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Universal Antenna

Hideaway AM/FM car antenna

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Have a broken antenna? Replace it with this universal hideaway model that plugs right in to most factory radios or all aftermarket car stereos. It delivers a strong, static-free signal and, thanks to its slim, hideaway design, it won't hog space on your dash. Installation is minimal, and leaves your hood with a clean, uncluttered look.

The antenna wire has a standard male Motorola plug on one end, and includes a wire to connect to your stereo's power antenna turn-on lead. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: You might need an antenna adapter and tools to connect this antenna to your car's factory radio. Call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to make sure you get the right parts for your vehicle.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so, then check here for a list of parts. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

 

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  • Universal amplified hideaway antenna (has 8.75' antenna cable with male Motorola connector)
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • Tube of Glue
  • 4 Plastic antenna cable mounts

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Overview: This is a universal amplified antenna that can be used in applications where a conventional telescoping/power antenna is not desired. It is designed for optimum AM/FM reception covering all broadcast radio bands. To install this antenna, no drilling or grounding is necessary (the radio must be properly grounded). The antenna has a self adhesive pad on the bottom of it so that you can mount it in nearly any remote location. There are also 4 plastic antenna cable mounts that you can use to secure the cable in place.

 
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2 out of 5

Not the greatest.

Written By Nick T, Downingtown, PA on Monday, June 16, 2014
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This antenna will work great if you want to mount it inside your window. Otherwise it's useless. When I installed it, there was no signal when mounted under the dash. Even when it does get signal it is weak.
Pros:
Delete factory ugly antenna
Cons:
Signal is bad and can't actually hide it away.
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5 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By Bud, Hampstead, Maryland on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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I installed a second audio system in one of my storage area on my RV for tailgating. I needed an antenna that I move if needed. I use Velcro and have three different mounting stations I can use. This antenna is perfect for my application and works very well.
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4 out of 5

universal antenna

Written By Brennan, Downers Grove Il. on Thursday, March 27, 2014
 
Installed on a ezgo golf cart for a friend. Wish I knew about the product when I was installing radio in my own cart. Gets better reception and looks better on cart.I read some of the other ratings. I would try grounding the radio better on your installations. Thank for you time Mike
Pros:
EZ Install
Cons:
No instructions provided
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1 out of 5

Horrible Reception

Written By José, Elko, NV on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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I bought this antenna for my classic Mustang that does not have an antenna hole on the fender. I still have the original AM radio and simply wanted to get one or two stations when I drive. I mounted the antenna behind the glove box and can only get reception if I am holding the antenna which is not realistic. I would not recommend this item to anyone.
Pros:
Easily to install.
Cons:
Does not work.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Anthony F., New York, NY on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Installed this antenna with a Kenwood HD radio and it worked and sounded great. Just plug it in and power one wire and it's ready to go.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Hideaway Reception!

Written By Hernac, Palmetto Bay, FL on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 
Poor reception
Pros:
Cost, easy to install
Cons:
Poor reception
Crutchfield response on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Don't buy!

Written By T, Santa Rosa, CA on Monday, July 01, 2013
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installed this in my 86' Toyota pick-up and I get 3 radio stations!! don't even get AM which is why I wanted it in the 1st place..... NO baseball!! looking at finding an original hookup. Don't waste your time.... Maybe if my truck was metal this would work???
Pros:
NONE
Cons:
install tape doesn't stick, Bad reception, cheap plastic
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Universal Mast- less Antenna

Written By Draper's Auto & Cycle Eng., Martinsville, VA on Monday, June 10, 2013
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The product itself was great but lacked installation instruction and the glue that was supplied was hard. It did what I wanted it to do which was eliminate the damaged mast antenna. Great Value! Thanks, Mike D
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1 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By Anonymous, minneapolis, MN on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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after installing it and trying it out, I unhooked it and used the factory one, which was pretty bad, but still better than this thing.
Crutchfield response on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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1 out of 5

Hidden Antenna

Written By Evan, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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This is the worst product I have ever bought at Crutchfield. $ piece of trash. I bought it so that my radio reception would improve, but it did the exact opposite. The factory antenna on my car is 10 times better than this one, and it isn't good to begin with. Also remember to hook this up to ignition power, and not constant power. You may think it does not pull much power cause it barely works, but it will drain your battery.
Pros:
It looks decent when installed.
Cons:
The overall radio reception, which is the most important part of an amplified antenna.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Junk

Written By Raymond, So Cal on Monday, February 18, 2013
 
Extremely poor reception, low quality. I threw it in the trash
Pros:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Horrible

