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This is why I joined SF. For the depth of knowledge on most any topic.
Corona Balls.
Now, if someone should ask me about the little ball on a car antenna, I can answer with confidence.

Isn't that what you get when you forget the lime in your cerveza?


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Actually, it looks like the ball has a purpose aside from keeping you from getting poked. Something about static electricity


Eye see what you did here lol.
 
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I did this to my F150. Trimmed off about an inch. Doesn't hit the door anymore, and I can't tell any difference the reception.

The little aftermarket shorties did not work.


Did you put the ball back on
? Did your radio explode?


Sure I put it back on. Little blue locktite, couple taps with a hammer, and you can’t even tell it was altered.

Nothing exploded, but I was disappointed that it didn’t help the gas mileage.


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the neighbor fixed it with a 8 inch wide by 15 inch long piece of dryer vent duct.

he nailed it to the Header(?)

where the antenna hits
and and now it slides right in and out,
over the flashing ,instead of the square corners of the wood

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You're just going to have to buy a new house with a taller garage!


Nonsense, he just needs to cut a higher "antenna channel" so it doesn't hit.


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The antenna on my 2012 Tacoma also hit my garage door so I replaced it with this little puppy.



I saw zero change in reception AM or FM. About $12 from Amazon as I recall.



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the neighbor fixed it with a 8 inch wide by 15 inch long piece of dryer vent duct.

he nailed it to the Header(?)

where the antenna hits
and and now it slides right in and out,
over the flashing ,instead of the square corners of the wood



Did you post this in the right thread?


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You're just going to have to buy a new house with a taller garage!


You win the internet today. Made me laugh out loud at that one. Big Grin


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UPDATE!!!

I took antenna off in the driveway and the radio worked just fine. So I cut 4 inches off, a little work with a file and glued the ball back on, touched up with some black spray paint.


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Cut it, then replace the ball with this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-O...OUNTED-/261288478476


I just ordered a pair. My dad is coming for a visit shortly, I'll put one on his car, he will get a kick out of it. I vaguely remember one on his Maverick I believe


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I always thought it was for the balance and the static electricity thing sounds reasonable.


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Ball shape on tip presents larger surface area enabling the static to discharge constantly at a lower charge buildup thereby preventing larger powered buildup which produces a periodic audible pop on the am band. I read this back when cars only had am and the longer one extended the antenna, the better the reception when far from the broadcaster. Artl years later said this was bunk and the ball was there to prevent injury.

Vehicle Antennas today are usually cut to a length to maximize fm band reception and are a fixed length cut to a length appropriate to the middle of the fm broadcast band. Not always ideal for am reception but the am band uses the same antenna.
 
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New cars still use external antennae’s? My 2008 expedition has it built into the windshield.
 
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I received 2, I put one on my truck and saved the other for my dad!



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Been thinking of pitting a shark antenna on my Rav4 so I don't need to keep removing it to go through a car was. I'm just concerned on how bad the reception will be since I'm usually at least 20 miles or more from most broadcasting antennas.


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