1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Car Camping / Trip Reports / Photos / Buildouts / “Overland” / Expedition Rigs Area (homeless?)

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by BuzzardsGottaEat, May 16, 2012.

  1. Jun 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM
    #3741
    trump

    trump Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Member:
    #69743
    Messages:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    03 2.7L Tacoma 4x4
    Bunch-o-mods
    Gotcha, I agree with you on that.
     
  2. Jun 10, 2014 at 8:13 AM
    #3742
    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Member:
    #4127
    Messages:
    19,056
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colin
    Charleston, SC
    Vehicle:
    '07 TRD Sport 4x4
    Build thread in sig...
    Yep, terrible spot. That was about 5 years, and 4 cb setups ago. It's now centered on the truck, sitting up nice and high.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM
    #3743
    transplant

    transplant resident know-nothing

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Member:
    #57759
    Messages:
    817
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    theo
    Crestline, Ca
    Vehicle:
    89 sr5, 99 OR, 11sport, 14 offroad
    i have mine mounted on the bed rail towards the tailgate using a wired ground... but im new to this tuning thing and i think i might have a bad ground situation on the antenna.

    that being said i have no idea if my swr meter is accurate... its got a little cal knob i can move around to make the needle go where i want. :confused:
     
  4. Jun 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM
    #3744
    PcBuilder14

    PcBuilder14 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2011
    Member:
    #58522
    Messages:
    23,238
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brent
    Southern New Mexico
    Vehicle:
    2018 Tacoma TRD Off Road 4x4
    Did the SWR meter come with instructions? If not, I bet it works like most others...

    http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Articles/How to use a SWR meter.htm
     
  5. Jun 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM
    #3745
    nat

    nat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Member:
    #71506
    Messages:
    730
    Gender:
    Male
    South San Francisco Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2007 DC SB Tacoma
    Bestop, MP3 Aux Input
    I don't know if anybody has mentioned, but your extra antenna coax cable should not be bunlded together (if you have extra). I wrapped mine around my rack to take up the extra length.

    I run a ham radio and can easily reach repeaters 100 miles away.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM
    #3746
    RustyBucket

    RustyBucket Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2014
    Member:
    #130818
    Messages:
    91
    Gender:
    Male
    The bed rail on a Tacoma is defintiely not an ideal spot for an antenna. Because of the Poly internal bed, you have hardly any ground plane. Ideally, you should have a flat sheet of metal connected to antenna ground at the antenna base.

    See quote below...

    Also, Bumper mounting will not only have an effect on range but also what direction your range is better in. If you have it on the rear like some jeeps do, you'll probably notice much better reception behind you than in front of you. The radio signal will be affected not only by the truck's body blocking the signal but also by signals being reflected off the truck's body.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM
    #3747
    TRD Auddie

    TRD Auddie NOT A FLAKE

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2014
    Member:
    #127493
    Messages:
    1,079
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Austin
    Conyers, Ga
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD EC

    Not entirely true. You can bundle it together, but it has to be very tight. Loop it together where, when flat, the bundle is about 4-6" in length, then ziptie it very tightly together. Just not too close to the ends as to pinch and break the coax.

    I.E. In my previous truck (F150 ext cab) I had a Cobra 29LTD Classic and Francis 4' hot rod antenna using a 12' coax routed hidden through the cab w/ the antenna mounted behind the cab, on the bed. Excess coax was bundled tightly hidden in the dash. I could easily talk 4+ miles in downtown Atlanta.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM
    #3748
    nat

    nat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Member:
    #71506
    Messages:
    730
    Gender:
    Male
    South San Francisco Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2007 DC SB Tacoma
    Bestop, MP3 Aux Input
    If you get your ham radio license you will learn you should not bundle extra antenna cable. If you have to, don't bundle it in the shape of a circle or it will act like an inductor. You have to form it into the infinity sign/figure 8 shape.

    Like I originally said, your best bet is to not bundle extra wire.
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  9. Jun 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM
    #3749
    nat

    nat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Member:
    #71506
    Messages:
    730
    Gender:
    Male
    South San Francisco Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2007 DC SB Tacoma
    Bestop, MP3 Aux Input
    You come over from Mud?
     