Written By Coakley, Burlington, NC on Thursday, January 24, 2013
 
This antenna is horrible!!!!!! Do not buy it. It is not worth the money at all. I put it in my convertible to shave my antenna off the car. With the top down and the antenna literally in my hand waving it around trying to pick up reception, all I get it a couple fuzzy stations. I definitely hooked it up correctly. Do not get this believe me.
Pros:
Nothing
Cons:
No reception at all
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Hidden antenna

Written By Anonymous, Chalfon, PA on Monday, January 14, 2013
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I had trouble with my current antenna that is hidden in the windshield. I utilized this hidden antenna. It does not work well when hidden under the dash. Too many other wires and it picks up interference. When I placed the antenna on the upper portion of the windshield it picks up the reception. The reception is still not as good as an antenna of the mast style.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not Good

Written By Mike, MI on Monday, December 24, 2012
 
Reception is not good at all, I actually went down to the Ford dealership and ordered a stock part to fix my radio because this did not do the job. Would not recommend this to anyone. I have never been so disappointed in an aftermarket part.
Pros:
Easy Installation
Cons:
Did not fix problem Poor reception
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4 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By REP, Myrtle Beach, SC on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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I installed this in a Golf Car. Was and easy installation. Just plugged it into the back of the CD/Radio, hooked up the 12 volt power line and it was working fine.
Pros:
Easy install in my aplication.
Cons:
No instructions. Came with some small plastic parts that looked like they were to hold the wires, but couldn't figure out how they could hold the wires without glueing them to each other. I didn't use them, just tie wraped them.
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2 out of 5

poor reception

Written By shane, bailey, co on Monday, November 26, 2012
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i guess if you had no other choice on a show car or other application you would use it, factory antenna had much better reception
Pros:
easy install, hides well
Cons:
poor am and fm reception
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3 out of 5

antenna

Written By Tom, Maumee, OH on Sunday, September 30, 2012
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OK but not great.
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5 out of 5

antenna

Written By Joe F, Boston on Sunday, September 02, 2012
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perfect at on the gold wing no static and its powered
Pros:
fits nice in inside of windshield
Cons:
non
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

seems to do the job

Written By tominco, Colorado on Saturday, September 01, 2012
 
My Outback's antenna was broken and was a nightmare to try and replace/repair, plus I was quoted over $200 to have someone else do it. So for $25, I thought I'd give this a try. It works well (does fine on a weak NPR station ~60 miles away), and wasn't too hard to install ( a couple of leisurely hours, mostly spent identifying the powered antenna wire from the radio and routing the new antenna wire behind the dash). I would have liked the wire to be a little longer, so I could have installed it on the passenger cargo window, rather than the windshield. By the way, there are no instructions of any kind. Just plug the antenna into the radio and hook the other wire up to the +12V normally used for a power antenna.
Pros:
Cheap solution for difficult or expensive to repair antenna. Works well.
Cons:
Longer wire would have been nice.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Universal Antenna Hideaway AM/FM car antenna

Written By DICK, BALDWIN CITY KS on Thursday, July 26, 2012
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Functions just as advertised. Easy instillation with very good istructions. Suggest mounting the unit as high as possible. I could not access the top of the glove compartment so I installed it on the nearest flat surface at the same height. The adhesive surface was a bit iffy so I removed it and used E-6000 glue instead.
Pros:
Vastly enhanced reception in a very rural area with no "good" stations nearby.
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Location is crucial, as high as possible

Written By SeanG, San Diego, CA on Thursday, October 06, 2011
 
The ideal place for this antenna is in the upper right windshield above the passenger. It is hardly noticeable there and gets the best possible reception. I installed it myself in 20 minutes without any experience, I just ran and tucked the wire into the soft molding along the C pillar in front of the passenger door, went under the passenger footwell under the floormat and up under the plastic airvent behind the radio. Popped the radio out, pulled out the old antenna connection (I needed an adapter to go from my Kenwood radio to the antenna cable) and inserted the new one. Tied the 12v to one that was labeled "P Cont" (I assumed it meant Power Continuous), popped the radio back in and I was done. Reception for my HD radio is strong so far. My only worry is if I was supposed to find a wire that was labeled 12v because I couldn't find one ;-)
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Much better reception

Written By Ron R, CT on Friday, September 09, 2011
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Improved the FM reception of the factory radio in our 2003 Honda Pilot a great deal. The wire was long enough to run up the windshield post, then over the windshield to the center. Simple 12v connection wire. We've owned this SUV for 8 years and have never had such good radio reception. My only question is why the online catalog says that this item won't fit my vehicle?

