Best CB Radio Setup For Your Jeep

One of the easiest and most fun things you can add to your Jeep is a CB radio.  For starters, it provides a nice layer of safety.  Even if you don’t have cell phone reception, you can still potentially reach someone.  It also allows you to get road updates from truckers and other people when you’re on a roadtrip.

When pairing it with a PA, it allows you to have some fun with your friends when driving past them.

Overall, a CB radio is an excellent addition to your Jeep.  You can go wild with radios, or you can do what I did and get a good midrange one.

In this article, I’ll show you what I think is the best CB radio setup for a decent price.  I’ll also walk you through all the little parts you need to get fully set up.

Let’s start with the antenna.

Firestik 4ft Antenna

Firestik 4ft AntennaI installed a Firestik on both of my Jeeps.  It was very easy to install and the tunable tip came in very handy.  They are very well built antennas that will last you a long time.

I found 4ft to be the ideal size for a daily driver.  The taller the better for range, but then you get swaying on windy days and that can get annoying.

You will also need a CB tuner.

ASTATIC SWR Meter (CB Tuner)


This will let you fine tune your antenna to get the best performance.  Better performance means better range.
CB Radios

So there are two radios I will recommend.  Both are equally great and very similar in price, so you’ll have to pick which one you enjoy more.

Midland 1001LWX 40 Channel CB Radio

Midland 1001LWX

This is what I put in my JKU.  What I liked about the Midland 1001LwX over other radios is that it had a button that automatically tuned in NOAA weather.
I also had this radio hooked up to my PA speaker, so I could mess with friends as I drove past.

Overall, this is a great radio that just worked well.  For the money, I really think it is the best CB radio.

Uniden Pro 520XL CB Radio

Uniden Pro 520XLI ran this radio in my LJ.  It’s another no frills radio that is actually very popular for its simplicity.

It doesn’t have any weather options, but that’s why it’s a little cheaper.  Overall, it does its job and it does it well.

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