Without the spring they flexed too much in the wrong place and would have been bouncing off the hood/fender/light. The stiff spring lifts it just enough to where the flex doesn't matter at highway speed (or more) or over any trail I have been on. I run a pair of the Wilson Flex 4'I wouldn't use a spring at all. Just get a wilson flex antenna and you will be fine. The 4 footer would be best so that it is just above the roof of the FJC.
You should have ordered from China, Mexico, Russia, Europe, Africa and everywhere else, that is where it all went! Ditto on your frustrations with the way things are HERE!Well I bought a Bandi mount from Rightchannelradios.com which showed up today (Friday after 5 P.M.) all scratched up and missing the nut to tighten it up into place. I had planned on installing it this weekend but that won't happen now. What ever happened to quality control or pride in one's craft in this country?