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Old 04-07-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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I have found this so far:
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...&parttype=1332

I'm looking for an antenna that has absolutely no motor, a very quiet motor and a low price, or a way to make the some part of the car the antenna. The old antenna I took out and gave to 1337ssei sounds like a train wreck, but he likes it because it goes up and down fully.

The Rock Auto antenna is really cheap, and that'* awesome! The next step in price is probably a quiet motorized antenna, and even more costly than that is filling the antenna hole and using the chassis or something of the sort. I'm interested in saving money and not hearing an antenna motor. In fact, I'd like to remove all the electrical wiring for the motorized antenna so I can have free wires for some new additions to the car.

What do you suggest?
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Re writing that... I'm F***ing lost
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Doesn't make sense to me either. But my advice is always the same. Go to a wrecker and get one from a 98 or 99 Bville. Drill out the rivets, clean it out, re-grease it, and put it back together with machine screws and nuts.

It'll outlast your ownership of the car.
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I seem to have confused you. Sorry about that. You seem to have read the entire post already, and thanks. Here'* a more simplified version:

I'm looking for either a silent motorized antenna or a non-moving one.
1.) No motor, just standing by.
2.) A very quiet motor, but a low price. I saw the OE antenna going for $40, but I don't want one of those since they make strange noises.
3.) Can I get an antenna that'* flush with the body styling and doesn't move? Can I make a part of my car'* body act as an antenna?

As for any other parts of that first post, ask and I'll clarify.
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I seriously doubt anything exists that will convert part of the car to an antenna. Even the car manufacturers haven't figured that one out (short of wires in the window glass). That is because the body of the car acts as the "ground plane" half of the antenna in all but the window units. So you need to add something else to act as the element. There are not yet any magic window stick-ons; so you are limited to either an external, traditional antenna or an internal add on... which would be like one of those TV/Radio combos that are kind of big and ugly.
Motorized: Just depends if you need something that is vandal proof or not. One from a yard is the easiest. If you go with after market, like I did, you will have some "adapting" to do. Mine was a $30 cheapy from A'Zone. Mine'* as quiet as can be expected, but I had a brain moment and didn't even think of a salvaged one.
BTW, most after market antennas have all sorts of plastic pieces to adapt to whatever angle you need, but can be a challenge to some.
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Riding came by my house one day, and I noticed his aftermarket antenna went up and down with absolutely no noise. That'* awesome. He said he got it from Auto Zone, so does your antenna look really shiny with a higher up / down speed than OE?
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Yes, it is, stainless steel or some shiny alloy. Brand was something like "Metra." I went for the cheapest one; and had some fancy "Euro..." blah blah on the package. I may be wrong on the price. I couldn't find one that cheap at autozone.com

One note: It has a male coax connector; the coax in my 93 was also male on the end. So I picked up a 2 ended female adapter at Best Buy (Installation Dept.). Just screw each male connector into each end. I didn't want to chop on my coax, so this was the easiest way. Probably any stereo installer has them. Take your new or old antenna with you so they can see what size, etc.

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Great! Thank you for the info. The weather is turning against me, so I'll go take a ride and see what'* available.
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