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CB install - WTF antenna to pick?

Getting a Cobra 75

I have no freaking idea what antenna to get. I want to mount it on the stock spare tire carrier.

How do I ground it? How do I tune it? Spring, Stud, Quick Connect, tunable? Sheesh, shouldn't this all be plug-n-play in 2010?

I searched the CB/antenna threads and I'm more confused now than before.

I was looking at the Firestik. Grounding, no grounding antenna???


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definately the 4' firestick... tho personally i have a 6 foot on mine i am big on the cb and i have quite an expensive antennae with crazy good reception... however i have used the firestick alot and it is def one of the best out there... and no you dont need to ground the antennae just, that all comes thru the radio wiring, just make sure you ground the radio correctly

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I have the same cb and this is what I used for a mount and cable:

http://tmrce.stores.yahoo.net/cb-ant...rformance.html FORGET THIS ONE GO TO THE OTHER ONE BELOW


It mounts easily to the stock tire carrier, is already grounded, the cable is also amped and I put a "USA" firestick (tunable) on it and it works great. Haven't used an SWR meeter yet on it but I have no problems trans/recieving. Hope that haelps maybe?
EDIT: damn I should have checked the site, the system I used doesn't show up anymore there? WTF? Sorry, I'll do some more searching and get back to ya!

Ah, here's what I used!!

http://www.thefind.com/buy-5Njcsd1TJ...y=jeep+antenna

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I like my Wilson, it's bendy so it won't snap when you hit a tree and it doesn't require a spring or anything special on the mount.

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Hey Mike. Find or make an attachment bracket that uses one or more bolts holding the carrier to the tailgate. Just a simple "L" bracket with a hole for the antenna is all you need. It grounds good like that. You can route the wire inside the tailgate by making a bigger whole in the grommet. Then just follow the rest of the wiring to where you want the CB.

Get everything hooked up and I'll tune if for you and show you how on our next ride.

Oh and you will only need a maximum 4 ft antenna like this. 3 ft might be enough. You really only need about 6" to 1 foot over the roof since these antenna are top loaded. Any more just gets hung up on too much stuff.

You might also shoot a pm to Doug (Slippery). He's running a 4 foot stainless antenna on his swing away carrier. Ask him how he likes that. It's a lot lighter and more flexible than the fire stick. Them things are heavy and stiff.

I've been through about 4 of the flexible k40's. I won't buy another one. They break at the base.

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Hey Mike. Find or make an attachment bracket that uses one or more bolts holding the carrier to the tailgate. Just a simple "L" bracket with a hole for the antenna is all you need. It grounds good like that. You can route the wire inside the tailgate by making a bigger whole in the grommet. Then just follow the rest of the wiring to where you want the CB.

Get everything hooked up and I'll tune if for you and show you how on our next ride.
Sounds great. What antenna are you using on your rig?


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Sounds great. What antenna are you using on your rig?
Funny, you quoted me in the middle of my edit. See above.

And keep in mind that you might be taking advice from the only guy on here with his antenna mounted on the wrong end.


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Funny, you quoted me in the middle of my edit. See above.

And keep in mind that you might be taking advice from the only guy on here with his antenna mounted on the wrong end.



wrong end??? that's where i'm installing the antenna currently in the fedex box on its way to me.

I like front bumper, driver side. easy to see it and keep from taking it out on something on a trail. and typically less overhanging trees/limbs on drivers side. also putting a quick disconnect on it to remove when not on trails as that is the only time I'm going to use it.

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wrong end??? that's where i'm installing the antenna currently in the fedex box on its way to me.

I like front bumper, driver side. easy to see it and keep from taking it out on something on a trail. and typically less overhanging trees/limbs on drivers side. also putting a quick disconnect on it to remove when not on trails as that is the only time I'm going to use it.
Actually I thought that I would move it back when I got my new bumper, but i never did. The antenna hardly gets hit there and especially not on the base. It also acts like a limb riser at times. I'm prolly still gonna go with a 4 foot stainless though, but it's staying on the front.

Mine's on a disconnect and it comes off at home too. Only way to go. I don't need to listen to Trucker Steve either.


