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Old 06-05-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Guys and Gals,

I know there are fairly long threads on this and I've read most.

I'm getting one. Don't care about AM/FM reception...haven't listened to anything but Sirius for who knows how long.

Question: Is there a WranglerForum.com vendor that I can get one from? I'd like to do my part to support those that support this forum.

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Just ordered one off amazon like 30 minutes ago.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
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I did the 14", and it works fine. I too listen to Sirius mostly or plug in my iPhone... They have a new 7" that just came out that they didn't have when I got mine. 14" end up a couple inches above the cowl.
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I did the 14", and it works fine. I too listen to Sirius mostly or plug in my iPhone... They have a new 7" that just came out that they didn't have when I got mine. 14" end up a couple inches above the cowl.
Thanks. Just ordered the Off-Road (13" inch) ANTENNA - 2007 thru 2013 Jeep WRANGLER Unlimited JK on Antennax.com

First "mod"...I know, I know...not much of a mod
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thanks for the support!!
no problem. quick question...assuming it doesn't matter that I have a JKU rubicon. Same antenna as the JKU right?

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no problem. quick question...assuming it doesn't matter that I have a JKU rubicon. Same antenna as the JKU right?

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yes, all 2007 thru 2013 wranglers use the same mount
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thanks for the support!!

There's a 7 inch antenna now? Is it for same anywhere, I don't see it online?
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What if I just cut with some metal cutters and plasti dip ?
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #12
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Not sure it that would work. I have the 14 inch Antennax and it works perfectly. It's definitely worth the money.
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Just got the 13" AntennaX one from Amazon, looks nice from photos I have seen online.
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AntennaX works fine and looks great!!
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What's the idea of these shorter antennas? Just for looks? I always thought I'd want to re-route it and mount it to the spare tire mount and get it out of the way completely.
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Joeg... Send Antennax a PM... He was talking about it just coming out last week. May not be online yet.

And yea, mostly looks, but it also keeps it from snagging branches in the woods etc...
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What if I just cut with some metal cutters and plasti dip ?
Antennas are tuned (and averaged) for a specific frequency or range of frequencies.

Cutting a stock antenna isn't a good idea because you're eliminating that "tune". While you may not notice because you listen (for example) to a lot of stations in the lower range, when you try to go to the upper range, it'll have poor reception. This is the BASIC idea and there's a reason that happens.

Here's some more info that may put it into perspective. Optimally, FM antenna would be somewhere around 120 inches long. Pretty ridiculous to see vehicles with 10 foot antennas on them right? Automobiles run a "quarter wave" antenna. Quarter wave is basically one quarter scale of what a full size antenna would be.

With a quarter wave, the low end of the FM scale would be someplace around 26.5 inches in length. This would be the "optimal" length to receive lower frequencies in the FM range. Mid scale is about 30 inches, upper end is about 33 inches. I believe most auto manufacturers use something about 30 inches (do the math - it's "one quarter" of 120 inches). My lengths may be off a little here or there - I'm drawing on my college electronics/RF experience and that was LONG AGO , but this gives the general idea.

A stubby antenna typically contains a "tuned coil" or "load" somewhere internally. This load could be in the base, it could be engineered into the overall length of the antenna, but somewhere this antenna is "tuned" and this makes the antenna "electrically" the ideal length. Ever see a CB antenna was a "lump" in the middle of the mast? Same idea - they're trying to reach optimum "electrical length" in a shorter package. (Completely different frequency range, but the same theory holds true.)

With a stubby antenna, some experience signal loss and poor reception, some don't. Honestly, there shouldn't be an issue if the "stubby" is tuned properly but a lot of radio reception depends on terrain, how well the receiver is tuned, how well the transmitter is transmitting, condition of antenna cable, etc.

Technically, there is no need for a stick (mast) antenna at all as long as ELECTRICALLY you have the ideal length of "antenna" and it's relatively unobstructed. A lot of newer (foreign) cars don't even have an antenna that is exposed - it's engineered into the front or back (sometimes, both) glass.

We won't even get into "HD" digital radio as that is a whole other kettle of fish. The theory above is drawing on my experience with good old fashioned ANALOG radio. With HD/digital radio, there is no "poor" reception - you either have reception or you don't.

Sorry for the short dissertation, but I thought all of this may be useful for those just wanting to cut their stock antenna.
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I have had my antenna x for a few months now. Works good. Looks good.
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Joeg... Send Antennax a PM... He was talking about it just coming out last week. May not be online yet.

And yea, mostly looks, but it also keeps it from snagging branches in the woods etc...

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Have had my antenna x on for about a week. Love the look of it and I no longer have the stock antenna flopping around in the corner of my eye on or off road. I feel like the reception basically stayed the same, maybe went down a little. Yet that could be attributed to living in NE and you don't always get good reception out of the cities anyways, especially during spring and summer. Either way, absolutely love the look and functionality, I definitely wouldn't go back.
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I've had mine for a week and it looks a lot better than the stock. Cheap mod that makes a big difference,


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Go to eBay, i bought mine for 15 dlls, lokes better than original.
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I love that color!!
Thanx man wouldn't have picked any other color.
That decal on the hood looks tough. I ordered one like that in matte black that I will be putting on the hood.
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Am I the only one that likes the stock antenna? It gives an "old times" rugged feel for me.

I don't mod my jeep for looks though. I go for practicality and utility.

To each his own.
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What's the idea of these shorter antennas? Just for looks? I always thought I'd want to re-route it and mount it to the spare tire mount and get it out of the way completely.
Thats what i did. I covered the hole with a trailbadge and put the stock antenna in the roll bar padding in the passenger rearside. My next choice was to add a power unit in the rear carrier, but was unsure of the longevity with bending of the cable with rear door use. My setup works well enough for me. I like a cleaner look and no one can poke themselves with it or get banged around or broken off.
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Am I the only one that likes the stock antenna? It gives an "old times" rugged feel for me.

I don't mod my jeep for looks though. I go for practicality and utility.

To each his own.
off roading. i guess some folks do it for the looks, but the places i wheel get overgrown with underbrush frequently... the shorter antenna doesn't get hung up or beat my a-pillar up. i lost a little bit of reception out in the sticks... but the endless hours of entertainment picking up truckers from my CB... more than make up for that.
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Got it today

My first "mod"

I was going to do a mod video or list the steps it took to install this...but it would just be too complex, you'll have to figure it out yourself

Thanks antennax...looks sweet.

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yes, we tout this short antenna as the cheapest mod you can do yourself, and it does serve a purpose when going off road as I have heard the stock antenna can snap back and crack a windshield
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Just ordered mine. I got tired of the stock one getting snagged by branches on the trail and bouncing off my KC lights.

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