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TBP's tail gate antenna bracket

Gen 2 is on the next page if you want a diff style

well i finally got a cb for the jeep and that means i needed a mount for the antenna i didn't feel like buying one so me and my dad made one.it bolts directly on to the stock tire carrier but if you don't use that because you have a swing out then you could probably bolt it onto the tailgate it self i don't know cause that's not how im using it.

1 go to your local hardware store and get a flattened metal i believe it was aluminum. we got a 2 ft piece in case for mess ups.

2 when you go into the store bring in one of the tire carrier bolts you plan putting it on and there should be a chart to measure the thread count and size.

3 get the type bolts that it says. you want it to be about a half inch longer than the stock one to accommodate the bracket as the carrier has a little lip.

4 put a 90 degree bend near the top of the metal bar by placing it in a vice.

5 place next to the two bolts on either side of the carrier and mark the center of the bolt.

6 place the metal back in the vice and cut off the unneeded metal using a hack saw.

7 our bolts were 5/16 so we started with a smaller titanium drill bit so the big bit wouldn't walk. you can use a punch but we didn't have one on hand.

8 we used a 3/8 drill bit so the bracket would bind with the threads and its on a little angle so it works out nicely.

9 measure out the width of your cb mount ours was a 1/2 inch we put it as close to the bend without it not being fully flush. and it barely touches the 285 75 r16 on the sidewall.

10 we rounded out the edges on the bracket so it wouldnt be sharp so we put a belt sander upside down in our vice.

11 bolt it back on to either side of the tire carriers two bolts and then hookup the antenna.

12 admire


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looking in from in between spokes


looking down on it


ill get some better pics of it in the daylight tommorow and ill take the spare off too.

we put on a spring with the firestick and the bracket flexes some so it would take a really sturdy branch or something to break or bend it.

it sits inside of the 16 inch stock steel wheel with about and inch until it would actually contact the wheel.

it sits in the perfect position on the right side to where you can run your cox in between the holes on the carrier.


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hope you guys like it


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Nice and easy, well done! Always more satisfaction when doing it yourself, eh?
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thx and yes it definetly does


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better pics
that is a 3ft antenna for comparison in how much it will stick above the roof line.




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Looks good Corey. Great job.

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You and your dad did some nice work there- looks very good!

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Nice work! I was looking in there the other day thinking ... I'm gonna have to drill a little hole in the tire mount to the the antenna to mount..






not anymore!
I'm going to be doing this to mine!

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wait.. your only 18..

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Nice work. Good idea for a simple clean install!

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Nice work! I was looking in there the other day thinking ... I'm gonna have to drill a little hole in the tire mount to the the antenna to mount..






not anymore!
I'm going to be doing this to mine!

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wait.. your only 18..
scratch that....16
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im rly glad you guys like it and i got it in so you didnt have to drill a hole in your carrier

just make sure the bolt is really tight because it is still holding a tire on there


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I did close to same and I needed to grind a bit off one of the tire carrier braces for a flush fit.


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Wish I would have seen this thread yesterday. I ordered the TF mount for mine. Nice job on yours.

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I did close to same and I needed to grind a bit off one of the tire carrier braces for a flush fit.


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i like building stuff i was a big knex man


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I you sure it is a WAS....?????


I thought you still had the knex set!!


Good job!

I got a surprise for you DIY crowd coming soon too!


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I you sure it is a WAS....?????


I thought you still had the knex set!!


Good job!

I got a surprise for you DIY crowd coming soon too!
ahh i need to change it to i dont i as i have a ton of knex

cant wait on the surprise


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Sweet. Nice Job. I am headed to Lowes this weekend. Thanks for savin me money.

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If you want to give that aluminum a nice finish, mix up some Drano crystals in a bucket of water and soak the bracket in it for a little while. It will get a nice matte finish. Watch how long you do it for though. You could almost dissolve it if you mix a lot of the drano in with the water.

Be careful, because it's a caustic solution.
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If you want to give that aluminum a nice finish, mix up some Drano crystals in a bucket of water and soak the bracket in it for a little while. It will get a nice matte finish. Watch how long you do it for though. You could almost dissolve it if you mix a lot of the drano in with the water.

Be careful, because it's a caustic solution.
i like the color of it im not a big fan of really shiny


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i like the color of it im not a big fan of really shiny
No, the lye and water bath gives it a nice satin finish! No shiny

This guy uses that method to strip anodizing off of aluminum parts. Just don't leave it in too long, you would only want a light bath: [scroll down his page about halfway]
http://www.focuser.com/anodize.html

I think you'll like it. Try it out on a piece of aluminum for kicks. I did it on some small aluminum parts I machined and it was a cheap way to clean them up.

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