[Editor's Note: This is a universal antenna and not listed as a "fittable" item in our Vehicle Guide.]
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Just Bad

Written By home, jonesboro, ga on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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I have used two products make by Merto and both were terrible.
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3 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By mappy0ne, Douglas, MA on Sunday, September 05, 2010
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For an antenna that is supposed to boost FM/AM signal, it is not doing a very good job. I get marginal FM signal and no AM signal at all and I live within 45 miles from Boston, Massachusetts which is a major metropolitan with many FM stattions. I guess it is better than NOT getting any reception. I tried every location on my 2000 Mercedes Benz S500 even on the outside of the vehicle but the reception is marginal at best. The best reception is when I'm holding the cable in my hand go figure. It would have been better to pay myself and be a human antenna. Over all I am NOT 100 satisfied and would not recommend this product to anyone.
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3 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By Duane, Indiana on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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The antenna is ok. I have installed it on my Harley Dresser under the fairing and it
doesnt pick up as good as I had hoped. I am going to relocate it later to see if it gets
better reception then. For the price though I cant complain.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fixed my poor rec on my hd radio

Written By Anonymous, milwaukee wi on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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This product rocks. I wrote a review on the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 titled poor radio rec killed my 5 star rating because the radio rec with my 07 altimas weak rear window antenna was not getting me much radio rec. So i bought this antenna even though it was said not to fit my car which crutchfirld was right . i had to do some slight wiring mods to get it to work..WELL WORTH THE EFFORT. I got ALL the milwaukee fm/am radio stations back that i lost and gained some that i did not know were out there. HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone that has had radio rec problems after installing an aftermarket hd radio. The nice thing about this to the size of the antenna box part is only about 6 inches long and i hid it on the top part of my windshield right in front of the rear view mirror. cant really tell from the driver seat that its even there. I tucked the wire under my headliner and ran it down the inside door molding under the dash right into the back of my radio. Only took about an hour stat to finish.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By eric, Fort Wayne, IN on Tuesday, April 13, 2010
 
Not very good, you pay for what you get. If you want good reception, pay more for a better one. Cord isn't very long either, if you have a custom install and radio isn't mounted in dash.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

I am not happy

Written By Anonymous, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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I purchased this antennae to increase reception for AM stations for my motorhome. It actually gets less reception than the original antennae. I will go back to a mast antennae design.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

works great

Written By Ken, Bakersfield, CA on Saturday, January 16, 2010
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This is what I was looking for. Works as advertised and service with you was super. After my purchase I found this antenna at another site, but the price was twice as much. Thanks
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Worked like a charm

Written By umar, Potomac, Maryland on Friday, May 29, 2009
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I had my stereo stolen out of my car and in the process the existing connector for the radio antenna was damaged. I called Crutchfield and the tech recommended this product to use in place of the stock antenna suggesting it will be easier to install this than to try and splice a new connector into the existing wire. I ordered and as usual had it within a couple of days. Installed it with no problem (power lead and the signal lead) and placed it behind the seat nicely hidden away. Works perfectly. I get every radio station I used to get with the stock antenna and have no problems with fuzzy or unclear stations. Highly recommended!
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect Solution

Written By Jennifer, Brevard NC on Saturday, May 02, 2009
 
The power antenna on my 1990 Mazda 626 quit working, and the replacement would have been costly and difficult. This antenna was easy to install, we did have to move it to several different locations on the windshield to find the best reception. Works better than the original equipment
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Definitely works

Written By DON, Maine on Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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I used this on my bass boat radio. For fishing purposes, I cannot have antennas around, so the radio just had a standard wire ant, and I got 25 stations, half of which were sketchy at best. Installed the uni ant, and got 34 stations, all pretty decent- so it works! Both tests were in my driveway so I know it worked better. Install was really easy- I had questions and called the Crutch help line and then I knew how to install it, but then again I have little knowledge of radios, etc. The helpline was great- reason enough to order from Crutch.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

I Don'trecommend

Written By Tom, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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After installation, antenna was not strong enough to pull in AM stations. I listen to these for sports broadcasts.
6 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

It's a concealed antenna!

Written By John, Arlington, Va. on Saturday, March 08, 2008
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I'm a professional auto technician at a local Chevy dealer, with some
knowledge of antenna theory. I installed this antenna in my 2002 Ram Air
TransAm Convertible.



