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Best Shorty Antenna - Let's hear your reviews

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by csuviper, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Jan 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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    csuviper

    csuviper [OP] Moderator Staff Member

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    I want to know what the best shorty antennas are out there.
    Please list the manufacturer, model number and your opinion on reduced or increased reception.


    I had an AntennaX EuroStyle 13" inch antenna installed on my Tacoma.
    http://www.antennax.com/p-3960-eurostyle-13-inch-antenna-1995-thru-2014-toyota-tacoma.aspx
    The reception in the Denver metro area was good but driving outside of the city limits drastically reduced the reception. Stations that were clear in Boulder before were very statically to the point where I had to turn to another channel. Forget about listening to the radio in the foothills and mountains, too much static.

    On my new Tundra without an antenna at all the radio isnt that bad in town. Little static here and there. Im thinking that a shorty will be perfect in town. I will have to put the 13" AntennaX on it and test it out.

    On a 2nd Gen the antenna can be 26"-28" to match cab height.

    Manufacturer list:
    CravenSpeed: http://www.cravenspeed.com/categories/Toyota/
    AntennaX: http://www.antennax.com/m-14-toyota.aspx
    Vision (VSM): http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-CARBO...pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr
    ShortAntenna: http://www.ebay.com/itm/260406786088?item=260406786088&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWAX:IT&vxp=mtr
    2010 Hotmotors: http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRD-BLACK-CARBON-FIBER-SHORT-4-7-INCH-ANTENNA-For-Toyota-All-Model-/160859016459?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Model:Tacoma&hash=item2573f1cd0b&vxp=mtrhttp://&afsrc=1
     
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  2. Jan 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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    MotoTundra

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    I was thinking about picking up a Honda S2000 antenna... I put one on my Celica back in the day and didn't notice a difference. The stock tundra one hits my garage door I can't take it anymore haha though I'm not sure if I will thread on, I haven't looked at the tundra one yet
     
  3. Jan 21, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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    T-Rex266

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    I have the antennax one and have had no issues going on 2 years.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM
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    excalis

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    I have the Cravenspeed stubby one and love the look of it, performance was good, but to be honest I never listen to local radio. I stream Google Music and use Sat radio for now. The times I did try local all of my stations were coming in fine. The look is what I liked most.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2014 at 7:13 PM
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    csuviper

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    Day 1 antennax was good in most spots in the metro area but in a few spots I got a short few seconds of staticky radio.
     
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  6. Jan 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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    jtav2002

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    I had a Cravenspeed one when I had the Taco. Had a hell of a time getting it off when I wanted to go back to stock. The antenna wanted to unscrew from the inside part that screws into the truck instead of the whole thing unscrewing out of the truck. Reception kinda sucked, but it was mostly for looks since I don't listen to much FM radio.
     
  7. Jul 8, 2019 at 4:41 AM
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    ccress83

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    Tried the stubby antennas. They sucked unfortunately. Put the stock one back on, I use it as a height checker now. If something hits that antenna im close to hitting my roof.
     
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  8. Jul 8, 2019 at 4:56 AM
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    TundraMcGov.

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    Quite a number of folks, in the short time I've been on this here lil' Tundra board, have said the same thing.
     
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  9. Jul 8, 2019 at 6:21 AM
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    phabej

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    Stock or lifted? Stock shouldn't hit much (ie drive thrus, parking garages etc).
     
  10. Jul 8, 2019 at 11:33 PM
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    kgb4187

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    I got this one: RONIN FACTORY Short 4" Antenna
    Amazon.com/gp/product/B079NVBKCM

    I live in a small town with only a couple channels, but didn't notice any difference after swapping out the factory antenna.
     
  11. Jul 9, 2019 at 10:07 AM
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    I have a Ronin Factory antenna and the stock antenna definitely had better reception. I don't mind though since I mainly listen to Spotify or Soundcloud anyways.
    Also with my stock antenna I would scrape on some parking garages. I guess the good part to that was it let me know if I was close to scraping my roof, but it eventually go annoying.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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    I tried the 17" one from Antenna Masts Rus. It worked fine on some stations (and was great in the car wash), but the stations I listen to kept going in and out of HD. I switched back to the stock antenna.
     
  13. Jul 12, 2019 at 9:25 AM
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    3/1 Level. I know its not really "Lifted" but ive come close to some parking garages around town where i stick my hand out and touch cross beams entrance etc. My antenna is at 7 feet.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    I'm with c.c. roof check!!
     
  15. Jul 14, 2019 at 7:26 AM
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    I have a stubby antenna from @TheAntennaSource. It's been great. The rare times I've used the radio, I haven't noticed any loss of reception. Shipping to Canada was fast and reasonably priced.
     
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    Definitely the stubby from the Antenna Source. I’ve run through several carwashes. No issues. No loss in reception. I highly recommend it.
     
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    I tried out several different stubbies of various lengths over the 5 years I had my 07. Not long before I traded it in, I finally went back to the OEM antenna because it worked just about anywhere and in all types of terrain unlike any of the stubbies I tested. My 14 will have the OEM installed shortly.
     
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    I tried the stubby one. Broke off three times in the full service car wash. Plus reception was not as good. Good luck. D
     
  20. Jul 20, 2019 at 6:05 AM
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    My stubby sits in my drawer, I feel inadequate when I put it on.
     
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    I have the sunnys from Amazon. It beats the whip that came in the truck. The whip took too much stress on the fender. The six and three quarter works just fine.
     
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    I have the seven inch from Amazon. The fender took too much stress from the car wash. Best move I've made. I've done this with all my trucks.
     
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  23. Sep 4, 2019 at 4:43 PM
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    If they simply made a flush plug for it, I'd buy it. I listen to SiriusXM all the time. So I have no need for FM/AM.
     
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  24. Sep 4, 2019 at 7:55 PM
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    This^^^. I did a write up here on the forum about antennas. I bought at least 6 different shorties....different brands. Just before I traded in my 07, I put back on the OEM antenna. The best reception. Keep in mind that here in Denver you can get up in the middle of nowhere quick. Bottom line... shorties suck. You will get crap reception up in the mountains. The OEM eventually craps out too, but long after shorties...
     
  25. Sep 4, 2019 at 10:07 PM
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    Works great. I live near Portland, but even driving 60+ miles south I get Portland stations. No complaints here.
     

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