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Electric aerial help

Postby warrior » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:51 pm

I have a 1992 sw and the standard aerial is stuffed, is there a replacment or what do most people use?

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Saut de Chat » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:51 pm

Do You have the windscreen with the antenna in it?
Then You can remove the spoiler one all together.

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby warrior » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:06 pm

no i dont but have decided to put one under the dash and get rip of the old one

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby GDII » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:27 pm

I had the aerial in the window. Got the window replaced but the radio still works OK plugged into the window aerial plug even without the wire there.

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby seagull » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:06 pm

Reviving dead thread here.

My electric aerial broke and I hate them so I tried a standard stalk one, but it's pretty rubbish. (And so is my bodge-installation!) Ideally I'd like to weld/paint up the aerial hole and have no obvious aerial at all.

Has anyone on here fitted an aftermarket windscreen aerial or other modern type? If so what brand/where did you get it from and how well does it work?
Would something like this do the trick? http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-ste ... 905449.htm

There might be some modern cars where you could pilfer an aerial from a wreckers? Most newer cars don't seem to have obvious aerials.

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Benckj » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:40 pm

If I did again I'd install an electric aerial inside the rear spoiler and fibreglass up the hole. This should work as good if not better than the windscreen one and be completely concealed.

As a side note for those of you who have an OEM aerial in working order. install a switch between the remote lead and the HU so you can control when you want aerial to go up. No sense having it go up and down everytime you turn the HU on just to listen to a CD or MP3. This prolongs the life and doubtfull if you will even need to replace.
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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby GDII » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:05 pm

These would work OK or just plug the window aerial into the HU.

http://forums.toyspeed.org.nz/viewtopic ... ght=aerial

http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-ste ... 212682.htm

As for OEM aerial, some aftermarket HUs only switch the aerial when the radio is selected and goes down when CD/AUX is on.
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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Saut de Chat » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:23 pm

You can use the stock windscreen antenna.
I have used them in both of my cars and they work great.
You just need to get an adapter or cut the small one off and wire a standard one.

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Logan » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:10 pm

Proud owner of genuine standard working electric aerial ^.^. Except I never listen to the radio.
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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby frankv » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:49 am

I put an electronically amplified windscreen aerial (very similar to the one suggested by seagull) on my previous MR2 and was completely happy with it. Cheap as chips ($16 ??? a few years ago) from SuperCheap and worked fine. I didn't trust the glue to stick to the windscreen and support the black box, so separated that from the aerial itself (there's a couple of inches of wire between them) and screwed the black box to the headlining. If you get a windscreen replaced you do need to warn the windscreen guy so he doesn't rip your aerial apart.

The dipole aerial seems mighty expensive for what is essentially just a piece of wire. You can make your own from a piece of coax, probably the bit that goes to your existing aerial will be long enough.

Just my 2c worth, but I disagree with Jim's suggestion to put an aerial inside the spoiler. The problem is not so much the aerial in the spoiler as the connection between it and the rest of the car... the spoiler is boot-mounted and moves substantially whenever you open/close the boot, so the cable back to the rest of the car would need to be carefully routed to avoid pinching it. Probably you also need a connector in case you ever want to remove the boot lid or spoiler.

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Benckj » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:01 am

Just my 2c worth, but I disagree with Jim's suggestion to put an aerial inside the spoiler. The problem is not so much the aerial in the spoiler as the connection between it and the rest of the car... the spoiler is boot-mounted and moves substantially whenever you open/close the boot, so the cable back to the rest of the car would need to be carefully routed to avoid pinching it. Probably you also need a connector in case you ever want to remove the boot lid or spoiler.
To clarify I mean using the side portion of the ge1-2 spoiler which is connected to the rear gaurd not the boot part. Could attach to underside of fibreglass or make a small bracket to hold inside when filling up aerial hole. Power and coax connection already available at this location.
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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Reuban » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:11 pm

I've been thinking of re-routing it to behind the trim above/around the rear window. Same as Jim completely concealed but a bit higher and can make it pretty long.

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Re: Electric aerial help

Postby Janvhirashe » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:42 pm

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