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whatevrworks 11-27-2010 05:33 PM

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I installed my sharkfin antenna from visualgarage.com. Very easy install. If someone else already posted this I apologize but was not able to find many pics by a quick search. Instructions are included with the antenna but heres what I did and pics follow. In the before couple of before pics the jeep is kind of dirty so thats why the pics look kind of fuzzy, the after pics I kept it wet so the sharkfin would feel at home :lol:

The OEM antenna was 11 inches plus the 1 inch thick base for a 12 inch total antenna. The new one is about 3 inches! Looks much better and less stuff in the way with skis on top!

All you need is the larger of the two screws included in the sharkfin, (I suppose that may vary from model to model depending on what OEM antenna was installed), a flat screwdriver, hairdryer (depending on outside temp), rubbing alcohol, goo gone or other adhesive remover or dawn dish soap, masking tape, and of course the sharkfin.

The factory antenna screws right off by hand, make sure the surface is clean, I had to give it a quick wash because my jeep was pretty dirty. Use the adhesive remover and rubbing alcohol to remove any traces of dirt and especially wax from the paint where the antenna will sit. I tried the dawn dishwashing soap as suggested in the instructions but didnt cut through my wax I applied only a few weeks ago. I used Goo Gone adhesive removed and that worked well. The instructions recommend a 3M adhesive remover but I figured any adhesive remover would work.

Correctly position the sharkfin over the antenna base making sure it is not touching the base underneath. Use masking tape to mark the alignment. It was in the mid 30s here today and the instructions recommend a "room temp" surface to ensure it sticks well. I used a hairdryer a few inches away for a few minutes and it warmed up the surface nicely with no chance of heat damage to the paint like with a heat gun. The under side of the sharkfin has a coiled wire with a ring terminal connector. Use the included screw to attach it to the antenna base on the roof.

I gave the area one more wipe with rubbing alcohol to make sure it was clean and let the alcohol evaporate. Then remove the paper backing from the adhesive tape and carefully stick the antenna onto the roof using your tape outline as a guide. Be very careful as the tape is VERY sticky and there is NO moving or repositioning. Hold pressure on the sharkfin for a good minute per the instructions so the pressure sensitive tape sticks.

I tested and both satellite and AM/FM come in as good or better than before. The antenna is well designed, and the paint matches perfectly with all the sparkles and whatever just like the factory paint. When you order they will do custom paint to match. Below are some photos of the install and some other random pics.

whatevrworks 11-27-2010 05:34 PM

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BEERnALE 11-27-2010 05:38 PM

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Thanks!!!

This is GREAT!

OBXJeep 11-27-2010 05:45 PM

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looks nice :thumbsup:

Red G8R 11-27-2010 06:33 PM

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Nicely done and sounds easy enough. Thanks.
Your original antenae looks different and longer than what came with mine. Never the less, I would change to a shark fin if I ever buy a roof rail/rack.

whatevrworks 11-27-2010 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Red G8R (Post 308099)
Nicely done and sounds easy enough. Thanks.
Your original antenae looks different and longer than what came with mine. Never the less, I would change to a shark fin if I ever buy a roof rail/rack.

From what I have read here in various threads it seems they have shipped with three different size antennas depending on build dates or maybe randomness (your choice). I know there is the 11 inch one I had and a 4 inch rubber one people have been purchasing from the dealer and swapping out. I think there is also an 8 or 10 inch one as well.

Red G8R 11-27-2010 06:38 PM

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I went to visualgarage.com but Jeep is not listed.

whatevrworks 11-27-2010 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Red G8R (Post 308102)
I went to visualgarage.com but Jeep is not listed.

Send them an email with your paint color and model. They are still in "pre-production" but will get back to you quickly by email and also send you a paypal invoice if you want to order. They stated 2 week lead time but it made it here from Canada in about 10 business days.

Megatron 11-27-2010 06:41 PM

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sleek

JoeSchmoe007 11-27-2010 06:45 PM

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I kind of like factory antenna... It's like a tail on the piglet :D

moosehead 11-27-2010 06:47 PM

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+1 to the sharkfin, looks great, easy mod, reception is good, no fuss with roof rack loads.

you can also choose the chrysler 300 for many if not most of the stock WK2 paint colors. the bright silver is identical to the JGC.

White Chocolate 11-27-2010 07:36 PM

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Sweet photos!!


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