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Cobra 75 CB Placement

I would love to see some pics of everyones mounting ideas for the Cobra 75 CB in the new 2011 JK's... I am pondering ideas but have not nailed down anything just yet.

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I have a 4 door 2011 mounted it under the passenger seat. Lost of unused space. I tapped the 12v in the front dash and ran it in the center console. When I trail ride I hang the Cobra between the 2 front seats from the roll bar. I use a long piece of Velcro strap plus a CB gator so both passenger and driver can use it.

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Don't cut up or permanently modify anything to run your 75. Use the search engine and you will find that few last more than a year, range is very weak, and sound sucks (worse performance than a CB that costs half the price). You will eventually switch to something better.
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Don't cut up or permanently modify anything to run your 75. Use the search engine and you will find that few last more than a year, range is very weak, and sound sucks (worse performance than a CB that costs half the price). You will eventually switch to something better.
Interesting... I have used one for a couple years now with no problems. Granted I dont get the opprotunity to wheel that often due to being overseas 85% of the time.

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Don't cut up or permanently modify anything to run your 75. Use the search engine and you will find that few last more than a year, range is very weak, and sound sucks (worse performance than a CB that costs half the price). You will eventually switch to something better.

So which model do you recommend then?

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Don't cut up or permanently modify anything to run your 75. Use the search engine and you will find that few last more than a year, range is very weak, and sound sucks (worse performance than a CB that costs half the price). You will eventually switch to something better.
I too have had mine for a couple of years.
I also plug mine into the aux jack of my radio for sound.

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Don't cut up or permanently modify anything to run your 75. Use the search engine and you will find that few last more than a year, range is very weak, and sound sucks (worse performance than a CB that costs half the price). You will eventually switch to something better.

x2....I mounted mine on the first Jeep, then sold the Jeep but kept the CB so had to swap out dash panel pieces for the hole issue.

Then on the new Jeep mounted it as well the same way, but have had issues with the Cobra 75 since I moved it over...sent it in for repair and received a new one only to have it stop working after a few months. Going to put the Uniden back in the Jeep until I can try and get the 75 working again.

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I've had my Cobra 75 for about 1 1/2 years and no issues. I installed it behind the glove box out of site and drilled a whole for the plug to stick out.

I am also setting up a YAESU FT-857D on the Jeep for when I'm out in the boonies and the cell phone don't work.


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do what I did. Pull out your glove box and zip tie the electronics body to the support below the back of the glove box. Glove box comes out easily by pushing in the back sides of it to release the two tabs. Tap the power into the switched charger recepticle and leave the CB handheld connection hanging below the dash from behind the glove box. Connect it when you want and the rest is invisible...except for the large antenna trailing your Jeep. No damage done. No permanent install.

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I have been running Cobra 75 models for years
I even had one submerged in water that came back to life. however I am now having issues which I am not sure if they are CB related or not
I recently purchased my JK with the CB installed. I used it this past weekend for the first time and when I key up the dash lights would sometimes flash as well as the wipers would turn on. Today I pulled the dash apart and soldered all of the connections but left the box where he put it which is basically where you said yours is. I am still having this odd issue. I tired another CB - Cobra 29 using the same antenna and I did not have the issues. Are you having these odd issues to? To answer the original posters questions. The previous owner put the CB in a nice convenient location which is where I have seen several others mounted. There is a a bracket made to put the CB in this location that looks nice and clean. but this location is the worst possible spot you can put it which is on the right side of the radio.
I am concerned what would happen if the air bag was to deploy. I think the CB may cause serious injury or death.
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I have been running Cobra 75 models for years
I even had one submerged in water that came back to life. however I am now having issues which I am not sure if they are CB related or not
I recently purchased my JK with the CB installed. I used it this past weekend for the first time and when I key up the dash lights would sometimes flash as well as the wipers would turn on. Today I pulled the dash apart and soldered all of the connections but left the box where he put it which is basically where you said yours is. I am still having this odd issue. I tired another CB - Cobra 29 using the same antenna and I did not have the issues. Are you having these odd issues to? To answer the original posters questions. The previous owner put the CB in a nice convenient location which is where I have seen several others mounted. There is a a bracket made to put the CB in this location that looks nice and clean. but this location is the worst possible spot you can put it which is on the right side of the radio.
I am concerned what would happen if the air bag was to deploy. I think the CB may cause serious injury or death.
I am now having these issues with mine. I have re-wired everything but nothing has fixed it

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I am going to check my antenna mounting and grounding on the antenna and use the SWR meter. Where is your CB box unit mounted? I heard from another vendor that there is a person that would key up and their engine would stall. It ended up taking out his PCM.
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I am going to check my antenna mounting and grounding on the antenna and use the SWR meter. Where is your CB box unit mounted? I heard from another vendor that there is a person that would key up and their engine would stall. It ended up taking out his PCM.
I have mine mounted behind the glove box. The first time I had this problem was last weekend and I thought I was loosing my mind. I checked everything on my wiring and all looks good

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Sounds like you guys are experiencing EMI from the radio, or some VSWR from the antenna. This stuff can creep along the body and still get into your electronics if things aren't grounded or shielded properly. If you can, try moving your radios from behind the glove box.
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Attach leads from the radio to a cigarette lighter. Plug it in when on the trail and take it out when you get home.


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I spent a little time looking at things. the Antenna was not grounded at all
It has this thing called a Firestick Firering which needs to ground to the mount
I got it grounded to the mount then ran a ground wire from the mount to the chassis and it still does it. With an Ohm meter I am not getting continuity between the pl259 connector at the radio and the chassis which means it's still not grounded and with an SWR meter the reading is very high in the red so at this point I am assuming there is a break in the cable between the radio and the antenna, I am not a fan of that firering
I am going to purchase a regular CB antenna cable of higher quality RG8x with more shielding and try that. I think I may also purchase a new Anrenna with an extra ground lead on it to be sure
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I replaced the cable today
i tested the old cable with an ohm meter the ground portion is broken "open" somewhere in the cable. now I can talk and the wipers do not come on. that RG-8x cable is about twice as thick but I feel that it was a wise choice and to get rid of that firering cable which I dislike
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