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Antenna question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bagster, May 7, 2010.

  1. May 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM
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    bagster

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    I'm still testing the waters on my 2010 Prerunner. One thing I've noticed is that the radio antenna seems kinda chincy. I'm wondering how it will hold up from hitting my garage door. Are they sturdier than they look, or should I be looking for an aftermarket replacement with a spring at the base? Looks to me like this is basically the same antenna cars have used since the 1940's.
     
  2. May 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    theyre surprisingly sturdy-- held up to at least 5 months of drive thru car washes-- but i swapped it out with an ami big stick
     
  3. May 7, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    Get a 13" shorty antenna from AntennaX. They're only like $15 and work just as good. Check out my build to see it.
     
  4. May 7, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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    jandrews

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    My 8" came from shorty antenna source. If I hit it on anything, I have a lot more to worry about than the antenna.
     
  5. May 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    My antenna has been smacking the clearance bar in the parking garage at work 5 days a week for the past 6 months. So far it's held up fine. I do plan on getting a shorty at some point though.
     
  6. May 7, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    skistoy

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    Isnt that the real reason the antenna is there
    to let you know your close to roof scraping???
     
  7. May 7, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    no, i think it has something to do with your radio...:D:D:D
     
  8. May 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    skistoy

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    you know i was kidding , right ??

    ohhhh, never mind - air force
     
  9. May 7, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    i knew it was a joke, hence the grinning at the end. all in the name of fun, shipmate!!
     
  10. May 7, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    I just removed the ball off the end, cut enough to clear (4") my door off and tapped the ball back on with a little superglue.
     
  11. May 7, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    My antenna hit the bottom of my garage door for three years and then broke off with part of the screw still inside the base. Had 4Wheel Parts take the bottom piece of the screw out of the base and bought a 21" black billet antenna from them for under $20. Its the same height as the top of the cab so that I know if my cab will hit any low lying items... or solid concrete parking garage beams. :D
     
  12. May 7, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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    Craven Speed has a nice fitting stubby. I didn't lose any reception going from that long whip to the stubby.
    Nice metal antenna with a textured black finish.
     
  13. May 7, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    Good one
    That why i had to throw in the Air Force
    you guys always did have nicer barracks - hahaha
     
  14. May 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    Yeah, the top of my antenna keeps hitting my garage door and I'm expecting it to break off soon. I'm looking into something shorter now.
     
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    Nicer barracks?
    You kidding me they had nicer bases hands, down.
     
  17. May 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    The antenna is strong and will hold up to abuse, mine's been banginging in and out of the garage for almost 2 years...my old one for 8 years

    Also, having a tall antenna is a great guage for parking garages with lower clearences!!! If your antenna starts to hit...start watching!!!
     
  18. May 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM
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    The problem with those non-flexible stubby antenna's is, if something does hit it and it breaks off, you're screwed. I had no choice but to go through a car was last December after a huge blizzard and the idiot employee told me it would be fine (I had no way to get it off and it was on tight) and of course it wasn't. It broke off down inside the antenna pole sub assembly and there was absolutely no way to get out the broken piece. So, fast forward to this week and I finally got the parts and will be fixing it tomorrow.

    Moral of the story: Don't go through a car wash.

    Moral of the story II: Don't use a non-flexible antenna. If I still had the OEM antenna, I would put it back on.
     
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