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Old 09-13-2017, 9:19 PM
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Default 02 Ford Sport Trac NMO mount help please

I've decided to drill for a mount in the roof for a dual band to replace my failing magnet mount. I pulled the back dome light and there is a bracket between it and the roof that the light mounts to. I thought about using a Dremel and making a hole thru it just big enough to give the mount clearance. Does anyone else have any experience on this vehicle?

This is my first NMO mount and I'm surprised how tiny the mount actually is.

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Old 09-13-2017, 9:22 PM
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If it will fit between the bracket and the roof you can put it there, no need to get to the bottom side of the mount for installation. I would personally pick another spot though
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Old 09-13-2017, 9:25 PM
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To add to the above if I can see the location and there is enough room above the bracket is there any need to be able to access the back of the NMO mount when installing it because my back window rolls down, about a foot behind the area and I might be able to look under the headliner to see if it's clear. In my understanding the NMO is designed to be installed from on top.

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NMO is drilled and installed form the top however, this assumes you have an NMO hole saw (which only goes 1/4" past the sheet metal. Most headliners have up to 1.5" of clearance depending on where you are drilling. Drilling the hole with a step bit or other bit...you'd have to drop the headliner a few inches prior to drilling if you can't find an access where you can keep an eye on bit depth.
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I used a punch to make a hole. Very clean hole perfect fit.
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There is a very old thread on batlabs from a guy who did this with his sport trac, you might want to search there. He had pictures of everything he did.
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There is a very old thread on batlabs from a guy who did this with his sport trac, you might want to search there. He had pictures of everything he did.
The domain with the pictures is gone unfortunately.

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Well I decided to pull the rear dome light and take another look, it seems it was easier then I thought it would be. The rear dome bracket had for some reason a 1/4" hole in the dead center which gave me just enough room to pilot drill it from the bottom then drill the 3/4" hole from the top without touching the bracket. Then it was twenty minutes of fishing the coax and bam installed.
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