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post #1 of 17 Old 08-08-2014, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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not sure where if this is where to post this so please move if not............

want to get rid of stock antenna and get one of the short ones but concerned with reception.............anyone have any experience on what models work or don't???

really like the look of the drake one though more expensive, and not sold so much on the "rubber" ones............

and advice or suggestions greatly appreciated............thanks!!!
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Seems most go with AntennaX or cut the stock to desired length.
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-09-2014, 04:54 AM
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I cut mine down to clear the snorkel. The reception seems to be the same. I cut about 8 inches or so off of it
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I went with AntennaX. Didn't notice any change in reception with the stubby one. Advantage of not having a deranged metal whip flying around after getting snagged by a tree, bush, vine, or bigfoot off road is nice.

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I initially went with a stubby, then scrapped that for an in the cab antenna that mounts on the inside of the windshield. Reception was a little worse with the stubby and absolutely horrendous with the the windshield mount.

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Another AntennaX and I've not noticed any loss in reception here in WYO. We lose the FM signals in about the same place we lost them with the factory one

*mostly use XM but a bit of FM
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I went with the AntennaX CB Replacement 24" and it works great! No reception loss compared to stock and it looks great as well. $30 on Amazon.
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I put a 13" on mine. Antenna X, and it works well. Only slight loss of reception compared to the big whip I took off, but not having the antenna beat the hell out of the windshield frame is worth it to me.

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thanks everyone.........ordered antenna X from 4WD hardware.........free shipping sale!!!!!
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Late to the game...but another vote for Antenna X.

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AntennaX has some great items that you can choose in various heights!!

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I tried the AntennaX 13". It was fine for local but I also listen to stations from a neighboring city about 60 miles away. Those stations did not come in clear. Returned it and for now blacked out the stock antenna with plasti-dip. Looks much better until I find another alternative.

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Reviving an old thread; has anyone found a replacement for the stock antenna that doesn't compromise reception? I hate the whip but don't want poor reception...
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I had posted above... but seriously to do it again. I would keep the stock antenna.

I had put a nice bend in it to clear my windshield lights, but the smacking against the lights and trees off road was annoying so I went with the stubby and then in cab.


I would rather deal with the annoyance when wheeling as opposed to basically not having FM radio.

I use my hone via Bluetooth now for most things but I wish I would have kept the stock one !

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Thx.

I wonder if using floss or wire to bow the stock antenna (tie it back to the hood hinge or somewhere like that) might prevent some of the whipping motion? Is that what you tried?
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I went with AntennaX. Didn't notice any change in reception with the stubby one. Advantage of not having a deranged metal whip flying around after getting snagged by a tree, bush, vine, or bigfoot off road is nice.

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Thx.

I wonder if using floss or wire to bow the stock antenna (tie it back to the hood hinge or somewhere like that) might prevent some of the whipping motion? Is that what you tried?
NO. I put a few bends in it to clear my windshield light which stiffened it up a bit, but it still bounced off the light repeatedly. I dont think tying it down would work in the northeast with all the trees and branches on teh trails, so I figured I would swap it out for the in cab (with a booster ) which didnt work out to well.


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