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Old 03-19-2012, 12:41 AM
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Re: jlewissystem's Build Thread

On to the longer part of this - running the wire:
Ran it behind the "drawer" on the drivers side and down each side - one to the CB and the other along the hood release pilar, then under the door sill moldings:




Continued under both door sill molding and up/behind the rear panel:


I just ran it a little vertical, along the weather stripping:




Now, i just need to wait for the paint to dry and I'll hit the mount tomorrow.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:40 AM
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Re: jlewissystem's Build Thread

that mic mount looks like it works great!! what part of the bumer are you going to mount the cb antena too? how tall of an antena did you get/ trucker style haha...thanks for the pics, that really helps me with how I want to mount it.

Could I run the cb/pa base unit off an unsued fuse via tap so i fon't have to run through the firewall from the battery? unlike the 05-07's, the 08'd have a PITA grommet for the firewall. I am so pumped on this mod, should have it done in the next two weeks. Thanksk Jay for the encouragement and push in the right direction
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:59 AM
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Re: jlewissystem's Build Thread

You know - when i had my TJ, i had an awesome 10foot antenna that bent around to the front - loved that thing. I went with a Firestik II - 3foot. I have to take in consideration my garage height - which my LYTES only clear by about an inch. For that reason, i couldnt go with the Sagauro mount. I chose the mount because I'm going to try mounting it on one of my tail light guard rods: the 1st or 2nd from the bottom, not the thick one. Since it's basically metal on metal clamping mount, I'm going to try putting some rubber in between and see how that goes - that's what I'm calling "Plan A"

For the CB power "tap", you should be able to tap into one of your fuses, which i did - not wires from CB went to the engine bay, only LYTE switch wires. The CB's typically only use 1.7A, so if you dont have an open one, you might be able to tap into something - using a ~$4 tap from Autozone.
Per WKJEEPS - http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_fuses.htm, you should be able to tap into #11. I tapped that for my switch panel and CB, following Omelet's lead on that
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:05 PM
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Re: jlewissystem's Build Thread

Got around to "Plan A" at lunch, since i work out of my house

I used about a 1inch rubber piece, from some type of mask that was laying around my house, to go between the mount and the tail light guard. Put it on loosely to check:


Mocked it up with a zip tie to check for clearance - and i made it by a few inches:


Moved it close to the vertical bar and tightened it down, BARELY clearing the lens:




Mounted the antenna:




NOW - it's on there pretty F'ing tight, barely moving when i put force on it, although it does flex a little, which is good. I need to watch the lens - might try to put something between the mount/screw and the lens - rubber or tape. It's not completely straight, but not sure if i care about that - it's a Jeep. I'm going to trim the bottom portion of those bolts, so they're not too long. Then i might re-tighten/assess in a bit. I'll also paint the bolt heads black. I'll see how it grows on me, but that's how i mounted this sucker
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:39 PM
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:06 AM
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Re: jlewissystem's Build Thread

Hey Jason the only problem I see with this is the Firestik 2 needs to be grounded to work right.With that rubber you don't have one. You could ditch the rubber or at least run a ground from one of the bracket bolts along with the coax to a known ground. Maybe even drill through the bracket and rubber and put in a screw that bites into the light guard. Without a ground it wont have a good SWR and could burn up the radio. By the way that WK of yours is looking Awsome!
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Thanks for the advice Dave! I kind of started to have the feeling that it needs to be grounded after i was hearing engine-noise through the speaker. To me - that always means i missed or need to add a ground. I may just run a quick ground off of the top of the connector mount onto 1 of the tail light screws. Good looking out man - and thanks!
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:02 PM
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OK, so i think i have it grounded, but someone tell if this wouldnt work. I just went from a metal part of the antenna to the tail light guard screw. I also painted the tops of the bolts



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That ought to work
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:24 PM
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Thank you sir! ...and thanks again for looking out!!
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Looking good, really like the new cb setup.
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Thanks! Cant wait to use it
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