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Location of CB antenna: roof, behind cab driver side or behind cab passenger?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hamNswiss on rye, Aug 24, 2011.

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Where should i put my CB antenna?

Poll closed Sep 23, 2011.
  1. Mag Mount on the roof (RC car look)

    9 vote(s)
    27.3%
  2. behind the cab: drivers side

    18 vote(s)
    54.5%
  3. behind the cab: passenger side

    6 vote(s)
    18.2%
  1. Aug 24, 2011 at 12:31 AM
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    hamNswiss on rye

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    i recently purchased a cb setup with a 4 foot firestik firefly antenna, and im not sure where i should put it. what do you guys think? on the roof, behind the cab on the driver side, or behind the cab on the passenger side?
     
  2. Aug 24, 2011 at 2:19 AM
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    jackrules

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    mines behind the drivers side behind the cab..

    best reception will come from the roof, but best looks come from behind cab...

    i have a 2ft firestick right now and plan on getting a 7 foot to screw in when I go offroading..
     
  3. Aug 24, 2011 at 2:47 AM
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    bed bar
     
  4. Aug 24, 2011 at 3:20 AM
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    I mounted mine on the front driver side fender. Between fender and hood. I did not want to mount it behind the cab because I plan on getting a camper shell later on and didn't feel like re-locating and re-routing it again.
     
  5. Aug 24, 2011 at 3:31 AM
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    I hate to break it to you, but a 4' firestik behind the cab on ANY side will not have a standing wave ratio below 4:1.
     
  6. Aug 24, 2011 at 5:13 AM
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    LUSETACO

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    I never had a problem with mine.
     
  7. Aug 24, 2011 at 5:47 AM
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    wilson 1000 roof mount, deadly combo if matched with a cobra 29.

    i can hear alot farther, and talk much farther too...
     
  8. Aug 24, 2011 at 6:20 AM
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    I have a cap/shell so mine is a cheap 18" cobra antenna mag mounted on the roof. It might not reach long distances but it's perfect for trail riding which is pretty much the only time I use mine. Occasionally I'll use it on the highway on trips for traffic updates from truckers.
     
  9. Aug 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM
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    ^^^ what he said.
     
  10. Aug 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM
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    Check out RelentlessTaco Vendor page.
     
  11. Aug 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    I have a mag mount on the roof of my 2000 and a 6ft Firestik on the back of the bed on my 2010. Both work fine and SWR is near 1:1 on both. Frankly, my mag mount (Wilson Little Wil) seems to get better reception (less static too).
     
  12. Aug 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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    I think my setup is pretty good

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1314207735.834280.jpg
     
  13. Aug 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    The problem with the mag mount is it can scratch the top of your roof and if you only use the cb for off roading then a behind cab mount works fine.
     
  14. Aug 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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    My magnet has a rubber pad on the bottom to keep it from scratching...but who cares if the roof is scratched? You can't see the roof unless you climb up there anyways.
     
  15. Aug 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM
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    ill be using this for a lot of highway driving, too. i want to get a decent swr, but it doesnt have to be perfect. ive been leaning towards behind the cab for convenience in low clearance situations (lots of parking garages out here), but am still not sure.
     
  16. Aug 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM
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    not true i have a 3' mounted to the bed rail behind the drivers side cab with a quick disconnect and a spring and a nearly perfect SWR. 1.7:1 on channels 1 and 40 and 1:1 on channel 20
     
  17. Aug 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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    Maybe on a NGP- 3' is barely 30% above the cab of our trucks, quick disconnector or not.
     
  18. Aug 26, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    Pics?

    You guys have any more pics of your cb mount? Thanks.
     
  19. Aug 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM
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    Firestik instructions specifically request a 12" cab clearance for best standing wave ratio performance with 60% of the antenna above the top of the cab. If you measured less than a 4:1 on a Firestik less than 4' mounted directly behind the cab, your SWR meter needs to be replaced, because it's not functioning properly. I'm just going to stop there, because I've done countless experiments with several different antennas and three different SWR meters to substantiate this.

    Also, here's a pic of my setup for the OP.

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  20. Aug 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM
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    Roof mounting is hard to beat...plus it plays a nice gong-like tune for you on the trails.

    I'm with Joben...roof mount a Wilson and be happy.
     
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