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Shortly Antenna's, Who has them?

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

  1. Jul 20, 2010 at 11:42 PM
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    TacomaMtnMan

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    Hey Guys,

    I am looking into getting this 8inch short Antenna. The company that makes them claims you will not lose any reception... But why wouldn't auto manufactures just put short antennas on vehicles anyways if its the same signal? They would save on metal. :D

    So who has them and what is your experience with them? Any loss of radio frequencies?


    Here is the one I am checking out:
    http://www.shortyantennasource.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_57&products_id=134


    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:24 AM
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    I put a shorty on and lost quite a bit of reception. I still run it because it looks so damn good. Its a toss up. Good luck.
     
  3. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:26 AM
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    i purchased that antenna Solely for tha LOOK n Love it. YES, i lost sum reception but hey it COSTS TO FLOSS! haha!
     
  4. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:30 AM
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    To much to list!
    I ran a billet antenna on my old truck, My brother has one on his truck and my mom has on on her tundra. They work pretty good. I dont remember the make but If I remember correctly we got them from 4wheelparts.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:34 AM
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    I love my Craven Speed Antenna...

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  6. Jul 21, 2010 at 1:54 AM
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    JB3CK24: where did you get that craven antenna from?
     
  7. Jul 21, 2010 at 3:34 AM
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    Kelson

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    me too! lol


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    there are two different styles availible. i have the regular one and JB3CK24 has the bullet one.

    pretty good reception for a shorty, but of course it isn't as good as the stock one. and its pretty damn short lol

    homepage:
    http://cravenspeed.com/

    product:
    http://www.cravenspeed.com/products/The-Stubby-Antenna.html
     
  8. Jul 21, 2010 at 5:36 AM
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    I didn't lose any reception with my short antenna but I listen to XM all the time so I wouldn't be good to ask.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    When I switched to my stubby antenna I lost reception on the majority of radio stations. But I can still hear certain radio stations perfectly. Unfortunately those stations are not my favorites.
     
  10. Jul 21, 2010 at 6:05 AM
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    Not to thread jack but any suggestions for a better looking XM antennae? I think the ones they have now are not all that hi-speed....
     
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    More or less the same for me...but since I bought my antenna my favorite station went from hard rock to soft/classic rock...Not good. Luckily my iPod works great...
     
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    I clipped my stock one to be 1" higher then the roof. That meant removing 10" of antenna, but the radio still works like stock.
     
  13. Jul 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM
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    I also have the Craven Speed antenna. I really liked the looks of it, but took it off because of the drop in signal. I lost about half of my presets.
     
  14. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    I just got that EXACT one you are looking at about a week ago, it looks awesome and I honestly haven't lost ANY reception... granted I live in a compact valley of apprx 80,000 people, so the signals for the stations here probably don't have to go that far, I haven't really gotten outside of the valley into the mountains since getting it, but I'm really happy with it
     
  15. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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    I think I took around 8" off. Just enough for it to clear the beam in my garage. And as you said, it works as good as stock.

     
  16. Jul 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    FM is for suckers!!
    I really don't care what antenna is there, I listen to Pandora or ipod mostly :D

    I should say that I DO like the looks of the stubby tho
     
  17. Jul 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    I put an 8" shorty on and lost some reception.
     
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    AM/FM antennas are cut 31 inches because that's the lowest frequency of FM radio stations, 88Mhz. It's a quarter-wave antenna.
    The antenna can't be any smaller than 15 inches. That would be a 1/8th wavelength antenna, which isn't very efficient on a vehicle because it's mounted on a fender.

    So any antenna smaller than 15 inches is theoretically useless....
    If you still get reception, it's simply because you live in a populated area, where the radio stations output thousands of watts.
     
  20. Jul 21, 2010 at 7:34 PM
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    So how long is the stock antenna...??
     
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