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Unread 06-07-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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CB Antenna Location On A YJ



Does the bumper provide a good enough ground? I was going to mount it on my tire carrier but the 9 foot FireStik (with E_Z connect PL-259 and Fire Ring ohhhh) won't reach due to having to route it through the tailgate and leaving enough slack for the gate to open. So I'm thinking of snaking it up behind the lights and exiting the wheel well near the 3rd brake light contacts, then running it to the CB. Either that, or the tire carrier with a PL-259 coupler and a 1 foot jumper, but I'd rather just have one cable from antenna to CB. Any thoughts?

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Unread 06-11-2010, 07:55 AM   #2
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Ya, if the antenna mount is properly done and a grounding braid is used on the bumper to the frame.
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A bumper can provide a good enough ground but how tall is your antenna? It'd take a pretty tall antenna for it to clear enough of the tub for it to be able to radiate well. I'd probably want nothing shorter than a 5' for that particular location.
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Unread 06-12-2010, 03:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I decided not to use the spring even though it would provide extra height. I just can't get it to tighten down. Then again, maybe it was that piece of metal from the hole I drilled in the bumper that was caught under the ring. Oh well, it's tight now. lol I may try the spring again though. The whip sits a good foot above the hardtop, and that'll be coming off soon. I lost my damn set screw for the whip. Ugh! Anyone know the size of those things?


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Hopefully you ground away the paint from the bottom side of the bumper the mount contacts so the bottom ground-side of the mount can make its required electrical connection through the bumper to the Jeep itself.
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Yep. All taken care of. :-)
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Does your spare tire hit it?

I use the spare tire stopper as my mount. Looks pretty good.
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Nope. I can open the gate until the tire contacts the corner. It clears the lights and the antenna.
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Found the set screw. Little bugger was sitting in the gap between the tire carrier and the tub. I'm surprised it hasn't vibrated off during the driving. It's been missing for over a week.
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Found the set screw. Little bugger was sitting in the gap between the tire carrier and the tub. I'm surprised it hasn't vibrated off during the driving. It's been missing for over a week.
I drove 25-30 miles with my coffee cup sitting on my TJ's front bumper. Another Jeeper in the group I was driving out to the desert with noticed it & told me about it via the CB radio we were all chatting on. I was shocked it was still there after such a distance. Must be from my TJ's ultra-smooth Cadillac ride.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 06:17 PM   #11
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When I delivered beds, the rider on my truck left his little tool case on the rear bumper. It stayed on there all the way to the next delivery. About 12 miles.

Here's my new post with pics and details of my YJ beautification project.
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