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Stolen Antenna... Broken at base, I think.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rmd0311, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Mar 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM
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    So, someone stole my antenna this weekend. I think they broke it off. What are my options here. Is this something that can be easily replaced?

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  2. Mar 20, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    Did the break it off or unscrew it?
     
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    when they loosen up , they can break very easy. I broke one in the car wash after it loosened up a little. I bought a new on and put a little lock washer on it, when I installed it. Now it's all good for the car wash even. I had to drill out the broken stud from the base ( small hole then a reverse twist drill spun it out pretty easy). i think the dealer charged me around 40 bucks or so.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    It really looks like they broke it... I guess I will buy another and go from there. If they broke it, anyone have any experience taking the broken stub out.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM
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    How much reception do you loose with a 14" antenna?
     
  8. Mar 20, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    I could not tell any difference in reception.
     
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    there is no loss of reception
     
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    I am actually in the process of figuring out my antenna situation as well! I just finished reading about 8 pages worth of threads on the topic and then saw this one! This is what I am going with....It is from a Scion TC and needs some modification to fit but I think it looks the best and gets great reception. It is also only 16".
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  11. Mar 20, 2011 at 8:22 PM
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    Nice. Do you have a link to more info (like a part number)? Thanks.
     
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    I don't but if you go to ebay and type in Scion TC antenna....I think there are a few available with info.
     
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    You can try drilling it with a small bit and then using one of those removal bits. I tried that but it didn't work in my case and I ended up replacing the entire antenna pole assembly (total parts cost about $50 online). It's worth a try but unless you really know what you're doing, don't do it yourself.

    FYI: I had a rigid stubbie antenna on there when I went through a car wash (they assured me it would be fine; like an idiot, I believed them) and wouldn't recommend using one at all. Get something flexible or keep the OEM antenna. I have a semi-flexible one from Autozone now and it flexes well but it has a large base and is easy to take off if/when I go through a car wash.
     
  14. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    Well., the easiest route seemed to be buying the Shorty which I just did. Bought the 14" one. Hopefully I am wrong and the other one was not broken off. Hope is a beautiful thing.
     
  15. Mar 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    Vise grip and elbow grease if you got a stub left. Other than that you will have to replace the assembly which cant be that hard.
     
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    You have to be very careful to drill on center the first time, I use a center punch to mark the center. the stud is in loosely and not bottomed out, so it is not tight just floating in the hole. Unless it's rusted or cross threaded. You could epoxy a dowel or something to the end of the stud and twist it out after it cures also.
     
  17. Mar 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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    Alright I messed this whole think up... I'm gonna have to replace the the freaking whole thing... Anyone ever do that?
     
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    What I did when mine broke off in it, was sprayed a little WD-40 into, and very carefully used a paperclip(straightened out) to slowly unscrew it.
     
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    I have replaced them. not hard at all, get a haynes manual or download the steps from the web.
     
  20. Mar 31, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    if someone was going to steal it they wouldnt break it off... just my .02
     
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