1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

5 Inch Short Antenna Replacement for Toyota Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sqa4life, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:08 PM
    #1
    sqa4life

    sqa4life [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2015
    Member:
    #159087
    Messages:
    488
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2017 SR5 4x4 DCLB MGM
  2. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:13 PM
    #2
    MGtaco2.7

    MGtaco2.7 MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2015
    Member:
    #146724
    Messages:
    915
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    NW Ohio
    Vehicle:
    18 DCSB 4X4 SR5 Silver Sky Metallic V6 AT
    I had a 12" from antennaX and reception was horrible. Unless you live in or close by the city you won't have very good reception with stubby antennas. Had mine on for 3 days and took it off.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:14 PM
    #3
    Ostrichsak

    Ostrichsak Don't taze me bro!

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Member:
    #76327
    Messages:
    9,124
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jer
    Northern Colorado, USA
    Vehicle:
    Supercharged '10 Tacoma 4x4 TRD
    TRD Supercharger + too much stuff to list. Click sig pic
    I ordered this one because 1) I don't care about radio reception as much as I care that my truck doewn't look like it's owned by a grandpa plus 2) it's cheap and probably most importantly 3) it says TRD right on it so it's good for 5hp.
     
    Vitorian, rjlarkin and Jig like this.
  4. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM
    #4
    Unchained 5150

    Unchained 5150 Rick

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Member:
    #139054
    Messages:
    62,808
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Auburn Ma
    I have a stubby and it sucks. Was good for a few weeks and once I went with an aftermarket head unit. Reception sucks. Going back to the OEM version
     
  5. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM
    #5
    Unchained 5150

    Unchained 5150 Rick

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Member:
    #139054
    Messages:
    62,808
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Auburn Ma
    I have that one, and yes it sucks
     
  6. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:16 PM
    #6
    MGtaco2.7

    MGtaco2.7 MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2015
    Member:
    #146724
    Messages:
    915
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    NW Ohio
    Vehicle:
    18 DCSB 4X4 SR5 Silver Sky Metallic V6 AT
    I hear ya. I was thinking 7HP :notsure:
     
    Vitorian likes this.
  7. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:21 PM
    #7
    Navelfunk

    Navelfunk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2011
    Member:
    #61974
    Messages:
    1,580
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Phyllis
    WA
    Vehicle:
    '03 DC SR5 V6 4x4
    Cap, incorrect rims & tires, stereo...
    Yeah, I have this 7.5 hp one & it's pretty terrible. The reception isn't the issue, not breaking it is... The base stays intact, but the rest of it snaps off. I had to use marine epoxy to keep it together. I also keep the factory one inside the truck for when it completely fails...
     
    MGtaco2.7 likes this.
  8. Sep 4, 2015 at 8:25 PM
    #8
    Ostrichsak

    Ostrichsak Don't taze me bro!

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Member:
    #76327
    Messages:
    9,124
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jer
    Northern Colorado, USA
    Vehicle:
    Supercharged '10 Tacoma 4x4 TRD
    TRD Supercharger + too much stuff to list. Click sig pic
    Ha! I planned to keep the factory one in the truck somewhere too just in case I got afraid of the added powerz.
     
    Vitorian likes this.
  9. Sep 4, 2015 at 10:11 PM
    #9
    sqa4life

    sqa4life [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2015
    Member:
    #159087
    Messages:
    488
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2017 SR5 4x4 DCLB MGM
    So, any recommendation to get a shorter and good working antenna?
     
  10. Sep 4, 2015 at 10:52 PM
    #10
    jucara

    jucara Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Member:
    #7705
    Messages:
    20
    Honda s2000 needs some adapting to thread it on but picks up fm as good as stock
     
  11. Sep 4, 2015 at 11:39 PM
    #11
    Chuy

    Chuy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Member:
    #8328
    Messages:
    1,983
    Gender:
    Male
    Lakeside, CA
    Vehicle:
    07 V6 DCLB 4X4 Sp
    2.5 inch lift; 5100's front; OME rear; Air Lift; dual batteries; Bestop bed cover; Nfab nerf steps; EBC rotors; Threadwright Claw MT tires; hood scoop LED light install.
    I tried the Steadfast 8" antenna, # 10119. I didn't like it as I live in the 'suburbs' and the strong radio stations had too much static. I then switched to the Steadfast 14", #10121, and I'm much happier with it. The stronger stations come in good and I have more space to hear MP3 music when I turn on my GoGroove bluetooth.
     
