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installing CB and 2' Firestik.. need a few tips

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by beef TACO no rice, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Aug 11, 2010 at 7:51 AM
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    beef TACO no rice

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    basically.. im not sure how i should mount the antenna.. i want in in the front corner of the bed by the window..

    i like how some have mounted them on the bed rail bars that whats his face was selling.. but i dont want to buy a 55$ rail just for a antenna..

    anyone with experience on mounting these.. basically i just want a L - bracket and any suggestions on places to buy that bracket and about 9-10 feet of coax

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. Aug 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM
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    Do you live near a truckstop? They will have lots of different types of mounts to choose from.
     
  3. Aug 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM
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    lol.. ok thanks man.
     
  4. Aug 11, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    Also you need 18' of coax, just coil up the excess and zip tie it.
     
  5. Aug 11, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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    Yeah, you may not reach with 9 - 10 ft of coax... Definitely check out your local truck stop, more than likely they'll have everything you need. I found my L bracket by Firestik for about $20 CDN. They're out there, or just fab one up yourself...

    If your mounting to the bed rail, you may also want to use a a 3 ft Firestik instead of the 2 ft. Even with a 3 ft antenna mounting to my bed rail i still couldn't get a SWR reading under 2.... I may just go with a magnet type mount for the roof to improve reception....
     
  6. Aug 11, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    I have a Wilson magnet mount. It scratches my truck :(
     
  7. Aug 11, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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    i used a bracket i bought for under $2.00 at Academy (sporting goods store). it was in the boating department, not even sure what it's real function is.

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    you're best off with 18ft of coax like hayden said. has to do with wavelengths and such. i use a 2ft firestik for daily driving since my parking garage at work doesn't allow for anything longer. i have poor signal and range with the 2ft. the 2ft antenna barely goes above the cab of the truck. my 3ft works much better, i'd recommend a 3 ft if you can.
     
  8. Aug 11, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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    Roof mount will give you the best reception.... but DO NOT buy a 2' antenna you will hate yourself and end up buying a 3' antenna in the end... Personal Experience...
     
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    If you buy the 18' you don't want to coil it up. Try and wrap it around your frame and avoid crossing it over itself.
     
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    I did it with a mount that goes in the stake pockets the (little square holes) under the plastic bed rail cover I drilled a hole in the plastic for the antenna and cleaned it up looks good
     
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    Huntark03, can you explain to me why I shouldn't coil up my coax? I've done it like this for years and didn't know it was bad? I have a Wilson magnet type antenna so wrapping it around the frame wouldn't work?
     
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    From looking at bakerla's setup, couldn't you just attach the antenna to one of the overly useful tie-downs? Seems that a bit of drilling and maybe a piece of reinforcing metal would allow it to be directly connected to the tie-down. Just a thought, although it is hard to beat the $2 option...
     
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    It would not ground on the plastic..... then you would need to run a ground wire....:(
     
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    Coiling a coax cable or having it cross itself will cause SWR issues....:(
     
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    BAKERLA - i like what you did.. specially for $2.00 ... i need to go to a boating store anyways to get some of those fancy dancy rocker switches.. ill check and see what i can find..

    as far as the antenna and length.. i dont want a towering antenna.. I like the idea of a 2' because it will be almost level with the roof of the cab.. which is what im looking for.. as long as i can get a mile or 2 or 3 in distance/reception, im gold.

    only plan on using it for mostly range of sight type deals... caravanning.. what not.. lol

    probably wont be turned on but once a month if that..

    but anyways.. thanks for the tips guys..
     
  16. Aug 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    Thanks TRDMan! If you have a higher end CB you can check your SWR's. I had to really play with the adjusters on the end of my firesticks!
     
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    @Huntark03, I have a cobra 29 with galaxy finals and a connex board. Talk back, echo and reverb and it's running threw a 250 watt kicker. I have not had any swr issues and I coil my coax up and zip tie it?
     
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