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Firestik antenna as a normal antenna?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tarik, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:43 PM
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    Tarik

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    Has anyone tried to use a Firestik CB antenna for normal AM/FM?
    I live a bit too far from the radio stations I like and feel my signal needs a little boost.

    Edit:
    It can be done but has anyone here done it?
    http://www.firestik.com/Tech_Docs/am-fm-cb.htm
     
  2. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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    Is that possible?
     
  3. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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    That's my next question...
    But in theory you'd get crazy reception for AM/FM wouldn't you?!
     
  4. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM
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    here ya go: LINK
     
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    Thanks dude! Got a link to anyone who has actually installed one? :)
    Apparently the really cool thing about 3 way antennas is you can use them for AM/FM/CB...so 1 antenna can serve all three needs.
     
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    FYI, Firestik doesn't have very good things to say about 3-way antennas... LINK.

    The antenna in my post above is AM/FM only, but it's not a factory replacement, so you'd have to get a mount and run a new cable to it...
     
  7. Nov 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM
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    Is the base of the antenna that you recommended compatible with vehicle radio antenna cable/terminals (it looks like the cb style base)? If I did it, I'd just detach the existing cable and run entirely new cable to the antenna....thanks, I think this is my next mod :)
     
  8. Nov 9, 2011 at 4:23 AM
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    Firestik used to make a AM/FM antenna that looked just like the CB one. I had one on my old Taco. Did it make the rececption better? Don't think so, but I did have dual antennas whippin' in the wind for the cool factor. I got it to match my CB antenna.
     
  9. Nov 9, 2011 at 6:55 AM
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    i don't think it's compatible with your factory mount. the attachment point is the standard CB mount: 3/8" X 24 threaded base. so you'd have to either modify the existing mount or create a new one. either way, you'll also have to run a new cable to it.

    still, it would probably look pretty sweet and wouldn't be too much work. post up with pics if you decide to give it a go!
     
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