Stubby was the first modification I did. The long silver antenna that is stock sways constantly.
Erm, I have a JKU as well!
I agree the stocker does move around a lot; it's flimsy compared to my OEM YJ one. The antenna style is personal preference. I was just having fun! ...for me, there is no way I would put one on my JKU, not even on my GC SRT8. There is a loss in reception, some will not be affected by this though depending where you live.
we have a couple of choices in our signature below, we personally run the 13" off-road antenna on our wrangler. We're at the SEMA show here in Vegas and have seen a few of our antennas on some of the Jeeps:
I just cut my stock antenna down to 14", glued the little ball back on the end, and spray painted it black with rustoleum. Haven't really noticed any reception loss unless in the mountains. Cost...about 25 minutes of time.
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Mine wouldn't pick up a signal very well at all. The only good thing I got out of it is the adapter. Most antenna kits adapters will not fit a Jeep. If you live in a larger city then the 13-14 will work alright but once you get out on the trail or if you live in a smaller city, the reception just sucks with these short antennas. I tried both from Antenna X and one from Autozone and all of them I had static on. I ended up getting a little longer one in black from Autozone and ir worked just fine but had to use the adapter from the Antenna X stubby.
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Reception for me in the suburbs of a large city has been reduced from a clear signal to one with frequent static.
For the time being, I am leaving the stubby on because it looks cool and with the one free year of satellite radio, I almost never listen to FM. We will see what happens to it next July when the free satellite runs out. Hopefully a good substitute for the stubby will be available.
Got one also..reception did decrease over the stock. Yeah the look is good but reception is so-so I live close to Pittsburgh but find when I am on back roads or dipping down in the vally I loose reception
hmm little bit more feedback about leaving the city..
i think it's still worth it? as long as it's fairly decent in the city i mean... i guess worse comes to worse if i'm unhappy i can put the old one back on and do what others have mentioned with the cutting and painting.
i've got satellite radio and also the lovely bluetooth connectivity so.. should be good