When grounding the antenna... try to ground to the frame rail when possible.... and use a piece of braded grounding strap for grounding. It provides a better path to ground since there are multiple fine wires in the strap....
DO NOT coil up the extra coax.... this will create a choke which decreases the received and transmitted signal... Just run the coax the long way around the truck cab..... Guarantee you will see the difference.....
There is no reason why you cannot tune your antenna to 1.1 to 1.... as long as the antenna signal is not obstructed by the cab of the truck, the antenna is grounded properly and you tune the antenna length with an antenna analyzer..
2000 Ranger 4.0L 4dr 5 spd 4x4 w/ ORP
Modifications: 265/75R16 BFG AT KO, Detroit TruTrac l/s, K&N FIPK, 66mm BBK TB, Gibson 2.5" catback exhaust, BAMA SCT Tuner, Underdog Performance 25% underdrive pulley, James Duff Traction Bars, Taylor 8mm sparkplug wires
Future Mods: JBA Headers