|Item Weight||5.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.6 x 0.5 x 5.7 inches|
|Item model number||QD-2|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Hustler QD-2 Antenna Quick Disconnect - Stainless Steel!
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Super Heavy Duty stainless steel quick disconnect for 3/8-24 thread antennas. Amateur & CB Antenna use.
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The included instructions seem to over-complicate the process with bold "DO NOT USE A WRENCH" followed by "Using a wrench..." then "using two wrenches" and lastly "Never use a wrench....". I'm admittedly taking it a little out of context and it'll make sense when you read the instructions, but it's semi-obvious what needs to be done.
What's not terribly obvious is what part is the top or bottom. The curveball is that the Hustler sticker on the knurled part is upside down (you can see it in the product pics). I presumed the top to be the knurled part, since this part has a threaded hole that the antenna fits. The other part would fit the threaded coupler on my mount. If I flipped the parts, then the knurled part would remain on the truck and the knurls serve no function, and it would potentially just collect water in the disconnect hole. Plus I'd need to rearrange the mounting hardware. It's installed the way that makes the most sense to me...but that sticker. The OCD in me removed the sticker.
Problem was, I didn't realize I had the assembly installed upside down, so the "two parts" I was trying to separate were actually the one top part (the big one).
The Amazon photo was the clue. There is no photo with the instructions. The male (bolt) end of the assembly faces down, female faces up. In other words, the big part should be above the small one.
This means you'll probably need to include the usual female/female adapter (that you probably got with your antenna mount) below your QD-2 Disconnnect. (I was supposing it wasn't needed, because with the antenna removed who wants more of a stub than necessary, right?)
Once I got that sorted out, I still couldn't get the parts separated without difficulty. Instructions say do NOT use pliers while they are connected to each other, but I did have to put a wrench on the female/female adapter in order to withstand the torque of turning the disconnect. After a few tries, it loosened and I finally got the parts disconnected. They reconnected a little roughly, but after a few tries it worked as smoothly as others have described here.
Sort of. The disconnect mechanism is a symmetrical machining, so it should work the same if you rotate the top 180 degrees (on its vertical axis) before connecting. Mine didn't. The two parts wouldn't click into place. ("Click" isn't exactly the right word. There's no click, but they are supposed to spring away from each other to make the connection secure.) After feeling my way through about 100 tries, and gently forcing it more than anyone should have to, finally the other orientation began working, too. I suppose a burr disappeared, or an edge wore down a bit. It's still not quite as smooth from this side (it's a little "notchy") but it's good enough that I don't feel a need to return it.
Surprised to get this level of quality control from an American manufacturer that seems to otherwise make a good, robust product. I've removed one star, but considering the couple hours this all took, I feel like removing two.
PS: A split washer is included.
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Nice to be able to remove your expensive antenna when you're not using it.