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CB Radio Install

I've been trying to find a way to install a small cb radio so that it wouldn't be to noticeable. I found this video on youtue and kind of like the idea. They are using a 2011 Durango but the interior is very similar to the WK2. I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience with the Midland 75-822 Radio? My current radio (Uniden Pro 520XL) does not fit in the compartment in front of the shifter and I'd prefer to keep it tucked away. Thanks in advance for the input.
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Re: CB Radio Install

I installed a Cobra 75WX ST in the center console.

Can't even tell it's installed.

With the battery under the passenger seat you can't even see the wiring.

Very clean and out of sight when not in use.
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Re: CB Radio Install

I have a Midland 75-822 installed on mine actually.
Rand the coax cable from the center console under the steering wheel, along the underside of the trim on the left side of the vehicle all the way back to the left gate. On my 2012 on the left side of the lift gate there is a rubber plug I cut a hole into (part 55177482aa) and ran the cable through.
I have a Rocky Road Outfitters roof rack (ski variant) that I mounted the antenna on. I can post pictures later when the sun comes up If I remember to check back.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:46 AM
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I installed a Cobra 75WX ST in the center console.

Can't even tell it's installed.

With the battery under the passenger seat you can't even see the wiring.

Very clean and out of sight when not in use.
This would be the direction to take. The control module is usually hidden and out of the way, so the only thing you see if the mic, which is where all the user controls are housed, too. Lots of Wrangler guys use them for that reason. And it's a fairly inexpensive radio.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:46 AM
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I installed a Cobra 75WX ST in the center console.

Can't even tell it's installed.

With the battery under the passenger seat you can't even see the wiring.

Very clean and out of sight when not in use.
That battery beneath the right front seat, despite appearing (initially) odd, is a good thing for two-way radio installation. With no power cables running through the engine compartment, the chance of ignition related noise in the receiver is greatly reduced. With CB, this may be even more noticeable, as CB still uses amplitude modulation (AM); I noticed that on the 50-mHz band and using FM, the noise is also non-existent in my wife's GC while my WK creates a small amount of noise in an otherwise similar installation.
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That battery beneath the right front seat, despite appearing (initially) odd, is a good thing for two-way radio installation. With no power cables running through the engine compartment, the chance of ignition related noise in the receiver is greatly reduced. With CB, this may be even more noticeable, as CB still uses amplitude modulation (AM); I noticed that on the 50-mHz band and using FM, the noise is also non-existent in my wife's GC while my WK creates a small amount of noise in an otherwise similar installation.
Yeah, I've got engine noise in my CB RX in my JK and I even have the power cable shielded with wire loom. Not sure how to remedy that.
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Yeah, I've got engine noise in my CB RX in my JK and I even have the power cable shielded with wire loom. Not sure how to remedy that.
As a general rule, adding a large bypass capacitor and wrapping the power leads through a toroid may help, but when AM and (relatively) low frequencies are involved, there are no guarantees. It all becomes an experiment... and frustration.
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As a general rule, adding a large bypass capacitor and wrapping the power leads through a toroid may help, but when AM and (relatively) low frequencies are involved, there are no guarantees. It all becomes an experiment... and frustration.
Not a huge deal for me since it's mainly a trail radio anyway. Don't really have a practical use for it since my JK isn't a daily driver. Weather radio is nice, though.
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I have a Midland 75-822 installed on mine actually.
Rand the coax cable from the center console under the steering wheel, along the underside of the trim on the left side of the vehicle all the way back to the left gate. On my 2012 on the left side of the lift gate there is a rubber plug I cut a hole into (part 55177482aa) and ran the cable through.
I have a Rocky Road Outfitters roof rack (ski variant) that I mounted the antenna on. I can post pictures later when the sun comes up If I remember to check back.
Yes, pics of the antenna install would help. I park mine in the garage so height limits is a concern. I would like to keep it installed all the time but I could just remove the antenna as needed.
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I installed a Cobra 75WX ST in the center console.

Can't even tell it's installed.

With the battery under the passenger seat you can't even see the wiring.

Very clean and out of sight when not in use.
Agreed. How did you install your antenna?
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I'm using the midland in my JGC with an 8 inch stubby antenna that once tuned with an SWR meter works great for a 2-4 mile range. Which is all I need on the interstate or on the trail for comms within a group. Cost me $35 shipped with an extension cable routed from the lift gate tucked under trim to the center console.



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Agreed. How did you install your antenna?
Easily.

I installed the cobra control box underneath the passenger seat with zip ties.

My antenna is a Wilson Lil Will which is removable magnet mount.

I just run the cable in thru the hatch and down in the corner of the vehicle and plug it in to the control box.

Store it in the spare wheel storage when not in use.

Location of control box makes it easy to check SWR.

Have the same radio in my Rubicon with a firestik antenna.

Both work great!
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