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Old 10-11-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

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How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

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Shortening your factory antenna to a reasonable size while retaining the factory ball and factory look.

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Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2004
Engine: 3.5L
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No

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Vise Grips, Utility Knife, 8mm Wrench, Hack Saw, Sand Paper, Black Spray Paint and Epoxy or Super Glue.

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1 hour or less

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Effort




**Warning** Your stock antenna could be seized and or rusted together at the base and possibly could break off when removing.

First remove your stock antenna via an 8mm wrench.







Using a razor blade knife cut through the coating below the antenna ball. Make sure you go all the way around the ball.


Take your vise grips and lock them on to the ball....just tight enough to get the job done. The blue painters tape is on the jaws to keep any marks down to a minimum that the vise grips might leave.


Use the 8mm wrench on the end of the antenna to hold it while you twist the ball off the end using the vise grips.


The ball should just twist right off.




Measure how much you would like to remove and make your cut using a hack saw. Please take note that the shorter you make the antenna the worse your radio reception will be. I usually cut just enough off the top of the antenna to be level with the roof of the truck.




Now you will have to taper the end of the freshly cut antenna so the ball will press back on. The top one is the Factory end and the freshly tapered end is the one on the bottom.


Epoxy or Super Glue the antenna ball back on. You can use the vise grips to hold the ball and twist it back down on the end of the cut antenna.


Ball glued on and excess epoxy wipe off.


Sand out the vise grips marks and then mask off a few inch's of the antenna.


Shoot 2 light coats of gloss black paint on it and leave it dry for 5-10 mins and then remove the tape and dust on another coat of paint over lapping the masking line.


After it drys....that's it. You just made your stock whip antenna into a factory looking shorty antenna.



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How To: Shorten your stock antenna

Good mod!

I used a 1/8" rubber cap. much easir and cheaper. McMaster-Carr
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

Thanks man, Yep wack it and cap it is faster. I learned how to to do this back when I had my 92 s10 and I prefer the factory look over the cap look. We just installed the one from the how to on covered'n' ink truck yesterday and it looked perfect.
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

Nice, just lost my rubber ap from NESM meet "free mod" from James, it stayed a good while but the carwash finaly got it this weekend. Gona do this soon. Good write up!
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

yeah mines still done from NESM.. I cut it there and when I got home I re did it and put the factory ball back on it

nice write up! I need to do this to my S10
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

did you notice any difference in radio reception?
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

nice write up.. i just took my antenna off never listen to the radio anyways
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

nice . i remember when i cut down a cb antenna to use as a shorty antenna on my s10. easy as pie.
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

Just did it to my S10's in like 10min

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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

i wud think a shorty wud be like 4-14"?
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

shorty is anything shorter than it was stock
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

I did this to my antenna prob 2 years ago, i used the stock ball and cut it to 6". reception sucks ass but idc never listen to it anyway.

Something i did that i thought looked better was take that wire wrapped around it off, it leaves a little indention where it wrapped around the antenna so i sanded it down to the metal and sprayed a few coats of black paint on it and it looks pretty good. just a thought for anyone who doesn't like the wire wrapping around the antenna.
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Something i did that i thought looked better was take that wire wrapped around it off
That's probably why you're getting horrible reception.


Off topic, but Brewer, do you work for Smart Parts or something? Or possibly formerly worked at SP, as I understand they had a huge layoff...
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That's probably why you're getting horrible reception.


Off topic, but Brewer, do you work for Smart Parts or something? Or possibly formerly worked at SP, as I understand they had a huge layoff...

Yes I did....I was just laid off.
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did you notice any difference in radio reception?
no loss here....maybe in the mountians but none so far..
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Yes I did....I was just laid off.
Fuuuuuuuuuuck man! sorry to hear!
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finished mine today, Thanks Brewer
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how did yall taper the end again? j.w
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I used a 1" table top belt sander. it dosn't need alot tho.
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Re: How To: Shorten your stock antenna.

Cool, i got the XM thing going anyway, I'll hack a lil off the top to flush it with the roof line. People who have no idea will have no idea, but those who know... well they know bra! And they see that shit.
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