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Cb antenna with tonneau cover

Ok, I cant remember where I saw it in the past but someone had fabbed up some brackets so they could mount the cb antennas with their tonneau cover. I want to put my dual sticks up. I know it may hurt the distance of the cb but I want the dual look. I want to mount them up near the cab, not back by the tailgate. Thanks for anyone who can help. I tried searching and I could not find what I was looking for.
 
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Ya but I want my antennas up against the cab. Not a fan of the antenna mounted like that and to me the only look good on a rig with a topper on it.
 
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My bad, I stopped reading about 1/2 way through for some reason...
 
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Just remembered what I had on my toolbox.
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It's half of a mount to go on a mirror, but you can mount this piece to the bed rail then ground it.
 
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My bad, I stopped reading about 1/2 way through for some reason...
Dont worry, I do the same thing.

The only problem is that I can't mount it directly to the rail because the tonneau cover railing goes over the Ranger's rail.
 
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When I had a CB on my truck I had the Firestick stakehole mount model SS-194.
 
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Dont worry, I do the same thing.

The only problem is that I can't mount it directly to the rail because the tonneau cover railing goes over the Ranger's rail.
Hang on. I know what you need now... off to find pictures!
 
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What did you have Shea? I just see a page of different lengths of sticks.
 
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This is RedneckStone's truck:
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This is how i had it set up.
 
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Thanks Mike. I thought Zach had something like that.

The next thing is that the flareside bed has some plastic bed caps mounted on the rails. Think I could just cut a little notch out up front to mount that plate? I would have to make something since I dont have stake holes. Will it be grounded good enough with that?

Another just cb related question. The Wilson antenna I bought for the cb had to me trimmed alittle to tune it right for the cb. How does that work with the sold sticks if there is nothing to cut off?
 
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Thanks Shea for the pic.

I got brackets that originally came with the sticks so I will just take the little mounting thing that you turn the stick into off and just mount it to a piece of metal stock.
 
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You will need to ground it to metal somewhere, maybe inside the bed. You should just be able to screw the bracket into the bedrail.
 
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Thats what I figure. When I go out this evening to get a turn down for my muffler, I will pick up some metal stock to use.

What thickness do you think I should pick up?
 
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This is how I used to roll before I got an Alon mount

Stainless brackets I bought at a cb shop



 
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Thats what I figure. When I go out this evening to get a turn down for my muffler, I will pick up some metal stock to use.

What thickness do you think I should pick up?
It won't need to be very think, just strong enough not to bed with the weight of the antenna or the antenna blowing and wobbling while going down the road at 80mph.
 
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I got some 3/16 stock so that should be plenty strong.

How are yall running your wires up into the cab? I think I read something about threw the cab bolt hole pockets or something?
 
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I ran them under the carpet along the back trim, under the weather seal and out the door.
 
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Ok, I made some progress. I do not know what color to paint the bracket yet though. Torreador red or black?

Here is the bracket on the truck
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Here is what the finish product will hopefully look like
 
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I like Eric's setup the best. But his truck is also one of my site favorites, lol.
 
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Well dont worry. Dumb me found out that where I wanted to mount them is all fiberglass and will not be able to support the sticks. Stupid *** fiberglass. Well, guess it is back to the drawing board.
 
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mount it like i did! i left it so when i get a snug or a tonnue cover i can run a peice of flat stock out the side like in your last 2 pics

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Do any of you run spring mounts?????......I have ripped off a 2 antennas so far with out it, I now have the spring and its all good...
 
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