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Old June 28th, 2020, 07:17
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This is what I did for my 99. This setup will work for 97 and up XJ's. I used a Metra double din trim kit for an XJ. They just came out with it. About $60.00 online. CB World makes a single din kit for some CB's. I used a Uniden Pro520XL radio, but I'm sure you could use others. Anyway, I basically stacked 2 single din units together to make this work. I had to fab some brackets, and it takes a little work, but it comes out nice. I did the same setup on my 97, but I modified the existing trim piece. It is alot easier using the Metra kit. Got my stereo and trim kit from Crutchfield, and my CB from CB world.

I mounted an external speaker on the firewall tucked above the pedals on the drivers side. Plenty loud enough to hear on the trail.



Single din for CB's.
https://www.wearecb.com/dinxxxx-in-d...nts-18057.html
I really like that setup and am now seriously thinking about copying it and ditching the low-watt Baofeng for use while driving. I looked at the Metra 956554B trim kit though and really don’t understand what it does or why it’s needed. It just looks like a factory trim bezel to me. (Here’s a link. https://www.directdepot.net/product-...-model/956554B.). Can you explain? Thanks.
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Old June 28th, 2020, 07:27
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Re: CB Radio in the XJ

On closer inspection, I think I figured it out. The opening for the radio on the Metra trim panel is wider top to bottom than the stock panel. Right.?
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Old June 28th, 2020, 14:09
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On closer inspection, I think I figured it out. The opening for the radio on the Metra trim panel is wider top to bottom than the stock panel. Right.?
Yes, it's just a trim panel with a wider opening for the double din. You can modify the stock one, (what I did on my 97), but for about $60.00, it's much cleaner and easier.

I can pop off the trim and see if I can take some pictures of the inside to see how it all fit. I'll post some more pictures in a bit.
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Old June 28th, 2020, 14:31
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Re: CB Radio in the XJ

The Metra kit comes with 2 plastic brackets, one for each side. I used those and 2 single din sleeves. Screwed it all together. On my 97, I made the 2 side brackets out of sheet metal. You could make some instead of using the plastic ones, but they seemed to be strong enough.

You have to trim a bit of the ABS vent system on the left side and cover it with foil tape. Not much trimming and easy to do. You can just see the foil in the second picture.

The CB adapter sleeve comes with some metal brackets and the faceplate. I didn't use any other trim pieces on the front. It's just the radio and the CB trim. With a little creativity, it wasn't too hard and came out really clean.



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Old June 28th, 2020, 14:33
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Old June 28th, 2020, 14:36
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Re: CB Radio in the XJ

Here's the two different trims. The Metra is on the left, stock is on the right. You just have to swap in your vents.

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Old June 28th, 2020, 16:25
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Thank you very much!
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Old July 23rd, 2020, 19:47
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Re: CB Radio in the XJ

Inspired by JonnyCat63’s install I’ve ordered up a Metra trim panel and a Kenwood TM-281A transceiver. Both should arrive next week. I opted for the Kenwood unit because it has a forward facing speaker, which saves me from having to mount an auxiliary speaker. I haven’t decided on a single DIN stereo head unit yet. Still researching that. I don’t need anything fancy, just a CD player and an aux input so I can play Pandora through my phone. There isn’t a pre-made face plate option available that’ll fit around the transceiver, but I figure I can make something out of ABS that’ll cover the gaps and make for a clean installation.

I’m not going to start the project until after Sierra Fest in a couple of weeks because I’m short on time until then, but I’m really looking forward to tackling this right after that event.

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Inspired by JonnyCat63ís install Iíve ordered up a Metra trim panel and a Kenwood TM-281A transceiver. Both should arrive next week. I opted for the Kenwood unit because it has a forward facing speaker, which saves me from having to mount an auxiliary speaker. I havenít decided on a single DIN stereo head unit yet. Still researching that. I donít need anything fancy, just a CD player and an aux input so I can play Pandora through my phone. There isnít a pre-made face plate option available thatíll fit around the transceiver, but I figure I can make something out of ABS thatíll cover the gaps and make for a clean installation.

Iím not going to start the project until after Sierra Fest in a couple of weeks because Iím short on time until then, but Iím really looking forward to tackling this right after that event.
Sierra fest. is that a jeep wheeling, camping thing? If so I may want to attend if it is open to the public. thanks!
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Old July 23rd, 2020, 21:00
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Yes, a wheeling and camping thing. There’s plenty of information about it in the Sierra Chapter forum. Most folks will arrive Sunday, August 9, at the Loon Lake campground, then hit the Rubicon Trail Monday morning and spend two nights on the trail. Then we’ll head to Hermit Valley for more wheeling and camping, with a barbecue and raffle Saturday night, August 15. You’ve missed pre-registration, but I think you can still get in on the fun. Post up in the Sierra Chapter and see what the organizers say.
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I had my old one wedged between the passenger seat and console for a long time, but I found it was always shifting around on me (particulary on the trail where it was bumpier) and it also tended to put the radio's weight on the antenna cable; I think that damaged the cable doing that. Another downside was having to drape the mic cord across the console/handbrake, but that wouldn't be an issue for what you're doing.

Still, I'm happy with my overhead radio mount and remote mic. To each their own.
Any pics and/or more details on your overhead mount Rob?

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Any pics and/or more details on your overhead mount Rob?

Thanks.
To be honest I got sidetracked by life and never got around to taking some pics. I'll have to do that this weekend and get them up here.

Thanks for the reminder.
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To be honest I got sidetracked by life and never got around to taking some pics. I'll have to do that this weekend and get them up here.

Thanks for the reminder.
Spent the day on mine and will tomorrow as well. Think I have it on the run with mock-up of overhead bracket, copied from another member. Love that there will be very little weight there to wobble and no heat on the headliner. Hoping my remote pigtail is long enough to reach the driver's side under rear seat and should be good. Considered under passenger front but like the protection of the rear.
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Re: CB Radio in the XJ

I got the pics, but didn't have time to get them up over the weekend, it's on my to-do list when I get home from work tonight.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how solid mine is mounted - the aluminum diamond plate strip is plenty stiff, even with just the two attach points (the mirror clip points), everything is solid. Admittedly, I've only had two smaller radios attached to that - my old Radio Shack "Sports" CB (a yellow and grey model), and now the Cobra 19. Neither is all that heavy, though.

Pics tonight!
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