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: Smaller Antenna


gcg
10-02-2007, 09:52 AM
Has anyone found a shorter antenna that will fit the JK? I keep catching mine on trees and bushes. I have a small aftermarket flexible rubber one for my XJ but none of the ones I've found so far fit the JK. It seems to have a larger threaded receptacle.

Any help would be appreciated.

priell3
10-03-2007, 07:29 AM
I haven't found one either. When I was going through the brush and trees this past weekend, my antenna was flying everywhere.

MichaelW
10-03-2007, 08:39 AM
G, maybe with the antenna off you could swing by Sandy's on Mill Street and see if anyone knows what the connection size is called. Then we could scour the net for one.

Next step would be someone to take their antenna in to a Ham Radio store.

I thought I heard somewhere it was the same as the Libby one? Not that, that really helps yet.

BeerMonkeY
10-03-2007, 10:30 AM
what about cutting it? i will prob just take mine off, i dont listen to regular radio anyway. wonder how hard it is to remove the whole mount and get another trail badge to go in its spot?

MichaelW
10-03-2007, 10:35 AM
You could cut it, but then it would truly suck as an AM/FM antenna. But if you don't use it, guess it wouldn't matter. My hands won't fit up in there, it's too tight for me. I'd have to remove the fender which wouldn't really be all that hard. I'd imagine the "Trail Rated Badge" would fit fine.

I'd like the idea of a little black whip like antenna though. ;)

nam6869usmc
10-03-2007, 10:38 AM
G, maybe with the antenna off you could swing by Sandy's on Mill Street and see if anyone knows what the connection size is called. Then we could scour the net for one.

Next step would be someone to take their antenna in to a Ham Radio store.

I thought I heard somewhere it was the same as the Libby one? Not that, that really helps yet.

I've been pounding the "Net' looking for an answer, because I'm real interested in doing this, some cut it shorter(not good), some runs without one(not good), some uses JB Weld to to fill the oversize hole(don't want to do that)......I'll be on this tonight, maybe an adapter >"Small to Biggiel" to fit the (Stubby Black Rubber Antenna) in our size hole. If I come up with anything I post tonight. With Pictures.

Read this Antenna conversion below, it gave some idea's. I know it's not a JK but still gives a possible direction.
http://www.nicoclub.com/articles.php?id=242567

gcg
10-03-2007, 10:43 AM
The antenna mast is easily removeable from the outside. It has a set of male threads that appear to be 5/16 X 20. The rubber masts that I've found so far have a set of adapters with different thread sizes, but none are 5/16 X 20. I suppose I could have a custom adapter made but was hoping to not have to go that far.

I don't think I'd cut the antenna. I don't really use the AM/FM radio all that much (I have the Sirius option), so I could just remove it for now.

But, if anyone finds a solution, please post it.

MichaelW
10-03-2007, 10:44 AM
Jim that would be great.

Here is a website that lists some of the US ham radio stores (http://www.ac6v.com/stores.htm). Still think that may be a best bet to get the right radio geek, I'm not quite that geeky, to tell you what size or style the connector is. I doubt seriously that DC came up with their own without just outsourcing it from somewhere.

Here are some CB stores too (http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Shopping_and_Services/CB_Radio_Stores/). Never know....

MichaelW
10-03-2007, 10:47 AM
Gordon, if your pretty sure they are 5/16x20 (and not metric) than maybe just some calls about or emails should track this down fairly fast. I can't imagine a custom adapter to be required and again I doubt DC did this on their own.

nam6869usmc
10-03-2007, 01:43 PM
The antenna mast is easily removeable from the outside. It has a set of male threads that appear to be 5/16 X 20. The rubber masts that I've found so far have a set of adapters with different thread sizes, but none are 5/16 X 20. I suppose I could have a custom adapter made but was hoping to not have to go that far.

I don't think I'd cut the antenna. I don't really use the AM/FM radio all that much (I have the Sirius option), so I could just remove it for now.

