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Question: Where is your CB antenna mounted?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by newyorkin, Feb 22, 2002.

  1. newyorkin

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    I just picked up a 5 foot firestik, and I'm havin a slight problem mounting it somewhere... My <a target="_blank" href=http://ice.prohosting.com/rratch/oldcbant.html>old ant.</a> was/is a 2 foot magnetic that I mounted on the light rack on the roof (and it's being destroyed by tree branches), but his new one can't go that high on the truck.

    I was thinking about drilling a hole in the top of the back bumper and mounting it there, but there's no spot that looks right, every spot looks in the way. There's also an angle issue, but I can shim it to sit right.

    Anybody drill a hole in the side of the body toward the rear and mount anything there? I'm thinking like the <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Highway/3969/nico09.htm>m1009's</a> positioning, but just a simple 90 degree mount coming out of the side and pointing up.

    So where do you guys have yours mounted? What do you think is the best place to mount this new one?

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    The higher up the better I have always been told... why I mounted mine on the hood next to my radio antenna. This Steph's Webpage
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    I've got a tab on my spare tire carrier for it, but I only have a 3 footer and it'll stick up about 6 or so inches higher than the truck. I didn't want a big long one. Also, I only put it on when I need a cb. I don't want to advertise to thieves [​IMG].

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    I will be using the brackets off of my old spare tire carrier (external).

    Do you want some pics of the brackets and locations?

    I haven't decided on the high or low spot - waiting for someone to advise on the main board.

    You will have a significant amount of antennae over the roof line - I would run a good spring whether on or offraod.

    You could reinforce the valence panel with a bracket mounted to your frame/bumper brackets. That way you can get it close to the body and the tailgate.

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    I bought a piece of aluminum stock and bolted it to the right rear corner of the bumper on the bottom where its flat. Right where the part of the bumper turns to go around the side of the truck. I ran mine on the pass side of the truck. Run an 18' length of coax. 18' is the ideal length even if you have to coil it.
    Also with the antenna on the back side it will have less engine interference.

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    I have mine mounted almost the same place as that 1009, but I have it down about six inches lower. I also run a 7' Firestik and I don't have it on except when I have the CB hooked up on road trips. It bangs into everything.

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    The spare bracket is a good idea. I don't have one now, so adding one may be more beneficial than drilling an antenna only hole...

    I want to mount it on the drivers side, though, for better oncoming-traffic reception. I'm thinking I might make something out of stainless to extend out from the frame on the drivers side, right between the rear fender and the bumper.

    I heard the 18' rule. Frigging radio shack only had 4 foot and 20 foot available, and no connectors if I cut the 20'... I'll have to use the 20 until I can get a connector and cut off the extra 2 feet.

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    Really? The radio shack here carries 18'.

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    If I wait, I'm sure they'll have some in stock, but probably not before I have time to do this again.... I work in the engineering dept. of a radio station, too. You'd think I could find this crap through better resources than RS, right?? So far, the only drawback to being on vacation...

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    What kind of antenna is that? I don't think that firestiks would be durable enough for the abuse that would be delivered.....

    Ratch has the 5' firestik I think.... Lifetime warranty tho :)

    Nice ride!

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    Man, I hate looking at your truck then thinking of mine... But that's kinda what I was thinking for mounting point.

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