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01-01-2013 08:38 PM
Pmcmvp
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
I hope you're not crippling your radio's performance with a shorter antenna just to be more stylish.
Going for black /silver look (removing all chrome color) so stock antenna has to go lol
01-01-2013 08:36 PM
Pmcmvp
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Originally Posted by Jwolfer
I got this one and have noticed no loss in radio function.

Amazon.com: OffRoad (13" inch) ANTENNA - 1987 thru 2006 Jeep Wrangler: Automotive
Thx! Will get same one =p
01-01-2013 07:44 PM
Patrick H I tried a "shorty" antenna on my TJ with less than stellar results. I ran a short rubber antenna on my CJ5 for years, but it was mounted on the very top corner of the W/S frame.
01-01-2013 06:51 PM
freeskier
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Those small shark fin protrusions are for extremely high frequency signals like for Sirus & XM receivers and GPS that don't use/need big antennas. You'll notice that the missing radio antennas used for the lower frequency AM/FM radios have been moved into the glass where the antenna length has been retained. And for those aftermarket "sharkfin" antennas that are for AM/FM radios, those are for looks... they work about as well as those little short "rubber ducky" antennas sold in places like Autozone... which is to say not very well at all.
Upon further research, you are right. Apparently it's popular for Prius owners to replace the stubby antenna (which is for radio) with a shark fin style one. All of them report a large loss in reception quality.

On our Jeeps though, losing a bit of length isn't going to make a huge difference if you live in a populous area with good reception. When I was painting my Jeep I drove around for quite a while without an antenna at all and still got reception.
01-01-2013 06:32 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by freeskier View Post
Jerry, taken a look at any modern car lately? I don't know of a car manufacturer that still uses traditional mast style antennas. They are all those low profile shark fin antennas or some form of integrated antenna.
When OE from the factory, those small shark fin protrusions are for extremely high frequency signals like for Sirus & XM receivers and GPS that don't use/need big antennas. You'll notice that the missing radio antennas used for the lower frequency AM/FM radios have been moved into the glass where the antenna length has been retained. And for those aftermarket "sharkfin" antennas that are for AM/FM radios, those are for looks... they work about as well as those little short "rubber ducky" antennas sold in places like Autozone... which is to say not very well at all.
01-01-2013 06:29 PM
freeskier
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
While you may not notice it around town, you certainly will in a marginal signal area. If smaller antennas worked as well, and they don't, vehicles would come with smaller antennas.
Jerry, taken a look at any modern car lately? I don't know of a car manufacturer that still uses traditional mast style antennas. They are all those low profile shark fin antennas or some form of integrated antenna.
01-01-2013 06:04 PM
baker3 I have been wanting a shorter antenna just because i completely stripped mine and the base from driving through narrow tree covered trails.
01-01-2013 06:01 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Jwolfer View Post
I got this one and have noticed no loss in radio function.
While you may not notice it around town, you certainly will in a marginal signal area. If smaller antennas worked as well, and they don't, vehicles would come with smaller antennas.
01-01-2013 05:46 PM
Jwolfer I got this one and have noticed no loss in radio function.

Amazon.com: OffRoad (13" inch) ANTENNA - 1987 thru 2006 Jeep Wrangler: Automotive
01-01-2013 05:20 PM
Jerry Bransford I hope you're not crippling your radio's performance with a shorter antenna just to be more stylish.
01-01-2013 05:02 PM
Neil F. Any auto parts store has short antennas
01-01-2013 06:52 AM
krisbman Just cut your old one down, pull the ball off with some vice grips and twist it back on
01-01-2013 03:53 AM
Old Dogger Mine is about 12 inches and I purchased it from OReiliy's auto parts stores.
01-01-2013 03:02 AM
Pmcmvp
Part numer and model for shorter antenna

Looking for shorter and black antenna for stereo deck (not cb). I've seen on other jeeps but not sure where to buy and which part.

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