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Any new installs out there? I am considering several options for antenna mounting other than through the glass as I would think the rear defroster wires would create some issues with signal loss as well as going through glass.
 

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I have my Kenwood TM-710G installed now. No photos yet but will once I get the antenna issues buttoned up. I am on my third iteration of antenna mounts.

The radio body is mounted to the floor (lid to driver side electronics compartment) under the driver seat. The head unit is mounted on a gooseneck mount attached to the driver seat bolt. The wiring is tucked under the carpet and runs into the center console. Power and ground are both fused and attached directly to the battery.
A secondary speaker is temporarily installed in the USB/Power compartment in front of the shifter...still evaluating if that is where I want to leave it.

1)Roof magnetic mount---not at all convenient and I often forget to take it off when entering the garage.
2) Rear glass mount--did not like the SWR and lack of range
3) I had a 5/8 mounted on the rear tailgate of my previous car (2001 Acura MDX) and it worked great. The Jeep has too much glass up too high on the gate to mount it to get the antenna over the roof line.
4) Ordered a new 55" dual band antenna that will reach over the roof line. Just waiting for it to get here to mount it and see if it will work mounted to the tailgate on the driver side just below the tail lights on the tailgate. Will route the cable up the tailgate and into the electrical grommet on the driver side and then under the head liner and down the pillar; under the carpet and into the radio which is under the driver seat.
 

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I'm still messing with the antenna mounting on this car. There is not a good place to put a reasonable dual band antenna. My initial desire was to put one on the rear tailgate door but there is too much stuff in the way, pinch detectors on both sides, plastic bumpers that are riveted in place, the glass is very thick and leave no room to mount a lip mount, etc.

I may break down and buy a cheap set of crossbars for the roof and put a motorized Diamond mount there. I am looking at all other options first including a hood/fender mount but I dislike the location and drilling holes in the fender to mount it.

Roof mounting (NMO) is not an option for many reasons not the least of which is the huge sunroof and the side airbags and cross members up there. I also don't want a hole in the roof and the height would be too tall for the garage door of the antenna I want to use.

I have not totally given up on the glass mount on the tailgate but I have strong doubts it will work with the thickness of the glass and the tinting.

On another note, I replaced my radio head mount with a longer one to get the radio head out of the way of my leg and to allow me to see it better. I does wiggle a bit more but not so bad I can't use it while mobile. I went from a 18" to a 22" front seat bolt mount. I attached the mike to the upper part of the gooseneck just below the radio head mounting bracket. It is attached with cable ties so it can be rotated out of the way when I don't use the radio.

Still pondering it all.....
 
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