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post #211 of 216 (permalink) Old 01-17-2017, 08:21 PM
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I wouldn't trust the mag-mount for a permanent rooftop installation. I'm sure my garage door would knock it loose, but it worked very well as an instant fix for my needs this week. If I decide to go with a permanent installation, I'll probably go with a hood-lip mounted Firestik. I'm not expecting much over 5 mile range in this day and age, but back in the mid-60s, 25-30 miles to a good base station wasn't unusual from my old Johnson II or Courier 23 and my co-phased Hustlers on my '53 Ford Vicky. No way to fit one of those in a modern vehicle though...lol! Back then I was in college and working in a CB shop doing installs. Now it's hard enough to find room for even the control head for my DR-638T and I'm not sure the XYL wants me robbing her of any of her passenger space. Oh...and FWIW, I was a Navy CTR from 68-72, and have an R-390A like I used back in the day as a centerpiece in my ham shack now.
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I wouldn't trust the mag-mount for a permanent rooftop installation. I'm sure my garage door would knock it loose, but it worked very well as an instant fix for my needs this week. If I decide to go with a permanent installation, I'll probably go with a hood-lip mounted Firestik. I'm not expecting much over 5 mile range in this day and age, but back in the mid-60s, 25-30 miles to a good base station wasn't unusual from my old Johnson II or Courier 23 and my co-phased Hustlers on my '53 Ford Vicky. No way to fit one of those in a modern vehicle though...lol! Back then I was in college and working in a CB shop doing installs. Now it's hard enough to find room for even the control head for my DR-638T and I'm not sure the XYL wants me robbing her of any of her passenger space. Oh...and FWIW, I was a Navy CTR from 68-72, and have an R-390A like I used back in the day as a centerpiece in my ham shack now.


I don't recommend the hood Lip. Our fenders I think are aluminum, the hood is for sure. In addition people who've ran CB through the engine bay or firewall have reported electrical interference. But I also don't recommend a tailgate mounted one, but a few people have made that work. I recently suggested to someone that they make a plate that would mount under the factory roof rails then the roof rails bolt right back in place. This way it's grounded properly and it's on the roof. Install a spring and a quick disconnect and you can go anywhere.


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Thanks for the info and suggestions. Question for those who have mounted the radio on the top of the dash: Did you route and conceal the power leads and coax down through the dash, and if so, how? For my temporary install, I've been using a cig-lighter plug for the power and just running the coax up along side, but it's messy looking and I'd prefer a neater approach for a permanent install. I upgraded the radio to a Stryker SR447HPC2, because it's a bit smaller and will fit better atop the lid for the dash storage compartment. For an antenna, I'm planning on using a Diamond K400 lip-mount with a 3' Firestik for everyday use and ease of garaging, with the ability to be quickly replaced with a Stryker A-10 or a Wilson 2000 for long highway trips.
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Thanks for the info and suggestions. Question for those who have mounted the radio on the top of the dash: Did you route and conceal the power leads and coax down through the dash, and if so, how? For my temporary install, I've been using a cig-lighter plug for the power and just running the coax up along side, but it's messy looking and I'd prefer a neater approach for a permanent install. I upgraded the radio to a Stryker SR447HPC2, because it's a bit smaller and will fit better atop the lid for the dash storage compartment. For an antenna, I'm planning on using a Diamond K400 lip-mount with a 3' Firestik for everyday use and ease of garaging, with the ability to be quickly replaced with a Stryker A-10 or a Wilson 2000 for long highway trips.
Hi CW, I myself have a Cobra 29 LTD Classic mounted to the dash pocket. Since I don't have the 9 speaker stereo my cables run through the center speaker grill. In my opinion unless you are running a powerful linear amp you don't need anything more than a firestic. While in Idaho I was managing 30 miles or so, but I've had my radio tuned for a little more power also. Before I had it tuned I was still getting 8-10 miles. I personally have mine mounted to a quick disconnect.

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Thanks, Len. Did you just drill a hole in the speaker grill then, and fish the cables up through that? I honestly don't know how many speakers are in this Cherokee...guess I'll have to dig out the owners manual and see what I have. It's the touch-screen with Sirius/XM, originally without NAV, but I added that a few months back when MOPAR was running a special on it.
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Thanks, Len. Did you just drill a hole in the speaker grill then, and fish the cables up through that? I honestly don't know how many speakers are in this Cherokee...guess I'll have to dig out the owners manual and see what I have. It's the touch-screen with Sirius/XM, originally without NAV, but I added that a few months back when MOPAR was running a special on it.


You know if you have the nine speaker by looking in the cargo area. You either have one cargo locker on the left or you have two, one on he left and one on the right.

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