Hello all! First post here after creeping around for awhile. Got a hold of my first Jeep a few months back and it has been all love.
I'm working on a clean CB install. Currently have the Uniden 520 with a 3 ft. Firestik antenna and the Firestik 3-way mounting kit.
The radio is directly powered by the battery and I am running the coaxial cable underneath my slush mats, through the swing gate vent, and on to the 3-way mount secured by the spare tire mount.
Here are some pictures (a bit snowy, so I tried adding nifty arrows and text):
In the first one, you can see the set up. I have the black bolt from the spare tire mount securing both the spare tire mount and the 3-way antenna mount.
The second one has a bunch going on:
-Does the 3-way antenna mount need to be sanded on one side or the other? I've read about people sanding down the powder coating, but I'm not sure if this mount requires that. How do I know?
-I need to ground the antenna to get it working/find the right SWR. Will running a ground through the black bolt (bottom-right arrow) be sufficient? Should the ground be between the black bolt and the tire mount, the tire mount and 3-way antenna mount, or the 3-way antenna mount and the swing gate? Any suggestions for where to complete the ground (I've read it should be as short as possible)?
-Finally, will my antenna/coax/CB be effected by leaving the metal exposed to the elements? Should everything be wrapped in electrical tape?
I know I'm throwing a lot at you guys and I appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks!