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Has anyone tried just clipping about 1/2 to 3/4 the length off of the OEM antenna? Would it still work after this? Would it look like crap? Look ok?
I did clip the factory antenna right down to the base and then sanded the end flat and then sanded a small bevel on the end and it looks ok. I had to paint it cause the end I sanded was raw metal. If someone can tell me how to post a couple of pictures, I will try later today.

Sly-all but onstar,tint,lil,chromies and ECM in the mail!!!:cool:
 

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I don't have my Solstice yet...can someone tell me how tall the factory antenna is? Thanks guys....and gals.
 

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lol! Ok, anyone know how many *inches* tall it is?! I'm using a tape measure to try and visualize what it looks like stock, then using a tape measure to figure out what the aftermarket ones look like. I can not wait to get to goto my first Solstice meeting so I can look at everyones cars to see what this stuff looks like in the real world!

I still have not seen on one the street yet. I have only seen 3 in person, all were on a showroom floor. Not even a test drive before ordering mine.
 

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I believe is 31" long.
 

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Color Me Excited/color My Sol Sly

I just talked to my salesman, he thinks my Vin Number should be in this Monday. So you know what that means my SLY ONE should be here soon. Hope I'am not being too eager but I just purchased a couple of after market items for the car.The day I pick her up I'am going to have the service department put on all my jazzy stuff, like the kappa windjammer (screen) a set of Lil chromies, front bra, and lastly the G-Series stubby antenna. I'am old-school when I drive out of the dealership, all I want to have to do to the car is to put wax on it, and a fine woman and gas in it. Voncion/SolBad
 

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I just ordered mine from carccessory.com last night. I got the O-series in black. I was gonna go with the chrome but then I thought about how the base of the antenna is black and I figured it would look dumb. Plus it will allow my car cover work now. :party:
 

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AAHSUM said:
I did clip the factory antenna right down to the base and then sanded the end flat and then sanded a small bevel on the end and it looks ok. I had to paint it cause the end I sanded was raw metal. If someone can tell me how to post a couple of pictures, I will try later today.

Sly-all but onstar,tint,lil,chromies and ECM in the mail!!!:cool:
I did the same thing and left in at 12" from base to tip. I bevled the tip and repainted it. Looks great! I will try and post a pic tonight.
 

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Just Got My Stubby

MAIL PERSON JUST DELIVERED MY CHROME G-SERIES STUBBY ANTENNA. NOW IF I ONLY HAD MY RIDE TO PUT THE :cuss: THING ON. COME ON GM!! YOU SHOULD'VE HAD MORE CONFIDENCE IN THIS CAR AND ANTISIPATED THE DEMAND. ITS THE "THEORY OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND" ECONOMICS 101 ".
 

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I like the smaller antenna, but I do want it to have range as well. Maybe someone will combine to two :thumbs: (looks and range)
I am using a 12" stainless steel antenna. This one cost me $25.00 or something like that. It has excellent reception. I didn't notice any difference from the stock one. It also has interchangable rings at the tip and base. They come in various colors and you can pretty much match the color of your Sol.

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Antennae

Thanks for the info fendernender02.
My husband bought the solstice for me and the antenna was the first thing I noticed. I didn't wnt to say anything because I didn't want to offend him. Hows the reception on your new antenna???
 

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It really isn't that bad. I don't normally listen to free radio but I did test it out and every channel I would listen to comes in crystal clear. Good luck!
 

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The 4" stubby that hatetowait recommended works great and looks awesome! Thanks hatetowait! Got it on ebay for $13.98. I mostly listen to XM and CDs, but my local stations come in really well. And now it's not in the way when putting the top down on the passenger side. I'm very happy! :thumbs:
 

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waste "O" money

fenderbender02 said:
It really isn't that bad. I don't normally listen to free radio but I did test it out and every channel I would listen to comes in crystal clear. Good luck!
I have the same one - and I am getting rid of it if anyone wants to buy it. It looks good, but it is totally useless. I can't receive any terrestrial radio stations clearly, so what's the point? Why not just cap the hole the old antenna left? And it's not like I am in the boonies; I live in the Metro NYC area.
I have XM in all my cars, but I still listen to the good old FM daily as well. If any one out there has some legitimate feedback on another antenna, i'm all ears; but the feedback in this thread lead me to believe that the "O" would work... waste "O" money...
 

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I have the same one - and I am getting rid of it if anyone wants to buy it. It looks good, but it is totally useless. I can't receive any terrestrial radio stations clearly, so what's the point? Why not just cap the hole the old antenna left? And it's not like I am in the boonies; I live in the Metro NYC area.
I have XM in all my cars, but I still listen to the good old FM daily as well. If any one out there has some legitimate feedback on another antenna, i'm all ears; but the feedback in this thread lead me to believe that the "O" would work... waste "O" money...
Lunadog I would never intentionally lead anyone to buy something that didn't work. It works good for me. Maybe it is due to all the tall buildings in the NYC area that makes it not work so well for you. Where I live there are no tall buildings so maybe that is why I get such a good signal. My feedback is legitimate for my experience and so is yours. I am done with this thread.
 

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Use your brain

Don't go to a car site and expect to get expert advice from the field of participants on antennas, and then complain, go to a radio/antenna site.

Simply put, output power of the station, wavelength size relative to antenna length, height of the antenna, buildings, hills, tunnels etc. all can matter.
Use your brain, even something as small as a car or your body
can effect reception. Isn't it common sense enough to figure out that if it didn't matter then antennas might be tiny from the get go and slapped up unobtrusively along the frame underneath the body? Why do we see antennas constructed on hill tops with multiple guide wires when we could have just laid them on the ground? (Outside of a moisture wizecrack you get it)
Yah, if you live in a flat area not next to tall buildings and/or the stations that you listen to are putting out like 50k to 100k watts you won't notice any difference. But with a few seconds thought you should be able to figure out why, and look and see why antennas have existed on cars for so long designed the way they are.
People here talked about looks, and car covers fitting, and then just their direct experiences. No one looked to give expert advice about radio waves and physics. I guess they may have thought someone's brain might make up for the omission.
 

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fenderbender02 said:
Lunadog I would never intentionally lead anyone to buy something that didn't work. It works good for me. Maybe it is due to all the tall buildings in the NYC area that makes it not work so well for you. Where I live there are no tall buildings so maybe that is why I get such a good signal. My feedback is legitimate for my experience and so is yours. I am done with this thread.
Fenderbender, no worries. My post wasnt meant as a flame or was it directed towards you, it's just me sharing my opinion about a product.
As for where I live, it is 30 miles outside NYC, no tall buildings, and totally flat. Hey, it's a crappy antenna, but it looks good. Me, I want an antenna that works.
As for Spyder's lecture on what antennas are, thanks, Spock. This thread happens to about THESE particular types (stubby) of antennas, not radio wave theory or the history of automotive radio products.
Some people think these antennas are great. God bless them. People (fools) like me read these posts and figure, "hey, it looks good AND works good... I'll buy myself one, too."
My experience tells me this is a crappy antenna, so why the lecture? My advice is this: if you want a neato looking antenna that serves almost no purpose as an actual antenna, then this is excellent. However, if you want an antenna that looks good AND actually works, then don't buy this.
 

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Glad you got the point / my apologies for the poor format.

Crank the tunes and let's drive!
I'll buy ya a Saurian (spl.) Brandy when we get back.

:cheers:
 
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