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Looks great, did you just cut down the original one and add that ball on top?
Yea I cut the original antenna and I saw in a DIY someone did. They had to pull the little ball on the top and it comes off. Then I had to make the top of the short antenna smaller so that it would go inside the ball. Here is the DIY that has pics and would probably give you better info than mine.
http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/install-guides-diy/18269-how-make-short-antenna.html
Looks a lot better! How is reception?
Reception went down a little bit, but only when I was around a lot of trees. Maybe a little static here or there. Overall not bad at all. I'm sure it would sound normal when I go in the city since I'd be near the radio stations.
 

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yeah, I have the shorty antenna and the reception sucks, thank goodness for iPods.
 

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looks good! i did the same thing with my cars antenna except i topped it off with a vacuum cap rather than try to put that ball back on. i can drive up to two hours in any direction and still get pretty good reception from the stations back home :amuse:
 

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looks good! i did the same thing with my cars antenna except i topped it off with a vacuum cap rather than try to put that ball back on. i can drive up to two hours in any direction and still get pretty good reception from the stations back home :amuse:
Agreed, I cut mine down to 6 inches and put the ball back on. I notice no difference in reception.

 

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I also have a cut stock antenna and where i live in the country, its hard enough as it is to get stations in the balt, now the reception is worse and i struggle to get only a couple stations i like. I will probably soon be switching to a shorty style antenna soon so i can listen to the radio more often
 

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A cut antenna will be a definite drop in reception because you are changing the wave form that it can receive. A shorty antenna resolves this by doubling up inside or something so it's supposed to be just as good reception but in a smaller package. I have the shorty antenna and it is not as good as the OEM antenna for reception but a lot better than a cut antenna - and it looks better!
 
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