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Best method to attach cable to car

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what tape have you found best to attach antenna cable to the surface of a car? I have the cable running across the roof and through the weatherstripping, but I can't find a good method to hold the cable alongside the weatherstripping in the door frame. Electrical tape doesn't stick.

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There isn't any tape that is going to work well for any length of time. Anything long-term would require drilling holes to mount the wire clips/retainers. And if you're going to drill holes, then you should just do a permanent mount and run the coax inside between the headliner and sheet metal. Magnetic mounts are for temporary, not long-term applications. A properly-done permanent install will work better and have lower SWR.
 

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what tape have you found best to attach antenna cable to the surface of a car? I have the cable running across the roof and through the weatherstripping, but I can't find a good method to hold the cable alongside the weatherstripping in the door frame. Electrical tape doesn't stick.

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Wire ties wrapped around the weatherstripping will work in the short term.

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Get yourself some "Gaffers Tape". It's like Duct Tape on steroids. I've used it in some installs to keep coaxial cable up out of the way under/above headliners.

Make sure you clean the area where you are going to attach the tape, any grease/dust will reduce the effectiveness of the adhesive.
 

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An installer at a former employer used plastic tie wrap blocks RTV'd into place, then tie wraps run through those. It worked better than I expected it to. I don't know how well that would work in a door, though. They did it up the outside of the windshield.
 

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I used the tie wrap blocks from Radio Shack on my last vehicle when I had first used a magnetic mount. I had the coax coming in through a door jam and it worked very well to hold it exactly where I wanted it. Granted, that was hidden behind the doors and not exposed directly to the weather. I'm not sure how they would hold up then.


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