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Author Topic: Replace the stock antenna with a shark fin style one?!  (Read 19523 times)
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« on: May 08, 2010, 05:46:06 PM »

Does someone is able to tell me if this is possible ? And if yes, give me a link to the antenna used to do that.
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2010, 08:11:35 AM »

Does someone is able to tell me if this is possible ? And if yes, give me a link to the antenna used to do that.
Someone's sent a sample in to manufacturer for appraisal and prototype design.
Not sure if product is finished yet.
Last I read they were having problems with the screw thread or pitch.
Search "sharkfin antenna replace" for starters and maybe you can find the thread.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010, 08:21:10 AM »

Someone's sent a sample in to manufacturer or appraisal and prototype design.
Not sure if product is finished yet.
Last I read they were having problems with the screw thread or pitch.
Search "sharkfin antenna replace" for starters and maybe you can find the thread.

Thank you gearhead Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 09:30:05 AM »

Thank you gearhead Smiley
My pleasure, YVW!

BTW, I noticed in your quote of my post that I had an sp:

Should read:
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for appraisal and prototype design.

not

or appraisal and prototype design.

I fixed the sp in my OP.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 08:50:03 AM »

Did you ever figure out a way to change the antenna? Mine hits the garage door and I would like a low proile replacement.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2010, 10:18:20 AM »

also watch with sharkfins you will loose a good amount of reception.....i got one on my 3 and lost my philly stations completely,  i live in the middle of DE....get them in 100% with a stock one.....

sure looked alot nicer, so i just used my ipod more Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2010, 03:07:52 PM »

Just received mine in the mail from Visual Garage. It looks good. I have not noticed any signal degradation.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2010, 03:27:24 PM »

looks good man.....VG makes good stuff....they routinely ran group buys through my old mazda forum all the time.....
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2010, 04:42:42 PM »

For those that have the antenna too tall for going through your garage door, have you looked at the possibility of adjusting the stops on your door opener rails to allow the door to go up higher when open? Most doors can be adjusted to open the same height as the door frame.. I've seen a lot that are adjusted to be 6" or so below the door frame. My recommendation--take a close look, your fix may be very simple.
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2010, 05:10:32 PM »

Just curious how these aftermarket antennas affect the cellular operation of Onstar and the handsfree calls.
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2010, 09:24:43 AM »

I have had 0 problems. We still use the free navigation with Onstar and everything is as it was pre-fin. Radio and sat radio still have the same clarity and range. No new dead spots for any service.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2010, 10:55:16 AM »

Just curious how these aftermarket antennas affect the cellular operation of Onstar and the handsfree calls.
No problems for me, either. I don't have navi or XM, but onStar is fine.

If you could take a close look at a shark fin antenna you'll have no worries. I think it may be even better than the original piece which is simply a 12-15'' wire / optic fibre.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2010, 11:29:07 AM »

That looks great. Might have to convince the wife one of these days.
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2010, 01:54:27 PM »

The part of the antenna that replaces the fin is only the AM/FM function... the OnStar/Sat/Cell antenna is on the base, the part that you don't remove.

I don't know if it can degrade the signal... But i don't think so...
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2011, 07:24:49 PM »

Hi...Just FYI:

I had the same problem with the antenna hitting the lowr edge of my gargare door upon entry/exit.
It only hit by about a 1/2", so I followed someone elses advice here on the forum, and just cut the top 1" off the antenne.
I bought some black Auto Goop and stuck on the insulated peice from a small aligator clip over the cut end.
No loss of signal whatsoever, and you cannot even tell that I cut a small section off the antenna.

The way I figured it was that I was prepared to pay to buy a new Shake Fin Antenna anyway, so it didn't make too much difference
if the cut antenna idea didn't work.
But it worked like a charm, and I saved myself the $$$!!
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2011, 08:04:01 PM »

Try this tread.......

http://www.terrainforum.net/index.php?topic=353.0;all
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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2011, 05:33:21 AM »

For those that have the antenna too tall for going through your garage door, have you looked at the possibility of adjusting the stops on your door opener rails to allow the door to go up higher when open? Most doors can be adjusted to open the same height as the door frame.. I've seen a lot that are adjusted to be 6" or so below the door frame. My recommendation--take a close look, your fix may be very simple.

I agree with this.  I've seen a few complaints about the antenna hitting the door and I've wondered tall you door open is.  Mine is a 7' opening and I have plenty clearance.  The door can be adjusted to up more.
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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2011, 03:15:02 PM »

Hi...Just FYI:

I had the same problem with the antenna hitting the lowr edge of my gargare door upon entry/exit.
It only hit by about a 1/2", so I followed someone elses advice here on the forum, and just cut the top 1" off the antenne.
I bought some black Auto Goop and stuck on the insulated peice from a small aligator clip over the cut end.
No loss of signal whatsoever, and you cannot even tell that I cut a small section off the antenna.

The way I figured it was that I was prepared to pay to buy a new Shake Fin Antenna anyway, so it didn't make too much difference
if the cut antenna idea didn't work.
But it worked like a charm, and I saved myself the $$$!!
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« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2011, 04:40:02 PM »

I have 6' 8" clearance,  will that be enough clearance for my SLT2/AWD/4cyl expected late June?

Thanks
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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2011, 02:41:27 AM »

I have 6' 8" clearance,  will that be enough clearance for my SLT2/AWD/4cyl expected late June?

Thanks

Serious answer...OH HECK YEAH !!!   thumbs up thumbs up  with plenty to spare
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