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post #311 of 325 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 12:07 AM
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So here is the final design. I am using some cheap steel at the moment but need to make it out of something a little heavier gauge. (It wobbles a little at 60.) The nice thing about this is that it can go on either side, just have to adjust your bends accordingly. The bad thing about that though is that you will use more of your cable to over to the power lift gate plug (I don't have one) to run into the interior. I still haven't had a chance to work on tuning the radio but hope to complete this soon.
I found your idea for an antenna mount in this location very interesting. Actually a great idea. I don't really need an antenna mount since I have the Front Runner rack on my TH and more ways to mount antennas than, well antennas that need mounting. Anyways... after looking at the drawing you posted and your previous pictures, I was thinking that a two piece design would be both easier to make and stronger. Your drawing shows four bends in approximately an inch. I could do those bends on my small sheet metal brake on thin gauge material. Not sure how you would make those bends in anything more substantial. I probably wouldn't use anything less than 1/8" plate/bar stock in either stainless or mild steel for a final product. Using some scrap aluminum (1/8 and 1/4 inch) in the shop... Just as an exercise, I spent a little over an hour to put together a proof of concept to share with the rest of the forum. The machining is a little rough and only held together with pop rivets initially. Excess material trimmed away and radius the sharp corners. Add a little bit of matching body or trim paint or powder coat and this could be relatively inconspicuous. I removed the pop rivet on the back edge and rotated the antenna base 90 degrees forward. Because of the angle, it sticks out to the side but may be an option for those that need to clear a garage on occasion. I was thinking a 1/4-20 through both pieces on the front hole with a nylon washer between the two metal pieces and held together with a nyloc nut to allow for rotation. A rivet nut or two in the vehicle base along with a thumb screw would allow locking the antenna base at selected angles of rotation. Just some food for thought.
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post #312 of 325 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 12:16 AM
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I found your idea for an antenna mount in this location very interesting. Actually a great idea. I don't really need an antenna mount since I have the Front Runner rack on my TH and more ways to mount antennas than, well antennas that need mounting. Anyways... after looking at the drawing you posted and your previous pictures, I was thinking that a two piece design would be both easier to make and stronger. Your drawing shows four bends in approximately an inch. I could do those bends on my small sheet metal brake on thin gauge material. Not sure how you would make those bends in anything more substantial. I probably wouldn't use anything less than 1/8" plate/bar stock in either stainless or mild steel for a final product. Using some scrap aluminum (1/8 and 1/4 inch) in the shop... Just as an exercise, I spent a little over an hour to put together a proof of concept to share with the rest of the forum. The machining is a little rough and only held together with pop rivets initially. Excess material trimmed away and radius the sharp corners. Add a little bit of matching body or trim paint or powder coat and this could be relatively inconspicuous. I removed the pop rivet on the back edge and rotated the antenna base 90 degrees forward. Because of the angle, it sticks out to the side but may be an option for those that need to clear a garage on occasion. I was thinking a 1/4-20 through both pieces on the front hole with a nylon washer between the two metal pieces and held together with a nyloc nut to allow for rotation. A rivet nut or two in the vehicle base along with a thumb screw would allow locking the antenna base at selected angles of rotation. Just some food for thought.
That looks pretty good. I had thought about using two different pieces but opted for the single for simplicity. The bends are there only to form to the body and avoid interference from the lift gate. I would definitely use a thicker piece of steel and contemplating picking up some stainless our just taking what I have to a machine shop for a more professional fit n finish.

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That looks pretty good. I had thought about using two different pieces but opted for the single for simplicity. The bends are there only to form to the body and avoid interference from the lift gate. I would definitely use a thicker piece of steel and contemplating picking up some stainless our just taking what I have to a machine shop for a more professional fit n finish.

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With the 1/8" stock, I had no interference issues with the lift gate or electric operator. You might be able to do just the one bend like you see in the pictures. Every operation the shop performs will increase the price. I used a 4" Eastwood metal bender for all of the bends you see. I would imagine most members might be able to make the two piece design with a bench vise and hammer at home.
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oh shoot, that's right, I forgot, sorry. yeah that mount isn't gonna work there unless you use an antenna that doesn't require a ground. and it should be just a short skinny wire type. I guess this is another reason I went with the mag mount on this car

I think I was tentatively thinking about mounting to the car body under the hatch, cuz there's lots of room for a mount to exit between the gap. I was looking at the bolts that hold the strut to the car body and maybe getting my mount under them. not sure exactly which mount maybe something like these with some bending

http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-204.htm

http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/ss-184.htm

http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-274.htm

http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-174.htm

or you can buy this (for parts) and just make your own bracket out of a flat steel bar
http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-12.htm
too bad we can't get one of these adapted to the KL. this one seems to have the most potential

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Has anybody got a cheap solution, preferably DIY, to hang the mic without using the crews that came with the unit? I want to hang it somewhere. Thanks.

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Forgot to add I have cobra 75wxst.

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Just tuned SWR and was able to achieve 1.5 on 1 and 40 with 1 on 20 so I'm pretty happy with that. May try to add some start washers another day and see if I can improve the upper and lower.

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Just tuned SWR and was able to achieve 1.5 on 1 and 40 with 1 on 20 so I'm pretty happy with that. May try to add some start washers another day and see if I can improve the upper and lower
awesome, since most traffic is on ch19, I'd say you can move on to your next project ;-)
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Saw this online. It allows clean install. You can screw the mic bracket on it and hang the mic there. But priceyhttp://www.proclipusa.com/dashboard-...026-13093.cmsv
this looked good to me! I just leave mine in the accessory tray in the center console. if I need change I just push it to the side

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awesome, since most traffic is on ch19, I'd say you can move on to your next project ;-)
Still want to work it up in a heavier gauge steel but the will move on to the next

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