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#1 (permalink) Old 01-26-2006, 07:37 PM
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don't laugh at me guys........i'm still learning!

i want to replace the antenna on my truck with one of the short rubber ones. i really hate how thin and flexible it is! is this something easy to do? or more importantly - something that i can do all by myself? as you have probably guessed by now i have never done this before. this will be the first "major" change to my little "girl" - i'm starting out small and moving up from there! and the other question is - do those antenna's work as well as the one i have now?


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A 10mm wrench at the base of the antenna will remove it. You'll want to go counterclockwise.
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oh great - so the new shorter one will just screw into place???


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Not having done the job myself on a Sorento but won't you have to remove the wheel arch cover to feed in the ariel cable? I'm guessing it's a bit more involved than just a 10mm spanner but on the other hand not that difficult to do.
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That's a good point, but she's probably just replacing the mast, and not the whole assembly.
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Replacement is a snap (actually a few threaded turns). but you need to ensure you have an antenna with several adaptors to make the right fit.

I bought my Euro style 13" stubby antenna from AntennaX.com. Came with four different threaded adaptors. I simply matched the threads to the OEM ones, put the adaptor in, screwed it in place...and voila! A great look and the old, wire-wrapped piece of junk is gathering dust in the garage.

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thanks gdr_11 !

i'm going to order the one from custom sorento - it screws into place also.
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Over the pond in the US, do your Sorentos come with those awful black wire wrapped ariels? My point was based on the fact that over here in the UK all our aeriels are electric which extend and retract when switching on the radio. That is the reason I said that replacing the ariel was a bit more involved than unscrewing the mast.
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Yep stock antenna in N/A are steel with the wire wrapped around it.
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I had the 13in one from antenna X for a year or so, prob longer. Did anyone else lose reception? Mine got worse than it was w/ the long tall one.
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