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Old 02-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #31
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I'm planning on heading out as well and I'm sure some of the crew from NEO4x4 will be there as well.

Mark, I modded my antenna mount and got it all installed tonight. There's already a great write up out there so I'll link it up once I track it down again. I still need to paint/plastidip the steel mount I made up and it's not a thing of beauty but it's VERY solid and dropped the antenna height enough to clear the garage by just a few inches. The only really tricky part was getting the coax from the outside of the car to the inside. The trick I found out was to remove the finned vent behind the spare carrier. It gives just enough room to get a hand inside to feed the cable to the interior. It enter near the driver side then runs behind the removable panel on the inside of the rear gate. After that, I ran it under the carpet to the passenger seat, under the seat then back under the carpet, behind the console/dash then back under the carpet in the drivers side footwell alog the edge of the console and attch to the small bolt on the side of the console. That's about it.

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Damn must have been a long cable.

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Damn must have been a long cable.
18' to be exact!
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:21 AM   #34
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Cool, Scott, what gear did you end up getting?

Can you post up a few pics?
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Can you post up a few pics?
Mark, I had some others on my cell but this should give you the idea....Bent a piece of stock bar that was approximately 8" long (just long enough to have a 2" bend and enough length to span the two bolts securing the spare carrier to the body of the Jeep. I measured and drilled two 3/8" holes to match up with the carrier bolts and one 1/2 hole in the 2" bent piece for the mounting stud. You won't need to replace the stock bolts as they are long enough already. Simply remove the bolts, and very loosely attach the DIY mount to allow room to feed the coax through the grommet and up to the PL259 connection on the mounting stuff (K4A). I chose this connection since it seems more hard wired to me than the Fire-Ring. I'm sure either is fine. If you go Fire-Ring terminus on your coax, then use stud K4R.

The grommet is tricky since the rubber is thick. I used a razor knife to cut away the back section and fed the coax through it. Next, remove the vented plastic piece that's directly behind the spare mount. Alos remove the plastic panel on the inside of the tailgate at this point. Feed the cox through the grommet hole and fish it through towards the drivers side (this si why you removed the the vent, so that you can get a hand inside the tailgate. You are going to continue fishing it through until you get to the hole on the inside of the tailgate where you have the third tail light wiring entering. This takes some patience but once through, pull you coax through and zip tie it to the wiring that runs under that plastic panel until you are back to the tailgate hinge on the passenger side. At this point, I reattached the interior panel and exterior vent., I also reinstalled the grommet and attached an end of the coax to the PL259 connection on the stud mount that I loosely attached to the DIY mount. Once connected, tighten the stud mount then the two bolts securing the DIY mount to the Jeep. Just be careful not to pinch your coax as its a tight fit. At this point, the exterior install is done and you just need to run the cable to where you want inside. I ran mine under the carpet all along the passenger side to the seat, then under the seat, back under the carpet to the back of the front console, behind the console, and finally back under the carpet back towards the driver seat. I still need to secure it to the console bolt you see in the picture but that's about it.

Now, all I have to do is to screw the Midland 75-822 to the exposed coax, and plug it into the power outlet and I am in business. Well, I should tune my antenna but I'll see how it performs first.

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:15 PM   #36
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Awesome thread, thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:53 AM   #37
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Thanks, Scott, nice write-up

I was thinking of doing the same thing you did with the mounting bar, good to see it works pretty well. I see you didn't use a spring, I was wondering if that was really necessary or not, considering the location.

I saw this same set-up on another forum, and thought to myself - why spend $30 for a mount when a $5 piece of flat stock and a drill will do the same thing?

I hope I can route the cable without issue, I put in a Instatrunk, and I may have to drill a hole through that to run the cable. Not sure, haven't really looked at it closely yet. Did your cable come with screw on connector? I am looking at this cable, it says it comes with a screw on connector.

http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/MU-8R18.htm

Do you notice the antenna hitting your top at all? Do you clear your garage door ok?

I also saw one where a guy used those floor savers you use on the legs of a chair and pulled his antenna off and put the chair saver over the hole, so he wouldn't hit his garage door with it.

It looks really good, thanks a lot for the pics.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:27 AM   #38
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I was thinking of doing the same thing you did with the mounting bar, good to see it works pretty well. I see you didn't use a spring, I was wondering if that was really necessary or not, considering the location.

I saw this same set-up on another forum, and thought to myself - why spend $30 for a mount when a $5 piece of flat stock and a drill will do the same thing?

I hope I can route the cable without issue, I put in a Instatrunk, and I may have to drill a hole through that to run the cable. Not sure, haven't really looked at it closely yet. Did your cable come with screw on connector? I am looking at this cable, it says it comes with a screw on connector.

2-Piece FireRing Coax

Do you notice the antenna hitting your top at all? Do you clear your garage door ok?

I also saw one where a guy used those floor savers you use on the legs of a chair and pulled his antenna off and put the chair saver over the hole, so he wouldn't hit his garage door with it.

It looks really good, thanks a lot for the pics.
Mark, I clear the garage by about 4" or so (this is a 3' antenna). Mounting to the carrier in this way let me clear whereas if I mounted by just using the stupid hole I drilled in the carrier itself, I would not have cleared. I was thinking of removing the antenna when not in use but it seems more of a PITA than its worth so I'll leave it. I never hits my top at all (there's not a ton of movement) and I did not install a spring as my buddy runs his without and has never had an issue as there is plenty of flexibility in the antenna already. Your call but with a spring, you might find it bouncing off of your top from time to time.

Coax wise, I used standard 18' with PL-259 connections on both ends as you can see. There's no additional piece as the connections are all part of the coax line already.
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Cable connects on the inside.......
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I really want that mount. Doyou have link for one that comes with that cable?
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co-worker just got the mount,cable and 3' antenna for $44 shipped
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:54 PM   #42
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Cool thanks for the link !
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:52 PM   #43
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Wish I was in your area buddy, those trails look awesome! I totally understand what you mean about pictures not showing how steep things really are....

Given how steep some of your pics look, it must've seemed like shear drop offs in person!

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