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Old 03-01-2016, 07:40 PM
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Installing CB Radio - Tips Welcome

I bought a Uniden 8060S CB radio. It's the model which has all of the functions on the mike handpiece, so the base unit can be installed remotely.

I'd like to hear from anyone who's installed these (or indeed, any other radio). Right now, I'm considering mounting it under the driver's seat, connecting a "cigarette lighter" plug to its power lead and powering it from the power outlet behind the front seats.

I just need to work out how to run other cables including the mike cable. Big question though is how to run the antenna cable through to the engine bay and what sort of bracket is best to mount the antenna.

Or are there any brackets which will clip to the roof rails? But running the lead up the pillar and out the door would look rather messy.

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Re: Installing CB Radio - Tips Welcome

If you are going to pull the radio in and out, then ok on the cig plug, but if permanent, then tie into the ACC and get a good ground. Pick up the power/gnd to the radio or amp.

In regards to the antenna these new vehicles don't have nice exposed metal bumpers. The way I did it on a 2003 expedition was to make myself an L/Z-shaped bracket from 1/4" flat steel and mount it underneath to my tow receiver bar. The bracket came out from under the rear valance on the driver side, just to the left of the rear lift hatch. The tip of the antenna needs to be 1' above the roof line. To connect, run the coax out of the cabin back by the spare tire. You will have to solder a new connector on when you get the cable outside.
Another way I saw someone else do it was make a Z-shape bracket that fit between the hood and bolted to the cowling, near the hood hinge. Same deal with the cable.
Regardless, you must have an excellent connection to to the chassis of the vehicle or your CB will not work very well.
I hope this gives you some ideas.
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Re: Installing CB Radio - Tips Welcome

From a handheld device mounting perspective, i would suggest one of the mounts from ProClipUSA. Put the base unit under the drivers seat, run the mike cable up by the console, antenna cable under the carpet by the drivers door.

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In regards to the antenna mount, look at the WK2 Hood Light Brackets from Shield Productions. Yes, i know it is Aluminum, but would give you a good mounting spot, but you could ground the antenna from a ring terminal to the steel chassis via grounding cable/strap. Also, you can run the coax through existing grommets in the firewall.

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Re: Installing CB Radio - Tips Welcome

Thanks for your suggestions, folks. It's appreciated.

As for running a cable through the firewall which side is the easiest to do? The right side where the driver sits has an airbag below the steering wheel. So I'm reluctant to play around there.




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Look up my Front Camera install thread. There is a pass-thru behind the glove box for the LHD models.
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That uniden looks very nice. I don't use the 12 V socket in the center console so I stole it for power. It was clean enough and consistent enough for my needs. I have a cobra 75wxst, I put the power supply/control unit under the center console closer to the dash and ran the wires cleanly through the existing hole. My antenna has changed a few times, a lilWill is today's unit. but after tuning boosting and a couple redos for a more finished install, it's nice and works well. I wouldn't personal my detract from the beauty of this Grand with a "better" larger unit. Properly tuned and installed the remotes are amazing, I have some nice cb's from my beater jeeps and a linear that will fry things. Personally but I'm old and prefer a certain look.



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Look up my Front Camera install thread. There is a pass-thru behind the glove box for the LHD models.

Thanks. But mine is a RHD model (Australia).
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So read the thread in the mirror. As far as i know Jeep built them pretty similar even for you backward folk. If not there's some amazing write ups on the outback forums and preppers on the wk2 and running wires. Y'all do things very well when it comes to strengths I prefer. We're a little more decorative over here. Gas stations and walmarts are spitting distance apart.
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Re: Installing CB Radio - Tips Welcome

I've installed the CB. It's the Uniden 6060S. The mike bracket can be double sided taped to a convenient surface which I did. Just next to the Uconnect display. However none of the tape that I've used so far will stay stuck to the dash.

I'm using a strong Scotch 3M branded "outdoors" product. Good for 8kg it says. But it doesn't stay on for long.

I don't really want to go drilling holes in the dash. But I may have to.
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What do you guys think?
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Re: Installing CB Radio - Tips Welcome

Looks good, on the taping to the dash, don't forget to clean with an alcohol wipe & let the tape "cure" for a day or two before putting any weight on it.


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