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"Shorty antenna mod" How-To with pics!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Max-4_Yota, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Jan 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    Max-4_Yota

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    I got tired of my antenna being so tall, so I decided to shorten mine. This is a VERY easy mod and only takes about 15 mins.

    Tools needed:
    Adjustable wrench
    Vise-grips
    Hacksaw
    Bench grinder or file
    Hammer
    Black paint

    So the first thing to do is take off the antenna. I couldn't find a wrench to fit so I used an adjustable.
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    Then, put the antenna in a vise and clamp down on the ball of the antenna. Try not to mar the ball up too much, you could put something around it if you want.
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    Then, twist and pull the pliers at the same time, the ball should come off.

    Then, measure how long you want it, I made mine 15". Put it back in the vise get your hacksaw and start cutting. The metals pretty hard. (Be sure to put the end your not using in the vise so you wont damage the paint.
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    You should get this.
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    *Carefully* grind the end just a little bit so the antenna will fit inside the ball.
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    You should end up with this.
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    Then gently tap the ball back on the antenna, make sure it stays on.
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    I repainted mine black an installed it back on the truck. I didn't lose any reception and the radio works the same as before.
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    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma

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    Sweet! Nice write up I hate mine too and will be doing this soon.:cool:
     
  3. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM
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    JLee

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    Nice Mod I thought about buying a shorty but I might just do this.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    l_prettyman

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    does anyone know if this will work on my 2nd gen?
     
  5. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    Max-4_Yota

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    Thanks!

    Should be the same.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    Detective_Dan

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    all antennas are the same basic design, a rod and ball with threads on one end. so im assuming it should be the same with every vehicle with this type of antenna
     
  7. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:26 PM
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    JLink

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    haha pretty crazy.. never thought of trying that. you said reception is still the same? i'm still a bit hesitant to try
     
  8. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    Max-4_Yota

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    Yeah didn't change at all.
     
  9. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    red taco

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    I did the same a while ago but I just made it really simple. Cut the top part off with a good pair of cutters used some sandpaper to smooth it out and said forget the ball and touched it up with black paint. All done and no real tools necessary. Like said before radio still works fine.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    im about to go give it a shot right now haha but only cause for some reason my 2010 came with 3 antennas. one on the truck and 2 in the storage under the seats
     
  11. Jan 4, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    478DblSport

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    Yeah, my truck had an extra antenna too. I think I just might sacrifice one of them for this mod. Nice job OP.
     
  12. Jan 4, 2011 at 6:10 PM
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    supremetaco2

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    good write up my antenna is the problem in the garage parking lots not the roof of my truck rofl
     
  13. Jan 4, 2011 at 10:38 PM
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  14. Jan 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    Thanks, shes been used quite a bit.
     
  15. Jan 5, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    definitly doing this now that i know it wont screw up the reception,thanks OP. nice write up to.
     
  16. Jan 5, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    i did the same think before i bought one but i used dikes instead of a hack saw..worked pretty well.
     
  17. Jan 8, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    did this mod today. took off about 11'' to make it the same height as the roof.
     
  18. Jan 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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    im totally doin this! good write up and smart mod!
     
  19. Jan 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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    Very nice write up. Will be doing this in the morning. Mine's been barely "tapping" the parking deck at work. Used to be just enough to annoy me. This weekend I put Billies on to level out my ride, it's not a "tap" anymore.. now it's a "whack!" You just saved me $13! Thanks!

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