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Antenna Swap

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by LEGLESS_POOCH, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Sep 13, 2018 at 5:20 AM
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    LEGLESS_POOCH

    LEGLESS_POOCH [OP] "I used to do drugs. I still do but I used to too"

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    I've been looking around and can't seem to find a way to swap out the standard antenna on the passenger fender on my 2013 for a fin. Anybody try this yet? Is it even doable?
     
  2. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:21 AM
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    kidthatsirish

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    Well the standard antenna is likely to give you better reception for your radio stations
     
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  3. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:30 AM
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    LEGLESS_POOCH [OP] "I used to do drugs. I still do but I used to too"

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    That's what I've been reading but I'm tired of the OEM getting beat up in car washes, trees branches, etc. I'm trying to avoid doing a complete reroute from the roof with a brand new fin. Not sure that's worth it to me so I'm trying to see what's best to replace what's there.
     
  4. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:39 AM
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    I run a cut down version of the stock antenna (13") around town etc and if I go to a car wash, I swap it out for a stubby antenna that I keep in my glove box. The stubby antenna doesn't work for shit, but I have never ran into a problem this way.
     
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  5. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:40 AM
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    EatSleepTacos

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    The fin is for satellite radio/GPS. In order to use a fin style antenna for regular radio would be very custom.
     
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    I hated that small whip so i replaced it with a stubby TRD antenna from Amazon. Works perfectly fine.
     
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  7. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:58 AM
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    I only see fins on the 3rd gens though. There has to be a hybrid that does both since they don't have a standard antenna on them any more.
     
  8. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:58 AM
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    DaveInDenver

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  9. Sep 13, 2018 at 7:08 AM
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    Late 2nd gens have fins too. As far as antenna on 3rd gens, I didn't know that! Learn something new every day.
     
  10. Sep 13, 2018 at 7:34 AM
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    Since the 3rd gens only have fins I figured there was a way to make my '13 the same but really wasn't sure where to look to figure that out.
     
  11. Sep 13, 2018 at 7:35 AM
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    I'm sure there's a way, but the question becomes how much work will it be and is it worth the effort.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2018 at 7:37 AM
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    Which is why I'm here to see what the best option is. So far it looks like there is a 6-7" antenna that works well or cutting my OEM one down to 13".
     
  13. Sep 13, 2018 at 7:51 AM
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    If you really want to convert to the newer fin from a 16+ you might need to make sure the radios still have the same connector or that there exists an adapter to the old style antenna connector from the OEM antenna harness. The fin may not just be a simple antenna with a coax feed and the round radio connector but an active antenna that processes the received signal for the radio. So the signal to the radio is not RF like in our older trucks but perhaps digital or demodulated analog. It seems awfully small otherwise.
     
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  14. Sep 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM
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    I use a stubby most of the time, its only good for about 25 miles on reception.
     
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