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Best antenna for my cobra 75 cb radio

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Ayeele, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Sep 28, 2018 at 11:47 PM
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    Ayeele

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    i am no expert when it comes to electrical. Any tips on which is a decent antenna for my rago fab rear mount? I have a cobra 75. I dont need anything fancy really. Just need something to communicate with some friends on small trails. I wish i had a roof rack so i can get an 8’ to bend over and secure it to the roof rack. I know it goes off line of sight.. so whats my options? 4’? Any particular brand or style? Thanks fellas

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  2. Sep 29, 2018 at 12:05 AM
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  3. Sep 29, 2018 at 4:20 AM
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    I've had 2 different antennae mounted at that exact location on my truck.

    1) I ran a Wilson T2000 https://www.roadprobrands.com/produ...mobile-cb-trucker-antenna-with-10-shaft-black no spring required with it. 10" stainless shaft up to the "center load", then a 48" steel whip at the top that is tunable.

    2) 4' Firestick on a heavy stainless spring. This one is available in different colors (and lengths), is very affordable and tunable at the tip. I won't tell you a spring is required I just ran one to have some give in case i hit anything. I went with a heavy duty spring so it doesn't lay back at hiway speeds.
     
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  4. Sep 29, 2018 at 6:13 AM
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    The two I've always gravitated towards for offroad use was the firestick and the wilson flex.

    In my experiences, the firesticks tend to perform a bit better (longer potnetial range for the given height), and have been easier to tune; but they are very rigid and I've broken quite a few of them on the trails (a spring certainly helps).

    The wilson flex bends easily out of the way of things, but I've always had a tougher time with tuning on these; usually settling for an acceptable SWR, just low enough as to not risk damage to the radio (for example, might have to fuss with the Wilson to get it around 1.9, whereas firestick in same location with same mount easily gets to 1.2). It's also worth noting that while they are very flexible... I've also broken a couple of these over the years as well. They bend easily out of the way, but they can occasionally sort of "whip" back into place, and if there happens to be another branch to contend with... well, enough of that scenario and they eventually fail.

    For the back of the bed mounting location, I'd probably do a firestick with a heavy duty spring.
     
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  5. Sep 29, 2018 at 7:37 AM
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    Thanks guys. I heard about the fire stick. Anyone got the exact model? Going to buy it now on Amazon
     
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    I recommend getting a spring mount also. Almost without fail, the vibrations would cause my Wilson fiberglass antenna to vibrate loose. I added a spring mount recently and this recurring problem has been taken care of.
     
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  8. Sep 29, 2018 at 7:55 AM
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    Will do. Thanks for the great advice fellas
     
  9. Sep 29, 2018 at 7:58 AM
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    4ft firestik heavy duty spring and quick disconnect. Running the same radio

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    That's why the pic looked familiar. Doh!
     
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    How would you rate these two antennas performance? Does one or the other have a range advantage?
     
  15. Sep 29, 2018 at 9:02 AM
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    I got mine from the local peterbuilt shop. Seriously, find the closes semi truck shop and go talk to the guys there. They use their cb stuff every day and usually have good tested gear.
     
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  16. Oct 5, 2018 at 11:23 AM
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    Alright i got my 4ft firestick.. how do i route the cable back up to the cab? This topic doesnt really get touched on
     
  17. Oct 5, 2018 at 11:45 AM
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    Behind the tail light. Down the frame. In the cabin through some plugs located under the passenger side seats
     
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    Is their a write up on how to remove the plastic top on the bed? Im about to tear into it
     
  19. Oct 5, 2018 at 11:59 AM
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    I believe you can put them off. I'd use interior removal tools
     
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    wait. what part are you talking about? the plastic cap rails that are on top of the bed?
     

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