Talk is Jeep!

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Sun Sep 03, 2017

MaryB wrote:The 4' Firestick may seem long but when it comes to a CB antenna the longer the better! Like a 102" whip is best. The Firestick is a good compromise antenna that will take a beating before failing.


I'd love to keep the 4'er but I will no doubt break it off on the trails I run.

So I installed my Warn winch today. Adding that unit to my existing bumper was a chore. Access to thread the four bolts to the mounting plate was zero. So I started taking my bumper apart. Not off, but apart. I have a Metalcloak bumper and the things are modular by design. It wasn't so bad, just time consuming. My 3 year old daughter came out to help. She taped my sockets together with some blue painters tape for about 15min before loosing interest. :lol:

It was a smooth and clean install and I am happy with the look and function. I'll get some pictures posted soon.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaxGravy » Sun Sep 03, 2017

The CB whip belongs on the FRONT bumper. You're so unhip.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaryB » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Put a spring under the whip, it can fold over 90 degrees then!

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Sep 04, 2017

MaryB wrote:Put a spring under the whip, it can fold over 90 degrees then!


It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaxGravy » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Rodebaugh wrote:
MaryB wrote:Put a spring under the whip, it can fold over 90 degrees then!


It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:


Your whip is unhip. Get a spring and a man-size antenna, and I might respect you again. :P :lol: :wave:
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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby natsb88 » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Rodebaugh wrote:It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:


MaxGravy wrote:The CB whip belongs on the FRONT bumper. You're so unhip.

You're both wrong :P

A CB antenna actually belongs in the center of the roof (assuming you have a metallic roof).

Standard CB antennas (like a Firestik) require a metallic ground plane to reflect the transmission energy up and away. The larger and flatter, the better.

Bumper mounts are problematic in two ways. One is the unbalanced (and much smaller) ground plane that comes with this location, and the other is interference from reflections of the transmission energy off of vertical surfaces around the top two thirds or so of the antenna (like the back of a Jeep). This feeds energy back into the antenna, which is bad. Both of these problems lead to high SWR and can damage your radio when transmitting.

All that said, bumper mounts work for short range communication, but you need to throw an SWR meter on there and tune it in. CB antennas always need to be tuned, but especially when mounted in compromising positions like bumpers. The front bumper is less bad than the back bumper since the antenna at least isn't right up against vertical surfaces like it is on the back.

Don't fry your rig :shock:

http://firestik.com/Tech_Docs/Bumper-mnts.htm

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Sep 04, 2017

natsb88 wrote:
Rodebaugh wrote:It is mounted between my gate and spare. :thumbdown:


MaxGravy wrote:The CB whip belongs on the FRONT bumper. You're so unhip.

You're both wrong :P

A CB antenna actually belongs in the center of the roof (assuming you have a metallic roof).

Standard CB antennas (like a Firestik) require a metallic ground plane to reflect the transmission energy up and away. The larger and flatter, the better.

Bumper mounts are problematic in two ways. One is the unbalanced (and much smaller) ground plane that comes with this location, and the other is interference from reflections of the transmission energy off of vertical surfaces around the top two thirds or so of the antenna (like the back of a Jeep). This feeds energy back into the antenna, which is bad. Both of these problems lead to high SWR and can damage your radio when transmitting.

All that said, bumper mounts work for short range communication, but you need to throw an SWR meter on there and tune it in. CB antennas always need to be tuned, but especially when mounted in compromising positions like bumpers. The front bumper is less bad than the back bumper since the antenna at least isn't right up against vertical surfaces like it is on the back.

Don't fry your rig :shock:

http://firestik.com/Tech_Docs/Bumper-mnts.htm


That's what fuses are for. :thumbup:

I will downgrade my 4 footer to a 2 footer. Placed very similar to the picture below. I need about a half mile tops. Folks get about 2 miles out of a rig like this:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaxGravy » Mon Sep 04, 2017

Can we call you stubby?
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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Sep 04, 2017

MaxGravy wrote:Can we call you stubby?


:lol:

That's better than mall crawl or grocery getter. :thumbup:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Sep 12, 2017

Recommendations for an SWR meter?

Little cheapie like this work?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASTATIC-PDC1-SW ... Sw9UlZkva~

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby MaryB » Thu Sep 14, 2017

Those are highly inaccurate this is the minimum I would get https://www.gigaparts.com/mfj-813.html using an antenna analyzer is better https://www.dxengineering.com/search/pa ... =Ascending and you could recoup the costs by tuning other jeepers antennas for $20 each

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Tue Oct 10, 2017

Everything (big) is done for now. Jeep took it's last major step from Stock to ROCK.
Poison Spyder Fenders Flairs and Inners. Powdercoated with flats painted to match OEM white.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby H2SO4 » Tue Oct 10, 2017

looks good, doc!
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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Fri Oct 27, 2017

Video of the Jeep doing a little work. Sorry Randy....it's a facebook link. :sick:

https://www.facebook.com/25824208/video ... 611796019/

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Fri Oct 27, 2017

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby natsb88 » Fri Oct 27, 2017

Rodebaugh wrote:Video of the Jeep doing a little work. Sorry Randy....it's a facebook link. :sick:

https://www.facebook.com/25824208/video ... 611796019/


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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Sat Oct 28, 2017

Ill get some videos posted later after company leaves. Until then a little flex and wave.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Nov 06, 2017

So here is what my front pinch seam looked like after the trim from my poison spyder install. Note that the optional aluminum spyder inner fenders are there I just had them rhino lined. There is no way I could leave such a gaping hole right behind my tires. With the trails I run I would have that packed tight with about 15lbs of mud, rock, and leaves. Water is not an issue as these panels have a built in drain. I just don't want my jeep to have any areas that I can plant tomatoes and expect a harvest.

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Not impressed with the ill fitting aftermarket options I decided to do a simple custom fab myself using a cardboard template and sheet aluminum sourced from the local Tractor Supply. After 3 or 4 times each side fitting and trimming I was pleased with the coverage.

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A couple coats of Rustoleum aluminum etch was sprayed as a base followed by 3 coats of black rattlecan chip gaurd.

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Nov 06, 2017

Tomato planter gaping hole.

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Finished clean seamless seam

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Also, I now have a rear passenger bent axle shaft.
So guess what my next project is. :lol:

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Re: Talk is Jeep!

Postby Rik Bitter » Mon Nov 06, 2017

1) Buy nice stuff.
2) Break nice stuff.
3) Repeat.

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