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Old 08-11-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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CB Antenna options?

I have my CB antenna mounted to the BAMF tailgate mount but the 4' firestik is a bit heavy and the mount moves slightly, rubbing the tail gate. Any other options that might produce better reception and are lighter/thinner? I know zilch about CB antennas and some folks on here seem to be pretty savvy. Thanks for the opinions!
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I use an angle bracket on my bed rail and it still bends, sketches me out sometimes... I'm working on a rear light/CB bar with welded tabs to take care of that... I'll post some pics once its done...
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:18 AM   #3
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Sounds like you need to torque down on the mount? Shouldn't be moving that much...
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Sounds like you need to torque down on the mount? Shouldn't be moving that much...
I dont think you are familiar with the mount I am talking about.
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I'm not sure if it is any lighter but you could try a 102" whip. It will way out perform that Firestik.
Any brands you recommend as a starting point?
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I dont think you are familiar with the mount I am talking about.
The one that pokes out of your tailgate? Fully aware of that one
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The mount is tightened down at all three points. The reason I made the previous claim is because this is a known problem. The steel has some flex and does rub on the gate when the antenna is moving. I am using a HD spring on the Firestik as well.
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I have the same tailgate bracket. I thought that would happen so I went with the 2' Firestick I like it looks good but I couldn't give a reception details because I need to re-wire the power.

Here is my write up on it, good luck
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/aud...-write-up.html

Mines obviously the little white truck on the left.
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Yea, I actually used that write up as a reference while I was ordering all the parts.
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Any brands you recommend as a starting point?
These things have been around forever and are all pretty much the same: 102" tapered steel whip. They are cheap and work better than most. You already have the spring and it will just screw right on. Then check your SWR but whips generally do not need much if any tuning.
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These things have been around forever and are all pretty much the same: 102" tapered steel whip. They are cheap and work better than most. You already have the spring and it will just screw right on. Then check your SWR but whips generally do not need much if any tuning.
heres another question on those whips, if you tie them down at one end, do they have issues with snagging on stuff?
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Not sure if its just my truck but the bedside also wiggles just a tiny bit with my tailgate mount. I'm in the process of making another mount ill post pics when i get home.
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heres another question on those whips, if you tie them down at one end, do they have issues with snagging on stuff?
As long as the end is secured well and it won't catch on anything it should be good.
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I have a 4' Firefly antenna by Firestick. It's very light and bends easily for trees and my mount doesn't move around much at all. Just a thought.
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