hf radio aerial on back

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:11
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good evenig all
i am currently making up a bracket to move my hf radio aerial to the rear of my gu .Bracket will fit behind existing spare tyre holder has anybody done this and what did you do about the bolts did you put longer bolts in or just laeve the existing ones they are a typical nissan mongrel bolt 7mm where do you buy longer bolts

steve
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:28

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:28
In SA we would go to the Coventry Group - aka Sweetmans / Universal Fasteners - they have everything bolty, and more !
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Reply By: DeanoNSW - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:30

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:30
Steve,

whilst I have not done this, I have put a Kaymar spacer on the back of my GU so that I can fit a larger space tyre on the back.

The Kaymar kit supplies the extra bolts.

You should be able to get the longer bolts from a bolt specialist, - ie like cost less bolts in Ringwood. (I am sure that there are more suppliers in the yellowpages.)

Deano
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Reply By: Pluto - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:59

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 21:59
Steve,

Have a look at the yellow pages under the headings:
Fasteners-Industrial
Bolts & Nuts

You should find plenty of local suppliers.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:17

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:17
Steve,

Getting the bracket right can be a bit tricky - did mine on a Prado several times to get all the angles right. Need the aerial to be upright when viewed from behind, need to to lean backwards a little (transmits better) and maintain sufficient clearance from the bodywork (160mm for the base of a Barrett, and greater clearance as you head up).

Its best that the bracket leans forward a little into the spare tyre, as this will provide some extra support.

Like others have said - go to a specialist fasteners shop for whatever bolts you require - I used angle iron, so longer bolts weren't required.

And when you find that the aerial is leaning a bit in the wrong direction, make a tapered washer by grinding a standard half inch washer, and sitting it in the required direction.

Cheers
Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:18

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:18
probably meant "backwards in to the rear tyre"
Rearwards might be the best word :-))

Cheers
Phil
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:21

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:21
GO and have a look at the one at G&C in Cranbourne they hve one on their GU out the front
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:54

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 22:54
You can buy one commercially (i did), but @ $130- you might be better off making one yourself.
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 23:32

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 23:32
GOB & Denny

As I am not familiar with your GU spare tyre bracket I will get in early and admit I am flying blind with your set up.

However, as a suggestion and only a suggestion this is what I did in this situation.

I have a Kaymar rear bar and spare wheel holder(bracket). Also a a Jerrycan holder on the opposite side.

Kaymar make a HF bracket that can be attached to the spare tyre holder /bracket.

It costs about $100, fits easily, is made specific for the job at hand and is I believe in the long run worth the $100.

Now you may be able to purchase and use/adapt one of these, or have a look at it and see how it is engineered and adopted same.

It comes with all the required 'bolty'type thingo's that you need.

Regards

Ken Robinson
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:07

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 00:07
Hi Steve,

I have some pics of the one I made, incorporating a worklight. Member message me if you want the pics.

Cheers

Captain

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