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Antenna mount

abbysdad2006

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Good afternoon all. I'm looking for a place to acquire a right side fender mount bracket for my 2011 Tahoe. I can only find left side. Does anyone know what is so special about the right side fender area?
 

mmckenna

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Yes, kinda like that guy, but for a 2011. Sorry, I'm not sure what kind of mount is needed for a CB antenna.
Well, you would need to figure out which antenna you want to mount. The mounting base/mounting hole sizes can be different.

If you have not chosen an antenna yet, you should consider a few things….
Mounting an antenna off to the side of the vehicle, especially off to one edge, results in a lopsided ground plane under the antenna. While there are No Ground Plane antennas, the presence of the hood/body under the antenna will still impact the radiation pattern of the antenna. That can result in the antenna being directional, and giving you more coverage in one direction over others. May not be an ideal installation...

Ideally you do want the antenna mounted in the center of the vehicle to make the best use of what ground plane you have.

I did a lot of installs on those era Tahoes, and I can say that doing a permanent mount dead center of the vehicle roof is easy and works really well, especially on CB frequencies. Putting an NMO mount right in the center of the roof and installing something like a Larsen NMO-27 would give you the best performance.

If fender bracket is your only option, then you can still use the Larsen NMO-27, with one of these mounts:
Or a more generic mount:


After using the Larsen NMO-27 for 30 or so years, I can strongly recommend it. It's a professional grade antenna and will easily outlast your vehicle. I've got the same one I've had since about 1990, and it's been a lot of miles off road, tree branch strikes, parking garages, etc. It'll cost a bit more than the hobby/consumer grade antennas, but it will pay for itself in the long run.
 

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Ok, cool I'll look into those. Looks like they just screw into the side of the fender.
Correct. They'll work on either side and at any point along the fender. It uses stainless steel sheet metal screws, usually included. And you can get them in shiny stainless steel or black powder coated stainless steel depending on your preference.
 

abbysdad2006

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Correct. They'll work on either side and at any point along the fender. It uses stainless steel sheet metal screws, usually included. And you can get them in shiny stainless steel or black powder coated stainless steel depending on your preference.

Perfect, thank you
 

slowmover

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Fender Mount means:

you can talk directly across the highway to the opposing Interstate lanes

not more.

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mrweather

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It's not so much if there's enough groundplane but where it's located under the antenna.
 
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