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How much for a new antenna on a 2nd gen?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by PennSilverTaco, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:40 AM
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    PennSilverTaco

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    What annoys me here is that my 2010 Tacoma sat out in the open in my driveway during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, and Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Nothing happened.

    Last week we get a day and a half of 50 MPH winds, and it bends my antenna. The antenna still gets reception but it looks like hell, and the quality of reception on my favorite radio station (93.3 WMMR) has not been the same since I got the new Sony touch-screen head unit installed. So, I just want to get the damn thing replaced.

    I'm NOT talking about the whole antenna. I'm talking about the aerial that be screwed and unscrewed (I do this all the time when I go through the car wash).

    Please tell me it's possible to just buy the aerial thingy! My neighbor who helped me install the Sony head unit and backup camera in September 2016 says replacing the whole antenna is a very involved process...

    :cheers:
     
  2. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:46 AM
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    T4RFTMFW

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    Should be available at any dealer and probably cost $20-30.

    I wouldn't recommend an aftermarket "short" antenna, the shorter antennas don't receive as well and they're also less flexible, and more prone to breakage in my experience with them.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:48 AM
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    Yep, you can buy just the mast.
    But DON'T SKIMP OUT -- get the "OEM" one. There is another one on Amazon that is compatible ("antennaX"), supposedly stainless steel, but CHINESE GRADE stainless steel. One salty winter and mine is rusty, looks like crap.

    Now here is my advice... price out all the parts for the ENTIRE antenna replacement, because there is a fairly good chance that when you try to unscrew the mast, you will break it off. Be prepared to buy the rest of the parts before you try to remove the old one.

    These are the three parts BELOW the mast;
    https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Toyota-Parts-86300-04070-Antenna/dp/B00BJLWKMA
    https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Toyota-86396-04040-Antenna-Nut/dp/B00P2RHJ64
    https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Toyota-Accessories-86392-04040-Ornament/dp/B00B9Z8LFG
    Total $74.26

    This is the antenna mast;
    https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Toyota-Parts-86309-04110-Antenna/dp/B00BJLWQ7Y
    $35.84
     
  4. Mar 8, 2017 at 6:57 AM
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    My stereo is a weapon of "Bass" destruction!
    Why do you think I paid $130 for an OEM intermittent wiper switch at the dealer instead of buying it from Amazon? I'm not putting Chinese-made crap on my truck LOL.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Mar 8, 2017 at 7:08 AM
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    My stereo is a weapon of "Bass" destruction!
    I unscrew my mast all the time to go through the car wash, and after what happened in the windstorm, I'll probably be doing this whenever another storm is forecast...

    I actually unscrewed it to make sure it was actually bent and it was not rusted... Came right out!
     
  6. Mar 8, 2017 at 7:10 AM
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    Wow, then you're definitely a lucky one. Especially being from Pennsylvania (road salt). The base (with the wire) typically will completely disintegrate in under 5 years.

    Hmm.. I wonder if the fact that you've periodically unscrewed it may be masking the fact that the base has disintegrated. You mention an issue with poor radio reception.... this is a symptom of a disintegrated base.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2017 at 7:11 AM
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    It got stuck once after a long period of time when I didn't go through the car wash, but I just used an adjustable wrench to get it out... no damage...
     
  8. Mar 9, 2017 at 8:32 PM
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    How involved is it to replace the whole thing?
     
  9. Mar 9, 2017 at 9:40 PM
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    Bending it back isn't an option?
     
  10. Mar 9, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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    My stereo is a weapon of "Bass" destruction!
    I've been getting particularly shitty radio reception for months (before it bent)... Now I have an excuse to replace the whole thing!
     
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    My stereo is a weapon of "Bass" destruction!
    Ugh...
    :facepalm:
    Well, at least it's made to Toyota standards...
     
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    Replacing the complete antenna

    It would depend just who is going to do it.

    If your neighbor says it is a project take him at his word

    To me it is just a pain .

    The hardest part is pulling the radio out to install the coax .

    In your case why not go to electric so when the radio is off the antenna mast is retracted .

    Really cuts down on the Screwing part
     
  15. Mar 10, 2017 at 6:29 AM
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    Radio does NOT need to come out to replace the coax. You aren't replacing that part of the wire. There is a connector on the coax under the plastic cover for the passenger side front pillar. Obviously, you need to take the cover off the pillar, 2 caps and 10mm bolts to take the handle off, then the cover just pulls off. Take the glove box out to access the plug where the wire runs through to the fender.

    The most difficult part of the replacement is just REMOVING the old one. Usually, it is quite impossible to unscrew the nut, so you'll need something small like a die grinder to cut the top part off.

    Some people insist of completely removing the fender liners, but when I did it, I found that you just pop off the clips (hint: check under the hood near the ABS pump -- you can get access to a couple of the clips from there!) and can bend it out of the way. There is a 10mm bolt holding the antenna base to the fender.
     
  16. Mar 10, 2017 at 12:09 PM
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    It depends on what you find my antenna needed to be plugged into the radio there was no connection any other place .

    Then maybe if one has tiny hands you can reach behind the radio and disconnect and reconnect what you need to do.
     
  17. Mar 13, 2017 at 4:43 AM
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    No, it does not "depend". The wire from the back of the radio goes to a connector in the passenger side pillar. You DO NOT NEED to remove the radio to change the antenna. END OF STORY.
     
  18. Mar 13, 2017 at 1:34 PM
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    In fact I will bring the truck to you just tell me where to come


    I might learn something

    I did not buy this truck new according to the VIN it had a power antenna that had been removed if there was a connector it was long gone

    Then things could very well have changed since my truck was built in 2000

    I have changed two antennas if there was a connector I would love to have one
     
  19. Mar 14, 2017 at 5:00 AM
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    Did you even bother to read the thread title?
     
  20. Mar 14, 2017 at 5:10 AM
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    Yes my bad I do tend to be confused by the generation thing .

    As far as I know my 2000 is a second generation I was told

    I have no idea just what vehicles are in what generation when 3 vehicles of the same year are all in different generations

    Yes I know I am quite stupid leaving school after fifth grade I try.
     

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