But, if anyone finds a solution, please post it.

Hey gcg,,,,I just put a 5/16 NC 18 Die and screwed right on....I thinks it's 18 not 20. Now to go look at some Stubby Antenna's & see what size they are. I know they sell different size "unions" at true value, I've used them to go to a different size.

nam6869usmc
10-03-2007, 04:18 PM
Here ya go, bought a $5 antenna A&A Auto, Bought a 1/4 threaded union(True Value) & a 5/16 X 18 bolt $4, drilled out one end down in (1/2" in), used 5/16 Tap(cut thjreads, g screwed it in & cut bolt to proper length(hack saw), used 1/4 stud provided with Antenna the other end, went out and Whammy......Radio works just great. You'll see the 1/4 stud in the picture & 5/16 at the other end:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0011-5.jpg
Here is the little gissmo screwed into Antenna.....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0012-7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0014-4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0016-5.jpg

John L
10-03-2007, 05:06 PM
Here ya go, bought a $5 antenna A&A Auto, Bought a 1/4 threaded union(True Value) & a 5/16 X 18 bolt $4, drilled out one end down in (1/2" in), used 5/16 Tap(cut thjreads, g screwed it in & cut bolt to proper length(hack saw), used 1/4 stud provided with Antenna the other end, went out and Whammy......Radio works just great. You'll see the 1/4 stud in the picture & 5/16 at the other end:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0011-5.jpg
Here is the little gissmo screwed into Antenna.....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0012-7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0014-4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/nam676869/DSCF0016-5.jpg

Nice job, looks good! Thanks for confirming thread size on the mount.

MichaelW
10-03-2007, 06:41 PM
Here ya go, bought a $5 antenna A&A Auto, Bought a 1/4 threaded union(True Value) & a 5/16 X 18 bolt $4, drilled out one end down in (1/2" in), used 5/16 Tap(cut thjreads, g screwed it in & cut bolt to proper length(hack saw), used 1/4 stud provided with Antenna the other end, went out and Whammy......Radio works just great.Great work! Nice job and who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! :bounce:

priell3
10-03-2007, 06:57 PM
That's brilliant! Nice job. Make me a stubby, I'll Paypal you!

MichaelW
10-03-2007, 07:34 PM
That's brilliant! Nice job. Make me a stubby, I'll Paypal you!No doubt!

gcg
10-03-2007, 10:06 PM
Great work! It's always nice to see a simple solution that works. Sorry about the wrong thread count (I originally thought it was 20) - I went to Home Depot today and found that it was 18, too, but hadn't gotten around to posting it.

I really like your solution. I think I'll give it a try myself! Love the way this forum works!

nam6869usmc
10-04-2007, 12:20 PM
That's brilliant! Nice job. Make me a stubby, I'll Paypal you!

Oh He#$,...drive an 1/1/2 over here & we'll make it & put it on.;) That way I get to see another JK.:D

gcg
10-04-2007, 02:25 PM
nam6869usmc-

I made one of these for myself this morning and it worked like a charm! Thanks again for a simple and inexpensive solution!

nam6869usmc
10-04-2007, 02:40 PM
nam6869usmc-

I made one of these for myself this morning and it worked like a charm! Thanks again for a simple and inexpensive solution!

Way to go man,...very glad to help, I needed this started, thats what brought the idea back again, that's what's great about this forum.:D

mrsig
11-13-2007, 02:33 PM
I put mine in the fender well when I put my snorkel on! It still work great!
http://www.aaof.us/images/snorkel1.JPG
http://www.aaof.us/images/snorkel3.JPG

nam6869usmc
11-13-2007, 03:07 PM
I put mine in the fender well when I put my snorkel on! It still work great!
http://www.aaof.us/images/snorkel3.JPG


Great idea, especially if it works........Question,, did you have front & rear OX Lockers installed or other Lockers with OX Covers.
Best License Plate you could ever put on the front....:beer:
Semper Fi. & Great Looking Rig.

