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|All OEM antenna's short or long are still 1/4 FM wave.. In today's digital age I find it difficult that people really are going above and beyond to buy full CD's anymore or in the last 5 years; and I've played with everything from in car phonograph to tablets.. 4 Track, 8 track, cassette, Mini-disc, CD's, thumb drives, 4-32GB SD card, even just a mini PC with a 2TB setup was on the drawing board at one time..
My suggestion is unless your fixated on the actual antenna being in its stock location is take the full length antenna, you can actually fish it through under the dash panel itself horizontally and maintain majority of its ability to pull signal, especially if you're in a more urban area or the city itself, by tapping in just behind the glove box. More rural areas or for those of you who live in the South West, you're likely already on the same page and dont really listen to radio anyway.
Then grab one of the shorty antennas that completes your aesthetic desires.. A lot of people will grab from like an Honda S2000 or Scion tC because there like 4.00" 6.24" long antennas, I think even some of the newer Ford C-max, Explorer, or Fusion RTAM (Roof Top Antenna Mounts) can be easily modded with a thread adapter kit much like a wheel-spacer does from one bolt pattern to another.
Just an open suggestion or a direction to follow and modify further in thoughts..
I removed my antenna altogether, created a metal & gasketed plug that screwed in based upon a modded antenna delete part (91-97 Ford Escort) from Ford of all things. The tablet pulls in its own internet, WiFi, or a tethers to another device if needed while Bluetooth'ing the signal to a (first) Audio Control processor then to an amplifier, finally the speakers. Living in SoCal a couple years ago for 8 years and radio reception goes beyond - Suck! Therefor it was for me anyway an easy decision to put a tablet in the dash.
Last edited on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 07:43 am by Undrstm8ed
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