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Antenna suggestions

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by thebigk, May 9, 2010.

  1. May 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    thebigk

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    Since I lifted my truck my antenna keeps hitting the garage door.

    I've been to antennax and a few other sites and can only find 14" or smaller antennas.

    Does anyone make a replacement that's about even (minus an inch or 2) with the top of the cab?

    I really don't like the look of the shorty antennas.
     
  2. May 9, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    pudge151

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    im in the same boat man, i just live with it because i havent found anythin i like
     
  3. May 9, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    i have an AMI big stick i got from autoanything-- they have a size starting at least at 6", maybe 3" but dont quote me, im not 100%
     
  4. May 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    I used a hack saw on my stock one, 1. pop the ball off 2. saw to desired length 3. file the top to a small angle so it can slide into the ball ( couple taps with a hammer will do the job) 4. a little black spay pait to cover up any scratches that may have happened. good to go.
     
  5. May 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    Use a set of dikes and some black pant. Or maybe a Jack ball...
     
  6. May 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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  7. May 10, 2010 at 6:27 AM
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    Has anyone tried to use their satellite antenna on their 09+'s as their radion antenna. Is it even possible.
     
  8. May 14, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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    Tom Cecc

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    I don't care for the shorties either and I know some think they're cheesey but Metra makes a power antenna that fits the Tacoma. I bought the black one which I think looks pretty good.
     
  9. May 14, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    I like the antenna scraping on things. The front 3rd of my ball is worn off from the cement parking garage where it scrapes twice on every floor going in or coming out every day at work. :eek: There, y'all run with that last statement. :D
     
  10. May 14, 2010 at 8:59 AM
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    just get a no-show antenna, then you dont have to worry about it or see it, antennaX also has them
     
  11. May 14, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    The first thing I did to mine was to shorten the stock antenna.
    Take it off the truck, tape up a crescent wrench and use it as a slide hammer to remove the ball.
    Use a hacksaw and take off desired amount.
    Tap back on ball with a tiny bit of super glue.
    5 minute mod.
     
  12. May 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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    just did that ^

    thank you! so awesome and easy haha
     
  13. May 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM
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    Yup....cutting the stocker down worked for me.....cut it down about 10"......glued the ball back on...sprayed a little gloss back......
    Piece of Cake!
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  14. May 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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    Does cutting the antenna affect radio reception?
     
  15. May 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    Haven't noticed any differance on mine but I only cut off 4 inches.
     
  16. May 31, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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    i took off 9" and reception sounds the same.
     
  17. May 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM
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    That is good to hear, I would think it may effect AM more than FM, but I don't listen to AM all that much anyways. Once I get around to buying some more paint I think I will cut of a few inches to make it level with the roof-line, thereby maintaining the "O crap my truck is about to become a convertible" warning system.
     
  18. Jun 16, 2010 at 1:50 AM
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    how the heck did you pop the ball off? i feel stupid that i wasnt able to pop it..
     
  19. Jun 16, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    The first thing I did to mine was to shorten the stock antenna.
    Take it off the truck, tape up a crescent wrench and use it as a slide hammer to remove the ball.
    Use a hacksaw and take off desired amount.
    Tap back on ball with a tiny bit of super glue.
    5 minute mod.
     
  20. Jun 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM
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    Great suggestions in this thread. I took off 6 inches off mine with a bolt cutter and the reception is fine. I figure I still have about 3 inches sticking above the roof line so if anything hits the top of the antenna I know I better watch out - wanted to maintain the "O crap my truck is about to become a convertible warning system" as Juggernaut described.

    I had lost the top knob-thingy in the parking garage at work so created a new one - cut out of a small piece from a hockey puck (I am Canadian) and cut/sanded it to size then glued it on with some epoxy.
     
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