Originally Posted by Mudslidex
I love this idea and once had mine mounted overhead like others using a bar across the roll cage but have since taken it down. My question about this method is how is the 16 gauge steel? I mean is it thick enough that the CB isn't bouncing around and starting to sag over time or is it rigid enough that it stays in place? Thanks for the idea.
If you like that idea, here's another one for you. In watching all of this C/B talk and, analyzing all the potential mounts, including the Arizona Rocky Road one and, the left side of the dash one, neither of which I approve of, I decided to fabricate my own. I cruised on down to our local metal supply place here in Lake Havasu City and picked up a whopping $3.00 worth of metal.
It's 1/8" thick by, 3" wide by a total of 14.5" long. I calculated all the bends needed for the end result and, it left me with 8" for the total length for the actual mount. It was perfect. I made two identical mounts. I bent three bends in each one, to conform to the angles of the top of the windshield frame. In the end, when the bends were complete and perfect, I was planning on welding the two mounts together, side by side, for a 6" wide mount.
Now, for one, that loop, the one that's used for tying down the windshield to the hood when the windshield is lowered. Well, I'm pretty sure that's NEVER going to happen so, off came that loop, primarily because it was in the way anyway. So, I ended up with a very nice, ultra slim (three inches wide) C/B mount, that's 5/8" of an inch, away from the ceiling.
It had a tiny bit of flex in it. That was tolerable but, since the 3" width was determined to be just fine, I figured why not just sandwich the two mounts (remember, I bent up two identical mounts, to later be welded together to form a 6" wide mount) together??? So, I did that. That mount is now 1/4" thick steel and, three inches wide and 8" long.
When it was all said and done, I still had this 5/8" gap between the ceiling and the mount. So, I figured, what the heck, I'll stuff in some 1" thick by 2.5" wide x 7" long foam up there. That gave me pretty close to dead solid mounting for it. Now, if and when the hard top is removed, the mount is still solid enough without the foam using the ceiling. I'm ultra happy either way.
It's a real clean mount, for the most part, you cannot even see the mount with the exception of the foam. No biggie. See what you think.