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supraguy@aol

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My antenna appears to be shot- both the mast and the motor are dead.
Was looking at Metra and Hirschman antennas, but was wondering what other people have used in place of the oem antenna.
Are there any concerns to be aware of, regarding the retracted height, on the 89+ wing?
Or am I just overthinking this?
 

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Well...lol.
THIS subject generated a lot of interest.
I ordered a Metra 44-PW22B antenna. It has a black mast, and extends to 31". Some go to 39", but that seemed like it'd look silly, plus be more
susceptible to damage. I will post a writeup of the swap. Once I get it.
 

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Done.

The only real problem I had, was that the supplied base retainer(against the inside of the quarter panel) was too large to use in the stock hole.
So I cut up the oem unit to use on the inside. I also reused the lower bracket, after welding in 90 degree tabs to fit the new antenna's mounting points.
I also was able to cut off the plug from the old antenna, so that I could just plug the new antenna into it.

old vs. new:




Modified lower bracket and plug:





Mounted:


The oem antenna has a separate input to only have the antenna go up when on radio mode, but the way this is wired, it goes up anytime the head unit is on.
That's ok with me.
 
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