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Old 09-14-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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Finally going to bite the bullet and get this thing working. I've narrowed it down to two options:

The antenna will be mounted behind the cab on a toolbox.

The Wilson 1000,
Base mount, so the coil is under the roof
Removable coil base so i can use the car wash
No rear visibility problems
Won't block 3rd brake light
Signal will be partly blocked by cab

The Wilson 2000,
Mid Mount, 18" long 3/8" stand will put coil just over top of roof
Removability issues?
Shaft might block view, window seam does anyways?
Will partially block out 3rd brake light
leverage might bend up my nice new tool box or damage something else?
Signal completely unobstructed by cab

Thoughts? Experiences?
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:22 PM   #2
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The Wilson 1000,
Base mount, so the coil is under the roof
Removable coil base so i can use the car wash
No rear visibility problems
Won't block 3rd brake light
Signal will be partly blocked by cab

I have experience with that set-up. Mine squeeled every time I keyed the Mic. I stuck it to the aft cab roof and it worked great, but trees tended to knock it over in the woods, which is where I primarily used it (hunt club)

The Wilson 2000,
Mid Mount, 18" long 3/8" stand will put coil just over top of roof
Removability issues?
Shaft might block view, window seam does anyways?
Will partially block out 3rd brake light
leverage might bend up my nice new tool box or damage something else?
Signal completely unobstructed by cab

I think this setup will squeel too. I don't think having the coil midway up is going to give you an unobstucted signal like you think it will. I ended up using a different Wilson, but I can't recall its model name/#. Smaller magnetic base and smaller coil, like the 1000, but half the height. It worked "ok" when stuck on the cab roof.
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Well the 2000 seems like a normal Wilson just mounted on a post. The post doesn't do any of the transmitting or receiving.

I'm really not too keen on a roof mount of any type. Absolutely no holes are going to be drilled in my roof, nor do I feel like having a cable hanging around.

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Have one on Deathtrap. Too stiff and I want something a little more slender for the highway driven Ranger.
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Get the 2000, a 3/8" rod isn't going to obstruct your vision any more than a bar on a sliding rear window equipped pickup. It won't block the third brake light worth a crap either... the block would be negligible. Also, Shouldn't bend it. Just get a "heavy duty" stud for it... should be larger than a normal stud.
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