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i made a l bracket that goes on the tail gate using existing holes. i have the 3 ft.

i will be making another one so i can get more above the roof and more spring travel against branches. if you would like to see the write up just click the link in my sig its says tbp's tail gate antenna bracket


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i made a l bracket that goes on the tail gate using existing holes. i have the 3 ft.

i will be making another one so i can get more above the roof and more spring travel against branches. if you would like to see the write up just click the link in my sig its says tbp's tail gate antenna bracket
That looks like the way I want to do it.

Now, what antenna parts did you buy?


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i bought a spring and a connection mount. its basically a converter thing i guess the coax goes on one end while the spring with antenna goes in the other it screws apart and has washers on it so that the inner part goes thru the hole then the other side goes on it it holds it tight on both sides.

i lloked at the radio shack site but didnt see it.

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And keep in mind that you might be taking advice from the only guy on here with his antenna mounted on the wrong end.
No dual front? Co-phased antennas work really well (signal boosted toward front and rear) although with a stubby can't get the optimal 5+ feet apart.

My advice on antennas is get a tunable so SWR can be low - outside of that its all install - good ground, if you don't mind a front install then having it away from objects does give better distances. I have a Radio Shack with a tuning slug top on the license plate with my own custom bracket mount to give a good body ground.

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I've got the 3' firestik with a spring and the quick disconnect mounted on my spare tire carrier. Went with the firestik Firering coax cable, was pretty simple to wire up. It grounds through the mount.

Definitely recommend the firestik, mine got ran over by a truck and still works great...

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No dual front? Co-phased antennas work really well (signal boosted toward front and rear) although with a stubby can't get the optimal 5+ feet apart.

My advice on antennas is get a tunable so SWR can be low - outside of that its all install - good ground, if you don't mind a front install then having it away from objects does give better distances. I have a Radio Shack with a tuning slug top on the license plate with my own custom bracket mount to give a good body ground.
I got about 5 feet...



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There u go....

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and with the 5 foot of lights you can see almost as far as you can talk!
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i bought a spring and a connection mount. its basically a converter thing i guess the coax goes on one end while the spring with antenna goes in the other it screws apart and has washers on it so that the inner part goes thru the hole then the other side goes on it it holds it tight on both sides.

i lloked at the radio shack site but didnt see it.

3ft firestik
I bought a 4 foot Firestik and the Teraflex rear gate mount. I put the mount on, and forgot to order the mounting stud. When I held up the antenna, it looks like I could pick-up waves from the space station!

In otherwords, I'm thinking of storing the 4ft antenna, and ordering the 3ft model. How is your reception/range?

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Why not just go witht he complete cool-tech setup?

Cobra 75, 4ft firestik, cable, antenna mount, mount for the 75, for $200.

http://www.cooltechllc.com/jeep/jk_C...nOne_kit.shtml

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I used TBP's gate antena bracket, thanks for the idea BTW, and I went with a 4' Firestik FireFly antenna. It is a flexible antenna, so I didn't do a spring. I bought everything at a local CB shop and spent about $50 less than the cool-tech setup, possibly because I didn't spend $40 for a piece of bent metal ;-)

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oring the 4ft antenna, and ordering the 3ft model. How is your reception/range?

Thanks -- RC
I went with a 3 foot and tera bracket it was perfect. I have since mounted the bracket to my XRC tire carrier

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Wilson 4' flexible Good reception bends like crazy without breaking!!



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that's what I need! I have to take my firestick off anytime I pull in the garage.... I know I am gonna forget one of these days and....sssssssssssnap!

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While I'm a big fan of the Firesticks, the one I had was too rigid for the Jeep. I switched to a Wilson Flex 3 with a spring and a quick disconnect. So far it has taken a beating from more branches than I care to count.

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While I'm a big fan of the Firesticks, the one I had was too rigid for the Jeep. I switched to a Wilson Flex 3 with a spring and a quick disconnect. So far it has taken a beating from more branches than I care to count.
THIS! just pulled my FS 3' and have a WilsonFlex4 on the way

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