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Offline Chuy

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CB Antenna Setup
« on: December 31, 2015, 06:36:48 PM »
Can you guys post some pics of your CB installs and antenna bracket locations? Im about to do mine but Im not sure where to mount the CB or antenna bracket.
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2015, 06:48:12 PM »
My CB is in the center console and then I ran a external speaker so I could hear it.  The antenna mount I had to put a 370 thousands offset in it so it formed nicely with the body and all 4 screws are secured and tail light fully snapped back on. 


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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 07:44:28 AM »
I like that mount. Clean, functional and strong.  I got the Cobra hand held with the mag  antenaa. which worked ok but I need to take the next step!

Good job it professional job! 8)
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 10:59:39 AM »
Wait, how did you get it to fit behind the taillight? That was my first choice, but I couldn't figure it out at the time. I figured it would tweak the light housing out.




With mine, I flattened out the bracket, then bent it back just slightly enough to follow the body so it doesn't interfere with the gate.
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2016, 11:26:02 AM »
Wait, how did you get it to fit behind the taillight? That was my first choice, but I couldn't figure it out at the time. I figured it would tweak the light housing out. 

The plastic on the back side of the housing is very thick so I just used a sanding bit and removed some plastic to fit the cord through.  Didn't even sacrifice the seal of the tail light.  :) 
« Last Edit: January 01, 2016, 11:27:47 AM by TeguTerra (James) »

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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 01:59:45 PM »
I moved some threads from the general discussion to here to consolidate everyone's ideas.
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2016, 04:25:38 PM »
Can you guys post some pics of your CB installs and antenna bracket locations? Im about to do mine but Im not sure where to mount the CB or antenna bracket.

And I had the same battle . . . I wanted ease yet functionality.  I love the rear mounts, but my research said the best place for an antenna is on the roof due to ground plane considerations (your car forms a ground plane that the signal does not go through very well).  Rear mounts means you broadcast to the rear quite well.  So said the research . . .

On my previous X, I put the antenna in the roof.  I just couldn't bring myself to putting a bigass hole in the roof of my 2015 X, so I opted for a glass mount.  I did so understanding the risk that if I broke the windshield (and who doesn't in AZ), that I might have to buy another antenna.  Well, my glass guy (Chuck @ MCA Autoglass, 602-919-4555) carries 3M doublestick tape just like what came with it, so when I did replace the windshield, he moved the antenna over to the new glass.  When you need a new windshield (or a chip repair), call Chuck.

The real downside to my installation is the wind noise - when the antenna is vertical, the mid-load coil roars as the air moves past it.  If I lay it back, the noise goes away, but now I'm broadcasting to airplanes.  <sigh>  This really isn't a big deal - only time I've ever used the CB is while wheeling - truckers all switched to Facebook Messenger and very few use CB's any more.

Attached is a pic of my windshield mount.

Now I'm not saying this is the way to go - it works for me.  I like the rear-mounts - I'm just not going to change something that works - not just yet. 

I still need to tune it - maybe next wheeling trip Hammer can bring an SWR meter and we can all tune our antennas :)
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2016, 05:58:34 PM »
CB mounted in the center console.



PA horn under the hood



Antenna is mounted on the right rear above the tail lamp.



I also have an external speaker under the dash so I don't have to keep my console lid open.
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2016, 06:12:47 PM »
I did drill a hole in my roof, and ran the 2 meter Ham to the driver side hood. 
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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2016, 04:07:15 PM »
ran a hand held with a lil-will for a a while and have been noticing very poor performance so it was time for a long over due update.  Drove over to firesitck and spoke with a tech on suggested locations.  Due to my roof rack (not grounded) and Wilson booster in the back he suggested a hood mount on the drivers side using the Trunk-Lip Antenna Mount with 3' Fire Fly Antenna.  The cable follows the cable bundle on the drivers side and is fished around the center console to my arkpak behind the passenger seat.  Xterra is very limited on where a CB can be installed so I just mounted it to the arkark for now.  I also plugged it right into the arkpak terminals for power.  still need to balance system and i am not sold on the trunk-lip mount (seams iffy)

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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2016, 04:22:04 PM »
Mounted my CB in the center console and the antenna on the rear of the body.



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Re: CB Antenna Setup
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2016, 06:53:57 PM »
My CB and HAM radio setup(ham no longer in service)



CB antenna mount underneath the taillight