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Hey I have my worked dodge ram, and my friend has a jeep built for offroading, and we were thinking about getting CB radios, so we could communicate easier on the trails and even just driving to and from where ever we go. Anyone have any suggestions as to what kind to get? Or where to go to get one? Let me know, thanks!
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Drop by the newbie section and introduce yourself, you can also find out how to use the site and where to post for best responses.

As for the CB you might try a search here as there have been several recent posts on how and where to install a great CB.

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I use a chepo Walmart radio with a Radio Shack antenna its ok not great though.
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I use a small uniden radio, good reviews, easy to mount...make sure you match your antenna....easy to find on cb internet sites
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Is it a relatively easy setup and wiring job? I don't wanna make my truck look like a wiring mess and have a CB just laying around. I like things to stay classy looking haha
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Uniden & Cobra are good radios
Cobra 29 LTD Classic
Uniden 76
Midland is only good if you need a short range hand held

Get a Wilson antenna
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here is a reference site
http://www.claysradioshop.com/

you can get a cigarette lighter type power supply, so you can remove it when you don't need it, most auto sound/alarm shops will set you up, they may even carry the radios
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i take it you have a 4wd. i have always had good luck with cobra 29's. with the front mount mic, not side mount. i got a plastic floor mount with a built in external speaker. i cut the plastic on the side the 4wd shifter is on so it would fit over it. there is a plug under the carpet on the driver side. take the trim and kick panel off the driver side and pull the carpet back. climb under the truck and pry the plug up. this is to route your coax through, under the truck, up between the cab and bed, and into your mount. whatever mount you decide togo with, cut a small hole under it, hidden, and run your coax up through this. the power plug for the cb will have a cig lighter plug on the end. you can either use that, or cut the plug off and straight wire it. if youre gonna use the plug, just leave the wire out. if youre gonna straight wire it, run the plugs through the same hole you ran the coax through, under the carpet, to somewhere you can run it through the firewall at. if its a 3 wire lead, you can splice the red and yellow wires together to a jumper wire and to the positive on the battery. on the ground, NEVER ground it to the battery. the battery negative still has some current coming through it. there will be 2 or 3 screws on the firewall that already serve as grounds to ground your cb to. crimp an end on the negative wire, and put it on that screw. now for the antenna. for offroading, going through woods, getting the signal over the trees and what not, i run a 8 foot whip antenna mounted to my toolbox. on my toolbox, i put weatherstripping on the bottom of it so it wont ruin the paint under it, which also breaks the ground, so i ran a jumper wire from a screw i put in the frame, to the mount, and crimped an end on it and put one of the mount bolts on it. if youre mounting it on a toolbox, make sure there is room between the spring and the box, because then the antenna will ground itself out on the toolbox. also remember to get a good, high quality, antenna spring. if you can easily bend it with your hands, it is too loose, probably has a thin wire going through it, and will flop all around and hit the cab of your truck and also anything else within 8 feet of it. if you are mounting it directly to your bed, install your antenna mount there and you wont have to ground the mount. if you want a good quality cb, go with a cobra, uniden, or galexy. for the money, a cobra is well worth it. i have a cobra 29 ltd nightwatcher with weather on it, so i can see what teh weather is going to be like today, and also the rest of the week. whatever cb you go with, get it tuned, which puts it as close to 30db's as possible, which will let you talk for a pretty good distance.
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My parents had CBs in their ride when I was younger...turned out to be quite useful. Are CBs still as widespreadly used as they once were, or it mainly used as Cluciano intends on using it for (trail riding, caravans, hunting, etc.)?
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I'm gonna say they're probably mostly used for this sort of thing, and if you're a trucker haha. But thanks a lot guys, I appreciate all the advice, I'll let you know how it turns out, maybe throw some pics up later.
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All of my friends, including my girlfriend, have CBs. Probably one of the best investments I made, I couldnt tell you how many tickets its saved me from. My girlfriend lives between a power plant and the coal mine so its her morning entertainment, she insists its better then listening to talk radio.
We all have them for the same reason as you. Either in jeeps or in there tow rigs. Traveling in a group there great.
I have a uniden 520 xl, its small, inespensive and works great. I wouldnt recomend getting anything from Radio Shack, way to expensive and there not even that great of products. I ordered all of my equipment online and maybe have $50-$60 into the setup.
Wiring is really easy, I just put a cigerrette lighter plug onto it and plug it into the center consol, stuck the radio between the passenger seat and consol and ran the antenna wire under the passenger seat and out the back passenger door.
If you look around you can find alot of different mounting solutions for trucks. I just used the mirror brackets that it came with and bolted it to my tool box and have dual 3ft fiberglass whips.
Keep in mind you need to run a ground to the antennas (unless you get a special antenna) and the more surface area you have, higher up of course, for the signal to "bounce" off of the better reception you'll get
Not sure how far the range I have with the dual whips is but its atleast 6-8 miles, which is plenty for me
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