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    Let's talk about antenna replacement options...

    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?

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    The other antenna you speak of is referred to as a shark-fin. I know a few GB's have been done on here for them but I think you can pick them up online....



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    Quote Originally Posted by JTF View Post
    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.

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    With the sharkfin antenna I lost about 25-50% reception when not in town

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    Hmm...good point. Yeah, I'm not looking to lose any AM/FM radio reception.
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    Just go with a CX-7 one. I didn't really lose any reception when I installed mine. Plus they are cheap.
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    That's probably what I'll do. How much shorter is it than the stock one - just a couple of inches or more?
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    RDX antenna... lost no reception, from what I can tell. Around $15. Perfect fit.




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    how hard is it to install a new antenna?
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    Takes about 10 seconds to simply unscrew the old mast and put the new one on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTF View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azuelke View Post
    Takes about 10 seconds to simply unscrew the old mast and put the new one on.
    oh sweet! i was thinking i'd have uninstall and reinstall a bunch of crap. i didnt know it just unscrewed
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    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..........

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    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.



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    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?

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