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Old 01-15-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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CB antenna mount option

I came up with a CB antenna mount option that's cheap and easy. It utilizes existing bolt holes in the door hinge & windshield frame brackets. I used a common corner brace from the hardware store, 6" x 1.5" x 3/16" that comes with three holes in each strap of the bracket. Two of the holes in the bracket align with two holes in the Jeep. I had to drill a 1/2" hole in the bracket for the coax / antenna stud mount and I had to cut off the excess horizontal section of the bracket. I also had to twist the horizontal section in order to get the antenna to vertical. I did this 14" adjustable wrench (aka: Crescent). I also had to buy two longer bolts to go into the jeep; 5/16 x 1.5".

You could reverse the orientation of the bracket and get the antenna 6" higher, but I needed the antenna to clear my carport ceiling.

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Old 01-15-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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Coming from a seasoned CB guy & a licensed HAM operator, I'd say you did an excellent job, looks great

A few questions though, for your sake.
What is the SWR reading? Did you check it?

Also, can you still fold your windshield over if need be while wheeling?

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Old 01-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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By the way; '97 - '06 TJ. Mine shown in the pics is an '02 Wrangler "X".
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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SWR is fair, about 1.5 : 1 all the way across 1 - 40. It was much better (1.1:1 on ch 40) with the bracket reversed so that it put the spring higher / further from the windshield frame, but the antenna hit my carport entrance, so I flipped the bracket and lowered the height 6". The antenna is a Wilson 4' fiberglass with adjustable tip.
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Hey, sounds like you are still in great shape then

Great Job!!!
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:43 PM   #6
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The top bolt would have to come out to fold the windshield. It's unlikely I'll ever drop the windshield, but if I do, I have a magnetic mount I could use temporarily
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The top bolt would have to come out to fold the windshield. It's unlikely I'll ever drop the windshield, but if I do, I have a magnetic mount I could use temporarily
Nothing wrong with that. To be honest, I haven't hit a trail yet that caused me to have to drop my windshield. For trails that tough, I would rather build a "trail only" rig.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:29 PM   #8
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Since I have a garage door and have to also park in a parking garage, this is how I did my mount tonight to be able to run a 4 ft stik:

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Old 01-19-2012, 06:50 PM   #9
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Do the Fire Stik antennas require a special adapter if you are not using their fire flex cables?

The end of my cable has a male adapter, and the fire stik antenna has a male adapter. My cable was used on a non-fire stik whip antenna, so I guess I need some sort of normal-to-fire stik adapter?
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I thought they had a 3/8" threaded stud that is pretty much standard for most mobile CB antennas. I'm. Not familiar with the Fireflex cable.
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This shows the end of the Fire Stik, and also the end of the cable. It looks like I need something to go in between them. Hard to tell the scale from pics, but the cable plug is much wider than the threads on the fire stik, and the male part of the plug is much too fat to fit into the little hole at the base of the fire stik:



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Old 01-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #12
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This might help explain the options:

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This might help explain the options:
Ahh.

Looking at the left drawing, I have the bottom piece and the top piece. I am missing that middle one.
Time to head to a CB shop.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:16 AM   #14
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Thats a great idea.I never thought about putting the antenna in the front,that will save a lot of time running the cable to the front vs the rear.
And you must have the cleanest Wrangler Ive seen.Looks good.
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I'm not sure if I'm missing something but are you running the cable through the door? Do you have any problems with pinching or anything?
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I'm not sure if I'm missing something but are you running the cable through the door? Do you have any problems with pinching or anything?
Yes, through the gap between the door and fender. No pinch or very little. Once inside, coax goes up until it gets to the slit between the door weather seal and the hard plastic upper door stop that is mounted to the windshields frame. The coax goes through that slit and then up again and over the roll bar and out onto my home built PVC overhead rack where my radio is mounted.

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