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Old 06-14-2018, 08:12 PM
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Rugged Ridge stock antenna CB/AM/FM mount????

I'm looking at the various ways to install a CB in my Jeep and came across the Rugged Ridge CB/AM/FM CB mount (Rugged Ridge 17212.20 CB/AM/FM Antenna Mount Kit, 97-18 Jeep Wrangler) and was wondering if anyone has installed this and how it turned out for install and overall reception.

Additionally, did you shorten the antenna cable or just route 18' of cable in every direction possible?

Regarding the antenna, I'm looking at getting a Firestik FS-3 as my main antenna as it should not cause any rub issues similar to the stock radio antenna. Appreciate any feedback.

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Combination AM/FM/CB antennas for a CB are seldom a good choice. They "work" but not well. I'd go for either a 2' FS-2 or nothing taller than the 3' FS-3 from Firestik. My FS-2 transmits and receives far better than its shorter length seems possible. I'm all about big antennas for my ham radios but my 2' Firestik works well enough when offroading in my local deserts & mountains that I've never considered going back to the 3' and 4' CB antennas I used to use many years ago.

Just loosely coil/loop the excess cable from your 18' length in an inconspicuous location and forget about it, it'll work fine. Some believe coiling it will hurt performance but they're usually just repeating what they hurt. At the frequency of CB and the typical size coils we're talking about here, it's a non-issue.

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Thanks Jerry, I'm also considering mounting on a bracket on the drivers side. Based on your comments, probably be a better spot? If so, would you still go with a 2'?
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Thanks Jerry, I'm also considering mounting on a bracket on the drivers side. Based on your comments, probably be a better spot? If so, would you still go with a 2'?
A tail light mount (they're available for the driver's and passenger side) is a good way to go to, they mount between the tub and tail light and work very well. However, most of those are powder coated (insulated) so they will (!) give problems getting the antenna mount grounded well enough so you can properly tune the antenna well enough to get a good low SWR.

One that is stainless steel is on Quadratec so I'd go wit that type of mount.... aluminum or stainless. The SS on Quadratec at https://www.quadratec.com/products/96080_111.htm isn't cheap but it saves some headaches.

And yep if it were me I'd just go with the 2' Firestik FS-2B. It sure works well for me even though I occasionally lead some very large groups that get well spread out in desert canyons... it communicates with all of them very well, they always give me a 'loud and clear' report. The benefit with the 2' is it won't stick up above the roof line to snag garage doors, trees, etc.
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Combination AM/FM/CB antennas for a CB are seldom a good choice. They "work" but not well. I'd go for either a 2' FS-2 or nothing taller than the 3' FS-3 from Firestik. My FS-2 transmits and receives far better than its shorter length seems possible. I'm all about big antennas for my ham radios but my 2' Firestik works well enough when offroading in my local deserts & mountains that I've never considered going back to the 3' and 4' CB antennas I used to use many years ago.

Just loosely coil/loop the excess cable from your 18' length in an inconspicuous location and forget about it, it'll work fine. Some believe coiling it will hurt performance but they're usually just repeating what they hurt. At the frequency of CB and the typical size coils we're talking about here, it's a non-issue.

Alright Jerry, I'm gonna challenge you on this one because I'm legitimately curious. Why is this a bad idea?


The Rugged Ridge kit is using an antenna multiplexer and a standard CB antenna. You can use a Firestik, Wilson, whatever you want. So for the purposes of transmit and receive you're using an antenna that's the proper wavelength for CB transmission. All the Rugged Ridge kit is doing is swapping out the standard AM/FM antenna screw mount for a CB antenna mount and allowing you to use it as a AM/FM antenna through the multiplexer.


Now, if it was something like that ProComm box that insists you can use an AM/FM antenna for CB purposes I'd completely agree with you.
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I have one of these along with a 3ft firestik and it works well enough to use on the trail. There is a decent amount of slack in the coax cable so originally I weaved it around under the carpet. I wasn't getting the best SWR readings so I tried wrapping the excess cable in an a coil that I then squeezed in the middle to create an oval and hopefully prevent interference. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to retune the radio since this was done but will follow up when I do.

Bottom line. AM/FM works great, CB is passable and overall I'm glad i made the switch from the spare tire mount.
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Anyone else use this rugged ridge cb/am/fm antenna mount kit? I’m looking for more feedback. I heard the coax adapter at the body was cheaply made. I like the mounting location. And since I already have a ham radio, this kit would reduce the need for a third antenna to operate a CB.

https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugge...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Anyone else use this rugged ridge cb/am/fm antenna mount kit? I’m looking for more feedback. I heard the coax adapter at the body was cheaply made. I like the mounting location. And since I already have a ham radio, this kit would reduce the need for a third antenna to operate a CB.

https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugge...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

No issues with the one I put on mine, CB works great(tuned it of course) and radio picks up station with out issue. Thought all the hardware was fine. Install i did for a forum review is below:

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No issues with the one I put on mine, CB works great(tuned it of course) and radio picks up station with out issue. Thought all the hardware was fine. Install i did for a forum review is below:

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Any idea what the purpose of grounding the splitter is? I have essentially this kit using a different splitter but I've never seen any mention of running a grounding strap to it
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No issues with the one I put on mine, CB works great(tuned it of course) and radio picks up station with out issue. Thought all the hardware was fine. Install i did for a forum review is below:

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Great... thanks for the feedback. Did you use a spring on your antenna mount. I go trail riding and come pretty close to branches that will hit the antenna. Do you think the coax adapter at the body is strong enough to withstand typical trail riding?
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Great... thanks for the feedback. Did you use a spring on your antenna mount. I go trail riding and come pretty close to branches that will hit the antenna. Do you think the coax adapter at the body is strong enough to withstand typical trail riding?
I purposely don't run a spring to avoid it letting the antenna sway round too much on bumpy uneven trails. To avoid my antenna hitting anything I ended up with a 2' antenna which still transmits and receives very well even in the canyons and mountainous terrain my TJ is usually in... the secret being to just make sure the antenna is properly tuned.

This is the type of terrain my 2' antenna works perfectly fine in when communicating throughout often very large groups of Jeeps I'm often leading. It's what my American flag is zip-tied onto.
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Great... thanks for the feedback. Did you use a spring on your antenna mount. I go trail riding and come pretty close to branches that will hit the antenna. Do you think the coax adapter at the body is strong enough to withstand typical trail riding?
I have a spring on mine as our trails here usually have low hanging branches. I don't see an issue with the mount or coax(can't really move much once installed) i think on mine I did shoot some expanding foam in the inner hole to the body just to plug the hole vs keep the wire from moving.

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