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that's what I'd like to see.
Pleas take pics and report back when you do it :)
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i will do man. im getting the truck next week and ill make a thread about how i install it if ya want lol
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Sick truck man. Oregon sure is beautiful, awesome pic.
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duel antanas look great but don't work so well unless they are at least 6' apart. also a single antana mounted to the top of the cab will have a better ground plain allowing better range of signal. you should avoid running the wire near any other wires that draw a lot of power like fuel pump or ecm. this will also interfear with the signal. a stainless steel antiana with small coil will work better than a fiberglass because you can adjust the SWR stringth. a fiberglass antiana will crack and break if it gets hit. a stainless steel will bend. if all is set properly you should get 5-10 miles range depending on the turain you are in with out running a footwarmer. i have a cheap POS cobra DX19 with a Willson magnet mount on my 86 ramcharger. the radio puts out 3 watts and the SWRs are less than 1 i get out about 8 miles on flat ground.
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4 ft firestik on an alon mount. I put my cb against the middle seat with velcro, works pretty good.
Still working good?
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I went with a cheapo antenna with a magnetic mount, mainly because my neighborhood sucks and I want to be able to remove it when parked at night.
Problem is, I might have gone too cheap on the antenna. I can hear pretty good, but can't transmit worth a crap.
I might have to spend a little more dough on it.
I'll report back with my next setup.
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ive got a 06 ranger with a wilson 5000 mag. mount on the hood i get out real well (my cb is also peaked out to so i reach way out there)
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Lazler, I love your setup, looks sharp! Where can I find an Alon mount for my truck? Oh, and were there any issues mounting it behind the tailgate hook? Same bolt and everything?
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I had mine between the cab and the bed. I made a mount for mine with kit that came with the antenna and some leftover scrap that I bolted together. The signal was great until I went wheeling and a rock "came out of the ground" lol and smashed my rocker panel which severed the antenna line.
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superduty front fender mount FTW
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on your front fender mount is your antena parallel with your stock radio antena? i mounted mine and got it level or at least i thought and when you look across the front of the truck they dont line up.
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its close but not lined up



you can't line it up because the way the mount goes onto the fender.
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i mean the way its tilted. mine is either tilted further forward or back ward than my stock one kinda like this l/
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I went with a cheapo antenna with a magnetic mount, mainly because my neighborhood sucks and I want to be able to remove it when parked at night.
Problem is, I might have gone too cheap on the antenna. I can hear pretty good, but can't transmit worth a crap.
I might have to spend a little more dough on it.
I'll report back with my next setup.
Check the contact between the Cab and the Magnet… yes you can go too cheap and get lousy magnet. the magnet is what creates the ground connection and in turn the ground plane.


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duel antanas look great but don't work so well unless they are at least 6' apart. also a single antana mounted to the top of the cab will have a better ground plain allowing better range of signal.
Any good quality single antenna will out perform a dual antenna setup.
The roof mounted antenna will give a better pattern, all around the truck instead of a more directional pattern from duals.
Main thing is grounding and tuning of the duals, if less than 6’ between them as stated in “quote” then the antennas are fighting each other and can’t work properly.
The tuning needs to be done one antenna at a time then combined using a Co-Phased 75 ohm Harness...


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you should avoid running the wire near any other wires that draw a lot of power like fuel pump or ecm. this will also interfear with the signal.
X2, there are fixes for noises but you need to determine where the noise is coming from, that is the big problem.


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a stainless steel antiana with small coil will work better than a fiberglass because you can adjust the SWR stringth. a fiberglass antiana will crack and break if it gets hit. a stainless steel will bend. if all is set properly you should get 5-10 miles range depending on the turain you are in with out running a footwarmer. i have a cheap POS cobra DX19 with a Willson magnet mount on my 86 ramcharger. the radio puts out 3 watts and the SWRs are less than 1 i get out about 8 miles on flat ground.
Yes S/S will bend but the flex-i-whip from Wilson will bend also.
Talking whips - 96” long, a fiberglass antenna will out-perfrom and S/S antenna, yes even the infamous 102” S/S Whip; durable but no really the best performer.


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The guy who tunes my cb said you reall dont wanna mount your antenna on your bumper because you wont have a good ground. im running a 102" whip on my toolbox hooked up to a superstar 121 hi/low cb and you can hear me for a long way out lol
Alon’s Mounts is a nice one but as with mounting the antenna on the Bumper you need to take into consideration the GROUNDING… Ground the bed to the frame using a ¾” piece of braided strap, ⅜” probably will do but I like flat and wide to work with antennas.
Distance of transmission is based on terrain, Low SWR tuning on the antenna and clarity of speech. All of these can be mechanically enhanced but will not necessarily get you out any further.
Make sure your grounds are good, your System is tuned for lowest SWR and get a power Mic...

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ive got a 06 ranger with a wilson 5000 mag. mount on the hood i get out real well (my cb is also peaked out to so i reach way out there)
Just remember the antenna system on a CB setup is the most important part, spend the money here first.
Coax is the second thing you need to consider then the CB.
Also, IMHO… Peak andTune is just a way for the Seller to get more money out of you; usually once peaked and tuned you will end up with more noise coming in on the signal.


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superduty front fender mount FTW
Mounting the antenna on the front fender will create a transmission pattern that is towards the back of the vehicle more than the front and USUALLY the front is where you want the signal the most.
The signal pattern is based on ground plane.

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on your front fender mount is your antena parallel with your stock radio antena? i mounted mine and got it level or at least i thought and when you look across the front of the truck they dont line up.
One thing to remember, any vertical antennas (CB, Broadcast) mounted within 9’ (¼ wave length for CBs) of each other will couple and change the transmission pattern and may reduce the output signal.

Remember to get a good ground between the Antenna Mount and the Frame, run an extra braided strap to the frame just to be safe.
Buy the best antenna you can afford and the best Coax you can afford, DO NOT BUY RAT SHAQ antennas or coax, PLEASE !
After installing the system, get the Antenna Tuned to the System/Vehicle; this requires a small, inexpensive meter but the antenna needs to be tuned for low SWR (Standing Wave Ratio)
As stated keep coax and CB power wires away from High Powered Equipment and the power wire and the vehicle Computer.

Sorry for the LONG reply but nothing to do this AM… thanks for listening.

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Old 01-21-2011
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scrambler82 i didnt pay to have it peaked out and theres no noise it's clear what makes more noise? i picked up my alternater but it was because i had my coax near my power cable for my sub. moved it to the other side and had no more unwanted noise.
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