Just installed my CB today before I came to work. Did not have time to attach my antenna perm. to my spare tire mount. Right now it is just bungie corded to my roll bar that runs vertical in the back. Fits nice under the tops and I can raise it when the tops are down and easy to stow if I leave my Jeep unattended. Got a ground wire to the antenna already. Not sure what kind of reception it gets, but I am thinking about leaving it there. What say ye?
i started by drilling an antenna mount on my stock spare tire carrier ... i think bought a teraflex mount for like 30 which worked out much better, ill post some pics if i can, i still need to ground everything. im using a firestick 2 antenna, and it works good for me .
i got the teraflex mount. MY firestik will snap before that mount will move. I have a 3 foot antenna good reception real clear. and a cheapy midland cb. I dont run a spring because it go irritating on the highway. If i did it again i'd get a midland k-40 cus its real flexible and comparable to a firestik. Hope that helps.
3 inch teraflex lift
2 inch body lift
arb bull bar
locked cocked and loaded
I've tried about three different locations from the bumper, tire carrier, and finally just above the drivers side tail light. The last location definately works the best. I wasn't thrilled about drilling holes in the body, but I did want the CB to work right too. On the bumper and tire carrier I got a horrible squealing noise from the fuel pump. It drove me nuts. Locating the antenna to above the drivers side tail light got rid of 95% of the fuel pump noise. And my reception and transmit seem to work great. The SWR was much easier to tune too. I'm using a 3 ft Firestick, and a Cobra wx75.
'97 TJ, 4.0L, AW-4, Flipped D300/4:1, ARB's, D44, Swayloc, RK LA, PC coils, Rancho 9000's, 33x12.5 Trxus, etc.
Ya, I found the best place for it was on the left side on the back bumper. Out of the way and easy to install. I woudln't worry about anyone stealing it, most people don't know what it is/how to work to even have an interest in stealing it.