You probablly want to check this out FireRing Stud Mount Installation
This seems to be the most traditional way to do the mount
Rooster, do I have to attach the ground wire to the FireRing or can I attach it to another part of the tire carrier?
Good call going with the FireRing space is going to be pretty tight if it is anything like the 2012 carrier.
From what I have read It seems to me that it would be actually better to ground to a different part of the tire mount (like to a different bolt) to prevent what is called a ground loop (mentioned in this thread "GOOD GROUND"
). Then run that to somewhere on the tub like the bolt for the sub. It is best if you dremel the paint off to get a good connection. Personally I think I would try it first before removing the paint, but I don't even have 1000 miles on mine.
If after tuning the SWR still sucks. Like over 2. I might try the ground on the fire ring side.
I would make sure to not put a grounding wire to the side with the nylon washer. To me that would sort of seem to defeat the point of why the washer is there.
RANT OF THE DAY = Tuning
In the end it is a CB and your really only going to be able to get about 5 miles if you jump through all the hoops. Maybe 1-2 miles if you don't ground and tune everything great. The most important thing is to test the SWR and adjust the antenna. If your under 2 on channel 1 and 40 then your not going to ruin your CB. If it is above that then you need to keep working on it.
I would check out the CB Antenna Tuning Instructions
from this page -->http://www.rightchannelradios.com/cb...l#installation
This is a good reference page too http://www.firestik.com/Tech_Docs.htm
QUICK NOTES FOR TUNING
In a perfect world channel 1 and 40 would have the same SWR for the best antenna tune possible, even if the SWR is high.
If your SWR on channel 1 is lower then 40 then you antenna is long
If your SWR on channel 1 is Higher than 40 then your antenna is short
If it's high on both try to ground better.
Make very small millimeter changes when tuning and put the cap on when testing.
If you add a spring/ quick disco/ flag you should check your swr and adjust your antenna
After you get the antenna tuned then spray the inside of the cap with some hair spray before putting it back on. That should help to keep it from coming off. It's how we put grips on mountain bikes.