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Firestick antenna won't stay screwed in

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' 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
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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
     
  19. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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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
     
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