When my power antenna failed, I decided to have my favorite body person
shave the hole. I then purchased this antenna, and a Motorola-to-GM
antenna lead adapter.



Knowing that I cannot mount this antenna on or near any large metal body
component (for the metal will absorb the radio signals I want this antenna
to recieve), I decided to take a hint from Corvette and mount this antenna
inside my driver's mirror (plastic housing). After that, I removed the power
antenna 12 volt signal wire wire from the stock radio connector and
replaced it with the 12 volt wire that the concealed antenna needs. Then all
I needed was to gound the "ring" of the antenna, install the antenna lead
adapter, and put everything back together.



The result...well, it's a concealed antenna. So, it misses a few FM stations
here and there. I picks up stronger FM signals, but they can sometimes be
blocked by trees, building or vehicles, since FM signals travel by line-of sight.



For what I was attempting to accomplish: give my car a clean look and still
enjoy listening to NPR, this antenna has done the work.

I would recommend this antenna to anyone who a. knows what they will
get from this antenna, and b. knows what they are doing. In other words,
don't bash this antenna if it doesn't pick up alien signals from Vega. It
won't. But it will work as I have described here.
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1 out of 5

Just buy a real antenna

Written By DAVID, Rowland Heights, CA on Tuesday, December 04, 2007
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I thought it would be cool to have no antenna showing on my car and put the hideaway on the inside of my window. The problem is it looks cool but the reception is really, really bad. I went from great radio reception to almost no reception. Don't even experiment with this because I tried everything to get it to clear up and it does not. Buy another brand or a real antenna.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Extremely dissapointed!

Written By scifrimusic, Tabernacle, NJ on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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I spent a lot of time to install this antenna correctly to the top, inside of the windsheild. I pulled off trim, pulled out the radio, etc... only to find that my radio reception was actually worse than when I started! Very, very disappointed and unhappy!
8 out of 10 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By William, Chicago, IL on Monday, July 30, 2007
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I would suggest looking at other products. The reception is terrible. I have tried mounting it in several different spots and none of them worked well. I live just outside of the Chicago where you can get radio reception anywhere and the strongest channels only come in 50% of the time. Great concept for a product but not worth the money.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By Charles, Greenville, SC on Saturday, June 02, 2007
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The antenna seems to be directional. I can have a decent signal, make a turn and lose the station. I have it mounted on the dash next to the bottom of the windshield, so it is not obstructed by anything other than glass. A $10 mast type antenna works much better if you have a place to mount it. I do not recommend this product.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Solved my problem

Written By Michael, Asheville, NC on Wednesday, August 09, 2006
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I replaced the factory stereo in my 95 BMW, which uses an antenna inside the rear glass that doesn't fit aftermarket decks. I mounted the boxed end on the front glass behind the sun visor. It picks up radio stations better than the factory antenna and is a lot easier to install than drilling a hole in a fender for an outside aerial.
10 out of 12 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By Donn, New Market, MD on Thursday, May 18, 2006
 
I purchased this for my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon and I am very happy with it. I live further out from DC and Baltimore and drive a lot of back roads over hills and valleys to get to work. I need a radio for traffic reports. I have a shorty antenna but the reception was not good because I live so far from the source. If I was in a valley with a lot trees I barely got reception. So I left the shorty antenna for the appearance and unplugged the antenna cable that lead to it from the back of my Kenwood receiver and replaced it with this universal hideaway antenna I ordered from Crutchfield. I ran the cable through the dash and up the door trim and placed the antenna behind the rear quarter panel trim. It works a lot better than my shorty antenna did and I get reception even in the valleys. Very satisfied.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Universal Antenna

Written By Zack, Bradenton, FL on Saturday, December 24, 2005
 
I am a professional installer and purchased this item for my personal vehicle because I planned to shave the mast antenna from the fender of my truck. The total came out to almost $50 after shipping and I was very disappointed with the performance of this antenna. I live in a major radio market and the reception was degraded by about 50% with this antenna installed in any location in the vehicle. I am very unhappy with it.
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1 question already asked

Looking to use this on a motorcycle that has AM/FM and weather band. Would this work for WB too? [ Marsha  Jan 25, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • Where are you planning on sticking the end box to? [ MICHAEL K   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • I regret to report that this device did not work in my 2002 BMW Harmon Kardan sound system. I received a refund from Crutchfield. [ MARTHA   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • yes this worked well on my off road vehicle [ JEREMY   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • I am not sure if it will work with the weather band. We only use it for AM/FM. [ MARIO   Jan 26, 2014 ]

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