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Old 05-21-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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Running coax should be easier!

...or maybe its just I'm too picky? Nope, that's not it.

I have a '01 TJ with Smittybilt XRC bumpers and tire carrier. I'm trying to find the most efficient, cleanest and easiest means of getting the coax from the tire carrier pivot and into the Jeep tub. All this...while exposing the least amount of coax possible (which will be loomed) and not allow/cause it to bind, kink, pinch or hung on by passing tree branches and the limbs of zombies reaching up as they're being ran over.

What I've done, so far...

1. Drilled a 1/2" hole in the center of the tire carrier. (In between the third brake light mounting holes.)

2. Used a Dremel to grind off the coating on the bottom side, to allow the entire antenna mount to make the maximum amount of contact. (I'm using a heavy-duty stud mount......Okay, you can stop laughing now!) Yes, my isolation is in place and solid.

3. Attached 1" braided grounding straps from the swing to the bumper and from the bumper to the frame. (Again, I used the Dremel before attaching.) I haven't painted over these connections yet, but will be to prevent corrosion.

I will be running both, RG-8X and RG-58 from this same location for additional communications. Are there any access plugs or routes near the right rear corner that I should use? If you have mounted on a tire swing, how did you resolve this?

I'm not new to installing emergency vehicle equipment, in many different types of vehicles. However, there's not many Jeep Wranglers "in-service" around here and my experience has taught me that asking for help, tips and tricks is way better than drilling unnecessary holes.

Thanks in advance, John

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Old 05-21-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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Here is what I did.... see the CB antenna mount on top? That is where it is now... but you get the idea....it wasn't done it these pics as you can tell in the last one...



I went thru the tailgate where the 3rd brakelight is.... loom drops out of site behind the pivot....




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Old 05-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #3
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Todd, looks like a really clean Jeep! Nice color combo! Thank You for your suggestion and the pictures are awesome!

I'm concerned about requiring that much coax to flex everytime we need to get access into the back of the Jeep. I really would like to avoid using the third brake light hole for access in this installation.

Thank you, I appreciate your help and love the background!
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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Thanks.... you can always run it between the lower corner of the tailgate as well.... there would be less movement there.

BTW... that is Peavine in NW Reno, NV... snows up there thru July.... we go wheelin up there all the time.... TONS of mountains around me to explore with thousands of trails... takes about 1.5 hours to get to the left peak in the pic from my front door
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Just ran mine just below the bottom of the zipper area on the soft top.. left a bit of room for it to move and secured it at the rollbar.
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