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Cut factory antennae?

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by harrisdoggy, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. Nov 14, 2016 at 6:29 PM
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    harrisdoggy

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    Been looking for a shorter antennae in order to get in and out of the garage without any issues. Bought one, but the reception is not great. Anyone tried taking a few inches off the factory antennae and replacing the ball at the end?
     
  2. Nov 14, 2016 at 6:33 PM
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    I saw this on Tacomaworld and actually wanted to do this with my Tundra but I bought my truck without an antenna and @Sean266 got rid of his stock one before I could steal it from him.
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2016 at 6:40 PM
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  4. Nov 14, 2016 at 6:47 PM
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    I cut my stock Tacoma one before. Worked fine
     
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  5. Nov 15, 2016 at 2:52 AM
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    I've done this on my last 3 trucks with no issues
     
  6. Nov 15, 2016 at 8:18 AM
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    From a fellow engineer, you'll be fine. It's not until you get down to scientific BS that you will see differences. And even then, the difference is mainly on paper and not in actual workability and reception in the antenna.
     
  7. Nov 15, 2016 at 1:32 PM
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  8. Nov 20, 2016 at 6:18 AM
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    All of you need bigger garages. Stop cutting your antennas and build a bigger garage!
     
  9. Nov 20, 2016 at 6:21 AM
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    AnonVet That's what she said!

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    Hahaha I know right. honestly, half the time mine isn't even in because the car wash place around the corner takes it off and I just said screw it.
     
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    I cut about 4 inches off with my dremel tool. Doesn't seen to effect reception at all.
     
  11. Nov 20, 2016 at 6:25 AM
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    It wont. the science behind reception tell you that cutting an inch or 2 won't affect anything.
     
  12. Nov 22, 2016 at 1:18 PM
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    How much could you safely cut off in your opinion?

    Thanks,
     
  13. Nov 22, 2016 at 2:44 PM
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    I cut off 4 and it's fine
     
  14. Nov 22, 2016 at 2:46 PM
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    Thanks,
     
  15. Nov 29, 2016 at 6:15 PM
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    Thanks. Did you replace the little ball or leave it straight? Is it easy to remove the ball?
     
  16. Nov 29, 2016 at 6:18 PM
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    I couldn't get the little ball off. I put a little piece of heat shink wrap on the end
     
  17. Nov 30, 2016 at 8:16 AM
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    Good idea, thanks. No whistling or anything when you drive at higher speeds?
     
  18. Nov 30, 2016 at 10:38 AM
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    Not that I've noticed
     

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