- Dec 1, 2015
- Woodlands, MB
Makes sense.. Sweet ride by the way
FWIW, I had K40 mounted in about the same location, on my XJ, and it was never really a sight line issue. (The A pillars in my WK give me many more problems with sight lines.)Slight change of plans after I picked up my new Jeep Mojave and looked over antenna options. I'm not comfortable screwing in the NMO angle brackets mentioned in the last post into the sides of the plastic cowl pieces. I found the back edge of the steel hood should take a clamp on trunk lid mount just fine so I ordered two Laird trunk lid mounts in black like these. TMB8U - Trunk Lid Mount, No Connector - 17' RG58U - Laird Technologies 56237 729198562373 | eBay I'll also line the underside of the top and side plastic cowl pieces with wide aluminum tape then bond that and the metal body to the hood with a short wide piece of flat braid near each hood hinge.
The picture below shows the rough location of the antenna and the hood gap is plenty wide for the mount and coax to pass when opening the hood. The only slight drawback will be the whip visible from the drivers location, but what's more important, radios that work good or your view? I mean, who really needs to look out the front window when driving and talking on the radio?
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Thx for detailing install. One sees rigs on-road and wonders at the “structure” to hold antennas at highway speeds.
The Gladiator seems more toy than truck, still; how does one keep payload from damaging itself or the antenna? Sufficient tie-downs (weight-rating) to accomplish this?
Sorry, wrong way to have put it. Jeep’s are fine, but they’re still not pickups re payload size & weight. The Gladiator weighs as much as my 2001 Quadcab Dodge, (etc).
What are the limits on the tie-downs (the rhetorical question; not asked that you answer it)? Removing the antenna shouldn’t be a requirement NO MATTER the vehicle (is how I see it) given a mini-pallet of (6) automotive-size batteries.
The 400-lb pallet NOT shifting around. Is the thing.
This is also NOT about the location of the antenna mount.
I think the Jeep tie down limits are around 400lbs. In the 13yrs I had a full size pickup, an extended cab Tundra, I never carried all that much. A few times I had a couple of cubic yards of garden bark or camping supplies or occasionally a few full size sheets of plywood. That's a lot of truck sitting around to haul something every few years. I did have a 42ft pneumatic antenna mast in the Tundra for awhile but that was more of a novelty item and I recently sold the mast. I think going forward a mid sized Jeep pickup is right for me and now its all decked out with radios and antennas.
Any issues with the whips (especially the longer ones) flopping around against the side of the rack?