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shiftclick 08-28-2011 08:26 PM

DIY Tail Light CB Antenna Mount ($7)
 
I noticed the other day that my CB antenna mount was wiggling way too much for my liking, and after investigating it, I found that the screws going in to the sheet metal on the back of the jeep had come loose over time. Not wanting to put more holes in my jeep, I opted to make my own mount.

I had been admiring those tail-light mounts for quite some time, but the $30 price tag never agreed with my cheep sense. So I headed off to Lowes today and mulled around the sheet metal and steel aisles just looking for something to jump out at me. It needed to be easily modifiable as I have no welding/cutting tools with the exception of my Dremel and Mr. Blue Torch. While walking down of the aisles I came across this:

Large stainless steel gate hinge ($7)

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2958.jpg

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2959.jpg


I knew that with a little finessing, I might be able to make it work. The first thing I did was to fit the metal cutting wheel to my Dremel. I then through the hinge in to the vice and decided to cut the hinge side that had less metal at the bottom.

After that, I removed the tail light and did a quick, dry fit. I put the hinge behind the tail light and used a sharpie to mark where 2 other holes would need to be drilled. I then set to drilling them out.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2960.jpg

Next up was another dry fit, and choosing how far I needed to bend the end to make a tab for the antenna to ride on. I had previously routed the cb antenna through the body and in to the tail light assembly and then out a hole in the side (I need to address this hole before fall sets in ). I opted to go about 2 inches from the top.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2961.jpg

Here's the hole I was talking about:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2965.jpg

I next put the hinge back in to the vice short side down - or the side with the tab mark on it - so I could use the bulk of the length of the hinge as a lever to help bend it. This is where Mr. Blue Torch comes in. Took about 3 minutes of heating it up - both sides - and then pushing or pulling on it to see if it was maleable yet. After that third minute BAM! It went right over. It was perfect. I carefully removed it from the vice and threw it in some water to cool it off.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2962.jpg


Next it was time to install it on to the Jeep and test it to make sure the SWR was still good. Everything was good, so I put it all back together.

Finished product:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2963.jpg

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2964.jpg

I might take it off and paint it black, but i'm pretty happy with the results! I do plan on loctiting the old mount and using it for my signal flag when we head out to the offroad park.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...k/IMG_2966.jpg


Hope that helps you guys!


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