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    WAYALIFE CB Radio Antenna Mount - Jeep JL WRANGLER Tailgate (2018-Up)



    I know a lot of you have been asking for one ever since I introduced my CB BAR and I apologize for not getting one made sooner but here it is at long last - the WAYALIFE Jeep JL Wrangler CB Antenna Mount! Designed to be installed on the factory tailgate hinge, this mount is made out of laser cut stainless steel, comes with stainless steel spacers and zinc plated 8.8 hardware for optimum performance and corrosion resistance. The following installation write-up will not only show you just how easy it is to install but it will also show you how to ground the tailgate and wire everything up.

    PLEASE NOTE: Some of the photos feature the original prototype. The actual antenna mount and hardware is purposefully not painted black as is shown.

    What Comes with the Antenna Mount
    (1) Antenna Mount
    (2) M10 x 1.5mm x 50 mm Flange Bolts
    (2) 10mm Spacers
    (2) M10 Washers

    What You Will Need
    WAYALIFE CB Antenna Mount for Jeep JL Wrangler : https://bit.ly/38kOPcW
    FireStik K4 Antenna Stud Mount : https://amzn.to/2O5jv8n
    Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring : https://amzn.to/2NxIaVT
    FireStik K-8R18 18 foot Fire-Flex coax cable with Fire-Ring : https://amzn.to/2wYOeMV
    Firestik (FS-3BK) Black 3' 650W Tunable Tip CB Antenna : https://amzn.to/2QjODlY
    Universal 48" Inch Copper Ground Strap : https://amzn.to/2MZm13e
    Torx T-25, T-55 Bit
    16, 10mm Socket
    Ratchet
    Unibit or Drill Bit
    Drill
    Plastic Trim Pry Tool
    Solder Iron
    Utility Knife
    Zip Ties


    Instructions
    The following is a photo of all the parts you will get with your WAYALIFE Jeep JL Wrangler Tailgate CB Antenna Mount. As you can see, it comes complete with an unfinished stainless steel mount, stainless steel spacers, M10 x 1.5mm x 50mm long 8.8 flange bolts and M10 8.8 washers. The mount is purposefully left unfinished. If you choose to paint it, you need to make sure to mask off and leave the antenna stud mounting hole bare steel.


    Use a 22mm socket and key if necessary and remove the spare tire from your tailgate.


    Using a Torx T-55 bit, remove the 2 bolts securing the upper tailgate hinge in place.


    Assemble your WAYALIFE CB Antenna Mount with the provided hardware as you see in this photo. The flange bolts go through the lower part of the mount, the spacers are placed onto the bolts and then washers added last.


    Install the assembled mount onto the upper tailgate hinge and tighten the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. of torque using a 16mm socket.


    Install the FireStik K4 Antenna Stud Mount and FireStik K-8R18 18 foot Fire-Flex coax cable with Fire-Ring onto the antenna mount as shown in this photo. Essentially, take the stud bolt, place one of the washers on it, slip the Fire-Ring on next, insert everything through the bottom of the mount, place the nylon washer onto the stud making sure that the inner lip sits inside the hole on the mount, add on the last washer and then secure everything in place with the stud mount.


    To get the coax cable inside your JL Wrangler, you will need to remove the spare tire and pulled the rubber plug sitting next to the tire carrier.


    Using a plastic trim pry tool, remove the plastic trim from the inside of your tailgate.


    If you get a FireStik K-8R18 18 foot Fire-Flex coax cable with Fire-Ring, the threaded connector will not be installed and this will allow you to phish the cable into the tailgate.


    The space inside the tailgate is tight and it can be tough to phish through to the other side but it can be done with a little effort.


    Taking the rubber plug that you removed from the tailgate, drill a small hole through the center of it.


    Using a utility knife, cut a slit from the hole to the outside edge of the rubber plug.


    You can now reinstall the rubber plug onto the tailgate and with the coax cable passing through it.


    After cleaning up the threads of paint on the lower tailgate hinge bolt, you can attach a Universal 48" Inch Copper Ground Strap to it and secure it in place using an M10 x 1.5mm nut. A 16mm socket will be needed for this.


    The ground strap can then routed down the trim and into the cargo cubby.


    After removing the scissor jack, you can pry open the drain plug.


    Route the ground strap through the drain port and reinstall the plug.


    The ground strap can now be bolted directly to the frame using one of the existing bolts. If you got the tow package with your JL Wrangler, you can connect it to the electrical hook up bolts as shown.


    You can now clean up the wiring by securing everything to the existing factory harness using some zip ties.


    You can now reinstall the tailgate trim panel.


    If you are using my CB BAR to mount you CB Radio, you can route your coax cable up the body trim and to the roll bar.


    Using a Torx T-25 bit, you can open up the roll bar trim enough for you to route the coax cable all the way up to the windshield header.




    The coax cable connector can not be soldered on.


    The coax cable and the wiring from your CB Radio can be routed in between the windshield header as shown.




    Once again, if you got your JL Wrangler with the tow package and auxiliary switches, you should be able to locate power leads up against the firewall on the passenger side foot well. The red wire with the white stripe is goes directly to the battery and it'll be what you'll want to connect your power lead to.


    Remove the kick panel on the passenger side foot well and you will find a stud where you can attach your ground. You will need a 10mm socket to remove and reinstall the nut.


    To finish things up, I would highly recommend that you install a heavy duty spring on your antenna mount and use a Firestik II antenna. If your CB Radio doesn't come with one, I would also recommend that you have your antenna tuned using a SWR meter. With that said, here's what it should all look like when all is said and done.




    Please let me know if you have any questions.

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    Great write-up! Thanks for going through on how you routed all the wiring.

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    Thanks for another great write up. It really helps to see the projects Iím planning laid out prior to doing them. I like how the coax is routed under the roll bar trim.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Growlz View Post
    Great write-up! Thanks for going through on how you routed all the wiring.
    Quote Originally Posted by WiscoHR View Post
    Thanks for another great write up. It really helps to see the projects Iím planning laid out prior to doing them. I like how the coax is routed under the roll bar trim.
    Glad that I can help out by sharing the things that I've done.

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    Thanks for the great write up! If I hadnít already purchased the cool tech cb mount I would have done that. Thanks for all the pictures and descriptions.

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    Nice write up. The ground strap really makes a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddays v2 View Post
    Nice write up. The ground strap really makes a difference.
    The ground strap is pretty much a must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    The ground strap is pretty much a must.


    is that the cool tech antenna ? i purchased it already along with your cb mount bar

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL_selena View Post
    is that the cool tech antenna ? i purchased it already along with your cb mount bar
    No THIS is a Firestik II. The kit that you are referencing includes a Firestik FireFly.
    Last edited by doubletapdaddy; 09-11-2018 at 04:10 PM.

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    Fantastic write up


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