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Antenna replacement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Akeela1995, Dec 23, 2022.

  1. Dec 23, 2022 at 11:12 PM
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    Akeela1995

    Akeela1995 [OP] Active Member

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    Hello all!

    I had broken my antenna awhile back now going through a tight trail and had just taped it up for the time being. Now I’m ready for a replacement!

    Are there any nice simple stubby replacements that are easy to swap out. What I’ve found is a bunch of people replacing with an original and having to replace the whole assembly which is a bit time consuming.

    Is that the route im going to have to take?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Dec 24, 2022 at 6:44 AM
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    I put in a universal electric antenna on a separate switch, so in the down position it's flush with the fender
     
  3. Dec 24, 2022 at 8:02 AM
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    Akeela1995

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    Now THAT is a smart idea! However, I’m hoping for a bit les work than that.
    I’d like to pretty much unscrew the old one and screw in a new one without having to go into the wheel well and into the dash. Not sure if that’s even a possibility haha
     
  4. Dec 24, 2022 at 11:15 AM
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    I tried replacing the stock antenna multiple times. All of the aftermarket stubbys had crap reception so I went back to stock.
     
  5. Dec 24, 2022 at 11:22 AM
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    Akeela1995

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    Was it a simple swap for you? Because I’m having trouble with the actual antenna not coming out. I’ve got it down to the final piece and unfortunately can’t get it out. I’ve tried turning it on to see if it’ll “push” it out and I’ve tried pulling on it and nothing. Thinking I might have to replace the whole assembly?
     
  6. Dec 24, 2022 at 11:28 AM
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    Bivouac

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    Remains to be seen I bought the tires and wheels the rest came along
    It has been so long I no longer remember.

    Then so many antennas are no longer original 20 plus years later

    Can you remove the broken antenna mast from the base ? Some you need special tool things unscrew you install the new mast.

    That tells you just how easy your job is. i have replaced many antennas to me it is not that hard.

    Electric or spring loaded to keep from breaking .

    Good Luck!
     
  7. Dec 24, 2022 at 11:42 AM
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    I am struggling to remove the mast. I got the little chrome bolt like thing unscrewed which I have read a lot of people struggle with. I was able to get that off, aswell as the black plastic piece. I’m struggling to get the antenna out of the holder thing. Is there a possibility that mine is all one piece and I have to replace the whole assembly? Or am I missing a step…
     
  8. Dec 24, 2022 at 11:58 AM
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    Remains to be seen I bought the tires and wheels the rest came along
    Impossible to know without pictures or being up close and in person.

    Quite a few after 20 plus years things just will not come apart. You have used your penetrating spray of choice??

    Many just need cut apart and replaced not much else you can do.

    Any more I don`t waste time if things fail to come apart the first try.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2023 at 1:34 PM
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    Sorry, didn’t see your reply until right now. Got lost in my other notifications.

    Yes, I’ve used penetrating oil. I also tried turning it on so it is trying to extend, seeing if I could pull it out at the same time.

    Got pretty upset over it and it now looks pretty mangled. I’ve given up on it for the time being so it’s just sitting with some electrical tape covering it but this is how it currently sits…

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  10. Jan 8, 2023 at 5:05 PM
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  11. Jan 21, 2023 at 6:10 PM
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    Replacing the antenna was the first thing I had to do when I bought mine a year ago. The base of mine was rusted out so replaced the whole line. I did not find a shortcut. Had to remove passenger tire, peel back part of fender liner and take apart lower dash to run line and connect to back of stereo. I got a 13" Amazon antenna which does not get good reception with the JVC head unit. Tomorrow am upgrading to an ATOTO. Let's see if the reception improves
     

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