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    Hi all,

    Well the original plan I had for the car has been kind of thrown out the window to a degree.
    Had originally wanted to get as soon as possible...

    Alloy bull bar
    Snorkel
    Dual batt system
    UHF radio

    As we are trying to start a new small home business, the funds I had aside for the car will now be used to purchase the equipment for that. Sucks in one way, but exciting in another. Also SWMBO has told me that she doesn't want to loose the "face" of the car as it looks too good! So there goes the plan for the bull bar and I dislike the look of the nudge bars.

    So I have a dilemma... I still really want to put into the car a UHF radio.
    i have already purchased a dual aerial kit which contains this one...
    https://www.gme.net.au/catalogue/ant...e/ae4704b.aspx
    and a larger one.

    now for the fact (for the time being at least) we won't be having a bulbar any time soon... Where and how could I mount this? I have seen on a new Hilux recently a front guard mount that comes out from under the bonnet. Would something like that hold up to the one above?

    Thoughts and suggestions?

    Thanks

    BJ.

  • #2
    BJ; As a temporary fix, what about a magnetic antenna base unit & mount it on the roof. Just looks a bit ugly closing the door on the cable & getting to the UHF unit. Ages ago I used one for a CB radio. (My UHF radio was fixed into the dash) & the CB radio just wedged between the front seat & centre console, & I used a cigarette plug set up for power. Some guys I toured with had a UHF only, had CB only. That way I could contact everyone.

    If you go the magnetic base, put a couple of strips of gaffer or duct tape on the base to reduce the risk of scratching. The magnet is strong & won't move as you drive.

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    • #3
      Hi BJ,

      I'm in a similar boat. I've picked up a GME bracket from ARB like this : https://www.gme.net.au/catalogue/ant...e/mb404ss.aspx

      Im planning to mount that on the side of the bonnet with a couple of stainless screws...

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      • #4
        I have found this for the front guard, but am wondering if will be strong enough and also how to protect the paint if I ever remove it...

        http://www.rfiwireless.com.au/mobile...l#.V5M1pZAmKK0

        BJ

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        • #5
          I used this to mount the Antenna on the Bonnet, located up near the Passenger side windscreen corner.
          Works a treat, very stable and doesn't mark or need drilling. Completely removable.

          http://www.rfiwireless.com.au/adjust...l#.V5M6y7h95aQ

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          • Silver Tuna
            Silver Tuna commented
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            Looks interesting, can you post a photo please?

        • #6
          Originally posted by Farnk666 View Post
          I used this to mount the Antenna on the Bonnet, located up near the Passenger side windscreen corner.
          Works a treat, very stable and doesn't mark or need drilling. Completely removable.

          http://www.rfiwireless.com.au/adjust...l#.V5M6y7h95aQ
          That looks quite good... Would it take the spring base as per the aerial I have? How much was it and do you have any pics of it so we can get a better idea?.. May definately be an option.

          BJ.

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          • #7
            Here you go - night time pics sorry, but they should show you how it's mounted.
            I added a line of black electrical tape underneath just to be sure to avoid any scratches.

            As to how much of a load it can take, I wouldn't be mounting anything too heavy or long.
            I am using this one -> https://www.gme.net.au/catalogue/ant...wn/ae409l.aspx
            and it works fine. I like the ability to change the length and gain to suit the type of driving I'm doing.

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            • Silver Tuna
              Silver Tuna commented
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              Thanks. This looks like a great solution. I appriciate your effort in posting the photos.

          • #8
            Originally posted by Farnk666 View Post
            Here you go - night time pics sorry, but they should show you how it's mounted.
            I added a line of black electrical tape underneath just to be sure to avoid any scratches.

            As to how much of a load it can take, I wouldn't be mounting anything too heavy or long.
            I am using this one -> https://www.gme.net.au/catalogue/ant...wn/ae409l.aspx
            and it works fine. I like the ability to change the length and gain to suit the type of driving I'm doing.
            Absolutely brilliant. Thank you!

            i may look into this one. I would have to see if I can replace the spring base for the new aerial to something lighter and if so would be ideal.

            bj.

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