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thought I would bounce this off you folks , I am goin to put my C.B radio in the truck , I know where I am installing it , what I havent figured out is how to install an antenna. I have a sliding rear window but dont want to leave it open all the time and I aint too hip on drilling any holes , I amlookin for the lowest impact solution to this
 

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I've always run the cable through a hole in the firewall, then zip tied it to the inside (close to the top) of the frame rail in a few places and run it to the back bumper or in between the cab and bed to the toolbox, depending on where you want to mount it. I haven't looked underneath the Titan yet to see if there's anywhere better to run it or if this would even work, but it's worked just fine on all my other trucks and it never got ripped off or anything even on my mud trucks.
 

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wmg said:
thought I would bounce this off you folks , I am goin to put my C.B radio in the truck , I know where I am installing it , what I havent figured out is how to install an antenna. I have a sliding rear window but dont want to leave it open all the time and I aint too hip on drilling any holes , I amlookin for the lowest impact solution to this
A long time ago, I had my CB antenna clipped on the edge of my hood and ran the wire in the engine bay and through the firewall. I put it in the same general area as the FM antenna. That might be one consideration.
 

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Thanks guy , alot , I shouldve thought of the firewall to get it outside myself , I must be getting old , thats how I will go , I was planning on puttin the antenna on the roof , on my older "other" truck I mounted it to the rear bumper and could still open the tailgate but on my titan I dont think I can still open the gate with the antenna there , so I was thinking of puttin it on the roof , not the best place i think but what are ya goin do , plus I have a topper on the truck so the bed rails is out of the question , but now at least I can run it outside and I will be buyin a new antenna anyhow so I can get whatever mount I need , unless you guys so some other ideas , but I'm not feeling the hood idea , BUT YOU KNOW , if it was a small enough antenna it might not bug me
 

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so I was thinking of puttin it on the roof , not the best place i think but what are ya goin do ,
The roof is actually the best place to get the best performance.
 

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The roof is actually the best place to get the best performance.
Absolutely. Buy a quality mag mount antenna, K40 and Antenna Specialist Formula-1 are both great antennas.
 

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I know I've read somewhere on here (maybe it was somewhere else) about mounting the antenna to the util-i-track rails.

Can anyone comment on this, specifically w/ brand of antenna and how your performance was? I really don't want something that extends TOO far above the cab. I would probably enlist the help of a CB shop to tune the SWR, but I have no interest in running an amplifier. My goal is to be able to get traffic/speed-trap info and to have something to break up the monotony of long drives.

Suggestions for decent radios are also welcome.

Dan
 

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As Meg said run the cable through the firewall along the top of the frame rails
so that the cable will be protected from road debris hitting it and then run it between the cab and bed to your roof. I use a K40 magnet mount.Whats nice about it is that you can remove the coil w/the antenna whip by just twisting it and leaving the base still on the truck.They make a cheaper one called a K30 mag mount but the base and coil are one piece.Performance is great. Although I am also running a 150w bi-linear amp.The roof is the best place for the antenna if you were to mount it on the bed rails I would mount one on each side for the best performance.
 

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You can get a mount that fits in the hole in top of the bedrail. Right where you would put a tiedown. I'm thinking about going to there soon. Get rid of my bedrails.
 

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I ran mine out the back of the back door and around then up to the roof to magnet mount Lil Wil. One day I may do a more permanent install.
 

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Check out the following thread. Titanic9 does a good job describing his install and includes some great pics. The stake-bed mount would work perfectly for your application. Granted, you won't have as good of a ground plane as you would if you installed your antenna on the roof. But for light to moderate use this should work fine.

Trace


http://www.titantalk.com/forums/tit.../62729-cb-radio-antenna-install-pictures.html
 

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CHUD said:
Check out the following thread. Titanic9 does a good job describing his install and includes some great pics. The stake-bed mount would work perfectly for your application. Granted, you won't have as good of a ground plane as you would if you installed your antenna on the roof. But for light to moderate use this should work fine.

Trace


http://www.titantalk.com/forums/tit.../62729-cb-radio-antenna-install-pictures.html
Thanks. That thread had everything I needed to know. It's good to know that decent SWR numbers are possible w/ that setup.
 
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