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07rub
05-01-2012, 02:09 PM
hey

My dad gave is old CB radio but the antenna mount is an magnet mount so im just wondering if anyone ad ideas or suggestion too install it i do have the hard top on my jk but as all of u know its plastic and i cant modify the mount or the antenna

thanks in advance

wayoflife
05-01-2012, 02:14 PM
well, if you have to use the magnetic antenna, you can just attach it to your cowl and run the coax cable through the edge of your door. I've seen lots of guys do this.

07rub
05-01-2012, 02:15 PM
doesn't look stupid?

wayoflife
05-01-2012, 02:34 PM
doesn't look stupid?

LOL!! who cares and, even if it does, you don't always have to leave it there. just put it out when you're on the trail :yup:

07rub
05-01-2012, 02:54 PM
LOL ya good point lol too early still hahahah

ichthus
05-03-2012, 02:08 PM
I scrapped the magnet antennae, bought 25' of cable, a tailgate mount & a firestick2. The plastic panel on the inside of the tailgate pops off, run the cable through it and out the vents behind the spare, the zip tie the cable to the other wires so it doesn't bind. Remove the rollbar padding on the passenger side and run the cable along the rollbar with zip ties. Easy peasy

07rub
05-03-2012, 02:12 PM
make sense but why spend money when u don't have too

ichthus
05-03-2012, 02:20 PM
Performance and longevity. The magnet antenna doesn't have the range of a Firestick, not will it stand up to as much offroad abuse.

Hack12
01-31-2014, 08:45 PM
Just finished installing my mount and antenna. It looks great thanks to Eddy's advice of routing the wire right through my Trektop. Worked out perfectly. Now, I have to figure out how the heck to tune this thing!

After doing a bit of research, this placement seemed to be one of the best for reception, obviously, besides the center of my roof. Something you may want to think about. I haven't tested it out yet, or tuned it, for that matter. I've read some stuff about running a ground wire but I don't really understand it fully.

All in all, this mount and equipment was very cheap and easy to install. Any pointers you guys can offer on function/tuning would be greatly appreciated!

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onebuilder
02-08-2014, 03:11 AM
What mount is that?
Where did you purchase it?

Hack12
02-08-2014, 03:42 AM
Generic mount off Amazon. Costs like $6.
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I'll PM you the link.

onebuilder
02-08-2014, 03:49 AM
Thanks for the reply and link!

Hack12
02-08-2014, 03:50 AM
Anytime man!

jeeeep
02-08-2014, 04:21 AM
:thinking:
doesn't look stupid?

:thinking: it's free! and as long as it works, like was said before...easy to take off!

I take my antenna off when I'm not using it, one less thing for some dumb ass to take...

Canvas JK
02-08-2014, 11:01 AM
If live near a truck stop that would a great place to start looking for parts. Additionally near truck stops usually are CB repair shops. There is a CB shop in town I use. He was very helpful in setting up my CB. When the sun comes up I will get some pics.

R/
Will

xtremefx4
02-08-2014, 04:46 PM
You can get most of the mounts at a truck stop.

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Panda
02-08-2014, 05:10 PM
In also looking for antenna mounting ideas is there any alternative to drilling the body? Anyone have ideas? Pics?


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Hack12
02-08-2014, 05:44 PM
In also looking for antenna mounting ideas is there any alternative to drilling the body? Anyone have ideas? Pics?


Sent from bad apples...

There are tons of different mounts available. Just search JK CB Antenna Mounts and you'll find a thousand options. You just have to weigh what works for you, ease of install vs reception/transmission quality. There are so many threads on here that will explain all of it in much further depth.

Rccrwlr
02-08-2014, 05:56 PM
In also looking for antenna mounting ideas is there any alternative to drilling the body? Anyone have ideas? Pics?


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I had a piece of flat bar laying around. Cut to fit. Drilled a few holes to line up with the tire carrier bolts and bent to an L. Painted to match and blam instant CB mount

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Panda
02-08-2014, 06:02 PM
I had a piece of flat bar laying around. Cut to fit. Drilled a few holes to line up with the tire carrier bolts and bent to an L. Painted to match and blam instant CB mount

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That is a great idea! I also have a piece of flat bar laying around lol thanks Rccrwir! I will try this today :thumb:


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HDGasser
02-08-2014, 08:49 PM
I did a little bit of research when looking around to find out why my 50w radio was getting only a couple miles of good clear signal and found out where I had it mounted on the tail gate between the hard top and the spare tire is actually the worst place possible to mount an cb/race radio antenna. Some shit about SWR reading and some other tech mumbo BS. Turns out it can actually be bad for the radio itself.

