Heading out for the back roads and country trails is an adventure worth doing over and over again. Each journey is unique for the outdoorsman. And just like how the wolves navigate the wilderness, going off-roading is better done in packs. It's truly remarkable when you see the participants promoting teamwork and coordination when they explore the unchartered terrains. Aside from driving and navigation skills, we do believe that effective communication is also a key factor in off-roading. However, off-roaders don't always have the luxury of having their buddies right beside them. On trails, rigs can get left behind. This is where radio communication becomes handy. With these devices, buddies can radio in their location, status, and potential hazards just in time for others to adjust. Let's see how effective ARB's radio system is. For this segment, we paid close attention to how the components, like the ARB antenna bracket, work together in order to put an effective communication system for off-roaders. We installed the system on our Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series.
- Laminated 3mm steel
- Bolts on to ARB bull bars, Sahara bars, rear bumpers
- Ideal mounting for large auto tuning or tapped whip antennas
- Prior the installation of the device and its components, our rig was already equipped with ARB bull bars, rear bumpers, and side protection. We mounted the radio system under the dash of our Land Cruiser 80 with relative ease. After, we decided to mount the antenna near the right corner light. The wiring worked its way through the engine bay without any issue and exited through the grille. From there, we were able to hook the radio up to the antenna mounted via the ARB antenna bracket.
- We actually liked that it had a black powdercoat. That way, the mounting was somewhat discreet and looked fully integrated with the bumper.
- We tested the equipment on a day trip to our trail location. The radio system worked properly. The ARB antenna bracket also seemed to be holding the antenna without issue.
- Designed to be mounted on ARB protective equipment only. Having that said, we didn't think that the bracket would easily lend itself to other brands unless that particular equipment shares the specifications of an ARB tubular protective gear.
The ARB antenna bracket served its function properly as a part of the ARB radio system. But before you decide to clamp on the bracket, you need to make sure that it is compatible with your existing bumper.