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View Poll Results: What size antenna is on your Tacoma?
Stock 1,036 69.62%
Aftermarket, 24" or over 15 1.01%
Aftermarket, between 12" and 24" 187 12.57%
Aftermarket, 12" or less 250 16.80%
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:30 AM   #321
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:26 PM   #322
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Dude, there are quality suggestions contained in the body of the thread....as far as reception goes, I am sure the antenna experts will generally agree, go to a shorter/smaller antenna, especially real short, and your reception will degrade....short antennas have been around for years, yes, there have been some improvements, but bottom line, depending on where you live, they have less performance...

With that in mind, if you get a stubby make sure it is at least 12/13" long, AntennaX has been mentioned several times...

If you want the 'look', but can put up with less than stellar reception, then any stubby will do as reception will kinda suck except for the strongest stations...again, a superior product may work better than another, but the basic rules of reception apply, the bigger (read, longer) antennas get better reception...

Best way to describe this, you don't see a ham operator using a stubby to broadcast, generally they have long whip antennas...same antenna's are also needed for good broadcast reception...

Try the cutdown on your stocker first...

Good luck...
yes, we dont sell anything under 13 inches as reception drops off dramatically. anything smaller, save your money, go without a antenna as the reception will be the same
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:22 PM   #323
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Just got my Cravenspeed stubby and the reception absolutely blows. Works about as good as NO antenna (which is what I've had for over a year now).
Good thing the radio is always on XM...
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:11 PM   #324
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Stock antenna. I use the radio maybe once every year or so. I can use my stereo with my iPhone or a flash drive, no need for subpar audio and music I'm not into.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:14 PM   #325
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yes, we dont sell anything under 13 inches as reception drops off dramatically. anything smaller, save your money, go without a antenna as the reception will be the same


I think it needs to be more than 14" because my stubby was terrible. Switched back to stock because I had so many fading issues. Kind if wish I never bought anything for it and had done more research, along with the LEDs and tonneau cover, since I have not had the best of luck so far on products from TW. Guess you live and learn.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:07 PM   #326
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like I've said in my older post, stock Scion Tc antenna with little modification. plus it's free if you find one haha. reception is still going strong for me.

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:03 AM   #327
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like I've said in my older post, stock Scion Tc antenna with little modification. plus it's free if you find one haha. reception is still going strong for me.

I like this idea. Wife has the Tc - wonder if she would notice....er...yeah she would! Need to hit the local JY. Might get lucky
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:56 AM   #328
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I kept the antenna stock. Helps me to know if the parking deck roof is getting too low.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #329
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Went w a stubby off ebay that had TRD on the side of it. It sucked!!! Threw it away and went w/ Antenna X billet!! LOVE IT!!! Looks awesome too
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:27 PM   #330
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Stock antenna cut to 12". Used my Dremel tool to cut the ball off the top, cut the antenna, epoxied the ball back on, and painted it matte black. Reception didn't seem any different but I rarely listen to the radio so I don't know what it's like outside the city. I either use XM when they send me the $25 six month offer, Pandora, or one of the thousands of songs on my sd card in my phone.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:58 PM   #331
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Just tried my new antenna I got from Cravenspeed. What a piece of junk. It would only pick up 6 channels and those were horrible. Looks like I'm going to try AntennaX. Fingers crossed its better.
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Just tried my new antenna I got from Cravenspeed. What a piece of junk. It would only pick up 6 channels and those were horrible. Looks like I'm going to try AntennaX. Fingers crossed its better.
Just out of curiosity, why not just cut your factory antenna to whatever length that you like? I cut mine down to 12" and just epoxied the ball back on top. Doesn't cost a dime other than some matte black paint. I don't listen to FM hardly at all but all of my stations that I have programmed came in clear while around town. Now I can't tell you what they are like once you get some distance outside the city but I would imagine it would be pretty much the same with most any shorter antenna.

Here is what mine looks like

*EDIT* I also removed the anti-whistle wire that surrounds the antenna for a cleaner look.

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Old 05-21-2013, 01:14 AM   #333
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Went w a stubby off ebay that had TRD on the side of it. It sucked!!! Threw it away and went w/ Antenna X billet!! LOVE IT!!! Looks awesome too
WTF?! You threw it away?! There is probably a bunch of people that would of bought that off you. Including myself, if I had the spare cash laying around.
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Stock, I love the scrapping sound it makes when I'm in a parkade lol
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Stock, but I chopped about 6 inches of the top, pulled the ball tip off and put in on the remaining antenna length.
Think I'm going to do this. Yesterday, took off my shorty cause it was faded pretty good, when I took it off the threads where rusted pretty bad. P.O.S.. so I put my stock back on for now.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:15 AM   #338
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Ordered a cravenspeed the other day..I've heard mixed reviews but I don't listen to the radio much anyway, got it more for the looks/so it doesn't flop all around in the car wash
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Ordered a cravenspeed the other day..I've heard mixed reviews but I don't listen to the radio much anyway, got it more for the looks/so it doesn't flop all around in the car wash
Same here... the reception is horrid, but I never listen to local radio anyway. It's basically to fill the hole left by the oem antenna I took off over a year ago. At $20 - intl shipping and %15 restocking fee keeping it costs me nearly the same as not.
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i cut 13 inches off mine, didnt bother with the ball. going to eventually get one of those rubber tips and just push it down on the end. for now i just spray painted the tip to cover the metal. when i first put the antenna back on i got no reception at all and i was like "wtf? great now i have no local radio." i got up to go to work the next morning turned the truck on and the radio worked fine.
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