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    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather go with quick sway bar disconnects or a CB radio?

    Context - 2015 JKU WW. I've just spent most of my budget on my lift, wheels and tires. Getting serious about group runs makes me feel like I should get a CB, but the quick disconnects seem like a more necessary investment from a capability standpoint. My budget is about $200.

    For CB I was thinking a Cobra 75 WXST - with coax cable, mount, etc its looking like a $180 project. On the quick disconnects was looking at Teraflex for around $130 (2.5' lift).

    Which would you go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willys_ATX View Post
    Would you rather go with quick sway bar disconnects or a CB radio?

    Context - 2015 JKU WW. I've just spent most of my budget on my lift, wheels and tires. Getting serious about group runs makes me feel like I should get a CB, but the quick disconnects seem like a more necessary investment from a capability standpoint. My budget is about $200.

    For CB I was thinking a Cobra 75 WXST - with coax cable, mount, etc its looking like a $180 project. On the quick disconnects was looking at Teraflex for around $130 (2.5' lift).

    Which would you go?
    I would go with CB because you can disconnect your sway bar right now, just not as fast. I would take comms with my group over a convenience item, or you can disconnect your sway bar and not put it back on. I had someone steal the nuts off of mine at EJS 2016 back in april and been rocking no front sway bar since then, body roll is more noticeable but not really to a point where I feel uncomfortable without it.
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    As already stated... you can disconnect right now... just slower. With that said... I got my JKS quick disconnects for $150... a Uniden CB for $35... find a good deal on an anteanna and you are there around $200 for both.
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    I'd have to agree, you can easily disconnect your factory links and quick disconnects would just be a convenience mod.

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    I have an extra 4' Firestik you can borrow at HF if you need. (A 4' can turn into a bit of a "whip," but it has great reception.). I also have a tuner, but have no idea how to use it (I had my local 4x4 shop do my install, and I bought it for them) -- there a lots of videos out there, I am told, on how to use one. Just let me know before the run, and I will throw them in the Jeep.

    As "tucked" said above, the Uniden is inexpensive, and I have found it to work well for my purposes:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Uniden-PRO5...iden+pro-520xl

    Amazon also has good prices on Firestik -- an example:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Firestik-FS...ds=Firestik+ii

    Some other goodies to consider.......

    https://smile.amazon.com/Firestik-SS...468B01SX54BW38

    https://smile.amazon.com/Firestik-Ex...nna+disconnect

    https://smile.amazon.com/FireStik-K-...nna+disconnect

    As for the mount, I can't offer much in the way of a recommendation. I have don't care for the look of the more central spare tire mount, which is what appeared to be the favored/main JK-mounting option I found doing my research. I liked the tail light location, but that mount was apparently discontinued. My second choice was a cowl mount, and that is what I went with (https://smile.amazon.com/FireStik-MK...eywords=Mk+j4r). I really like the look and location. The problem with this mount on a JK is the thinness of the metal in that area. I had a thick reinforcing plate put in.

    I have no knowledge of the disconnects out there. My lift came with the "quick" disconnects -- I can attest that there is NOTHIN quick about them!

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    CB by far. Really makes the trips and events way more fun. Taking a couple bolts off is a pain in the ass maybe, but being deaf on the trail is worse.
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    Here's a different take...get the Disconnects and pick up a cheap CB on ebay or CL for 30-40 bucks to tie you over until you van get the one you really want. Best of both worlds! Heck, if you were close to me, I have 2 or 3 extra CB's lying around...
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    The Cobra 75 Is nice if you don't have room for a transceiver box.
    https://amzn.com/B00005N5WW

    The typical spare tire mount.
    https://amzn.com/B01D5TNMNE

    A nice antenna helps.
    https://amzn.com/B000X3EP7I

    And some cable to run it together.
    https://amzn.com/B00EARXF06

    Or go for a custom antenna mount. Shameless plug for my extendable antenna/light mount
    http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?3...l=1#post701356
    Last edited by Frydaddy; 10-07-2016 at 03:51 PM.

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    Sounds like you've not yet done a group event with intragroup communication. Trust me (us), as someone who does a number of groups events throughout a given season, Jeep and motorcycle, once you have comms, you'll never want to go back. It lets you be 'part of the group,' know what's going on. Also gives you the ability to go help someone in need.

    Nothing like being #14 in a group, wondering the group's stopped up front. CB fixes that sort of thing for you. If you have passengers, it lets them be a bit more engaged as well.

    Nuts you take off once a day. CB you use all day.


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    I agree. CB.

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