- Jul 14, 2018
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- Rochester, New York
Brand new to the forum, so hey guys! Just got a new 2019 Rebel and love it.
Looking to mount my Yaesu FTM 400XDR with a compactenna.
I put on a RetraxOne XR with a slot mount over the bed, so that's where I plan to put the antenna.
Has anyone run cables into the rear or bed? How did you do that? In my previous truck there was a rubber grommet underneath the rear passenger seat that allowed things to pass through, and then you sealed that up for waterproofing. That's what I'd like to do.
So far my plan is to put the head unit into a bracket that slides into the rubber upright cellphone holder so it doesn't block my view. That way it will sit right in front o the CD holder and won't take up any usable storage room, and it's wide enough that I'd still have room to put my cellphone in the other side right next to it.
Then run the power cables through the grommet, and run the antenna cables out into the bed to mount the antenna on the rails. You can see the rails here. I have a Compactenna that I can either mount to a crossrail, or I'd prefer to just mount it right into the track. I plan on removing the crossrails when I don't need them.
In my previous truck I did a mount by the hood, but I didn't like looking at the antenna all the time and having it take up space, particularly a stubby and fat compactenna.
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Rhino-Rack has a bracket like this already, but it's expensive ($23 for the flat NMO mount, or $95 for the folding mount). I really like the idea of the folding mount because I could get it down and out of the way temporarily if I was carrying a flat load on the bars. But $95 is rich!
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As you know the best place for a uniform ground plane is right in the middle of the roof. But i'm guessing, just like me, that is not a desirable alternative. I did speculate once on a mag-mount solution for my first 4th gen (2010), but I thought the RG-58 feedline would look dorky draped down over the back window. I like your solution better.
I did discover that there was a grommet in the front of the bed floor on both sides, but I don't remember an access hole under the rear seat. I would've dressed the feedline across the inner side of the left frame rail and in through a large rubber seal that's next to the steering column shaft in the firewall. Of course, where ever you route the coax between the bed and the cab allow for some flexing.
As far as mounting the head I think you've picked the most logical place for a non-destructive install.
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