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Author Topic: Antenna Mounting Options for 2013 Lincoln MKX  (Read 6778 times)
K5CAP
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« on: December 16, 2013, 10:07:18 PM »

 Huh We just purchased a 2013 Lincoln MKX replacing a 2007 Volvo XC90 (Volvo totaled in accident). The Volvo had a luggage rack where I had my dual band antenna mounted. Due to the over-sized moon roof there is no rack on the MKX's roof. Has any one seen or heard of a mount for the MKX other than possibly a glass mount?

Thanks for any suggestions

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 10:46:29 AM »

If not metallic/passivated glass, why not the Larsen 2M/440 KG-2/70-CX-PL? It is an excellent performer. It is the knock-offs and imitations (and improper installations) that have given "through-the-glass" a bad name. But this setup works marvelously. I use this one and their through-the-glass 220 setup all day long - excellent results.

The rear hatch is too weird ... But a clip mount on one of the rear doors would work well, too. Diamond's K412CNMO Trunk Lip Mount is a smaller profile unit than their K400, and would work well. Just make sure at least the top third of the antenna clears the roof line, and you will gave good 2M/440 performance.

Assuming, of course, you are interested in 2M/440 work.



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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 04:19:03 AM »

But a clip mount on one of the rear doors would work well, too. 

I've got a clip mount on my car, mounted on the rear passenger door.  Works fine!   I got a 3/8x24 mount, and put an $8 dualband whip there, got it from buxcomm.  Zero problems, good performance!
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2016, 03:42:16 PM »

Well... I finally came up with a way to mount my antenna on the MKX. I realised most SUV's have some type of plastic / polycarbonate spoiler on the back of the vehicle, as does our MKX. After careful thought & planning, I removed the spoiler (much more difficult than it first appeared) and the lift gate interior trim panels. (necessary to remove the spoiler) Now the "oh sh$&" work began. The inside of the spoiler required a lot of sanding / grinding on the inside center of the spoiler because it was about 3/4" thick. Next I fabricated a small piece (roughly 3" X 3") of aluminium sheet metal to go on the inside for the NMO mount to grip to. Using my trusty Dremel, I cut another piece ( 6" X 8") of aluminium for the top of the spoiler to act as my ground plane. There still wasn't enough thread for the antenna base to screw on to, so a little bit of plaining was needed on the base of the antenna as well. Besides the 3/4" hole for the antenna, I also drilled 2 more small (8/32) holes to insure the aluminium sheet could not come up on the front edge. To make sure the ground plane effect worked, I soldered a piece of wire from the antenna ground to one of the small bolts that were securing the top aluminium sheet (ground plane). By the way, the antenna is a Wilson 1000. We do a lot of traveling (8000 + miles a yr) so I wanted an antenna that could do 10 & 11 meters. Many of you on eham had excellent ratings for this antenna. This was just a snap shot of this install, I will try to put some pics up so you can see what a pain this was.
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