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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-27-2010, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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How to Make a Short Antenna.

I found this on another forum site.

Tools Need: adjustable wrench, some sort of cutting tool, I used a zip disk, tape measure, tape, pliers, paint, grinder or sanding wheel
Ease of Install: easy
Estimated time to install: 1 hour to do, then extra for paint to dry.

Step 1:
remove antenna from car. at the same time also measure where you want to cut it and mark it with tape. I chose 6" form the base.



Step 2:
clamp antenna in a vise and cut at the tape edge, tape both sides unlike me. then the wire wont unravel.



step 3:
Clamp the other end of the antenna in the vice again. with the ball on top.


Step 4:
now take your pliers and twist and pull on the ball. it is a tapered fit. it will pop off takes some effort. so don't be a sissy.



Step 5:
grind the short end of the antenna down to fit the ball, don't make it to slow of an angle or it wont stick properly, it has to be a tight fit. now turn upside down and hit the ball on about 4 or 5 times to makes sure its on good.


Step 6:
now paint that sucker, make it look good.


and you done.

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nice... i may do this soon, might get lazy and just buy a shorty antenna tho.

also its "hoW to" not "hoT to"...

man am i glad i didn't buy an aveo...
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questioning the reception for the radio with shorties..... any problems?
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i did this mod and was pleased with the results. i have a usb port on my deck so wasn't too worried about reception. but i still got most major radio stations strong about 50 km outside of the city... regardless, its still better than having a 1.5m rod on the back of your car.

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questioning the reception for the radio with shorties..... any problems?
I just Bought a MPX Shorty Antenna and the reception got kind of bad. Some spots the reception is good and sometimes its horrible. Kind of Sucks.
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I am going to do this. Now that I've seen this mod. I've realized that the normal antenna looks really bad. Has to be done immediately. Thanks for the write up
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Nice.....Now I know what my Saturday morning project will be.
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I just removed the mast completely and placed a vacuum cap over the threads...




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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 09:17 PM
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did the mod looks great and there is still radio thank you for that info i would have spent like fifty for a nice on thanks

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Just did this mod today; looks much better . I put a vaccum cap on top of the antenna though, lol. You can't really tell unless you look at it up close.

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