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so i got the radio and am in the process of getting an antenna, what is the best way to go about getting it installed?. can i install it and run the wires and just get the antenna tuned professionally, or should i get the wires run by profesesionals too? appreciate the help

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I make cb antenna mounts that go above your tail lights. $25 for one or $40 for a pair.
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thanks Mounty09 ill let ya know if i need the mounts. appreciate the quick response.
 




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Mounty you should post the pic of your bolt on design. That's really cool!
 




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so i got the radio and am in the process of getting an antenna, what is the best way to go about getting it installed?. can i install it and run the wires and just get the antenna tuned professionally, or should i get the wires run by profesesionals too? appreciate the help

peace
If you buy a CB antenna and mount it per instructions, then I don't think you need to worry about tuning.
 




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You actually should tune the antenna no matter how you install it. If you don't, you'll fry your radio. I still have to get mine tuned and I just put mine on. Here's a pic of my mount.



Mounty, do you have both those antenna's hooked up? I was just wondering what kind of reception you get? They look pretty cool.
 




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how would you tune an antenna?
 




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You tune your antenna with a swr meator. L4CX yes they are both hooked up but I dont get the best right now but that is also because I dont have very good cable on there. But I was talking to a friend on it and I would say he was a mile or two away.
 




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how did u get both those antennas hooked up to one cb?
 




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Well the antennas that I bought came with a Y cable. But at radio shack I have seen a T conector.
 




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You actually should tune the antenna no matter how you install it. If you don't, you'll fry your radio. I still have to get mine tuned and I just put mine on. Here's a pic of my mount.
So, it looks like you've got something like a K40 fiberglass. Exactly how do they tune those on the truck? I don't think they are going to cut it down ... or lengthen it, and that's the only way to tune it. An off-the-shelf antenna should not be so badly out of tune as to blow out your radio.
 




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Well, I guess this answers my question:
http://www.firestik.com/Tech_Docs/Setting_SWR.htm
What do shops charge to tune your antenna? I'd love to see the SWR on an antenna "out of the box". I really expect that it would not be too bad, and I'd be REALLY surprised if it was bad enough to do any damage. I've never tuned a cb antenna before (and I've had several), and never had a problem. Only time I ever blew out a cb was when I accidentally GROUNDED the antenna.

Heck, I've got a ham radio, handheld dual-band, that I hook up to a home-made ground plane antenna that hangs from the ceiling. A friend brought his meter and checked the SWR on it one time and it was like 5:1, and I've been using this with no problems for YEARS.
 




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I've got a big Yakima rack that I have in place of the factory rack. I'm looking at mounting a pair of antennas the crossbars using mirror mounts.

A couple questions though...

1) Do I need to worry about grounding the antennas somehow? The Yak rack is obviously metal, but coated in plastic.

2) What is the best way to run the cables into my truck so that they don't bring the water with them? I'm assuming run them into the doors and along the seals, but at what point do I bring the cable into the inside of the truck?

Hopefully there isn't a thread out there for this that I missed, but if so, my apologies.
 




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Grounding the ANTENNA would be bad. Grouding the antenna MOUNT is hopefully what you're referring to. Are these the old style mirror mounts that mount to a metal mirror frame? Maybe the set screw, or whatever, could be attached so that it contacts the cross-bar metal, through the plastic. However, if it is like my yakima rack, you are also insulated from the towers. You could check to see if the towers have a metal piece anywhere that has ground, and possible run a small wire to connect it to the antenna mount.
 




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Yeah, I definitely meant the MOUNT and not the antenna. My Yak is definitely insulated from the towers as well. I would definitely need a small ground wire then.

Knowing that, I may just bite the bullet and go with roof mounts since I'm also going to be installing a 2M/440 antenna and a scanner antenna at some point as well. If I was going with just a CB set-up, I'd definitely be using Mounty's sweet brackets. But, I don't care about holes in my roof since I plan on driving it until the wheels fall off. And even then, I'll just be on the forum figuring out how to put them back on!

Is there a good thread for dropping headliners?
 




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I recently installed (< 2 months) a firestick II 4 ft antenna on the front bumper (front right, on a tab mount). Out of the box the swr (from what I can tell) wasn't too bad.. My SWR meter doesn't read 0 when off (it reads less than 0).. Judging by how far it moved when I tested it, I'd say my swr was right around 2.5. After tuning it, its down to almost nothing (meter barely moves on channel 1 and 19, and moves < 1 for channel 40)..

It is easy to tune.... My hardest part was getting the little rubber thing off, changing the length, then putting the rubber thing back on the tip (it has to be on when you check the swr)..

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Cool. Thanks for the info!
 


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thanks maniak, and all for that matter, this has been really heplful, i think im going with the firestik 4 or 5 ft, and gonna run it from the back bumper or just above the lights

appreciate all the help

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