California HELP! Need Your GMRS Antenna Mounting Recommendations for '21 JLU

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I have ordered the Midland MXT275 GMRS RADIO for installation on my 2021 JLU. Need recommendations on best antenna, location of antenna and best mounting bracket. Any photos of your installation will be greatly appreciated. With an upcoming trip to Moab, I need to get this set up. THANKS
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I have ordered the Midland MXT275 GMRS RADIO for installation on my 2021 JLU. Need recommendations on best antenna, location of antenna and best mounting bracket. Any photos of your installation will be greatly appreciated. With an upcoming trip to Moab, I need to get this set up. THANKS
To be honest i used the little magnetic one that came with it for awhile and i opened the hood and stuck it on the metal between the hood and the cowling and the antenna came right through the hood/cowl split when the hood was closed didnt even see it
 

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Then i would just unscrew it if i needed it moved and it was like nothing was there haha
 

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Mounted mine here that flat bracket is from midland as well. works great
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Mounted mine here that flat bracket is from midland as well. works great
MICROMOBILE®MXTA22 DITCH LIGHT EXTENSION BRACKET



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Mark, that looks clean. Will it work on a '21 JLU?
 

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I preferred a rear mount for my antenna to avoid branches and still have the ability to fold the windshield, so I used the Kraken OffRoad stainless steel spare tire antenna mount. It tucks in nicely behind the spare tire mount.

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I preferred a rear mount for my antenna to avoid branches and still have thebability otnfold the windshield, so I used the Kraken OffRoad stainless steel spare tire antenna mount. It tucks in nicely behind the spare tire mount.

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That looks great, and I agree that a rear mount would be better. Is that the standard spare mounting bracket that comes with the JLU, or have you gone to a stronger/reinforced bracket, i.e., will it fit my stock '21 JLU? If so, we may have a winner. THANK YOU.
 

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That looks great, and I agree that a rear mount would be better. Is that the standard spare mounting bracket that comes with the JLU, or have you gone to a stronger/reinforced bracket, i.e., will it fit my stock '21 JLU? If so, we may have a winner. THANK YOU.
Just a stock carrier that comes on the Willys JLU I believe their mounts work on all the factory Jeep tire carriers regardless of model. You can pick either a driver's or passenger's side mount or even both if you run CB or HAM too.

Nitpicking.. If you have the hard top I would recommend the driver's side mount. If you don't swing the tailgate all the way open, your antenna can be in the way. I don't have an issue as I always open it to full lock, but my wife bitches about it to me constantly.

I run both type tops and No issues with the Soft-top to report.

FYI... the hole is predrilled for a CB antenna. For a GMRS NMO mount you will have to drill the opening to make it larger. I used a drill bit that can handle stainless steel and my neighbors drill press.

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Mark, that looks clean. Will it work on a '21 JLU?
Yes you might need a bushing and a longer bolt to screw into that cowl piece. i already had the brocket with the bushing and longer bolt because i have the cowl mounted lights, but yes mine is a 21 jlur
 
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If you are looking for mounting ideas for your radio, there is a great hidden spot under your steering wheel behind the knee kick dash panel.
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Thanks. Will have my installer look at that! Might be too close to the wedding tackle, you know, with radiation and all. But you're right; it's a great spot!
 

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I put mine above the driver’s fender. Bent some thin metal by hand to match the curve under the hood and used a free bolt.
 

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I already had the Cooltech CB antenna mount. Im dumping CB for GMRS. Using the Midland NMO mount cable, it'll wotk with the CB antenna mount.

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If you are looking for mounting ideas for your radio, there is a great hidden spot under your steering wheel behind the knee kick dash panel.
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That’s where the installer put it, thank you. Great location with better ventilation than other spots.
 
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