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Firestick antenna won't stay screwed in

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by BrotherBudro, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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    Hey guys,

    This really isn't a question super related to a 1st gen taco, but that's what I drive so here goes...

    I have my firestick cb antenna mounted in the back where the tailgate latch is. I also have a heavy duty firestick spring so that the antenna doesn't break off. But I have noticed after driving (even fairly short distances) the antenna becomes unscrewed from the spring. It hasn't fallen off (yet) but I fell like that is a real danger. Do you guys have any ideas how to fix this?

    I feel like there has gotta be something for this, like loctite or something.

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM
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    Maybe a nylock bolt will do it.
     
  3. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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    I google'd nylock bolt but i don't see how that would fit into my situation
     
  4. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM
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    Lock washer?
     
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    I'm not sure how it mounts so I just took a shot on the dark.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    Yea I was gonna say loctite, or even maybe some teflon tape to make it tighter. And like whippersnapper02 said if theres a nut you could try a nylon type one.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    I tightened mine down with a wrench... Seems to work for me.
     
  8. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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    Would that work though? Because the antenna is the male end, and the spring is the female.

    But I like that idea
     
  9. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    I don't see why it wouldnt. Just get a big enough washer to fit around the male and tighten it a lot
     
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    Only thing i'm worried about with loctite is what do i use to get it off, if for some reason I needed to take the antenna off (car washes etc.)
     
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    Get a quick disconnect. Then you can permanently screw the antenna into the quick disconnect. It will be removable that way.
     
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    Locktite is removable. It's designed that way. Though the locktite I posted is designed for permanent use. Just get Blue locktite.
     
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    I'm an idiot, i don't know what i was thinking. That will work. I'm heading off to lowes today to pickup some lockwashers and maybe some loctite.

    Thanks everybody
     
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    Let us know how it works out
     
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    locktite on an antenna? no. it will block the electrical connection between the base and antenna.
    Just torque it down over a lockwasher then 4-5 tight turns of electrical tape (preferably super-88) over the seam.
     
  17. Jun 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    Do this. And, if you want to be able to easily remove it from your truck, put it on a firestik quick disconnect. I remove mine every time I park in my garage and it works perfectly.
     
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    Also consider the fold over mount from fire stick
     
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    So i got 2 lockwashers, one on either side of the spring, got out the ole wrench. and 150 miles later, still tight as ever. Thanks for your help guys
     
  20. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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    Was gonna say, there should be one on each end of the mount for it.
     
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