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GCL06 02-16-2010 01:38 PM

Dual CB Antennas
 
At first I was looking at getting dual 4' fiberglass antennas from radioshack but they only came in white and cost $35 each! I went on eBay and found a pair of identical ones in black for $24 shipped. They came in a couple weeks ago and I was deciding whether to spend $60 for 2 mounts that come out over the tail lights. Went to Home Depot and ended up finding a much better solution that I thought might be worth posting.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I bought 4 corner mount plate things, 2 larger and 2 smaller. I picked up some JB Weld, a 3/8 drill bit, 2 3/8 24 nuts, 6 screws, and a couple lock washers while I was there. I first drilled a 3/8 hole through the smaller plates.
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/y...6/DSC00667.jpg
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/y...6/DSC00668.jpg

The I used a level to find the angle at which to mount the smaller plates to the larger ones as the mounting spot beside the tail lights is not perfectly vertical. I marked the angles with a sharpie and used the JB Weld to put the plates together.

After sanding the plates down I used 2 coats of Etch Primer, 3 coats of black paint, and 2 layers of clear coat.
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/y...6/DSC00694.jpg

And I'm currently waiting for my drill to recharge so I can finish...damn thing dies after about 10 mins of use.

I marked the screw holes with sharpie and used a 1/8 drill bit to give the screws a place to start.

psycojeep 02-16-2010 02:17 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
where are you mountng them

Chaoul1 02-16-2010 02:20 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
I think he said near his tailights. I think on top of them.

GCL06 02-16-2010 02:35 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chaoul1 (Post 152032)
I think he said near his tailights. I think on top of them.

Right above them. There are other mounts like this sold online for Jeeps, I just don't want to shovel out $30 each for a couple little plates of metal.

Micallef 02-16-2010 06:25 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
that is gonna look good bro, i had the same idea, if it looks good i may consider it :P

GCL06 02-16-2010 06:30 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Micallef (Post 152145)
that is gonna look good bro, i had the same idea, if it looks good i may consider it :P

Thanks :)

Toughest part at the moment is getting the JB Weld to stick well enough. I gave the plates a knock to make sure that the force of a big antenna going through the wind wouldn't cause it to come apart and sure enough they split. I'd kill for a welder right about now cause I'm not all that hopeful that the second attempt will be any different...

I got one on for a minute before the hammer test - should have taken a pic but it looks really good!

Waiting for the weld to harden overnight so I'll get back to this after school tomorrow.

GCL06 02-17-2010 08:35 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Got them mounted on today. The JB still isn't enough so I'm going to have to bring the plates into autotech at school to have them welded.

The left one's angle was just a bit off. Need to remeasure or it will bug the crap out of me.

Previews:
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/y...6/DSC00703.jpg
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/y...6/DSC00702.jpg
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/y...6/DSC00700.jpg

GCL06 02-17-2010 08:36 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Wow...I need to wash it! I almost did today but the cold deterred me - good thing cause now we're making plans to find an offroad park to go to this weekend.

Chaoul1 02-17-2010 09:22 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
I like them! Good Job :thumbsup:

GCL06 02-17-2010 09:27 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chaoul1 (Post 152991)
I like them! Good Job :thumbsup:

Thank you :D

Now to buy my CB :lol:

AcidCold 02-18-2010 10:02 AM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Nice Nick!! i was going with two myself but only had one bracket so i kept it single.
All you need now is a confederate flag! :) J/K

GCL06 02-18-2010 09:09 PM

Re: Dual CB Antennas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AcidCold (Post 153254)
Nice Nick!! i was going with two myself but only had one bracket so i kept it single.
All you need now is a confederate flag! :) J/K

Thanks :D

I love symmetry so 2's a must haha

Confederate flag? I'm a yankee stuck in the south! I'm from Boston haha


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