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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Replace 2006 LT Sedan Antenna Assembly

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New member with a stock 2006 LT sedan. Just bought it last week.
Question: How do you remove the OEM antenna cable from the antenna mast bracket? Snapped the antenna of inside the bracket trying to remove it. I would like to replace the antenna with OEM or similar but do I need to buy new cable too or does the cable come lose from bracket?
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I did mine a few years ago, but I don't remember it being particularly difficult. Just fold back the carpet in the trunk (unscrew the plastic threaded bolt behind the tail light). There are 2 10mm (I believe) bolts holding the bracket to the frame. The antenna cable just pulls out of the assembly (in the 08, at least). I just used needle nose pliers and grasped at the top of the cable and gave it a tug. Modern Performance has a cool shorty antenna that you can buy for $20, and you can find the bracket at a ton of different GM part sites.

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stratosproject,
Thank you for the reply.
The cable did twist in the assembly but I did not pull on it. I will try that tonight.
Do you have to remove the shorty antenna @ the car wash and is there any lose of reception on the stock head unit?
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stratosproject,
Do you have to remove the shorty antenna @ the car wash and is there any lose of reception on the stock head unit?
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No you don't have to remove it for car washes but there is some loss of reception. I didn't notice it so much when I lived in the Detroit area but when I moved to a smaller town I noticed it but it doesn't bother me.



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Preliminary Procedures
Remove the right rear compartment trim panel.

1 Radio Antenna Bracket Assembly

2 Antenna Bracket Assembly Nut

Tighten
9 Nm (80 lb in)

3 Radio Antenna Bezel

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dondiego,
Thank you for your reply and Coby7 thank you for the diagram. Like stratosproject said above, the (female) antenna wire did pull free from the (male) bracket assembly. All I will need to purchase is the bracket, bezel and the cool shorty antenna from modern performance.
Thank you all for your timely replies and good advice.

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Coby7,
Wow, not only are you excellent, but fast too!
Thank you VERY much for the diagrams. I googled but could not find anything like what you have posted.
This will work out great, you saved me a few broken pieces trying to figure things out. Looks like our weekend is getting busier already.
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Edited with more pictures. I would be faster but GM server is slow and it is under weird file format that I have to convert 3 times before I can post it.

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Wow, thanks again! This is great info. I only had enough time to print pics and you had posted more.
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