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hydrolocked

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Does anyone have any photos of a professional install of a low band whip on a newer (2002 or later) ford explorer?
 

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I'm looking for the best place to possibly put a ball mount with a 102" whip - to be used for loading with an AH4 for 40 meters and up. Since my explorer has a fairly clean install thus far, i was curious where agencies such as illinois state police punch the holes - assuming that they would have a reason for choosing a particular spot on a vehicle.
 

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I should have said this on HS instead of here, but the only low-band using SUVs I have seen here in NC have been the highway patrol and all of those are the ghey base loaded whips on the front fender, that goes back ten years with the first unmarked explorer I saw.
 

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I'm looking for the best place to possibly put a ball mount with a 102" whip - to be used for loading with an AH4 for 40 meters and up. Since my explorer has a fairly clean install thus far, i was curious where agencies such as illinois state police punch the holes - assuming that they would have a reason for choosing a particular spot on a vehicle.
I am sure there is a reason, for doing what they do, if you are going to mount a whip go on the left (street) side, keeps you out of trouble with low flying trees. The biggest problem with ball mounts on newer vehicles, is there is no real good thick metal used much any more, the I have seen fatigue cracks in some. The back up washer provided with the mount helps but is not the ideal answer.
How long is the antenna? Maybe a custom bolt through the bumper mount is an option.
 

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102".

I have a base loaded 27 MHz whip on the front fender, was just hoping for something i could force-feed 100W from 7 MHz up:)

I've seen a number of expeditions, but cant find the photos....


the bumper, unfortunately, is encased in plastic.... I miss the old metal bumpers like my jeep has (sans the rust that my jeep has...)
 

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Maybe talk to a commercial two-way shop close to you see what they recommend, here is another idea, do you have a trailer hitch receiver? Can you access the frame holes, under the back end? You might be able to bolt some bracketing though the factory frame holes, and mount a heavy wall 12ga-10ga square tube that would end just past the bumper make a plate and mount the ball mount there, just tossing out some ideas.
 
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