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Old 03-12-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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0EM radio antenna

I seem to recall in the past that I read about mustang owners clipping their stock radio antenna off.
Has anyone done this? If so, does the radio still get the same reception or does it greatly decrease reception?


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Old 03-12-2015, 09:41 PM   #2
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They sell a shorty for $15.00 that works perfectly. But I've heard guys say they worked fine. Others not so much. My shorty works perfectly.
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0EM radio antenna

Yeah there is a thread where a guy cut it right where it has the lip to the thinner part, then just slipped a vacuum tube cap over the top. He said it didn't lose any reception.

I bought a craven speed shorty and I love it. It was like 26 bucks shipped. I guess you can cut yours and if you don't like it buy a shorty. But who the hell listens to AM/FM radio anyway? I wouldn't know if I lost any reception as I can't remember ever using AM/FM in my car
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^ that's me. All device, all day.

---------- Post added at 09:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:46 PM ----------

Only changed mine for appearance.
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I probably will cut it, like you say who listens to FM radio anyway. 95% of the time the radio is off!
It never bothered me before but it seems so big now.


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Old 03-13-2015, 12:11 AM   #6
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I cut mine last year. Satellite, am/fm all works the same. No loss in reception at all.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:11 AM   #7
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Buy a shorter one and save your oem one for the next person that buys your Mustang. I'll never understand some of these "mods".
I swear, if your Mustang came stock with a tiny short one, you would want a bigger one just to F with it.
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^no I wouldn't. I would prefer a short one that is low profile. It's a simple inexpensive mod that makes a difference and separates you from the other guy. I'd have no antenna if I could. I will say that at least ford didn't go crazy with this antenna. It's not too long as it sits but people have been putting short antennas on their car for years and years. The manufacturer makes them long so that people don't ***** about reception.

I will never understand when people get sad about other people making tasteful mods to their own cars.
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Yeah there is a thread where a guy cut it right where it has the lip to the thinner part, then just slipped a vacuum tube cap over the top. He said it didn't lose any reception.

I bought a craven speed shorty and I love it. It was like 26 bucks shipped. I guess you can cut yours and if you don't like it buy a shorty. But who the hell listens to AM/FM radio anyway? I wouldn't know if I lost any reception as I can't remember ever using AM/FM in my car
Not even sure AM exists anymore...last time I went looking for a College Football broadcast on AM, all I could pick up was talk show stations.

To the OP, radio reception will be a factor when in places "out in the open", so cutting your antenna would be a factor I suppose if you lived out in the open west. If you live in rural/city type communities, I would not think you'd have problems with it.

I did however find one country station that I could receive on my F150, that we could not in my wifes car. The F150 has a tall antenna, her car has a short stubby antenna.

And if you use other sorts of media to grab your music from, then the antenna is a moot subject.
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I'll just leave this here

It does separate you from the other guys for sure, there's YouTube videos mocking you.
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There's also an antennae delete kit that uses the rear defroster as an antennae.
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I'll just leave this here

It does separate you from the other guys for sure, there's YouTube videos mocking you.

He isn't mocking me. But I think it's funny you care so much about our antennas.

I didn't cut mine. Bought a nice stubby.

But he does bring up a good point. Maybe I should get some hanging balls for the back. Maybe I will plasti-dip them 😵
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What is the best looking shorty antenna and where did you buy it?
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the people who say that it gets the same reception probably live in the city. a flat city. I had a shorty on my old car, and immediately noticed that i lost reception to the ONLY rock station in the area. but in the city, i was close enough that it had full reception. Im not cutting my oem one, but i am gonna grab a used one and clip it if i dont just buy a shorty. and when i go to my parents town, then all i gotta do is swap it if im gonna be listening to the radio.
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Cravenspeed antenna here. Looks way better than stock, imho.

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I bought a shorty and it does look better but it sure the heck doesn't sound the same. Even a local channel has static.
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