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Old 02-04-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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FYI Firestik heavy duty spring for antenna

Not a major announcement, but something people should know before they think about getting the spring. I recently put on a 4' firestik and the heavy duty spring from firestik. I bought it to give the antenna a little more give so it didn't break when bent, and it give it more height. However, after going on one trail I've decided to remove it. The side to side motion, when coming off of obstacles, makes the antenna slam into my spare tire carrier brake light. The screws on the back of the brake light wore a hole in the insulation and started to cut into the actual antenna wire coil. I caught it before any real damage was done. But it has since been removed and the antenna retuned.

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Not a major announcement, but something people should know before they think about getting the spring. I recently put on a 4' firestik and the heavy duty spring from firestik. I bought it to give the antenna a little more give so it didn't break when bent, and it give it more height. However, after going on one trail I've decided to remove it. The side to side motion, when coming off of obstacles, makes the antenna slam into my spare tire carrier brake light. The screws on the back of the brake light wore a hole in the insulation and started to cut into the actual antenna wire coil. I caught it before any real damage was done. But it has since been removed and the antenna retuned.
Good tip.

I too have removed my spring. My antenna is on a CoolTech license plate mount and after each obsticle..."SLAM, SLAM, SLAM" into the side of the hardtop. Even as a DD, on the expressway doing 70MPH and getting passed by a truck..."SLAM, SLAM, SLAM..." And as you can guess, the antenna hitting the top which was caked in mud, scratched the top all to crap. I'm not upset about the scratches but it was enough to make me remove the spring.

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Interesting, I've had the HD spring on for about 3 years now and never had an issue with it. I knew not to get the medium spring from other people complaining about that. Granted I'm only running a 3' antenna so the force on it is presumably less.
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I have one of these ready to install, but now I am wondering... The real purpose is to prevent the antenna from bending/breaking if it's snagged on something, right? What is the value of this for a shorter (3') antenna that may not even clear the top?
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Interesting, I've had the HD spring on for about 3 years now and never had an issue with it. I knew not to get the medium spring from other people complaining about that. Granted I'm only running a 3' antenna so the force on it is presumably less.
Maybe that's my issue. I might have the medium spring by mistake. I'll have to re-examine this because I really like the spring set up.

As a side note - I'm running a 3' Firestik.
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I wonder if they changed the spring... The one i got a couple years ago is so stiff the antenna flexes a bit before the spring moves. It definitely doesn't allow the antenna to move from wind or bouncing off rocks.

For those worried about their antenna hitting something, cut a small hole in a tennis ball and slide it down the antenna to the level of whatever it was hitting. The ball is fuzz coated to protect paint, quiet, and RF transparent so it won't affect the radio.
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Not a major announcement, but something people should know before they think about getting the spring. I recently put on a 4' firestik and the heavy duty spring from firestik. I bought it to give the antenna a little more give so it didn't break when bent, and it give it more height. However, after going on one trail I've decided to remove it. The side to side motion, when coming off of obstacles, makes the antenna slam into my spare tire carrier brake light. The screws on the back of the brake light wore a hole in the insulation and started to cut into the actual antenna wire coil. I caught it before any real damage was done. But it has since been removed and the antenna retuned.
If it is the third brake light it is hitting just remove the light. Third brake lights are not required in CA.
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I forgot about the tennis ball thing. I just removed it anyway. I figured since I used the spare mount bracket it can't move that much anyway; especially front to back. It really got going side to side though.

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