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Old 10-12-2012, 07:34 AM   #571
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same reception as stock most of the time, but looks 100 times better
Cool. Worth a try then!

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:02 AM   #572
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Antenna_X not very good antennas

Just my $0.02 worth: I bought a short aluminum antenna from Antenna_X and while it "looks great", it has horrible reception. Serious waste of money unless you're going for "looks". These are NOT antennas that provide the "same reception" as Antenna_X is stating.

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:11 AM   #573
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might "look better" but reception is bad!

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same reception as stock most of the time, but looks 100 times better
Reception is not good with these Antenna_X billet antennas......it might "look better", but the OEM antenna provides much better reception than these stubby replacements, especially in rural areas.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:42 AM   #574
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I have same gap at bottom mount. A nice feature of the antenna would have been a squared off base to tighten the antenna down into the body mount.
Hmm, OK then. I agree that they should have squared it off at the bottom and eliminated that gap. Oh well...
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:36 AM   #575
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Just ordered 2 13" Offroad Antennas!! (one for me and one for a friend helping me with my Rubi )

Wonder who THAT could be...
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:51 AM   #576
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Just installed my 13" stubby the other night, and my FM reception quality decreased pretty dramatically. Is there supposed to be a gap at the bottom where you can still see metal (approx 3/16th of an inch)?

I need to figure out why my reception got so bad while so many others notice little or no change at all...

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I had the same gap and fixed it with minor adjustment. Sorry if this is hard to understand but I'm on my phone and its been awhile.

But what you need to do is unscrew the center screw a few turns if that many then reinstall and it should cover it up completely. I believe this is how I did it.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:47 AM   #577
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I think the issue people have with reception is from folks who live in an area that already has weak reception. Though you might be getting good reception with the stock antennae you could still be in an area with poor reception (e.g. 80 miles from nearest tower). It's these cases I bet folks are seeing a big drop in going stubby. I live 25 miles from Philly, and my reception is great with the stubby.

Also, I had the small gap between the base and the antennae, but every couple days I've been checking it for tightness and tightening a little more and it has gotten to be almost not noticeable. I didn't adjust the screw attachment, because I feel like that would make the top or antennae less secure. Anyway, it looks fine and that's just getting a little anal over an antennae.

I can't wait to get on the trail and not be whacking my stocker on every tree and having it whack my A pillar or windshield. Makes the jeep look more utility purposed in my mind. I don't know why. Just my 2 pennies.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:56 AM   #578
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Get the stubby and get a mobile radio app. Between the two, you should be able to get all of your radio stations (minus EXTREME circumstances)!
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Not sure that will help much. Chances are if you are out of radio coverage you're also out of cell coverage....
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:46 PM   #580
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I think the issue people have with reception is from folks who live in an area that already has weak reception. Though you might be getting good reception with the stock antennae you could still be in an area with poor reception (e.g. 80 miles from nearest tower). It's these cases I bet folks are seeing a big drop in going stubby. I live 25 miles from Philly, and my reception is great with the stubby.

Also, I had the small gap between the base and the antennae, but every couple days I've been checking it for tightness and tightening a little more and it has gotten to be almost not noticeable. I didn't adjust the screw attachment, because I feel like that would make the top or antennae less secure. Anyway, it looks fine and that's just getting a little anal over an antennae.

