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Old March 4th, 2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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for those of you with CB's i am wondering how much cable to run.
will be mounting the antenna on the spare tire mount and the CB on the drivers side dash, i have heard not to coil up extra cable so just wondering if 9 feet would be good, my next choice would be 12' and dont want to have too much,

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for those of you with CB's i am wondering how much cable to run.
will be mounting the antenna on the spare tire mount and the CB on the drivers side dash, i have heard not to coil up extra cable so just wondering if 9 feet would be good, my next choice would be 12' and dont want to have too much,

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Best option would be to buy cable and install your own ends. Barring that, use string to find out how much cable you need and buy the closest match.
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i think i used 12 feet and i have a little 2 much slack... mounted the cb to the shift boot and the antenna in pretty much the same place... but i ran the cable around the passenger side underneath the inerior lift and then zip tied thur the existing holes in the rail.

3 questions unrelated....how tall is your antenna and what kind? and high high is your jeep lifted?

the reason i ask is i have a 4 or 5 foot (dont remember)firestik on a spring and i love it.. but i i'll be damned if i dont crack at least one a year on parking garages...pulling thru drive thrus and on trees... i try to keep it a foot above the roof....but it is usually higher than that

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i would go with 12 ft. you don't want to coil up a bunch of coax but you want to have enough for routing.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #5
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coax is to be used in 3ft increments, a spring on your antenna is fine until it gets rusty and loses ground and wont work properly, if you have a spring and start having problems replace the spring, mudrunner
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i think i used 12 feet and i have a little 2 much slack... mounted the cb to the shift boot and the antenna in pretty much the same place... but i ran the cable around the passenger side underneath the inerior lift and then zip tied thur the existing holes in the rail.

3 questions unrelated....how tall is your antenna and what kind? and high high is your jeep lifted?

the reason i ask is i have a 4 or 5 foot (dont remember)firestik on a spring and i love it.. but i i'll be damned if i dont crack at least one a year on parking garages...pulling thru drive thrus and on trees... i try to keep it a foot above the roof....but it is usually higher than that
it is a 3' firestik (firefly) on a stock rubicon
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it is a 3' firestik (firefly) on a stock rubicon
thwen you will not have to worry about having the same problem as me....
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i went with the 9' cable and unnconected ends, if its too short i can ust get a new one, it was only 8 bucks
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I don't think the length of coax matters. I have a bunch of extra length. The antenna needs to be tuned to the length of cable. My CB gets out with the best of them. There are a couple differnt ways to tune your CB. Everytime you add a piece of steel near the antenna or move it you should tune the antenna.
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I don't think the length of coax matters. I have a bunch of extra length. The antenna needs to be tuned to the length of cable. My CB gets out with the best of them. There are a couple differnt ways to tune your CB. Everytime you add a piece of steel near the antenna or move it you should tune the antenna.
that was another question i had...

If i remove my antenna for whatever reason( carwash, low clearence or whatever) will it have to be re-tuned?

it isnt that big of a deal becauce of the antenna that i bought but just wondering if i should invest in my own SWR meter and get good at tuning, or just have it done once
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Check out his site for antenna tuning.

http://www.claysradioshop.com/SWR-setting.htm

Hope this helps.
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