mrsig
11-14-2007, 06:07 AM
Thanks! Stock lockers and just OX covers! They are the best I have found.

michaelkern
11-14-2007, 06:42 AM
Did a quick Google search and found this short antenna.

http://www.shortyantennasource.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_80&products_id=223

JasperK
11-14-2007, 08:16 PM
Very happy with it. Completely out of harms way. There is another thread for these antenna. Search for "stubby antenna revisited".

md_rubi
11-18-2007, 11:30 PM
I put mine in the fender well when I put my snorkel on! It still work great!
http://www.aaof.us/images/snorkel1.JPG
http://www.aaof.us/images/snorkel3.JPG

Semper Fi dog! those what fog lights, were they factory? if so what wireing harness did you use to connect them?

BuzzHog
11-19-2007, 08:08 AM
What is it with us Marines and Jeeps?? :)

93country
12-10-2007, 09:14 AM
http://www.shortyantennasource.com/s...roducts_id=223 woot went with the 8" antenna and it looks great, is outta the way and still have perfect radio reception.

venom
12-10-2007, 09:33 AM
yup, silver shorty for me
fits great, works great and doesn't bounce off of my corner lights

kthrash
01-03-2008, 08:53 AM
Did a quick Google search and found this short antenna.

http://www.shortyantennasource.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_80&products_id=223

I have this 8" antenna in Black works fine... Well considering I dont listen to AM/FM it looks fine. :smokin:

Alec W
01-03-2008, 06:48 PM
I have this 8" antenna in Black works fine... Well considering I dont listen to AM/FM it looks fine. :smokin:
I got the 14" version fit works fine with AM/FM



I expect someone will do a 2 page write up with installation instructions on the other site :D:D

What the heck. Here is a write up ;)

1). Open the poly bag that the antenna was delivered in. I used a standard pair of 6 Ĺ inch scissors as illustrated in figure 1.
2). Remove contents of the poly bag inspect for damage. Be sure to make sure the assembly is complete. You should have an antenna and an invoice as shown in figure 2.
3). File the invoice under antenna mod in your Jeep filling cabinet. Some people may prefer to file this in their receipts folder. Be sure to keep the poly bag in case you have to return the assembly.
4). Now comes the tricky part. This antenna kit does NOT come with ANY installation instructions!!!!
5). After some extensive research on the web I eventually deduced that I should first remove the existing antenna. I decided to use a small pair of pliers. I firmly griped the base of the OEM antenna with the pliers (it has a flattened indent near the base) and turned anti-clockwise. It didnít come off right away!!!!! I was worried, but I tried again and after repeating this several times it eventually came off (whew!!). See figures 3, 4 and 5 for detailed picture of this process.
6). At this point I was a little scared to mess up me new Jeep so I decided to call my dealer and ask for some expert advice. OK, so get thisÖ I was told that aftermarket antenna mods void the entire JK warrantee unless the work is completed by a certified Jeep antenna installation expert. They also asked if I own any other Jeep/Chrysler products as they too would be affected.
7). Worried about the warrantee issue I decided to take it to the dealer. This mod is pretty technical and I didnít think the $250 labor charge was too bad, however, I was a little confused by the $50 parts charge. What the hay, these experts at the Jeep dealership know what they are doing though, right?
8). See figure 5 for a picture of the finished installation. I think it came out great and Iím proud of my work.

paragon
01-03-2008, 07:21 PM
You said "poly" (butt-head giggle)

that would likely get turned into **** on jk-forum

Ipe
01-04-2008, 02:12 PM
Excellent write up Alec! :laughing::laughing::laughing:

WTF_LOL
12-09-2008, 09:07 PM
I know this thread is back from the dead but it came up in another, newer, thread...

I just didn't remember seeing your write up Alec! nice work, lol :smokin:

SDMF
12-09-2008, 09:14 PM
That's the best writeup I have ever read. :laughing::beer: