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Whip Antenna Installation

By: George “Kickstand” Pandoff

After using a magnetic mount for about 6 months I finally decided on where to mount a whip. I don’t like to permanently modify or alter things if at all possible but finally decided to mount the whip on my spare tire carrier.


I purchased my mirror clamping 4’ whip antenna from Radio Shack.


 BORDER= This antenna is made to clamp on the mirror bracket of a truck. The clamp is made of two halves with bolt-holes at the four corners. Separate the clamp halves and line up the antenna half of the clamp against the vertical side of the tire carrier between the rear door and the tire. Using the antenna half of the clamp as a template, mark on the carrier where to drill the first hole. Once you have the first hole drilled, use one of the enclosed bolts to attach the antenna clamp half to the carrier. With the antenna half attached to your tire carrier drill out the remaining holes. Doing it in this fashion ensures the holes are properly placed. I recommend attaching the clamp at the top corner nearest the door or the tire will be up against the antenna. Because of the useable room on the tire carrier I only used 3 of the four boltholes.

Reason For This Antenna Type

As I previously mentioned I don’t like to permanently altar anything. There are some CB antenna mounts that clamp onto the edge of the hood. After seeing rigs that see plenty of trail use that this is a bad system. From constant rocking of the antenna this type of clamp will tear up (bend) sheet medal.


After having this antenna mounted for a while I’m very happy. I have increased the range of my antenna quite a bit. On the down side the antenna is in the way a bit if you have the rear window up. It also presents a problem if your wanting to leave your rear window up with the door closed. You can do it but I don’t like the stress on the antenna.


CB Antenna $23.95 at a local Radio Shack