  10. Jun 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM
    #3750
    el taco loco

    el taco loco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2014
    Member:
    #125759
    Messages:
    182
    Gender:
    Male
    USA
    Vehicle:
    '13 DCSB Sport 4X4 in 1E7
    This is hilarious. You HAVE to do A or else, certain doom! No, you HAVE to do B, or else, certain doom!

    WTF? Your best bet is to bundle, followed by your best bet being not to bundle. Good grief!

    Has anybody gleaned a single useful nugget from any of this? :)
     
  11. Jun 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM
    #3751
    HHIRunner

    HHIRunner Heep Traitor

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Member:
    #109451
    Messages:
    4,209
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    SC
    Vehicle:
    ‘13 Rubicon 6 speed
    A lot

    I learned that my antenna mount location us terrible, but it already knew that
     
  12. Jun 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM
    #3752
    el taco loco

    el taco loco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2014
    Member:
    #125759
    Messages:
    182
    Gender:
    Male
    USA
    Vehicle:
    '13 DCSB Sport 4X4 in 1E7
    Well then, there you go! I hereby retract my smart-assed comments to the contrary. ;)
     
  13. Jun 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM
    #3753
    uscg2008

    uscg2008 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Member:
    #25537
    Messages:
    2,884
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    coby
    San Diego, CA originally from Huntington Beach, CA
    Vehicle:
    06 trd sr5 four door 4x4
    CLICK ON SIGNATURE>>>>
    Mounted my shovel via quick fist mounts
    e2ab57f9d334a856bdf31f8bebf4ee7e_zps1fed_02bd7db8a238e88c9c3bafa18d60d15e29284da2.jpg
    e668718faee0d3d73f98a472e5724fd4_zps17eb_b250b38255989cc29689750e9046084b2d1ff19d.jpg
    cd05f26f81b2ba6da706b1b56d29ae6a_zps8178_570221c194d01bf46d369d456c3704848d4d0c5b.jpg
     
  14. Jun 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM
    #3754
    TRD Auddie

    TRD Auddie NOT A FLAKE

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2014
    Member:
    #127493
    Messages:
    1,079
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Austin
    Conyers, Ga
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD EC

    Noted! :thumbsup:
     
  15. Jun 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM
    #3755
    2008taco

    2008taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Member:
    #52323
    Messages:
    2,782
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    san diego
    It could just be the angle but wont the shovel be hitting the topper if it rotates? If I'm right i would put something there so it wont wear a hole into your top.
     
  16. Jun 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM
    #3756
    2008taco

    2008taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Member:
    #52323
    Messages:
    2,782
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    san diego
    You think yours is bad? Apparently I'm lucky mine reaches further than the end of my driveway...
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  17. Jun 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM
    #3757
    Maxx

    Maxx Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2012
    Member:
    #94017
    Messages:
    317
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    '20 TRD OR 4x4 DCSB AT

    You may just impale someone with that setup.
     
  18. Jun 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM
    #3758
    Plannerman99

    Plannerman99 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Member:
    #24642
    Messages:
    834
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    So Cal
    Vehicle:
    Our Adventure Vehicle
  19. Jun 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM
    #3759
    BabyTaco

    BabyTaco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Member:
    #70380
    Messages:
    10,919
    Gender:
    Male
    Wyoming
    Vehicle:
    2011 RC Tacoma
    ^I think they are ugly. If I were to get a cap it would be the snugtop outback.
     
  20. Jun 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM
    #3760
    OZ-T

    OZ-T You chose ... wisely

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2009
    Member:
    #27584
    Messages:
    48,200
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Peter North
    British Columbia
    Vehicle:
    Mag Grey 09 Trd Sport DCLB 4x4
    OME 885x , OME shocks and Dakars , Wheelers SuperBumps front and rear , 275/70/17 Hankook ATm , OEM bed mat , Weathertech digifit floor liners , Weathertech in-channel vents , headache rack , Leer 100RCC commercial canopy , TRD bedside decals removed , Devil Horns by Andres , HomerTaco Satoshi

Products Discussed in

To Top