I can't wait to get on the trail and not be whacking my stocker on every tree and having it whack my A pillar or windshield. Makes the jeep look more utility purposed in my mind. I don't know why. Just my 2 pennies.
I live just 20 miles from DC, so I don't think tower distance is the issue... I'm getting increased static on some of the biggest stations in the area.
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Interesting pale...sorry you're having worse results.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:11 PM   #582
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I live just 20 miles from DC, so I don't think tower distance is the issue... I'm getting increased static on some of the biggest stations in the area.
Exactly. When you remove a 2 1/2 foot antenna and replace it with a cheap 1 foot antenna, the reception is going to decrease. Also the OEM antenna has a wire wrapped all the way up the stalk....the stubby Antenna_X is a very cheap aluminum stick.
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Exactly. When you remove a 2 1/2 foot antenna and replace it with a cheap 1 foot antenna, the reception is going to decrease. Also the OEM antenna has a wire wrapped all the way up the stalk....the stubby Antenna_X is a very cheap aluminum stick.
The interesting part is that some folks don't notice any change at all. Oh well, it was only a few bucks, and it does look good. It also won't hit nearly as many branches, so that works too. I'm keeping it for now...
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yes it all depends on your location, overall most have little to no loss in reception.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:05 PM   #585
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Just installed my new Antenna X stubby and have no reception loss whatsoever. Actually, I now have a better reception in one spot of my daily commute where my stock reception always fell out. Looks a lot better too, IMO.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #586
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Wonder who THAT could be...
Hmmm. I have no idea
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Just installed my stubby and have very little loss. One of the stations that was weak anyways has a little bit of static at times but that's it. Love the product and the look!
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #588
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Just installed my stubby and have very little loss. One of the stations that was weak anyways has a little bit of static at times but that's it. Love the product and the look!
x2 I live in the city. I can imagine if you live in an area with already a weak signal that you may get a decrease in signal strength, but here it's not a problem at all. Since I installed Dually windshield lights the stubby works really well.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:43 PM   #589
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Exactly. When you remove a 2 1/2 foot antenna and replace it with a cheap 1 foot antenna, the reception is going to decrease. Also the OEM antenna has a wire wrapped all the way up the stalk....the stubby Antenna_X is a very cheap aluminum stick.
do you have any suggestions for a better 1-1.5foot black antenna that isnt made of cheap aluminum stick?

I use the AntennaX, and notice slight static in stations at certain place :/
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:16 PM   #590
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Got my Antenna X last night ...
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yes it all depends on your location, overall most have little to no loss in reception.
Is there a smaller black piece that could fit the gap where the silver piece goes into the base of the antenna?
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do you have any suggestions for a better 1-1.5foot black antenna that isnt made of cheap aluminum stick?

I use the AntennaX, and notice slight static in stations at certain place :/
Not really. It looks good. It's just not very functional.
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Just ordered my antenna x!
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Is there a smaller black piece that could fit the gap where the silver piece goes into the base of the antenna?
I had the same problem and like I mentioned above if you adjust the antenna center screw and the outer black plastic it will be tight and get rid of the gap. Here is the only picture I have right now since it is so dark outside but can get a better picture for proof that the adjustment works.
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I had the same problem and like I mentioned above if you adjust the antenna center screw and the outer black plastic it will be tight and get rid of the gap. Here is the only picture I have right now since it is so dark outside but can get a better picture for proof that the adjustment works.
can you snap a closeup of where the antenna meets the base?

mine has a slight gap, doesnt fit in the plastic housing on my jeep.
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Cut mine down. Went to Walmut, picked up a $10 antenna, used the base and tip, applied heat shrink to the shaft. No gaps, looks good, works fine. This is a pic from my 2010, did the same to my '12. Keeps it out of my way.
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this is how the 13 inch Off Road antenna is supposed to fit, the 14 inch billet antenna will show some adapter
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AntennaX,

Do you have a black replacement antenna that is the height of the roofline? I think a lot of us would like a black replacement that would be the same hight or 1" taller than the roof. This would allow us to lift the Jeep and still fit into the garage but provide an OEM look and decent reception.
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AntennaX,

Do you have a black replacement antenna that is the height of the roofline? I think a lot of us would like a black replacement that would be the same hight or 1" taller than the roof. This would allow us to lift the Jeep and still fit into the garage but provide an OEM look and decent reception.
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this is how the 13 inch Off Road antenna is supposed to fit, the 14 inch billet antenna will show some adapter
Thas not how mine looks

It won't screw in any further.. Maybe I got a dud..

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