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Low profile antennas

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by paul0909, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. Apr 6, 2015 at 9:04 PM
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    paul0909

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    I want to replace the antenna on my 2012 with something that has a lower profile. I've seen the 4.7" TRD antenna's on eBay and want to know if anyone has tried them? If so, any feedback or does anyone have any suggestions on a replacement?

    Thanks,

    Paul
     
  2. Apr 6, 2015 at 9:09 PM
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    Himynameisnick

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    Dont waste the money on those aluminum antennas...

    I got one a lost almost half the radio stations (I mostly just listen to the radio when I'm driving).

    They have some 13'' ones that seem better, but I am not too sure about their reception quality.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2015 at 9:16 PM
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    geekhouse23

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    I just cut my stock one down to 13". No reception loss.
     
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  4. Apr 6, 2015 at 9:25 PM
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    Bpassmore8

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    I have . this one and like the looks of it and it fits perfectly in the base which i saw some people complain about with other ones. I don't listen to radio so it wasn't a factor but I tried the other day and I noticed a significant amount of signal loss but I am also about 30 miles from the radio station so would get a slight amount of intermittent loss with the OEM antenna
     
  5. Apr 10, 2015 at 5:19 PM
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    paul0909

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    Thanks all VERY helpful. Saved me some coin!!!
     
  6. Apr 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM
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    This.

    i tried atenna-x or whatever it is, and it was complete crap. if your nipping the garage door, just remove your antenna, pull the ball off, trim off a few inches, re-install the ball, few coats of paint and you will have good reception. try not to cut the wire, just the metal part, and re-wrap the wire.
     
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  8. Apr 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    steelhd

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    I have had terrible luck with short antennas. They seem to be fine for city dweller types where all the radio signals are close and high strength. But for driving in rural areas where signals are weak they don't seem to work very well.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2015 at 2:12 PM
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    jbrnigan

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    Factory antenna measured 32". I cut it in half, removed the ball, reinstalled it on the 16" piece and repainted the tip. Zero discernible loss of signal/reception quality. The PBS station I listen to most often, is 60 miles away.
     
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  10. Apr 11, 2015 at 7:12 PM
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    clh850

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    I'm thinking about doing the same thing to mind and I'm curious how this looks. Do you have a pic?
     
  11. May 29, 2015 at 11:44 PM
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    I heard these tend to bend back at speeds above 70 or so and they don't return to their normal position over time so you're left with a bent di*k of an antenna. I went with the TRD Shorty. It looks clean and I have an XM radio script so need for FM antenna.
     
  12. May 30, 2015 at 12:08 AM
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    I picked up a ~13" at o'reiley (garage door issue). it looks just like the stock wire wrapped one and it works great. right around $16 bucks. no loss of reception. and I'm often 50-150 miles from towers.
     
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  13. May 30, 2015 at 1:03 AM
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    I just installed this one the other day - and yeah, it kinda looks like a limp dick while driving. It mostly goes back erect after you stop or slow down, but not entirely. I'm wondering if it'll get worse over time.

    Zero reception loss though, but I'm in the city.
     
  14. May 30, 2015 at 1:12 AM
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    From what i've read they do get worse over time. I really wanted to pick this one up but just couldn't get over the bent issue.
     
  15. May 31, 2015 at 2:48 PM
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    stbear

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    You need the blue antenna pill mod.
     
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  16. May 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM
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    Yes they bend alot in the wind. But they go back to normal. If you do however get one that doesn't, no big deal as they are only $20 anyways lol
     
  17. Aug 4, 2015 at 4:37 PM
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  18. Aug 4, 2015 at 4:40 PM
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    Jeez. Only a year and a half and its parallel to the roadway.
    :D
     
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    I got the little TRD one from Amazon, it was only like $7 or something. It loses my local stations from where I live once I get about 20 miles away. It looks pretty cool, but I kept the old one just in case I ever get tired of the reception.
     
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