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Let's talk about antenna replacement options...

JTF

back in the P5!
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'02.5 MP5, 5MT, SSM
OK, some of you have upgraded to the CX-7 antenna or maybe the MZ3 antenna and I know some of you have even upgraded to the Acura RDX antenna. I'm considering replacing my stock antenna w/something shorter and more modern looking and would like to see your pics. I'd really like one of those ultra-modern aerodynamic looking, painted to match, 'nub' antennas, as seen on some of the nicer cars, ala Audi Avants, Beamers, etc.

Thoughts, suggestions?

Thanks,
 
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Protege5 2003
I'd really like one of those ultra-modern aerodynamic looking, painted to match, 'nub' antennas, as seen on some of the nicer cars, ala Audi Avants, Beamers, etc.
Those are for satellite radios, which use a shorter wavelength than AM/FM, so they can be smaller. Perhaps some of those have an AM/FM antenna of some type built into the fin as well, but I wouldn't expect the signal strength to be great. Of course, if you don't care about actually using the radio, you can remove the stock antenna and base from the roof.
 

808MP5

TEAM PRO 5 VICE PRES.
Contributor
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GT3076R Pro5
With the sharkfin antenna I lost about 25-50% reception when not in town
 

JTF

back in the P5!
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'02.5 MP5, 5MT, SSM
Hmm...good point. Yeah, I'm not looking to lose any AM/FM radio reception.
 

bucksatan

Geology Rocks
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2002 Mazda Protege5
Just go with a CX-7 one. I didn't really lose any reception when I installed mine. Plus they are cheap.
 

JTF

back in the P5!
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'02.5 MP5, 5MT, SSM
That's probably what I'll do. How much shorter is it than the stock one - just a couple of inches or more?
 

azuelke

Moderator
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2003 Protege5 | Black>Yellow
RDX antenna... lost no reception, from what I can tell. Around $15. Perfect fit.



 

azuelke

Moderator
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2003 Protege5 | Black>Yellow
Takes about 10 seconds to simply unscrew the old mast and put the new one on.
 

bucksatan

Geology Rocks
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2002 Mazda Protege5
That's probably what I'll do. How much shorter is it than the stock one - just a couple of inches or more?
It is quite a bit shorter, about the same length of the RDX antenna shown in pictures above. It is maybe 6 to 8 inches long, so compare that to your current one.
 

i12drivemyMP5

___ 323F ___
Contributor
I got one of the shorty nub lookin ones off ebay. Reception still good and it's short enough not to hit the bottom of the surfboard whenever I roll to the beach with it on the factory racks. Lemme see if I have a pic..........

Here ya go.....(and yes, the wing has been removed, lol(crazy))

 

Hank3

Asian Persuasion <><
Contributor
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2010 Mazda5 GT
I didn't have as much success with the CX-7 antenna so I sold mine and went back to stock. Reception loss was noticeable for a few stations in town, but this is obviously a YMMV situation. I wish I could've kept it since it does look better.
 

JTF

back in the P5!
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'02.5 MP5, 5MT, SSM
I just measured my stock one and it's 20.25" long, from base! Definitely looking forward to installing an updated, shorter one. What's the price difference between the CX-7 & RDX and where would I buy the RDX, any old Acura dealership or elsewhere online?

Thanks,
 

JTF

back in the P5!
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'02.5 MP5, 5MT, SSM
Thanks. Yeah, I hear you re: onlinemazdaparts.com when shipping charges are included. Hmm... Re: that S2K one, anybody here have it already?
 
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2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech & i-Activesense
If i remember from when I bought my RDX one it was about $12 and the mazda CX-7 was like $40 something. I went with the RDX and no problems with reception at all. I just got it at an Acura dealer
 

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