Front Mount - Bull Bar
We have initially installed the Antenna on the bull bar at the front. As you can see the cables are run down the back of the bull bar and secured using the supplied self adhesive blocks. NOTE: Before you apply the self adhesive give the area a good clean with some form of spirit (metho, turps, etc). Then use a small cable tie to hold the wires in place.
We will soon be moving the antenna to the rear of the vehicle and will provide you with details of this install also. NOW DONE - GO TO REAR MOUNT.
Rear Mount - Spare Wheel Carrier
The reason we didn't initially mount the HF antenna base to the rear was because at the time we didn't have a spare wheel carrier fixed to the vehicle. The 80 series cruiser does not come with a spare wheel carrier fixed to the back doors like some other vehicles. Instead, the spare wheel is carried in a bay underneath the body of the vehicle. This is fine for the urban driver, but pretty useless for offroad or beach driving as it affects the ground clearance significantly.
Within this Vehicle Setup Feature we have already detailed how we used the spare wheel bay for fitting an extended range fuel tank. For the time being the spare has been carried on the roof rack.
In selecting a spare wheel carrier, we opted for a swing out bar on the driver's side. This doesn't actually interfere with roadside
parking anymore than an open car door. We chose the Kaymar, K1110, which retails for around $789 (fitted).
Due the added weight on the driver's side of our vehicle (fridge, water tank
and wheel carrier) we had our suspension
specially setup to account for the added load on this side.
The antenna bracket we received for our 80 series was simple to fit and slid right on perfectly. Our travelling companion
also received the bracket for his GQ Patrol, for which he found the pin needed to be replaced as it wasn't long enough. We have since given this feedback
to the manufacturer and they are investigating this model for improvement.