To mount the antenna, I used a Diamond K400 mount on the passenger side of the tailgate. While it looks like the antenna cable is going into the doorjam, I didn't want it to get pinched over time. It actually routes under the black piece to the middle of the tailgate:
I routed the antenna wire through a spare grommet located behind the spare tire. I used a metal rod (with black tape on the tip to prevent needless paint chips):
To snake through the rear door and pull the cable back through:
I used that same spare metal wire (it was an old antenna) to fish the antenna cable forward:
First I pulled an old piece of black wire to the rear that I then used as a pull string to pull the antenna cable forward. The only piece of plastic body I had to pull up is the one in this following picture:
I tried to route the antenna cable through the factory cable-mesh on the back gate, but the end connector wouldn't fit. Even still, it still hides pretty good behind it as-is. You can also see the backside of the Diamond K400 mount in this picture.
I also ran a smaller power cable to the rear so I can eventually have a power outlet near the tailgate.
Here's the big picture of the antenna from the outside, its a Diamond 7900:
Still Do Do:
- Figure out a better permanent mount (i'm thinking overhead) for the detachable face.
- Add a Cobra 75WX ST to communicate with those too lazy to get a license
- Figure out where/how to mount the HF and CB Antennas
- Install an Inverter in the Electronics Locker
- Finish the DC Power Feed to Tailgate