The Bulletproofdiesel one is very well-made. I had one on my truck before I installed the shell. They made me a cut-off plate so I could re-install it with the shell, but I haven't gotten around to installing it, mostly because I don't feel look moving the antenna wire a third time. Maybe this winter after deer season . . .Been lurking this thread. For the antenna mounting portion, I really like the idea of an NMO mount at the 3rd brake light. Looks like some creative aftermarket solutions, but unfortunately even the least-intrusive version I could find is $330 (Third Brake Light Antenna Mount - 2014-2020 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon).
Has anybody come across a breakdown of the antenna base? Wondering if there's enough room (and stability) to add an NMO mount in there and just use the existing wiring channels to feed through the coax from the mount.
Not a bad idea. Just figured if I was going through the trouble anyway might as well do both on roof. Then I only have to route cables once.I'd put the CB antenna smack in the middle of the roof, and use a fender mount for the scanner, but that's just me.
Keeps us informed of your progress. I'm still on the fence about putting a radio in mine.
Sounds like you agree then to just put cb on roof and fender mount the scanner? Here's the cb antenna Im looking at.I prefer to have any transmitting antennas as "in the clear" as I can. Putting two antennas close to each other will distort the patterns on both of them, and if I have a choice, the two-way radio wins the "best antenna mounting place" contest.
Since you're installing an NMO, what CB antenna will you be using? I helped a family member do this on his big dump truck last summer, and I think he bought one of the coil-loaded Larsen antennas.
Hustler makes some decent ones, too, but you need to get an NMO-to-3/8-24 adapter.
Just remember, the shorter the antenna the higher the angle of radiation and this lessons overall efficiency. There was a reason the 102" whip was all the rage back in the day!Sounds like you agree then to just put cb on roof and fender mount the scanner? Here's the cb antenna Im looking at.
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I've always been leery of "magic" antennas.what about COMPACtenna?
Have been thinking of going the geotool route too. Please share some pics/comments if you get one of his mounts!