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Hey need some help with my first install of a CB radio. I have looked around and like the midland radio 75-822. I am mounting it to the roof rack bars, around 57mm (2.25'') from my measurements. I want to be able to lay the antenna down when in the city so I found something on amazon that might work. The antenna I will choose later but how does this all look for the setup, wanna know if this setup is sound. Suggestions are welcome!!

http://www.amazon.com/Midland-75-822-Channel-CB-Way-Radio/dp/B00000K2YR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385508804&sr=8-1&keywords=midland+75+822

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Fold-Over-Antenna-Adapter-BaseTthread/dp/B001JT74EG/ref=sr_1_22?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1385507637&sr=1-22&keywords=cb+antenna+mount

http://www.prestigecom.net.au/GME-63mm-Wrap-Around-Bullbar-Mount-Bracket
 

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The Midland is a good radio. My personal preference is the Cobra 75WXST, if for no other reason than I think I would find it awkward to deal with the Midland's antenna cable every time I want to talk.

The fold-over is OK, but there are better ones on the market. You get what you pay for with these. If you opt for the cheap one, buy two.

The antenna mount won't work. If I recall correctly, the diameter of the factory roof rail is 2.18". The mount in the link has a diameter of 2.48".

You can make a simple mount with a stainless steel muffler clamp and some parts from the CB section at your closest truck stop, or buy it as a kit from Xoskel.com.

Whatever you use on the factory roof rails for a mount, be sure that the antenna mount (not the antenna) is well grounded to the body with a separate ground wire. (The factory rails cannot give you an adequate ground.) Finally, you must tune your antenna or you will have poor performance and risk overheating and destroying the finals in your radio.
 

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The xoskel mount works great but get the stainless the black will get surface rust quickly. Be sure to check SWR as I have the same setup and had to add a ground wire to the mount to get SWR down. I have the Midland and the Cobra unit- Midland is neat as it can be used as a walkie talkie while the Cobra has a better light in the display.
 

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Thanks for the input, I checked out the Xoskel website, but since I will need more than 18'' coax cable and will probably be going with BleednBlues laydown comet mount https://www.theantennafarm.com/catalog/ncg-comet-rs-660u-1622.html...thx man exactly what I was looking for, I will probably just buy the antenna and cable separately. Since I am mounting to the rails, It will all be exposed so I will probably go with a 2' firestik antenna.

OBI - I am looking for a versatile CB like the midland, besides It has everything i need in one package. I am looking for a mount that I dont have to drill holes into my body.
 

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Needing a lay-flat solution for antenna? Check you my build thread. The mount is by Comet.
I saw what you had looked really good. Did you have any issues with it fitting? What antenna did you go with and where did you run the cable.. through the back hatch i assume.
 

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I saw what you had looked really good. Did you have any issues with it fitting? What antenna did you go with and where did you run the cable.. through the back hatch i assume.
Started with a 2 foot firestik w/medium spring. Now have a 4 foot firestik with heavy duty spring. Cable is firestik fire ring. Ran the cable through gromit above rear hatch (driver side).
 
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