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Old 02-22-2009
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pic request

show some pics of your cb whips or antennas.

I'm looking at getting one

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Here is the closest pic that i have of mine. It is a Wilson.
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Mag mount ftl, I have huge scratches on my roof from mine. That thing sucked.
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Mag mount ftl, I have huge scratches on my roof from mine. That thing sucked.
No dude, I dont have any scratches. Best antenna I have ever had.
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don't have a pic with the antenna on and its not a whip but here is a pic of the mount. i have a 4' FireStik
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No dude, I dont have any scratches. Best antenna I have ever had.
you will.. in time.. had one on my silver truck for 5 years it was good for the first few then it got something under it.. ya enjoy
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you will.. in time.. had one on my silver truck for 5 years it was good for the first few then it got something under it.. ya enjoy
Naw dude, thats why every time I clean the truck I make sure that there is nothing under it. I have had it on for almost 2 years now and still nothing. Thanks.
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^ Looking good dude. Man, I want your bumper.
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Agreed magnet antenna ftl i had one as well great reception but i have a scratched up circle on my roof from it ill be getting a whip that will bent back or maybe a firestick idk i have a whip on my other truck now so i might just use that one.
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Ok then, how do I mount my dual sticks then with my tonneau cover and not putting them on the back near the tailgate.
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i had an 8 ft whip at one time
but i was told repeatedly that my truck looked like a big RC car going down the road
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Why would you run dual sticks? Our trucks aren't wide enough to use them.
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Why would you run dual sticks? Our trucks aren't wide enough to use them.
What do you mean our trucks are not wide enough? I have seen Rangers with them and they look fine. I would run dual sticks because that is what I have in the garage.
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For them to be usable, like the big rigs run it was to be a certain width that is wider than our trucks. You can install them but its pointless for usability, only looks.
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so would they just not function or bad reception? what would happen?

i'm looking at doing dual sticks
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Do some research on it, someone posted up a bunch of links before on it, they're supposed to be like 7-9 feet away from each other which isn't possible.
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I mounted mine on the front of the bed, between the cab and the bed. It was a B*T*H to install because of the lack of room. With 20-20 hindsight, the install would have been a good deal easier if I had undone the 4 bolts holding the bed and slid it hack 6" or so.

As for the single vs duel antenna argument. Blackedge is correct. But only partially so. Performance wise, one antenna will do as well or better than 2. The distance between the 2 antennas is important (9 feet is optimal. With 5 feet being the minimum.) and Rangers just aren't wide enough for that minimum distance required. However, even on something like an 18 wheeler, there are so many problems with the setup, that a single antenna will work just as well.

If you're interested, here's a link explaining some of the problems involved.

http://www.ask.com/bar?q=CB+Antenna+Installation&page=1&qsrc=6&zoom=B est+%3CKW%3ECB+Antenna%3C%2FKW%3E|%3CKW%3ECB%3C%2F KW%3E+Radio+%3CKW%3EAntennas%3C%2FKW%3E|Mounting+a +%3CKW%3ECB+Antenna%3C%2FKW%3E&ab=6&u=http%3A%2F%2 Fwww.firestik.com%2FTech_Docs.htm

Having said that, I too like the LOOK of dual antennas. So I plan to put 2 on my truck. The one on the passenger side will be connected to the CB. The drivers side will be for the trucks AM/FM radio. I'll then remove the antenna from the passenger side front fender.
Still have to do some reading/research on this setup. Not sure if an antenna designed for a CB will run an AM/FM radio. If they won't I'll just run a splitter on the passenger side and the drivers side will just be a dummy.

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Yeah I just did some more research on it. When they are 4.5' apart the performance is the same or less than 1 antenna. The farther you have it apart the more difference there will be.
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i had an 8 ft whip at one time
but i was told repeatedly that my truck looked like a big RC car going down the road
I had dual 8 foot SS whips on my 97 2wd. Only one was functional, but it completed the RC Car look LMAO I thought it looked great and it got out really nice. Wilson makes an excellent antenna. I'm running a Firestik on the back of mine similar to Trigger's setup. Same mount. I don't use it much, but I have some friends that drive rigs that I see sometimes in the morning on the way to work during my hour commute, so it makes it entertaining. Running duals would be ok if you only plan on utilizing one of them...i.e. only connecting one and the other would be for looks. Just make sure that whatever you do, you peak and tune it yourself or get it peaked and tuned or you might fry the radio and it will affect your transmit/receive power. It's nice to have friends that drive rigs that have that have CB tuning equipment lying around lol
I need to work on where to put my CB though....I'm not sure I'm happy with this location...
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^...dang.. thats a super clean sick set up!
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my whip antenna

my cb radio
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[QUOTE=mossyoak03;1223629]my whip antenna

Man, that's just awesome looking. I bet you get out pretty good with that.
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I had dual 8 foot SS whips on my 97 2wd. Only one was functional, but it completed the RC Car look LMAO I thought it looked great and it got out really nice. Wilson makes an excellent antenna. I'm running a Firestik on the back of mine similar to Trigger's setup. Same mount. I don't use it much, but I have some friends that drive rigs that I see sometimes in the morning on the way to work during my hour commute, so it makes it entertaining. Running duals would be ok if you only plan on utilizing one of them...i.e. only connecting one and the other would be for looks. Just make sure that whatever you do, you peak and tune it yourself or get it peaked and tuned or you might fry the radio and it will affect your transmit/receive power. It's nice to have friends that drive rigs that have that have CB tuning equipment lying around lol
I need to work on where to put my CB though....I'm not sure I'm happy with this location...
dude thats the same cd player i got best one ive ever had.
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i made an aluminum mount and mounted it on the tool box. cb in the center consol.

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