CB fit in MX 5 ND

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CB fit in MX 5 ND

Postby derekguitar » Thu May 03, 2018 8:12 pm

Anyone fitted a mobile CB into a ND soft top

I have a MX5 ND 1.5 Sat Nav with soft top. I go out on runs with the local MX5 group and use CB to link to other cars. I do not want to fit a fixed CB arrangement and therefore use a Midland Handheld Alan 42 multi mounted between the two seats and held in place with velcro.This arrangement is easy to fit for a run and remove afterwards. I do get car to car communication but miss out when cars get further away. Would like to fit a mag mount longer aerial but limited on siting to the narrow metal strip between the hood and boot lid which is aluminium. Then faced with how I would run the aerial cable into the boot through to the passenger compartment without causing any rubbing damage to the bodywork.

Would appreciate views from anyone who has gone through this and fitted a successful arrangement to get reasonable communication
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Re: CB fit in MX 5 NDb

Postby IanH » Thu May 03, 2018 8:30 pm

derekguitar wrote:Anyone fitted a mobile CB into a ND soft top

I have a MX5 ND 1.5 Sat Nav with soft top. I go out on runs with the local MX5 group and use CB to link to other cars. I do not want to fit a fixed CB arrangement and therefore use a Midland Handheld Alan 42 multi mounted between the two seats and held in place with velcro.This arrangement is easy to fit for a run and remove afterwards. I do get car to car communication but miss out when cars get further away. Would like to fit a mag mount longer aerial but limited on siting to the narrow metal strip between the hood and boot lid which is aluminium. Then faced with how I would run the aerial cable into the boot through to the passenger compartment without causing any rubbing damage to the bodywork.

Would appreciate views from anyone who has gone through this and fitted a successful arrangement to get reasonable communication


Not done it myself, thinking about it not straightforward. Assuming the top is always down.. could you run a strap around the hood or something? The panel above the driver in the hood should be hard on that model giving you some rigidity and when it’s folded down it’s just behind the seats.
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Re: CB fit in MX 5 ND

Postby chillax » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:22 pm

Wow, a fellow cb'er! Used to be the first thing I did to every car I got, fit the CB! Depending on how fast you will be going/how big the Arial is you could get one of the smaller magmount bases? This would fit in the small panel between hood and boot lid. Other option is to buy a boot mount for the ariel if you can still buy these? Using the boot mount, you can get around the problem of the boot lid being aluminium, by running a small earth wire from the underneath of the boot mount to one of the boot lid hinge bolts that go into the car body. Don't think there is a way to stop the co-ax rubbing on the paint though, other than maybe glue some felt to the co-ax where it goes into the car. Last alternative would be fitting a DV base for the antenna. You could also fit a quick release mount to that for quick fitting/removal of the ariel. Only downside is you need to either remove the existing radio Ariel and fit the DV base in that hole, or drill a hole for it. Not easy fitting cb's to modern cars now.
Hope the above helps. (10-4 buddy!)

Ps: still got all my 1980's CB gear, two CB radios (Maxcom 30E and Amstrad 901) 2 magmounts, two modulator Ariel's plus a few others an two power packs!

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