  12. Sep 4, 2015 at 11:58 PM
    #12
    NMTrailRider

    NMTrailRider Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Member:
    #23469
    Messages:
    5,172
    New Mexico
    yup, I got a great one at either autozone or orieley. can't remember. it's exactly like stock- black with that smaller wire wrapped around it- but it's about half as tall (and actually feels like higher quality). it works just fine. maybe slightly less sensitive if you're in the middle of nowhere, but for the most part it works great and it only cost like $13 bucks. kind of a nice compromise antenna. I had to replace stock cause it was hitting my garage door.
     
  13. Sep 5, 2015 at 12:52 AM
    #13
    Bluegrass Taco

    Bluegrass Taco Politically incorrect low tech redneck

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2015
    Member:
    #160391
    Messages:
    23,050
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bill
    Mt Washington Ky
    Vehicle:
    2011 DCSB, TRD OR, 5100's, 885's 285/75r16 Cooper STT PROs.

    What's wrong with "grampa's" Mine IS owned by a grampa. (who likes radio reception and can live without that extra 5hp) ;)
     
  14. Sep 5, 2015 at 1:31 AM
    #14
    Soul Surfer

    Soul Surfer Jimi Was Last Seen: Road Trippin’

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2015
    Member:
    #161457
    Messages:
    15,642
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jimi
    West Central Florida Coast
    Vehicle:
    •2021 4X4 OR Prem/Tech/LED DCSB•
    image.jpg have the flexible 13 inch from antena x and works decent. I mainly listen to XM and also use the Bluetooth audio mode a lot. The two FM stations I do listen to come in .
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2015
  15. Sep 5, 2015 at 7:06 AM
    #15
    Ostrichsak

    Ostrichsak Don't taze me bro!

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Member:
    #76327
    Messages:
    9,124
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jer
    Northern Colorado, USA
    Vehicle:
    Supercharged '10 Tacoma 4x4 TRD
    TRD Supercharger + too much stuff to list. Click sig pic
    You answered your own question. Grandpa's still care about radio reception. I run MP3's streamed via bluetooth when in my vehicles & if I do want to listen to the radio (usually a morning show for instance) I will just stream it via the TuneIn radio app. This is better because I can record and skip commercials and when I pull up to a place, shut of my vehicle and get out it resumes at the exact same spot when I get back in and start up the vehicle. I really haven't listened to a radio station in quite a while and other than data use there really isn't a negative to this method. When I travel to far out areas where there's no data chances are good I won't get radio station reception on any worthwhile radio stations anyway so I'd be back to listening to MP3's again. I was mostly joking when I commented about the grandpa thing but the stock antenna does look terrible. I will still keep it in the truck somewhere in case some sort of radio emergency arises. I see myself kicking it around for a while until I realize that that mythical radio emergency will never occur and cast it off to some distant place in the garage.
     
  16. Sep 5, 2015 at 11:02 AM
    #16
    NMTrailRider

    NMTrailRider Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Member:
    #23469
    Messages:
    5,172
    New Mexico
  17. Sep 5, 2015 at 11:29 AM
    #17
    Unchained 5150

    Unchained 5150 Rick

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Member:
    #139054
    Messages:
    62,808
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Auburn Ma
    Or Autozone and pay 3.00 shipping compared to 12.89 in shipping. Actually just bought it online for Store pick up and total cost was 13.80 with in store pick up in about an hour. Seriously 13.00 in shipping for a 13.00 item? I will put it on tonight and get rid of that stupid static box shorty antenna and let you know.
     
    NMTrailRider likes this.
  18. Sep 5, 2015 at 2:01 PM
    #18
    Unchained 5150

    Unchained 5150 Rick

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Member:
    #139054
    Messages:
    62,808
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Auburn Ma
    Best 13.00 I ever spent. Crystal clear stations

    20150905_165851.jpg
     
    NMTrailRider and MadDaddy like this.
  19. Sep 5, 2015 at 3:08 PM
    #19
    Vincepad

    Vincepad Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2015
    Member:
    #161226
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Vince
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD DCSB
    Does yours sit flush? Mine left about a 1/8 inch gap under the bottom of the antenna and above the antenna base on the truck. A tiny bit of the mounting screw was showing even when the antenna was tightened all the way. I had a some rust form there. I added two neoprene washers to the space, and all is good.
     
  20. Sep 5, 2015 at 3:09 PM
    #20
    Unchained 5150

    Unchained 5150 Rick

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Member:
    #139054
    Messages:
    62,808
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Auburn Ma
    Mine did as well, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm time to fix it. Fixed had a little rubber gasket left over from that garbage TRD Stubby antenna.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top