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    Quick note on something you failed to mention in your write up, it is a PAIN to runt he wire through the roll bars. Shew........

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    I did a little copy cat on mine. I had an old black rectangular bar int eh garage so I shortened it and made my mount.

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    Thanks Eddie! This really helped tons with the routing & dealing with the ground strap and grommets

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobycarolanNC View Post
    Thanks Eddie! This really helped tons with the routing & dealing with the ground strap and grommets
    Awesome! Glad to hear I was able to help out

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    So Iíve been playing with my CB & I get a lot of noise that maybe because of one place I improvised on the directions. Instead of running the ground through the grommet by the jack I removed the ďtrail railĒ with the 3 D rings and attached it to the body in one of the D ring bolts. Would that be a bad place to ground it?

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    Did you get your antenna turned OK? If not I would go direct to the frame.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobycarolanNC View Post
    So Iíve been playing with my CB & I get a lot of noise that maybe because of one place I improvised on the directions. Instead of running the ground through the grommet by the jack I removed the ďtrail railĒ with the 3 D rings and attached it to the body in one of the D ring bolts. Would that be a bad place to ground it?
    3 things.

    1. yes, you really want to run a ground strap to the frame. The body will kind of work but the frame will give you a better ground.

    2. if you didn't do so, you really want to connect your power lead directly to the battery or use the aux power lead that goes to the battery. You do not want to use power that needs your key on to work. That will give you noise in the line.

    3. did you make sure to set up your antenna mount correctly? The step on the nylon washer NEEDS to be sitting inside the hole so that the stud does not make contact with the metal mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drhcobra View Post
    Did you get your antenna turned OK? If not I would go direct to the frame.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    3 things.

    1. yes, you really want to run a ground strap to the frame. The body will kind of work but the frame will give you a better ground.

    2. if you didn't do so, you really want to connect your power lead directly to the battery or use the aux power lead that goes to the battery. You do not want to use power that needs your key on to work. That will give you noise in the line.

    3. did you make sure to set up your antenna mount correctly? The step on the nylon washer NEEDS to be sitting inside the hole so that the stud does not make contact with the metal mount.
    Thanks guys! I bought a quick release & a SWR meter. Iím going to move the ground to the frame & tune it today after I install that QR. I used the quadratec spare tire mount & a firestick so it was already built, but Iíll check it though for the nylon washer. They also sell a fused power line that clips into the 12v cig lighter which is how I did the power. Iím already down that road. Honestly I get a good signal when someone is close, but I just want to make sure I get it all right so it works as best as it can. How worried should I be about a lightning strike?

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    I wouldnít worry about lightning. Youíre going to have your antenna off when not on the trail?


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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobycarolanNC View Post
    Thanks guys! I bought a quick release & a SWR meter. Iím going to move the ground to the frame & tune it today after I install that QR. I used the quadratec spare tire mount & a firestick so it was already built, but Iíll check it though for the nylon washer. They also sell a fused power line that clips into the 12v cig lighter which is how I did the power. Iím already down that road. Honestly I get a good signal when someone is close, but I just want to make sure I get it all right so it works as best as it can. How worried should I be about a lightning strike?
    Yeah, a spare tire mount will NOT give you a good enough ground. You really need to run a ground strap to the frame. As far as the cig lighter goes, I can't remember but if you need to have the key on in order for it to get power, this is a BAD lead to work off of as you WILL get noise in the line.

    Oh, and lightning? No, that shouldn't be an issues or that I've ever seen.

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