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Old 08-23-2010
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oh i see what you're talking about now. thats just how it came in the box but i have it wired the right way haha i forgot i put that picture up there from when i took it out of the box
OK, sorry bout dat… I just didn’t want to see you burn up a radio.

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got a sweet box in the mail that made me LOL with this inside.


CB antenna fender mount, coax and spring. Thanks Shane!!








I don't want ya to fry your finals!! Gotta isolate that ground and power!!!! Top pic is as sent(i think?)...only way everything would fit in that tiny "small" flat rate box! lol. And no problem on the help man....btw, you've got a package headed your way. I'm sorry I totally spaced it....again. lol.
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I don't want ya to fry your finals!! Gotta isolate that ground and power!!!! Top pic is as sent(i think?)...only way everything would fit in that tiny "small" flat rate box! lol. And no problem on the help man....btw, you've got a package headed your way. I'm sorry I totally spaced it....again. lol.
lol i know i didn't show the pic of it being hooked up the right way....i never ran it the way it was in the pic or else i would of had some problems haha
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lol i know i didn't show the pic of it being hooked up the right way....i never ran it the way it was in the pic or else i would of had some problems haha
ohhhhh.......lol. I saw the coax and got worried! lol.

If there was a sticky or a really informative CB thread, that pic I posted should most definately be in it!
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Is it still on the truck, if so give us a pic of how it is now hooked up ?

Shane,
Not only is it a good pic but all Coax on CB antennas should be hooked up with Wire Lugs because of two things…
1st - Lugs are easier and it is easier to get them through smaller holes when running the coax through the vehicle.
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2nd - Wire Lugs are closer to a 50 ohm match (same as coax) than the PL-259 Connector is (the std CB type Coax Connectors).
So yes get it “Sticky’d".

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i've had the picture shane posted on my desktop for a few months now lol
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ohhhhh.......lol. I saw the coax and got worried! lol.

If there was a sticky or a really informative CB thread, that pic I posted should most definately be in it!
haha nah...if i ****ed it up with the diagram i would be more of a retard than downey. the coax was just there for picture purpose of the mount because i still didn't have the firestik at the time it was in the mail lol
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hahaha.


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Is it still on the truck, if so give us a pic of how it is now hooked up ?

Shane,
Not only is it a good pic but all Coax on CB antennas should be hooked up with Wire Lugs because of two things…
1st - Lugs are easier and it is easier to get them through smaller holes when running the coax through the vehicle.
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2nd - Wire Lugs are closer to a 50 ohm match (same as coax) than the PL-259 Connector is (the std CB type Coax Connectors).
So yes get it “Sticky’d".

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Yeah....my shop ONLY deals with those style mounts. They only keep the screw-on crap around for when customers don't want the "hassle" of the crimp-on.

Here's pics of mine(if you were talking to me)...I might get a little excessive in the pics but this thread is obviously lacking in pics! dangit Pedro...


My setup was all done using tips from my local shop where I learned alot...but I still need to learn more! lol. The routing of the 18' of coax is different but it's what they suggested. The only thing I changed from their suggestions is using nutserts/threadserts for the mount. Them darn self tappers sucked. Wigglin' around freakin' antenna pisses me off. lol. Note: the ground bolt on the bracket is just for asthetics and routing of the coax. I have my ground the way it should be.....on the antenna stud! lol.

Oh...and Pedro... you should totally shorten your mount and use bolts like I did to mine!!

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yeah ill shorten it whenever i find god damn nutserts no place around here has them i went EVERYWHERE and asked....nothing.
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Nutserts are far better than a std sheet metal screw good idea but as PC stated hard to find, maybe JCWiney or Harbor Freight.
The idea of the separate ground is really a good one now if the ground screws up you don’t need to disassemble the whole thing.
My only heart ache, which I find everywhere is running 18ft of coax, it is necessary, it is only something to help the shop tune the antenna, that is if they tune the antenna.
In my experience, the coax should be as short as possible, when and if necessary 18 ft can be used but I have never run 18 ft of coax on a setup since my first CB , to far back to mention.
My last CB setup had approximately 3ft of coax; CB was on the roof mount and the antenna was on the Rack, it tuned easily and work great.
PC luck with your setup, make sure to get the antenna tuned.

Truck looks good cleaned up Shane.
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I got Pedro handled on the nutserts and the redneck's version of the install tool... no worries there. I owe the guy....big time for my slacking.


Anyway...yeah, I go in every 6 months or so and have my swr checked and adjusted if needed. I always do it if I happen to need a new antenna too. I'm always pulling about a 0.5 to 1:1. When the 5ft got put on the truck, we read a 0.5:1. Having that tunable tip on the antenna really helps out too(FirestikII). I can't really say much in regards to coax lengths as I am still learning and have alot to learn, I just sorta go by what my shop suggests from their 30+ years expeience. The ground, they tell me, to put it on the stud instead because putting it on the external part of the mount creates a big issue with corrosion. And you already know this Sandy, ground is EVERYTHING!! I recently fixed my first eff-up and cut back a few inches to get some clean copper and redo my connections. They looks like the statue of liberty after 2 years. Now it's got the brush on electrical tape and everything is sealed nicely.

In short, I don't wanna sound like the engineer's son trying to torsion crank his truck but won't listen to us because if it's anyone but my dad, they're wrong here, but I am just going off what my shop has tought me because I'm still a noob! lol.


Thanks for the compliment, Sandy. Even though the pics here is it filthy! lol.
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Shane, not to turn this into a Shane Thread BUT I expected you and Pedro would have gone Coil-Over by now ?

I have too many projects lined up so I haven’t purchased a Visor yet and the wife doesn’t like them so that another story but what Visor are you running ?
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How do you red out the tail lights? I'm really interested in doing this because the yellow turn signal looks really bad with my electric blue color.

On a side note, I LOVE YOUR TRUCK!!!!!! I have basically modeled my truck after yours because its SO AMAZING!!! Thank you for the thread!
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hey, so I saw your truck again today on my way to class and noticed your wheels are back to polished? if not then there is a clone of your truck around.. anyway, the truck looks great as usual. You have any ideas of good photo shoot spots around? I have been to the rail road tracks and stuff, just wondering!
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hey, so I saw your truck again today on my way to class and noticed your wheels are back to polished? if not then there is a clone of your truck around.. anyway, the truck looks great as usual. You have any ideas of good photo shoot spots around? I have been to the rail road tracks and stuff, just wondering!
Yup, back to polished an also tinted the windows to 20% haha. I have gone to the tracks on airport road and also in Harvard, Mass. Next place ill go for a photo shoot will be somewhere in Vermont when i get bored.




Well, i got this in today. (u can see my truck in the background with the polished wheels)
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My buddy took the trac loc to work and pressed the bearings for me today. Two boxes to the right are the races/cups whatever u want to call them that will go in when i put the whole trac loc in

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cool, and hey i haven't updated my thread, lemme try to find it!
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Sick Truck! Do you know where i could get a vinyl floor like yours?
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Sick Truck! Do you know where i could get a vinyl floor like yours?
Post your vehicle spec’s… on your profile !
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Sick Truck! Do you know where i could get a vinyl floor like yours?
look at junkyards. I love the vinyl.
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started on something


perfect color of door to hack up....DSG just because i hate Lazler LOL

and my reliable grinder after the job


rofl the engine seized up and i just left the switch on to see if it caught on fire but it just smoked a lot. Gotta love the disposable Harbor Freight grinders!
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