The cowl is supposedly the most "efficient" place to mount one but they look kinda stupid so I kinda improvised with some extra poison spyder pillar light mounts I had laying around.

So far so good. Signal that was broken before is crystal clear now. I won't know how far till my next desert trip.
http://i313.photobucket.com/albums/ll380/hdgasser/Mobile%20Uploads/3BFE2FF1-B5CB-4105-A233-088F4A1CB5C3.jpg (http://s313.photobucket.com/user/hdgasser/media/Mobile%20Uploads/3BFE2FF1-B5CB-4105-A233-088F4A1CB5C3.jpg.html)

chuckt62
02-08-2014, 08:55 PM
Great idea!

What antenna are you using?

Sharkey
02-08-2014, 08:57 PM
With a tunable tip antenna and an SWR meter you can get a perfectly fine signal with a gate mounted system.

jeeeep
02-08-2014, 09:00 PM
I did a little bit of research when looking around to find out why my 50w radio was getting only a couple miles of good clear signal and found out where I had it mounted on the tail gate between the hard top and the spare tire is actually the worst place possible to mount an cb/race radio antenna. Some shit about SWR reading and some other tech mumbo BS. Turns out it can actually be bad for the radio itself.

The cowl is supposedly the most "efficient" place to mount one but they look kinda stupid so I kinda improvised with some extra poison spyder pillar light mounts I had laying around.

So far so good. Signal that was broken before is crystal clear now. I won't know how far till my next desert trip.
http://i313.photobucket.com/albums/ll380/hdgasser/Mobile%20Uploads/3BFE2FF1-B5CB-4105-A233-088F4A1CB5C3.jpg (http://s313.photobucket.com/user/hdgasser/media/Mobile%20Uploads/3BFE2FF1-B5CB-4105-A233-088F4A1CB5C3.jpg.html)

yea. I ran into the same problem, didn't move the antenna to the front but raised it above the top and it seems better - I raised it too far the 1st time and seems like it caught on every limb within a 1 mile distance lol..I ended up about 6" above the top.

Canvas JK
02-08-2014, 09:49 PM
As mentioned earlier here is where mounted my antenna. I used an aluminum mirror mount 36 in fire stick tunable antenna. Ran the coax the ought vent in the gate along the wire bundle then up the roll bar.

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CB on the sport cage using a KC light mount.
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JK-JOHN-E
02-08-2014, 10:09 PM
As mentioned earlier here is where mounted my antenna. I used an aluminum mirror mount 36 in fire stick tunable antenna. Ran the coax the ought vent in the gate along the wire bundle then up the roll bar.

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CB on the sport cage using a KC light mount.
68046


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Lookin good brother

Rccrwlr
02-08-2014, 10:43 PM
With a tunable tip antenna and an SWR meter you can get a perfectly fine signal with a gate mounted system.

Agree. First tune I did completely wrong, in the garage with the doors open etc etc. when we went with a group, couldn't hear a thing unless they were closer than 12" away. Brought it home and did a swr tune in the HS parking lot. Ended up with a 1.2. Still need to check on next outing. This time I'm bringing my meter

Canvas JK
02-08-2014, 11:50 PM
Lookin good brother

Thanks John


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Rccrwlr
02-09-2014, 09:26 PM
That is a great idea! I also have a piece of flat bar laying around lol thanks Rccrwir! I will try this today :thumb:


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Post a pic when ur done!!

HDGasser
02-09-2014, 11:15 PM
Great idea!

What antenna are you using?

The antenna that came from rugged radios with my vertex race radio.

http://www.ruggedradios.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=416




With a tunable tip antenna and an SWR meter you can get a perfectly fine signal with a gate mounted system.

Is this possible with race radio setups? From what I can read the antennas come tuned for UHF/VHF....?

Team Desert Eagle
06-13-2014, 12:25 PM
Here is where I put mine. 87387
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