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Old 02-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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2012 radio antenna & car wash

quick question - love my '12 Wrangler, but wonder if I should be taking it through car wash because the antenna seems to bend a lot (have used this car wash with other cars). Anyone else have an issue? It didn't snap off but I don't want it to. I know it doesn't push down, but should I take if off before a car wash? Is this simple?

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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never had a problem, and I was worried about the same thing!

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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JK antennas are huge. Its not going to break but I would replace it with a shorty.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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quick question - love my '12 Wrangler, but wonder if I should be taking it through car wash because the antenna seems to bend a lot (have used this car wash with other cars). Anyone else have an issue? It didn't snap off but I don't want it to. I know it doesn't push down, but should I take if off before a car wash? Is this simple?

Any advice is appreciated.
If you're going thru a car wash that bends your antenna, you're using the wrong kind've car wash, IMO. The kind with the cleaning strips, brushes, etc will eventually scratch the crap outta your Jeep (over and above any wheeling you may do). And if you've got a soft top, it'll trash the windows.

I use a self-operated coin wash only, to clean off mud, road salt, etc. Then wax it at home.

to wash? or not to wash??
Car wash destroyed softtop
Soft top through automatic car wash?

Also, you can get a stubby antenna that, quite frankly, rocks.

I got mine from Antenna-X (forum vendor).

Replace stock antenna...
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #5
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Replace it with a shorty. Antenna-X and about 12 bucks
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
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Went through my 1st car wash the other day. I forgot to have them take off the antenna. Got a little worried and mad at myself. But I checked and no problems where found...
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:15 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help. I did order the shorty and it looks and sounds great. In fact, I think the sound may be better.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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My father owns a automatic carwash where I live, in the two years its been up, I have not seen a single antenna break on any type of vehicle. It's safe to go through. However if it is a touch carwash that you're going through, it's a whole other story and I wouldn't recommend going through it anyway.
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[B]Antenna_X FTW!!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:42 AM   #10
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I was going through one last week (with my shorty antenna). The attendant stopped me and advised that it had been tearing tail lights off of Jeeps. I appreciate the heads up!

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