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Old 01-30-2013, 06:13 PM
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I've got 6" clearance between the tip of that stupid shark fin antenna and my garage door which is making me leery about pulling the trigger on a set of Bilsteins, 3" body lift, and a set of 35s. I'm afraid it won't fit in the garage. Curious if anyone knows of a flush mount replacement for that stupid fin? If I "shave" a half inch off it will it affect the performance?
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i don't know if they're compatible but my 2011 came with a flush mount sat antenna. i believe all trucks 2009-2012 have them. they probably went to the shark fin for better reception; mine loses signal pretty easily when driving around downtown between tall buildings. i wouldn't go grinding into your antenna end expect it to still function
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I think that's only for am/fm. The fin I believe is NAV/Satelite.
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Then he could always cut a slit in the top of his garage for the fin to slide in if its too high
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I can't say that thought didn't cross my mind lol.
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I'm sure there is one ..my Jeep has Sat and I don't even know where the antenna for that is, and my acura had NAV/SAt and its antenna was much flatter than the one on the 2013 Rams
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Has to be a reason for the fin...I had a 2012 and it was fairly flat but I know the sat and gps would go offline even under a bridge, a smaller bridge. This setup seems to get the better sat reception perhaps due to the side to side bounce? I wouldn't grind it without determining exactly how it works inside.
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This is basically what a shark fin antenna looks like inside. It is possiable to modify the shark fin molding. first you would have to remove the fin from the roof. Then carefully peel the actual antenna (copper) using a heat gun. It basically a plastic infused with copper that has adhesive. once this is done one could cut away from the fin and remold it with fiberglass. Then simply paint to match then re-apply the Antenna (copper) with some glue. Basically the bottom or base is where there is a PCB board where this attaches to.

The only issue maybe with performance when you do the mod. But it shouldn't be that bad. speciially if you re apply it at the top flat part you created.

Also there is a GTR Antenna it isn't as tall as a shark fin. It mostly used on Nissans but should replace most shark fin antennas. As you can see its bassically a shark fin with the top cut off and flattened.
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I wonder if this is something a audio shop could do without raping my wallet.
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