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Old 06-04-2004, 02:21 PM   #1
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Make Your Own Shorty Antenna

Make Your Own Shorty Antenna

1 - Remove the antenna from the base, is unscrews.
2 - Find out how short you want your antenna to be, either use a pipe cutter (the kind you twist and tighten, or even go to the local bike shop and have them cut it with their cable cutters). The shaft is made of plastic or fiberglass and if you use some wire cutters or something like that, you could crack it. I heard of people using a Dremel or something like that to cut it. Make sure to file down any sharp edges to leave a nicer, cleaner cut.

Then either.......

3 - Put the tip of the antenna (the part with the rubber end on it) in boiling water to soften up the tip. After a few minutes or so, it should slip off.
4 - Put the removed tip back in some boiling water for a minute or so.
5 - Remove the tip from the boiling water and slide it back on the newly cut end of your antenna. I would also glue it on with something like crazyglue or another type of adhesive.
6 - Screw the modded shorty antenna back onto your car.

Or.........

3 - Go to the local hardware store and buy a bungie cord that straps down cargo, take a little rubber tip off.
4 - Get some crazyglue or some other adhesive and glue/slide it on the newly cut end of your antenna.
5 - Screw the modded shorty antenna back onto your car.


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Old 06-04-2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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Great idea S2 but just buy the bungie cord, at most places they are like a buck or so...it's not worth the risk and besides stealing is stealing no matter what the item.
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Old 06-04-2004, 05:09 PM   #3
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Yeah I know.. ok, I'll edit the post, it was more of a joke..... Sorry folks....

For the record, I originally posted to go and take the little rubber end off the bungie cord instead of buying one, posted more as a joke not serious and not promoting theft at all. I am one interview away from becoming a cop in the city so honestly it was ment to be a joke. Anyway.....
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Old 06-04-2004, 05:31 PM   #4
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I thought of clipping mine off right where it starts to become skinny. Any thoughts there?
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what kind of reception do you get with that?

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Old 06-04-2004, 10:57 PM   #6
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I'll let you know tomorrow, going to do the mod then. I got some friends that have done it, reception works the same. Some people said it will change when your out on a road trip, like it won't be as good but not sure. Will let ya know when I get it done....
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Old 06-05-2004, 01:58 AM   #7
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i did it..took 10 min max..works great....no problem with getting any stations!
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Old 06-05-2004, 03:21 AM   #8
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cool, il be doing that soon... can i paint it though? would be nice if i could paint it chrome.... any ideas?
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hey prime it...the use like the duplicolor paint like for the interior..i cant spell...that vould work..it should..why not..just het it dry..it takes a while..
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Yeah I am going to do mine today also. One guy I talked to said that you might want to have a second antenna (full length) if you travel on the highway alot to pick up far away stations. I listen to CDs all the time on road trips but it's a thought......

My friend did this mod and goes on road trips all the time, never had any problems with reception with the shorty though. Everyone has an opinion I guess.....
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