax? My local CB shop told me not to exceed the 18' of the cable length (no extensions) and I can't seem to route it cleanly past the rear of the front seats. Any tricks? (tailgate mounted antennas that is.)

I can post some pics of how I ran mine a little later. But I just ran it under the floor carpet (I'm only going to the center console thou so I have about 1 to 2 ft left.) Mine was a 18" also and tail gate mounted. I'm running the cobra 75.

branman
02-26-2015, 09:41 PM
How are you unlimited peeps running your coax? My local CB shop told me not to exceed the 18' of the cable length (no extensions) and I can't seem to route it cleanly past the rear of the front seats. Any tricks? (tailgate mounted antennas that is.)

18' fill make it all the way to the rear view mirror from the tailgate via the roll cage with a foot or so to spare.

Tigrcky
02-26-2015, 09:59 PM
Can you guys give some ideas on CB's over 100 that you guys recommend. I just got my roll cage installed so I have somewhere to mount it. I think I read you can use the KC light mount to mount it to the roll cage.

Like Overlander said cobra 29s, also the uniden 880, and 980 Bearcats are good and if you really wanna invest go with galaxy, stryker, or mirage

TLW1022
02-28-2015, 01:00 AM
Cheap, Small & Out of the way
PA Speaker mounted behind front bumper

JRied
02-28-2015, 01:24 AM
Cheap $40 on Amazon and out of the way enough. The cord reaches me while I drive perfectly and is easily accessible. Uniden PRO520XL127612

SFNick
02-28-2015, 01:29 AM
I use a Cobra 29LX. I've bought 2 of them. The first one was stolen had it mounted on the sport age. Mounted the second in a Tuffy console with a external speaker.



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JK LYF
02-28-2015, 01:34 AM
what eddie said. there are some better ones that are just over $100 that will be tougher to mount due to size but will work better. another middle ground option (if you like to call if that) is the cobra 75. its small and does a great job all for around $100.

here is a pic of it

Coz......What did you use to mount the CB to the lower dash area?

cozdude
02-28-2015, 02:18 AM
Coz......What did you use to mount the CB to the lower dash area?

Since I have a super base model sport (only upgrade was A/C) I have a little plastic hook/clip in that location. I broke it off and just used self tapping screws into the plastic to hold the cb mount

hydrohut
02-28-2015, 02:54 AM
If your mounting the radio up by the rearview mirror you can easily run the coax along the roll cage and back to the tailgate. Most of the fabric covering the cage unzips so its easy to hide it under that.

JK LYF
02-28-2015, 05:40 AM
Since I have a super base model sport (only upgrade was A/C) I have a little plastic hook/clip in that location. I broke it off and just used self tapping screws into the plastic to hold the cb mount

Gotcha. Looking at CBs now. Kinda interested in that one.

cozdude
02-28-2015, 01:22 PM
Gotcha. Looking at CBs now. Kinda interested in that one.

The 75 was a good one imo. Never had any issues with volume like some people claim. If your only gonna use it for the trails then the 75 is perfect due to its size. Just unhook it from the transmitter box when done and throw it in the glove compartment

Riley Moss
02-28-2015, 07:44 PM
Get the uniden bearcat 880 easy to install comes with a built in inline fuse has NOAA channels and scan features. You can pick one up from cb world.com 130 comes with mounting bracket too.

Tigrcky
02-28-2015, 08:12 PM
Get the uniden bearcat 880 easy to install comes with a built in inline fuse has NOAA channels and scan features. You can pick one up from cb world.com 130 comes with mounting bracket too.

It also has antenna pass /fail diagnosis section for easier set up

Riley Moss
02-28-2015, 08:57 PM
And a built in SWR meter although I have seen some comments about the accuracy of the built in meters I personally haven't had any problems I've installed 5 of these so far but I'd say all around its a good deal for 130

Tigrcky
03-01-2015, 01:32 AM
And a built in SWR meter although I have seen some comments about the accuracy of the built in meters I personally haven't had any problems I've installed 5 of these so far but I'd say all around its a good deal for 130

And they come out of the box with about a 5 watt output and can be tuned to 20 not to mention the day/night colors

Riley Moss
03-01-2015, 01:39 AM
Aren't you legally only allowed to have 4 watt output?

Wethy
03-01-2015, 03:05 AM
i have the cobra 18WXSTII its decent paid about 69 bucks for it and has weather scan and a 9/19 channel switch feature it works well while listening on the highway and on the trail no built in SWR though which would have been nice. bout the same size as a single din stereo.127736

Tigrcky
03-02-2015, 01:55 AM
Aren't you legally only allowed to have 4 watt output?

Yes but it's not enforced

MarkW13
03-02-2015, 02:17 AM
Yes but it's not enforced

The ham guys may try to track you down, but in general you have to transmit in excess of 1000 watts before someone starts looking for you. 20 watts is relatively minor.

While the topic of illegal is on the table, anyone using a baofeng uv5r? My group uses them and they are far better than any cb. You can buy a hand mic and radio for less than $50. The battery lasts 2 days and you have com's anywhere, not just in your jeep.

JK LYF
03-02-2015, 02:17 AM
Can you guys give some ideas on CB's over 100 that you guys recommend. I just got my roll cage installed so I have somewhere to mount it. I think I read you can use the KC light mount to mount it to the roll cage.


Eddie did a write up on one.

http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?t=5699

USMMA11NC
03-02-2015, 02:23 AM
The ham guys may try to track you down, but in general you have to transmit in excess of 1000 watts before someone starts looking for you. 20 watts is relatively minor.

While the topic of illegal is on the table, anyone using a baofeng uv5r? My group uses them and they are far better than any cb. You can buy a hand mic and radio for less than $50. The battery lasts 2 days and you have com's anywhere, not just in your jeep.

Yeah. Good little handheld, although I guess I'm a weirdo and actually got the FCC license to use the thing. :crazyeyes:

MarkW13
03-02-2015, 02:31 AM
Yeah. Good little handheld, although I guess I'm a weirdo and actually got the FCC license to use the thing. :crazyeyes:

There is some merit to getting the license. If you dont know anything about radios or communication systems it will give you the basics to get started.

rich67
04-21-2015, 03:17 PM
I have been entertaining the idea of getting a Baofeng, but I guess the catch is you need others to have a Baofeng to communicate, whereas the CB you can chat with everyone and they are a lot more common on the trail. I don't like the idea of running my Jeep naked and leaving a CB out in the open, hence my wanting to grab a pair of Baofengs.

CJW
04-22-2015, 02:36 AM
what eddie said. there are some better ones that are just over $100 that will be tougher to mount due to size but will work better. another middle ground option (if you like to call if that) is the cobra 75. its small and does a great job all for around $100.

here is a pic of it

I mounted mine the same way. Works well there.

CooperM
04-22-2015, 03:42 AM
I bought a kit from cooltechllc.com - Cobra 75, coax, firestick, mount for mic and mount for antenna - for about 200 bucks. You have the choice of antenna mounts for either on the license plate frame or behind the spare. I went with the mount behind the spare but the antenna was mashed against the tire. So I ended up getting a spacer to push the wheel out a bit.

jjlong
04-22-2015, 06:43 AM
This is where I mounted my Cobra 75. 18' cable reached from the spare to under the dash.