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post #1 of 21 Old 04-02-2010, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Best cb antenna mount for JK

What's the best CB antenna mount for the JK? My friend has the Cooltech which I installed on his JK and looks real good and serves the purpose well but I plan on relocating the license plate on the spare tire so I can not mount the antenna on the licence plate mount.

I plan on running a tall fiberglass antenna. On my TJ I had drilled and bolted a mount right in the rear body panel but there is no way I am drilling trough my 2010 Jeep.

Are there mounts that go behind the tail lights or something? Maybe behind the spare tire... Ideas?


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Terraflex makes one that bolts behind the sparetire carrier...I used it for a year, no problems and it was good, now I have put an aftermarket bumper on and I do not need my stock carrier anymore, so I bought an aftermarket 3rd tail light assembly from Terraflex and it came with a mount...either way you can't go wrong...

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i went to home depot for a 4 peice of angle iron and mounted mine to my license plate bracket. I reninforeced it with some washers on the other side so it wouldnt ripe it off. then i got a peice of sting and looped it around the screw that hold the hard top on and tied it to the cb ant so when i go 4 wheelin it doesnt go crazy. and then all you need to do it ground the ant. to the car. it cost me a total of 6 bucks. before that u mounted it to my window bracket. you know that peice that holds the window upright. dont waste your money on a bracket off line they cost to much.
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What's the best CB antenna mount for the JK? My friend has the Cooltech which I installed on his JK and looks real good and serves the purpose well but I plan on relocating the license plate on the spare tire so I can not mount the antenna on the licence plate mount.

I plan on running a tall fiberglass antenna. On my TJ I had drilled and bolted a mount right in the rear body panel but there is no way I am drilling trough my 2010 Jeep.

Are there mounts that go behind the tail lights or something? Maybe behind the spare tire... Ideas?
The best antenna mount .. if you mean the best RF radiation and counterpoise then you need to have it mounted on the tub.. Alas a hole needs to be drilled...(no pain, no gain).. If the esthetics are what you are looking for.. Indeed there are a lot of solutions with brackets and alike..

Here is my set up.. (hole in the tub of course...)



ARR has some nice brackets which can be mounted on the spare carrier hub... However they don't do a good job for the 11 meter band.. VHF is OK
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I'm not "going for esthetics" but I'm not going to drill the tub. I had a bracket mount on my TJ and I installed a ground cable to the frame, was pretty effective too. I need something that wont bang the antenna on the hard/soft top, and something that's strong because I like running a tall antenna (yeah mostly for looks).

I'll keep looking until I find the perfect mount. I might as well end up making it myself.

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I am using the teraflex mount. No issues with it.
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I am using the teraflex mount. No issues with it.
X2. Teraflex is the best. Additional hole drilled for a flag for on the dunes too. Uses existing spare tire mount holes so no drilling.

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X2. Teraflex is the best. Additional hole drilled for a flag for on the dunes too. Uses existing spare tire mount holes so no drilling.
I installed my Teraflex mount last weekend (it's great) and I'll be installing the rest of the cb / antenna this weekend. One question: what's the best connector to use to get the antenna on the mount and connected to the coaxial? I didn't even realize I needed one when I bought all the pieces but I don't see how the antenna will stay on if there isn't something to screw it into the mount with.

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I installed my Teraflex mount last weekend (it's great) and I'll be installing the rest of the cb / antenna this weekend. One question: what's the best connector to use to get the antenna on the mount and connected to the coaxial? I didn't even realize I needed one when I bought all the pieces but I don't see how the antenna will stay on if there isn't something to screw it into the mount with.

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You need an antenna mounting stud like this.

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You need an antenna mounting stud like this.

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Thanks for the info!
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Have you considered the Gatemount kit from Cooltech? I just picked one up. Very solid peice of stainless steel and good instructions for mounting and running the wires through an existing hole in your tailgait.

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Have you considered the Gatemount kit from Cooltech? I just picked one up. Very solid peice of stainless steel and good instructions for mounting and running the wires through an existing hole in your tailgait.
Yess and that is what I had in mind when I said "make my own". There is no way I am paying 40$ for a bent piece of steel but I may just mesure and bend my own and spray paint it and drill and call it a free mount.

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Terraflex makes one that bolts behind the sparetire carrier...I used it for a year, no problems and it was good, now I have put an aftermarket bumper on and I do not need my stock carrier anymore, so I bought an aftermarket 3rd tail light assembly from Terraflex and it came with a mount...either way you can't go wrong...
i had one like that, too. when i got my rockhard, i left the little bracket up there. i figgered i already had it all run, why change it?

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Yess and that is what I had in mind when I said "make my own". There is no way I am paying 40$ for a bent piece of steel but I may just mesure and bend my own and spray paint it and drill and call it a free mount.
Absolutely agree.

Were I to do it all over again, I'd buy an L bracket of some sort from Home Depot, drill a few holes in it and put it on the tire holder.
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The best antenna mount .. if you mean the best RF radiation and counterpoise then you need to have it mounted on the tub.. Alas a hole needs to be drilled...(no pain, no gain).. If the esthetics are what you are looking for.. Indeed there are a lot of solutions with brackets and alike..
What kind of swr reading do you have?

Unless its better than 1.3 I'm calling BS on having to have an antenna mounted to the tub.

My antenna is mounted to a hole I drilled in the tire carrier. I'm not drilling a hole in the body chasing after that last .2 on the meter.
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