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So.... Yeah... Antenna and base need replacing. At first I wasn't terribly concerned because I thought I could just buy one of those fancy shark fins and be done but most all of those I find for less than $150 just cover the existing base and screw I to the existing antenna socket. My socket isnt useable...

Any reccomendations?
 

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The only option sounds like a base replacement....
 

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it depends on the type of car wash, I've used some and never any problem, but it does recommend it in the owners manual and also many car washes have warning signs before entry to that effect.
 

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I'm sure you must drop the headliner to access the antenna hardware. Big job!
 

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Cheap guy option:
The photos do not show the detail of the surface of the break.
However,I assume the antenna broke ofF right at the base.
It may be possible to file smooth the break area and drill a hole
into the surface. Depending on the antenna replacement,you could
cut threads into the material.
How many cars have you seen where the owners use coat hanger wire
for an antenna. You could get one of them fake or real mobile phone antennas
sold at auto stores and attach to the drilled out base.

Quick&dirty fix. cheap too.
I'd try this before I'd tear into the headliner.
See if it works .If not,go to "plan B".
 

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i broke off my antenna and broke the base in a car wash...
. . . . is there a cheap aftermarket alternative for replacing this base?


You might try a "Bone Yard."

A place where wrecked
wagons rest a while,
as they are picked clean.



Your post reminds me
to remove my antenna
before entering the
automated car wash.
 

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I have been wanting to move my antenna since I started hauling my Kayak on the roof of my car. At least once a summer, I forget to unscrew it before loading my kayak and eventually, I know I am going to break it.

I am looking for a cable that will screw in place of the mast and allow me to move it antenna to over to the side on my roof rails.
 

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I have been wanting to move my antenna since I started hauling my Kayak on the roof of my car. At least once a summer, I forget to unscrew it before loading my kayak and eventually, I know I am going to break it.

I am looking for a cable that will screw in place of the mast and allow me to move it antenna to over to the side on my roof rails.
If the problem started/is continuing with hauling a kayak,relocating the antenna appears to be the best option.
No sense in fixing it at the same location.It will just break again.
What to do?
Go to a auto audio shop,move the antenna to a location(maybe in the conventional front fender).
Do you need an antenna? Are there other options?
Remember the old mobile phone antennas that were side mounted?
Would be a easy install. Forget the old cable. Get a new one.
Are their bluetooth type antennas?
 

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If the problem started/is continuing with hauling a kayak,relocating the antenna appears to be the best option.
No sense in fixing it at the same location.It will just break again.
What to do?
Go to a auto audio shop,move the antenna to a location(maybe in the conventional front fender).
Do you need an antenna? Are there other options?
Remember the old mobile phone antennas that were side mounted?
Would be a easy install. Forget the old cable. Get a new one.
Are their bluetooth type antennas?
They are FUBA antennas, that is why the base is super expensive. There's more to them that what a person would think.
Delphi Fuba(tm) Multiple Antenna Reception System

I think I will stop down at the local two-way radio shop and see if they can make me a cable. If so, I will buy a HAM radio mount meant for a roof rack.
 

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Cheap guy option:

How many cars have you seen where the owners use coat hanger wire
for an antenna.


I was wondering if someone
would bring up the "hillbilly"
metal coat hanger option.

Yeah, it's a last ditch choice
that I would feel uncomfortable making.

Mostly because. . . .
There is nothing so permanent,
as a temporary fix.
 

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Wow so this really can happen! I always take mine off, but a lot of my friends don't on their cars, not all Souls, and always say it's only a precaution and never really breaks.
 
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