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We had a CB on the Trailhawk, with a tall antenna on a magnetic mount on the hood. The door clearance in our old garage is so low that we would wipe the antenna off if we left it in place so, when we headed out on a trip, we set it up after we backed out of the garage. We'll mount it on the Wrangler in about 2 weeks, when we head to the back road to Barkerville. I can't wait! - Ted

I here ya. reminds me of one of my 4Runners, I had to resort to a side panel mount so that the antenna top wasn't much above the roofline. not ideal but it worked well enough


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I just ordered my CB set up today...nothing fancy, just a little Midland 1001Z with a 4' Black FireFly , heavy duty spring, and Comet lip mount......I'm pretty stoked to get it set up, It's my forst foray into the CB world.


Order an swr meter too. It'll need tuned.


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So what is the best option for mounting an antenna if you don't have any external mods? No rack, no ladder, no bumper to mount to. The CB choice is pretty simple, I'm just trying to figure out the other bits and pieces. Probably would like a Firestik antenna ... just a n00b about all of this and would like to get it right the first time without having to go to a shop and get bent over. Would love to do it myself :-)

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So what is the best option for mounting an antenna if you don't have any external mods? No rack, no ladder, no bumper to mount to. The CB choice is pretty simple, I'm just trying to figure out the other bits and pieces. Probably would like a Firestik antenna ... just a n00b about all of this and would like to get it right the first time without having to go to a shop and get bent over. Would love to do it myself :-)
posts #5 & 6 of this thread
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...-radio-616377/

shows a little of what I like. right now I like the mag mount. simple, easy immediate. the hatchback mount works great too, however even tho my hatchback mount had set screws into the hatch with ground off paint as a connector I had to make a short grounding strap to a bolt on the car body. annoying as heck, but not nearly as annoying as breaking the bolt head when I de-installed it and then had an epic task of removing the broken bolt
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...emoval-469858/

so I'm very happy with my mag mount :-)

the antenna I use is a very thin "center" load which works with my weather radio/cb. the weather radio part of it needs a top load or center load antenna. I like the thin antenna opposed to a firestik cuz it's almost invisible. I got the widest largest mag I could find and painted it black. comes off easy for car washes. held fine through last winter

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Already did....just waiting on the mount to get here...hopefully i can get a good ground with a lip mount on the rear hatch....I'm trying to not drill holes.
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Is there anywhere that loans out SWR meters? I'm not installing enough radios to warrant buying my own...

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Already did....just waiting on the mount to get here...hopefully i can get a good ground with a lip mount on the rear hatch....I'm trying to not drill holes.
if the hatchback door is insulated from the car body you might consider installing a grounding strap from the antenna base to the car body. there's a decent chance you'll get "good-enough" performance without it, but anything worth doing is worth doing well

the set screws will sort of drill down on their own through the paint to sheet metal but I usually do a little grinding of the paint where the set screws sit so they make contact with bare metal. it takes a little technique. also requiring technique is tightening those setscrews. I like to pinch the mount fold with pliers around the hatchback lip. when you tighten the screws they will want to spread the mount fold open, so just tighten them enough to hold tight. you can keep tightening them and the mount fold will open slightly. it's a balance of tension. it's awkward with the little allen wrench but take your time
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Is there anywhere that loans out SWR meters? I'm not installing enough radios to warrant buying my own...
it's a good investment, cuz you might change or move your antenna. also when you trade your car you'll install on another car and have to do the same thing all over again. I forget how long ago I bought mine, I just keep it where I can find it every 5 yrs or so ...

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if the hatchback door is insulated from the car body you might consider installing a grounding strap from the antenna base to the car body. there's a decent chance you'll get "good-enough" performance without it, but anything worth doing is worth doing well

the set screws will sort of drill down on their own through the paint to sheet metal but I usually do a little grinding of the paint where the set screws sit so they make contact with bare metal. it takes a little technique. also requiring technique is tightening those setscrews. I like to pinch the mount fold with pliers around the hatchback lip. when you tighten the screws they will want to spread the mount fold open, so just tighten them enough to hold tight. you can keep tightening them and the mount fold will open slightly. it's a balance of tension. it's awkward with the little allen wrench but take your time

Thanks a lot Rum, I appreciate the tips! I've been doing a lot of reading up on CB's and SWR readings so getting a decent ground is my biggest concern.
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I appreciate the tips
forgot what I shared earlier, if i didn't already (see post #46 just pics)
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...34/index4.html

I made a grounding strap (wire) from my hatch to my car body (using one of the hatch bolts on the body) [can not find photo] but then had an issue when I over torqued a bolt and broke it, so don't do that! :-)
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...emoval-469858/

also, I read somewhere recently that a wire may not work as well as a "legit" grounding strap like this thing




if you google "cb radio antenna grounding strap" & look at what ppl write and photos you'll get an idea

fun hobby for sure :-)
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