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post #1 of 14 Old 01-11-2011, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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2011 CB Install-need wiring advice

Just installed my Cobra 19 DX in my 11' JK and mounted it in the only logical place(on the passenger side of the console) other than the windshield header or inside center console. On the 11' models, there is a 12v power outlet inside the center console once you lift open the armrest. I am sure that I found the wiring coming out of the side of the console and under the passenger side seat. If any of you have removed the console, please let me know the process as so I will not cause any damage. I only need to get access to where the 12v outlet wiring is located so that I can tie in my CB there rather than having to run wiring a lot farther away from the unit. Also let me have your thoughts on the best Firestick and spare tire mount that I should get. As always, your help is appreciated!
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Bump....
Anywhere else I could look that one may know?
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I'm not familiar with the '11s, but on the older ones there is a hole though the firewall just below the windshield on both sides. Remove the access panel on the side of the dash and you can see them. Then wire the CB direct to the battery so you don't have any interference.

As for antennas, get a Wilson Flex if you wheel in the woods. Mounts are up to you and what sort of bumper / tire carrier you have. I prefer someplace near the center of the jeep with the top of the antenna only rising above the roofline about a foot or so. This protects it very well from limbs on the trail while still giving great reception. When a branch does get it, the Wilson Flex can be bent all around and it won't hurt it. Hence the "Flex" part of the name.

Lastly, tune the CB when it's complete or your just wasting your time installing it.

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Thanks for your advice!
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Any pictures of your mounting? I am considering the same CB, but I am unsure about where to mount it.
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IMHO i would run power and ground straight to the battery from the cb (fused of course) ive heard of grounding issues and high swr by trying to tap into existing circuits.

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IMHO i would run power and ground straight to the battery from the cb (fused of course) ive heard of grounding issues and high swr by trying to tap into existing circuits.
x2 alot of people pickup motor rev,light interference ect... i ran my wire stright from the battery seperate wrap from my lights ect... threw the access panel then up the A pillar then a 90 degree fitting in the roof mounting spot...
im a crystal clear 1 mile out with no tune and a 30 dollar cb !..... very clean install no wires showing


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I just recently hooked up the Cobra 19 and tapped into the power from cig lighter. Using the 3' firestick and I have SWR of 1.4. I am pretty happy with that set up. Not trying to communicate more than line of sight but no problems with power here...
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IMHO i would run power and ground straight to the battery from the cb (fused of course) ive heard of grounding issues and high swr by trying to tap into existing circuits.
Wouldn't this give the radio the ability to be turned on at all times, whether the key was in ACC or not, though? Could create a battery drain situation if it's accidently left on.....any other solutions?

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Wouldn't this give the radio the ability to be turned on at all times, whether the key was in ACC or not, though? Could create a battery drain situation if it's accidently left on.....any other solutions?
That's how I prefer mine. There was a time when headlights were the same way and people had to turn things back off lol

I like it because if I hop out on a trail my radio is still on, if someone needs to say something. Also some radios lose their channel when turning on and off. Lots of starts and stops on a trail, id hate to reset it all the time

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Yeah, I considered that, too. Having the radio on even when the key is off can be useful. Guess I'll just have to be careful. Probably the only time I'll ever have it on anyway is when I'm either on the trail, or on a road trip.

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Remove the access panel on the side of the dash and you can see them. Then wire the CB direct to the battery so you don't have any interference.
Thank you very much. I spent longer trying to find a way through the firewall then it did to do it once I read about removing the side panel.

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Hope everything is working right but just a heads up with that radio. I had one, worked fine for almost a year then I started having problems. I could receive ok but no one could typically hear or understand me. I checked and tested everything and finally broke down and bought another Cobra 19 DX to see if that was the problem. It didn't solve it and I really started going nuts trying to figure out my problem. Finally took it to a reputable cb guy and found out it was the radio, both the new and the old one was bad. He said those Cobra 19 are probably the worst cb made and many of them are bad straight out of the box. (like mine) The guy spent 30-40 minutes helping me, loaned me a known working Cobra 29 to hook up and drive down the road to test the rest of my components, then didn't even charge me for his help!

He recommended the Uniden 510 or 520 for a quality compact cb. I know he wasn't just trying to sell me a new CB because he didn't stock them as he caters primarily to higher end CBs to truckers and even told me where to look online for them. I got the 520 for about $15 more than the junk Cobra.

I know there are a lot of 19's out there and just like mine worked fine for a while but keep it in mind if you start having troubles.

It worked great after swapping it out. So I returned the Cobra and got my money back. The Uniden works great, gets out further and is much clearer. Not terribly fond of the little bitty mic it comes with but it works just fine.
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Had mine tuned up to 1.5:1. But something happened an now it appears my cable is shorted, or the antenna fried. Meter almost begs. Up around 8:1. Not good.
I could hardly understand anyone even with all the noise. And the unit has noise limiting.
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