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Old 06-03-2005
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I have 2004 ford ranger and i was wondering what is the best place to mount the antenna for the CB radio and how to route it through the cab.
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Oooh ooh.. I wanna say it!

Look up. Now see where is says "search", yea, click that. Type what you just asked. There are two large threads that came up yesterday about this EXACT SAME THING!

Oh, and welcome to RF!

EDIT:: Ok, not the EXACT thing, but they are there.. (first time I'v used this guy.. lol..)
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get the antenna as high as you can get it for best reception. if your going magna mount, just put it on the roof of the cab. bumper mounts are best on the bumper and ive seen them not work on aluminum toolboxes. you have to put a hole in your bumper for them. then standard mounts you have to drill. im guessing you dont have a toolbox so unless you want to put a hole in the side of your truck then that is out of the question.

the cleanest way to run the wire would be through the firewall. mine is just tucked through my back door and i hate it. im sure theres other ways of running the wire that i havent found.
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I have a 4 door Supercab and I routed the antenna wire through the rear door and under the seat, I can post pictures if you like.
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Good job Jason! :)

Best place = roof
Second best = second highest place :)
The higher the better and you want the antenna mounted on as flat a surface as possible. Mine is mounted on the rear of my toolbox. Works great.
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whats the best way to keep from scratching the crap out of the roof of the truck
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Drill a hole in the roof and permanently mount the antenna like I did...
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I have a mag mount on my roof, right in front of the 3rd brake light, and I ran the wire into the cab through the 3rd brake light and then above the headliner, down the a-pillar and out through the front kick panel.
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Drill a hole in the roof and permanently mount the antenna like I did...
I would love to do that but I park in a parking garage and until you figure out a way for that to work it has to be a toolbox mount...but I would really like to...
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Get a magnetic mount antena. When I'm not using it, it fits nicely across the back, on its side, sitting on that ledge thats there in the back.
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I have a VHF antenna mounted permanently, and it unscrews from the mount easily. I was really just being a smart-alec about how you can mount one without scratches -- but I think many of you would consider making a hole in your roof a lot worse, lol!

There are 4 additional antennas on the outside of my truck and none of them are on "temporary" mounts. One is a glass mount VHF for the position tracking system ( http://map.findu.com/n3elz-14 ) but the other 3 all have permanent mounts on the roof and body.
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I used a stake hole mount from Firestik to mount my Firestik.....
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I will be puttin my whip on my bumper, when not in use it will be folded forward to go with my slant back idea

shoudla bought a hummer!
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someone on the old GE made cool angled brackets to fit between the gate and the bed! anyone got a pic of that? at this point I'm going to get a firestick and a M-2 side mount but don't want to drill really. my truck has a liner and a hard fold a cover so the stake holes not an option. roof mount impractical for me I think.
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just mount them behind the cab its close to were u need to run the cable and go to any truck stop if u need mounting hardware they have every type availible. mainly the 24 hr ones along the highway
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just got a firestick door jamb mount will put that on back by the tailgate :)
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just got a firestick door jamb mount will put that on back by the tailgate :)
thats what i used to mount my firestik in the jamb of my back hatch of my exploder

oh, and in general, if you ever find that youre not getting acceptable reception with a roof mounted antenna... just raise da roof
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good CB info here: http://www.cbradioforum.com/
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someone on the old GE made cool angled brackets to fit between the gate and the bed! anyone got a pic of that? at this point I'm going to get a firestick and a M-2 side mount but don't want to drill really. my truck has a liner and a hard fold a cover so the stake holes not an option. roof mount impractical for me I think.
That was Phil (BlkKnight i think) and I think he is going to start making them again soon. I'm hoping for one for my whip.
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