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How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Archie » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:19 am

Recently, the stock antenna for my '89 CRX got bent in a car wash, I straightened it back out.
Is there a way to unscrew or remove just the metal antenna part?

My antenna is like this one, it doesn't go fully inside the body, it can be retracted to about 20cm of lenght.
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Baker » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:05 am

It's supposed to and should be able to retract all the way in.

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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby tommy » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:04 am

It's pretty flimsy metal, so if it bent, the kink will most likely always be there. It's probably always going to have to be coaxed in slowly and deliberately so you don't do any more damage.

But yes, do what msc said in Baker's link. That would at least help. And no, you can't just remove the metal part. I have never seen one (I use Sirius only and don't have an antenna anymore, so have no idea about current antenna stuff), but you might want to search and see if anyone here has gotten a smaller fixed antenna to work on their CRX; that would be a much better solution.
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Baker » Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:42 am

tommy wrote:It's pretty flimsy metal, so if it bent, the kink will most likely always be there. It's probably always going to have to be coaxed in slowly and deliberately so you don't do any more damage.


It's horribly cheap, like something you would find on an old AM/FM portable radio.
I had no plans to listen to the actual radio in this car, so when I had my Crx, I unscrewed the antenna cover, cut the antenna out and used the factory block off plate.
If I ever, for some reason wanted to listen to over the air radio again, I would simply use one of those "hidden" antenna kits.
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Archie » Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:04 am

Thanks for the answers :oops:

Maybe it was supposed to retract all the way in before and was just stuck half-way, but it definitely doesn't want to go in anymore, it's too damaged.

I just need to replace it then. I don't really need a radio, but I want to keep the stock look, because the car is all original otherwise. :)
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Baker » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:18 am

Archie wrote:
Maybe it was supposed to retract all the way in before


It is supposed to go all the way down.
You have two choices, remove totally or replace!
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby tommy » Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:32 pm

Archie wrote:I just need to replace it then. I don't really need a radio, but I want to keep the stock look, because the car is all original otherwise. :)

That's the original white sunroof? :shrug: OEM is overrated.
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Archie » Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:08 am

tommy wrote:
Archie wrote:I just need to replace it then. I don't really need a radio, but I want to keep the stock look, because the car is all original otherwise. :)

That's the original white sunroof? :shrug: OEM is overrated.

That's not of my car, just a random picture :wink:
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby tommy » Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:59 am

What - you expect me to read your first post carefully? :P
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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby jdcrx » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:26 pm

If you are going to replace the antenna I would suggest checking the dealership first. A few years ago they were available for around $15, actually cheaper than the aftermarket ones I could find.


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Re: How to remove the stock antenna for car wash?

Postby Archie » Mon May 23, 2016 7:18 am

I found a replacement antenna, from a rallycross CRX that didn't need it, for a couple euros. :)

Installing it was easy after getting the antenna wire disconnected from all the crap under the dash.
Just attached some string on the end of the old wire, pulled it out through the antenna hole, then attached the new antenna wire and pulled it back from the other end of the string.

Also bought a ton of parts from the same car, it apparently was a really nice restored original before having a front-end crash and ending up as a race car :(
The heater blower that I got from it was warped, must have been a serious impact.
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