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Author Topic: Bumper mounted HF on 2012 Tacoma?  (Read 3707 times)
K3GHH
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« on: August 03, 2012, 05:38:20 PM »

Has anyone installed a spring mount for Hamsticks by drilling the rear bumper of a recent Tacoma pickup?

On my old 1994 Toyota pickup there was plenty of space on the bumper, to the left of the tailgate; I had no trouble drilling and mounting a base there. This new Tacoma bumper seems to offer very little space that clears the tailgate. Maybe there's room, behind the left taillight. Has anyone done it?

--John K3GHH
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W9MMS
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2012, 05:15:34 AM »

I would use the Stake hole on the truck to mount the Antenna. Take a look at Breedlove Brackets .....

http://bellsouthpwp.net/b/r/breedlove1/page16.html

Also, pay a visit to Alan's site .....

http://www.k0bg.com/eff.html


(((73))) Milverton.
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K3GHH
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2012, 05:41:58 AM »

I would use the Stake hole on the truck to mount the Antenna. Take a look at Breedlove Brackets .....

http://bellsouthpwp.net/b/r/breedlove1/page16.html

Also, pay a visit to Alan's site .....

http://www.k0bg.com/eff.html


(((73))) Milverton.

I have a fiberglass cap that completely covers the bed.
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W9MMS
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2012, 07:39:11 PM »

They have one for that too!

http://bellsouthpwp.net/b/r/breedlove1/page12.html

Scroll down till you see the Camper shell.


(((73))) Milverton.
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K3GHH
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2012, 08:48:24 PM »

They have one for that too!

http://bellsouthpwp.net/b/r/breedlove1/page12.html

Scroll down till you see the Camper shell.


(((73))) Milverton.

Thanks! That might be feasible.

--John K3GHH
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WA8FOZ
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2012, 09:11:11 PM »

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They have one for that too!

http://bellsouthpwp.net/b/r/breedlove1/page12.html

Scroll down till you see the Camper shell.


(((73))) Milverton.

Thanks! That might be feasible.

--John K3GHH
This is DEFINITELY preferable to bumper mount. For an antenna as small as a Hamstick, with this mount you need not use a spring - I suppose it might help if you hit a tree branch. Do read up on Alan's website, especially grounding and image planes. kobg.com is a definitive textbook on mobiling.

Have fun!
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K3GHH
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2012, 09:03:28 AM »

Actually, looking at the truck, I don't see how the stake-hole mount would work. On the Tacoma the top of the bed sides is covered by a thick layer of black composite material, like that which lines the bed. There are no stake holes visible anywhere. I'll communicate with the Breedlove company before I go further.
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W8JX
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012, 09:12:18 AM »

I have used a chain type bumper mount with no spring for many years with ham sticks with excellent results on a Suburban. Below is a link for a strap type bumper mount.

Click Here
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KF6RDN
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012, 02:30:58 PM »

Actually, looking at the truck, I don't see how the stake-hole mount would work. On the Tacoma the top of the bed sides is covered by a thick layer of black composite material, like that which lines the bed. There are no stake holes visible anywhere. I'll communicate with the Breedlove company before I go further.

This is from an 06 which I believe is similar:

That black composite material comes off, there's a plastic latchey thing, and the rest snaps off.
However the post or stake holes are there but pretty useless. 
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