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Radio antenna replacement?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Rski85, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Feb 9, 2018 at 7:48 PM
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    Well second day of owning the 18 cm I noticed the huge old school antenna, is there any good or better replacement for it? I looked on Amazon and there is tons!! Which one gives great reception for FM and XM and for hd radio?
     
  2. Feb 9, 2018 at 8:48 PM
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    I believe it was @matluth that bought several and tested 'em. I went with antenna X,,,, I think.
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2018 at 8:49 PM
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    It's all trial and error. Quite frankly all the shorty's don't come anywhere close to OEM. They can't. Too short. Placement and Physics. Has nothing to do with old school. Going to go back to OEM as soon as I can find it. Besides I like my XM.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2018 at 9:05 PM
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    After I had the TRD Pro shocks installed which leveled my truck, the OEM antenna hit the garage door, but just a little. I talked to the guys at The Antenna Source and they recommended the 27" with noise cancellation wire and it works great!
    http://www.theantennasource.com/TOYOTA/TUNDRA/Tundra 2015-2018.html#1A
     
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  7. Feb 9, 2018 at 9:06 PM
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    That antenna should work just fine.
     
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  8. Feb 9, 2018 at 9:56 PM
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    Additionally, I'll add that your station's broadcast power (dBu), terrain, elevation can all contribute to the reception, or lack thereof. Of course, your proximity to the station's tower(s) also impacts reception.
    I added the Stubby from theantennasource.com last year and have had no issues. That said, I live just outside of Atlanta and I'm pretty close to some powerful stations.
    Check out this page...
    http://www.v-soft.com/on-line-based-software/zipsignal

    Lists all your local stations by zip, and shows their broadcast strength.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2018 at 1:38 AM
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    Yeah, once you get up in the mountains here in CO where reception can be great with any antenna and then drop down into a canyon, reception can get dicey at best making stubbies nothing more than miniature flag poles.
     
  10. Feb 14, 2018 at 5:45 AM
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    All true. But if you are using XM, you can just go with a stubby since XM doesn't use that antenna. After reading some discussions, I bought a mid-size stubby from antennamastsrus.com. I was surprised it worked as well as it did.. I live in a flat landscape so I don't think it is difficult to get acceptable antenna performance. Since I listen to satellite anyway, I don't really care much about the terrestrial radio antenna, but I wanted one that was as good as it could be, without worrying about it being broken off at a car-wash.
     
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    I went with one of the 50 cal antennas. I mainly use Xm, but still get an ok signal with the little 50 cal one. I am in San Antonio, so that may help with why I am still getting a signal. I wanted it more for the looks than function.
     
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    Yeah, I like my XM. All the stubbies I tried out with my stock radio worked ok in town. It's just when up in mts they can get iffy which is to be expected.
     
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  14. Feb 14, 2018 at 7:08 AM
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    All the usual stuff!
    I had a shorty antenna but switched back to the stock one for parking reasons. Your antenna is that high because is a over height guide. I wouldn’t wanna scratch my roof in underground parking or in a parkade pulling under those steel pipes that hang down.
     
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    To the OP,

    You didn't notice the antenna when you looked at the truck and test drove it?

    From reading all this I guess the bottom line is that the OEM antenna works best as far as reception is concerned, I really don't understand what the big deal about it is anyway. My wife's BMW has a short AM/FM antenna from the factory but it also has an amplifier to compensate for being short. If you really hate your regular antenna that much but still want good reception An amplified antenna is probably the way to go.
     
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    Besides not having an alarm, no remote starter, no key fob and no start button, I hate that antenna as well. Has anyone attempted to relocate it and use a roof one with an ampflifier?
     
  19. Oct 13, 2018 at 6:57 PM
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    Are you sure you don't have an alarm? Try opining you door when it's locked.
     
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    Yep, just sit in your truck with the doors closed until the little lock thingy on the dash does its thing (couple of minutes). Then open the door. If your alarm is activated, you will know it. If the horn doesn't sound, you may just need to have the alarm activated by the dealership. Or, if you know someone with a TechStream programmer, they can activate it at no cost. Some times the dealership will activate it at no cost but others charge for it.
     
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    So youre saying that the truck might have alarm?! Great news. I will try tomorrow. So while inside the truck I should lock it, wait for some kind of light on the dash and finally open the door?

    Thank you
     
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    No joke I'd be really interested in a manual telescoping antenna if they had one that worked lol

    Just keep it out until I know I gotta hit a parking garage. That's the only reason I have a shorty
     
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    I have a 50 Cal Bullet Antenna from Ronin Factory. Have not had any problems with it.
     
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    Yep, there is a little lock icon on your dash that appears when you close and lock the doors. It will blink for a while, approximately a minute or so till the alarm sets. Once that happens, open the door and the horn should sound if your alarm is activated. You may also check your MSRP window sticker if you still have it. It should say on the window sticker if your alarm is activated. Under the "optional equipment" area on my 2015 it says "Anti-theft System with Alarm". I believe they all have it but, again, it may not be activated.
     
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    Sorry OP for highjacking your thread. Wasnt meant to be. Lets go back to the antenna topic. Lets find a way to delete de 3’ long mast and install a roof antenna with an amp. I have been searching for options. Maybe the one from Camry or highlander could work. Not sure. As I understand that antenna is only for AM and FM radio. Could be wrong.
     
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