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Old 02-24-2014, 01:22 AM   #1
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anyone completely remove antenna?

Have any of you completely removed the factory antenna?
I only listen to mp3 player and Sirius. and the antenna just gets in the way. seems like a waste of money to buy a stubby if I don't use it.
If so, can you cover the hole with a off road badge (like the one on the driver's side)?
It looks like it would be in almost the same exact place on the opposite side.

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:28 AM   #2
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I did. Got a trail rated badge off eBay and put it there.

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nice, do you have a pic?
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Personally, I think the stock antenna is horrendous. But replacing one with a stubby costs about $15 from Amazon and retains your radio, which may come in handy for emergency weather announcements and the like. If you've got a CB or if Sirius does local weather reports (how does it do in overcast weather?), then that's a moot point. That would be my only consideration if I was in your situation.
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I took mine off and have my CB antenna pulling double duty for FM and CB reception. The FM reception is just as clear as it was with the stock antenna, looks better and gives one less thing to smack on a limb when offroad.
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I've driven new vehicles off the lot which don't have the antennas connected yet and have still had fine reception for AM/FM and obviously satellite. We live in a decently large city though if that helps. (400,000 pop.)
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I think reception varies a lot by area. I have no problems most of the time area here, antenna or not, unless I get downtown between building I'm ok.

When I go up to Chicago, I have trouble getting reception even with an antenna. It's worse than when I grew up, I could get reception on my old clock radio then - same radio, same location at the parents house, and it cuts in and out now. I was glad I had the Sirius working at that point.
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yeah, i'll be ordering a red trail rated badge to cover up the antenna hole.
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I unhooked mine, pushed the wire into the fender and put a trail rated badge over it also. Haven't noticed any difference in reception.
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Hmmm I think I might do this! I have the Sirius and don't listen to FM/AM. Even with the antenna off the Sirius should be working just fine. Where does the Sirius gets it's reception? The stock trail rated badge is that grey or black for 2013?
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Hmmm I think I might do this! I have the Sirius and don't listen to FM/AM. Even with the antenna off the Sirius should be working just fine. Where does the Sirius gets it's reception? The stock trail rated badge is that grey or black for 2013?
The Sirius antenna is in the rollbar padding in the top roll bar from what I understand. Not sure on the '13 color badge.
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I never listen to FM as I use my iPod and iPhone. I removed my antenna and put this on. It still got pretty good reception but then I took it off as I figured some jerk would mess my fender up trying to steal it so I put the stock antenna back on and cut it in half.
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I use my stock antenna as a feeler to see if I'm going to tear up my freedom top. I actually had to back up in a parking structure once, at the DMV of all places.
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I just removed my antenna the other day, I hope this helps.

There's a small notch at the bottom of the black cap to help pry it off but its not easy, I used a very large putty knife to lay on the paint covered by painters tape to protect it from denting when I was prying off the cap. This cap does not turn ( yes I tried ) it has small tabs that hold it on.


After getting the cap off remove the 3 screws


Then with needle nose pliers hold the small top part and twist the large bottom part of the base a 1/4 turn by hand. thats all it needed for me, there may be a different way but it worked lol




Then I wrapped end with hockey tape (to add a little padding for rattling) and inserted it back into hole. inside this hole is a void between outer and inner fender.



Then I put a new Red Trail Ready badge over the hole. So far I haven't notice a difference in the reception but I also live in large city.
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I just removed my antenna the other day, I hope this helps.

There's a small notch at the bottom of the black cap to help pry it off but its not easy, I used a very large putty knife to lay on the paint covered by painters tape to protect it from denting when I was prying off the cap. This cap does not turn ( yes I tried ) it has small tabs that hold it on.

After getting the cap off remove the 3 screws

Then with needle nose pliers hold the small top part and twist the large bottom part of the base a 1/4 turn by hand. thats all it needed for me, there may be a different way but it worked lol

Then I wrapped end with hockey tape (to add a little padding for rattling) and inserted it back into hole. inside this hole is a void between outer and inner fender.

Then I put a new Red Trail Ready badge over the hole. So far I haven't notice a difference in the reception but I also live in large city.
Great write up Eastie. Welcome to the forum.
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Great write up Eastie. Welcome to the forum.
Thank you cmaggi2 :0)
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Thank you cmaggi2 :0)
Just ordered 2 black badges from ebay and will be doing the mod when they arrive.
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Looks great eastie! Definitely planning on doing this. You said reception is still ok? Any plans to get like an interior amplified antenna?
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thanks eastie
Thank you, Just like to give back for all the help I get here :0)
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Looks great eastie! Definitely planning on doing this. You said reception is still ok? Any plans to get like an interior amplified antenna?
Yeah reception is better than I expected but I'm going to see how it goes, I really don't use AM/FM all that much so I think I'll leave it as is.
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I never listen to FM as I use my iPod and iPhone. I removed my antenna and put this on. It still got pretty good reception but then I took it off as I figured some jerk would mess my fender up trying to steal it so I put the stock antenna back on and cut it in half.
now that's a cool idea!!
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Have any of you completely removed the factory antenna?
I only listen to mp3 player and Sirius. and the antenna just gets in the way. seems like a waste of money to buy a stubby if I don't use it.
If so, can you cover the hole with a off road badge (like the one on the driver's side)?
It looks like it would be in almost the same exact place on the opposite side.
Antenna for Satellite is located above the Roll Bar. Remove the side antenna.. Just don't throw it away. They cost money. I never listen to local stations anymore. To much screaming and talking.
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I would also keep that antenna stashed under the passenger seat maybe or the dash. That way you are still connected and can listen to Emergency Broadcast on the AM Frequencies.
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There's a small notch at the bottom of the black cap to help pry it off but its not easy, I used a very large putty knife to lay on the paint covered by painters tape to protect it from denting when I was prying off the cap. This cap does not turn ( yes I tried ) it has small tabs that hold it on.
I attempted to pry off the black cap and ended up scratching the paint a little. I would recommend instead to just take some pliers and basically peel it off if its going in the garbage anyway.
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I got a "stubby" 6" antenna on EBay. Works fine and is low profile enough to not bump into things. Just unscrew the old one and screw on the new one.

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