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#1 Old 01-27-2013, 07:46 PM
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Stubby antenna?

I looked at several pages of threads and didnt see anything on this subject so I want to know what everyone thinks. Buy a stubby of some sort or trim the stock antenna down by several inchs? Reception and whisle noise should be better with the stocker. I can keep the stock look by putting the ball back on after trimming it.

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#2 Old 01-27-2013, 08:25 PM
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Here is some info. I wouldn't waste your time with trimming the stock down with how cheap the studdby antenna is. I recommend putting loctite on your threads so it doesnt get stolen. I got the stubby because my stocker hit my garage door and that got annoying. Plus, I listen to sirius since there is only like 2 radio stations here and they are garbage.

http://www.dodgetalk.com/forums/show...stubby+antenna

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i bought one from andysautosport.com it works great, good look, carbon fiber looking finish on it. went from stock to about 3 1/2 -4 inch and didnt have any change in reception and i defintely agree- loctite the threads

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Thanks, after posting and thinking about it for a little while I decided against cutting the stock one just so I will have it if needed in the future.............BTW, the truck in my sig has been sold I now have a 2012 Express, just need to update pics ect.

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NEVER trim an antenna, it will ruin it. All antennas are tuned to their specific length and design. You can't just cut one to any size.


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You CAN cut one down... it just won't work as good. But with the trucks coming with SIRIUS... who listens to regular radio stations anyhow?

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I installed a stubby from Pep Boys quite a while ago...6" length, easy install, no difference in radio signal quality at all. Best part is, it was only $10.

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You CAN cut one down... it just won't work as good.
You know that's what I meant by ruin.


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i just bought one from advanced auto parts today, around $10 for a black rubber 14" (I dont like the real stubby ones. Reminds me of a RC car haha)

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I cut my antenna to 5". Put a coat of flat black. Looks and works perfect.




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I bought the Pep Boys one also. Reception did go down a little but it looks great.

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I cut my oem one to 14 inches and it hasn't changed my reception but I will be buying from AutoZone


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Search for "Craven Speed" on Amazon. Sweet aluminum stuby. A little more than Pep Boys or Autozone but worth it in my opinion.

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i bought a stubby antenna from cravenspeed on amazon as well



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This thread should be locked nowto keep it from turning into all the purge antenna threads

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Cutting your antenna is Free! If you don't like it, buy a stubby. I bought an 8" antenna and it bent after the first time through the carwash.

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I ordered a stubby antenna and I'm thinkin about plasti dipping it and the base white. (white truck). What do ya think?

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i like this one,its metal.i picked it up at performance improvements
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Here is my 6" metal one from Pep Boys....sorry, my truck is FILTHY

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Oh yeah? Well, my antenna is bigger than your antenna! LMAO!

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