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Removing the antenna

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ouyin2000, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Oct 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM
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    ouyin2000

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    So I've been fantasizing about getting a hidden antenna for my radio (I don't use the XM, and I'm just going to let it expire). After looking around a bit, I came to a dillema. How to remove the stock antenna, and fill in the resulting hole.

    Anyone done this to theirs (or other vehicles)? Would you even recommend it? Would it leave a scar?
     
  2. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    I wouldnt spend the time/money... but thats just me.

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  3. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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  4. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM
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    I just leave the hole open.
     
  5. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    how about power antenna?
     
  6. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    Get a stubby. Best look, factory reception still works, etc.
     
  7. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    +1

    Unless you want to remove antenna, take off fender, weld plate into fender, grind excessive weld, bondo, sand, prime, paint then put fender back on...
     
  8. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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    That's what I wasn't looking forward to. More work than necessary. I'm a lazy MoFo.

    I'll look into a stubby.
     
  9. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:16 PM
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    wat?
    XM antenna and radio antenna are 2 different things, or am i missing something?
     
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    :( I was hoping to see someone do that... :pout:
     
  11. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM
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    I'm talking about the AM/FM antenna.
     
  12. Oct 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    is there such thing? i would love a stubby. my antenna makes wind noises after about 80-90 mph. at first i was thinking to take my antenna into a hardware store or crown bolt and try to find a black screw/bolt with the exact same threads to fill the hole. with the scion TC stubby antenna's fit on our tacomas?
     
  13. Oct 21, 2010 at 4:34 AM
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    Nope. No such thing.

    http://www.shortyantennasource.com/

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  14. Oct 21, 2010 at 4:37 AM
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    How's that Shorty work for you compared to the stocker antenna? I don't listen to the radio a whole too much, but I hear the Stubby ones suck as far as reception goes.
     
  15. Oct 21, 2010 at 4:44 AM
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    shorty works good, same reception as factory. but on their site you wont find a stubby, you can either get a 8" or 14" billet.
     
  16. Oct 21, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    Gotcha, thanks! Good to know...my antenna now keeps smacking the swing arm to the parking garage at work and I'm not even lifted. I was wondering about these half-size antennas.
     
  17. Oct 21, 2010 at 5:12 AM
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    i was thinkin about this the other day while watchin my antenna flap back and forth in the wind....they give us the antenna for the xm, why cant they incorporate an antenna into that? my wife's camry has a radio antenna built into the xm antenna...
     
  18. Oct 21, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    Shorty works like stock...not that I'd ever know. I tested it once when installing it, and it picked up all the same frequencies with equal clarity.

    But that's moot for me - only thing I listen to in my vehicles is my iPod. This was mainly for aesthetics and to keep it from thrashing tree branches.
     
  19. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:37 AM
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    you guys dont thing the stubby scion tc antenna will fit on ours?
     
  20. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:55 AM
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