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So your interested in a CB for the Trails

Wanted to put a collection of information that will hopefully help others and save some time:

I dont want a permanent CB mounted, but a portable one primarily for trail use. There are a few of y'all without a CB (like me), and were interested in learning more. I recently did a lot of research on this forum and online and wanted to share a couple of links that I found helpful for what I plan on doing:

https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...ers-guide.html - Credit to @Vegas_Nick

https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...b-install.html - Credit to @jimmy-buffet

Before continuing I highly suggest reaching out to @Vegas_Nick to see if he can set-up you with a package. He will take GREAT care of you!

So after evaluation I decided to go with the following set-up:
Midland 75-822 CB
All Pro Bandi Mount (others appear to have rust or fitment issues with some of the HD & QR hardware below) https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...nna-mount.html
Combo Package - 3' Firestick, 18' coax cable with removable connection, Firestick HD spring (No Quick Release Needed)
Plus the extra pieces from Jimmy's install to mount it to the shifter bulkhead:

I suggest you check with @Vegas_Nick , but here are Links to products if you want to go about it solo:
http://www.amazon.com/Midland-75-822.../ref=pd_cp_e_0
http://www.purefjcruiser.com/cb-radi...668d56b791727c (select only the options you need)
Bulkhead Adapter:
http://www.powerwerx.com/rf-adapters...e-rf-7625.html
http://www.powerwerx.com/rf-adapters...e-rf-7626.html
http://www.testparts-store.com/so-23...er-tps-7510-u/
Dashboad Mount: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NLQ2MO/
appears to be a great portable as you need it system, and another option is to get a Mag Mount (magnetic) antenna that mounts to the roof near one of the doors. Range may be limited but the range will be limited to begin with using this portable CB with limited power... but is great for trail runs or group travel within ~5 miles of eachother.

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Mods please correct thread title to fix my grammitical typo... if you can. you to you're, please

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re: So your interested in a CB for the Trails

I have a similiar set-up but went with the Boztec mount. I also followed the Jimmy CB install method. In fact I did it at Jimmy's place with his guidance.

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re: So your interested in a CB for the Trails

Spike, thanks for the creds. Just know that when you buy from Walcott, that it is a "ala Carte" style and not everything comes with the initial package. Also, beware the painted "Bandi like" mount. Ray at PURE FJC sells the package as well.


That 75-822 is an amazing little radio for sure!
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https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...b-install.html - Credit to @jimmy-buffet

Combo Package - 3' Firestick, 18' coax cable with removable connection, Firestick HD spring & Quickrelease ($72)
Thanks for the shout-out! Gotta say, I'm a huge fan of how clean the Midland setup uninstalls when you don't want a permanently installed radio.

My only change to this would be to swap the Firestick for a Wilson Flex 3-4 foot antenna and skip the spring, just put a quick disconnect on it. The Firesticks don't have much flex, so people add the spring to help that. The problem then is that all the flex happens at the spring, and I've seen quick disconnects disintegrate from the inside out with all that force put on them. I run just the 3-foot Wilson with a quick disconnect and it's solid.

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Thanks Spike! Just put my order in for everything, should have it before my next outing.

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Thanks Spike! Just put my order in for everything, should have it before my next outing.
Cool - take your time with the install, and let me know if you have any questions. Jimmy's thread is a big help. FYI - you'll probably need a couple of zip ties

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re: So your interested in a CB for the Trails

If you want a temporary set up then get a mag mount. A Wilson 1k or 5k, or a K40 will work great. Contrary to belief there is nothing wrong with a mag mount. RF is an AC wave and AC couples through capacitors which is what your RF ground connection becomes. Essentially RF doesn't know the difference. A roof mounted ~ antenna will probably outperform one in the back.
Temporary set up I'd opt for a willson 1000 and a small radio with a cigarette lighter adapter power cord.


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BTW- the quick disconnect and spring are awesome and have prevented my antenna from being broken off while on some trails


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Alright Alex,

You missed the apostrophe ;-)
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