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Old 01-16-2007, 10:29 AM   #1
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Anybody know if it is possible (easy) to install a CB radio antenna on the driver side mirror on a Kodiak C5500? I would like to drill a hoke in the top of the mirror on the driver's side and mount a 4 foot Firestick II there. I would like to run the cable inside the mirror and then into the mirror arm to get it into the cab area.

Anyone done this before and seen one like this?

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Old 01-16-2007, 10:29 AM   #2
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Anybody know if it is possible (easy) to install a CB radio antenna on the driver side mirror on a Kodiak C5500? I would like to drill a hoke in the top of the mirror on the driver's side and mount a 4 foot Firestick II there. I would like to run the cable inside the mirror and then into the mirror arm to get it into the cab area.

Anyone done this before and seen one like this?

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Old 01-16-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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Hi Steve,

Wouldn't it be simpler to use a K40 or a Wilson antenna with a magnetic base. Then it could be centered on the roof where it would be most efficient.. This is the set-up I had on my previous truck and it worked fine.

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Old 01-16-2007, 08:25 PM   #4
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No room due to Class C overcab area. Also, I have not had good luck with magnetic base antennas and getting a good ground.

I don't want to drill holes in the cab or the house but the mirror looks to be a good antenna location and is well grounded to the cab.
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I think you should contact a Chevy dealer about mounting your antena. I don't think drilling into the mirror housing would be a good idea. Aren't they made of a plastic material? I would suggest mounting it on the side of the over cab portion of the house. But, contacting a Chevy dealer (trucks) should be done first.
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:31 AM   #6
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The mirror housing is metal and is connected to a metal arm that is bolted to the cab so there is a good ground and should provide a good groundplane for the antenna. I do not want to drill holes and mount an antenna on the fiberglass cabover area for many reason. I was interested if anyone here had mounted one on a Kodiak mirror before.

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Old 01-17-2007, 10:15 AM   #7
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One other thing to look into is find out who the maufacturer of your mirror is (Velvac?) and call them to see if they have the housings with the CB mounts built in.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:03 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies.

I called GM and they said Do Not install anything on the mirrors. They are having problems with them breaking off and any additional stress (from an antenna mounted on them at 60 mph) would be a bad thing.

They also said that GM makes the mirrror and not Velvac or any other company they would share with me.

Looks like I am back to square one with this. I have an old magnetic base antenna that I will try on the forward part of the cab roof. It might just fit but will not be an ideal setup due to the closeness of the cabover area. The other option is to mount on the cabover area and use a no groundplane antenna.

That will be a while with the coach in storage and the temperatures well below freezing here for many weeks to come.
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I got a 90 degree stainless bracket from radio shack and mounted my fire stick by the slide on a spring base routed wire through the corner of the slide with no problem. Secured with clamps No problemo....works fine not noticeable. Did go too a shorter antenna broke the tip on the other one in a truck wash. Antenna tip is approximatly 3" over every thing else works great.

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