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Where to put my whips

Ok I have a 98 ranger xlt extended cab, it's not stepside and it has a tonneau cover on, I just got 2 4' whips and I'm trying to find a place to put them, inside bed and moving cover is last resort, I would like to put them on my mirrors but is there a good way or would it crack the plastic? Also I was thinking between fenders and hood, any help or pics would be greatly appreciated in trying to make up a decision thanks
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I dunno about you, but i keep my whips and chains in the bedroom.

I see a lot of guys with them between fender and hood, or between bumper and bedside.
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I think dual whips look the best right behind the cab.

(I know its a chevy, dont flame me too hard.)
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^ lol, but yea I like that alot also and the only thing is I'd need to get differnent mounts cause mine don't fit there I tried but Thats no biggie, I am trying to be different and give it a big rig look, but between bed and cab is prob what I will end up doing, I'll def match all my friends in the back row of the senior lot lol
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there is couple of members that either have them behind the cab or at the very back of the bed. normally they mount them using a "alon mount" i dunno if he is still selling them or just directly to the bumper.
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Yea I saw that before too, I would have to get more cable for that, does anyone have pics for the dual whips between fender and hood?
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Whips, huh? Weak-sauce if ya ask me, brah.
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CB antennas need to be a quarter wavelength (102 inches) apart to work properly.
Mounting them too close together will degrade performance.
I was a CB tech starting way back in the '70s and experimented with differing ant setups and found duals on a pickup were ok for show but completely sucked for performance.
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mount one on the front bumper one on the rear... as OTRtech said dual whips on a ranger, from a performance standpoint, is generally not the way to go. if you just want it for looks just mount them however and just wire the one antenna.
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mount one on the front bumper one on the rear.
Although that would improve performance , in a way , one still has to understand co-phased antennas and the way the propagate the wave.
When mounted on the mirrors of an 18 wheel semi , the antennas have a directional output toward the front and rear of the truck.Since the trucks were mainly on interstate highways this was desirable as most all of their communications were in front of or behind them.An added benefit for truckers is that co-phased antennas would have less sensitivity to signals coming from the side. Base stations off the the highway were not received as strong.
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