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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:00 PM
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Mounting a CB antenna on a 1997 D90 SW?

Right now I have my CB antenna mounted on the stock front bumper - I'll be switching over to a RockWare bumper soon - so I'd like to look at new options for mounting - In my opinion the front bumper seems to be a bad location.

For those with CB radios... where and how did you mount your antenna?

Looking for a good solution. I don't really want to penetrate thru the body panels.
I've been thinking about making a bracket and mounting it to the rear bumper.
Any thoughts, ideas or pictures would be great.

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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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Front bumper is bad for reception, good for dense east coast trails. I have one antenna on the bumper and one on the roof. The one on the roof is folded down when in the woods unless I'm stationary.

TJM makes a nice aluminum bracket that fits well with the rockware bumper. However I would have welded a tab if I could do it over again.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:05 PM
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I made a mount and attached it to the rear tire carrier, where it bolts to the body... You could make a custom attachement to your tire carrier too.

Or, go by the glass mounted antenna (looks like a carphone antenna). I did that for my Yukon XL. I really works well.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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I use a glass mounted antenna (car phone appearing) on the right rear window. Works well. No problems for a few years.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 09:49 PM
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There's a mount out there somewhere for the license plate light (base sits on top). That's what I'm going with.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 11:34 PM
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I had the guys at Rover Accessories fabricate a mount that bolts onto part of the tire carrier mount.
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I took a Radio Shack mount, the one with the U-bolts, and modified it to fit on the swing arm. It was a total pain in the ass--I used a bit of steel bar, which was difficult to cut and drill--but it seems to be very "bomber". It's starting to rust and I need to spray it with a bit of paint when it warms up outside. I have a ridiculously long antenna that I bought at a truck stop attached to it.

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why is the bumper bad for reception
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why is the bumper bad for reception
The only reason I could think of is the height... The higher the antenna the better the reception.
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Hmmm, I think it's becasue the bumper results in a poor ground plane. That is unless you have one built into the coaxial. Boat's and most RV's have this feature becasue they're made of fiberglass.

This article explains it in a bit more detail.
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I like the antenna mount on ECR's project here: http://www.eastcoastrover.com/164.html
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Cool CB Antenna

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...tid=7841&stc=1

See the picture here:

I used an "L" shaped bracket that bolted onto my rear bumper. I grounded it by putting a screw threw the bracket and ran the cable under the chasis and into my tuffy box. The CB is in the tuffy box. its great b/c I can lock it without worry. The whip antenna connects to the roll bar on the outside of the driver side window. I likes it.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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Thanks for all your replys.

Looks like I am going to see how the "glass mount" antenna works first since it does not require much work and does not require drilling thru the body http://www.walcottcb.com/product_inf...roducts_id=843

If it does not work well I may mount thru the back with one of these http://www.walcottcb.com/firestik-lg...kit-p-974.html

or fab a bracket and attach to the rear door hinge.

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Old January 11th, 2007, 11:47 PM
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Here is a pic of my dual-band ham radio antenna. The radio is all nice and locked up in the tuffy center box. The antenna mount is on a thin piece of scrap metal and then u-bolted to the 3rd brake light tube. Finally, it's grounded to a ground in the brake light housing. It's very simple, looks good, and I'm sure something like it could be adapted to a CB antenna. Plus it gets the antenna fairly high which is good for line of sight transmissions.
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