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Old 09-12-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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How to remove the stock antenna

Please bear with me as I'm working on getting all the photos needed for this guide.

Last night with some help I removed the stock antenna so I could wrap my roof. I could not find a guide for this so we figured it out ourselves. Look at the image below for the rest of the references.

Step 1, remove push pins from headliner

This is very easy and should only be difficult if you're doing it wrong. The push pins are two pieces. Slip a screw driver very carefully under the push pin. You want to grab the black portion of the push pin. This part pops down and you'll see the retaining clip is white plastic. Again, you're shimming your screwdriver between the black and white plastic, not under both. If you get under both the white and black plastic you can break the push pin. It should take very minimal force to pop these.

Step 2, pop loose the side panels

Marked in the picture below you'll see a red arrow to a red square. The red square is where the retaining clip is. Grab the panel from the top near the rear window and slowly pull back until you can pop this clip. You're not removing the panel, just popping this clip loose. Take your time, it didn't require a lot of work, literally 2 seconds once we knew how to pull on the panel. Simply sit in the back seat, and pull it towards the middle of the car.

Step 3, unscrew the antenna

Now that you have the headliner loose enough you can pull it down a bit and see the antenna. There is a big nut and a wrench will easily pop it loose so you can unscrew it by hand. I dont have the exact size because we used a resizable wrench. It's rather large.

Step 4, unclip the antenna

The antenna is taped to a bracket, cut the tape, then push in the tabs on the connector to release it. Then remove the nut that you loosened, and there are two small clips holding the antenna in place. Push them in and it will pop loose.

There is no tape holding the antenna on. It was slide right off once loose and the tabs have been pushed in. I hope this helps some people.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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That's awesome. Mine would have turned out much cleaner if I had removed the antenna first. Might end up doing it over. Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for this write-up! I plan to remove the stock antenna when I put on my sat and Sharkfin antennas, and was wondering how to remove the stock one.
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Didn't happen to snap any pics of what the roof looks like without the antenna did you?
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Thanks for this write-up! I plan to remove the stock antenna when I put on my sat and Sharkfin antennas, and was wondering how to remove the stock one.
You shouldn't have to.
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You shouldn't have to.
Hopefully I won't, but if I do this definitely helps!
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Great writeup.

Tap'd from my G-Nex
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Didn't happen to snap any pics of what the roof looks like without the antenna did you?
Here ya go.

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To a normal person, it might look good...lol to me it looks bald. Still going to do this though, thanks for the write up!
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Thanks for this!
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Thanks! I am getting my entire car wrapped in less than a week. I already removed all badges and now I need to take off the antenna and the sticky pieces under the rear plate. No front plate so I am good there. Any suggestions to prevent the plate from bumping or scratching at the botom while I drive to the shop? The shop will not do any removal prep work. I guess I could always bring my GooGone and spray wax with me...

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Thanks! I am getting my entire car wrapped in less than a week. I already removed all badges and now I need to take off the antenna and the sticky pieces under the rear plate. No front plate so I am good there. Any suggestions to prevent the plate from bumping or scratching at the botom while I drive to the ship? The shop will not do any removal prep work. I guess I could always bring my GooGone and spray wax with me...
Why don't you cut up an old towel or similar and puncture some holes in it to put between the plate and the car?
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Why don't you cut up an old towel or similar and puncture some holes in it to put between the plate and the car?
Excellent idea, thanks. Need everything wrapped with no hole cutouts. Is the antenna as straight forward as is outlined? This is on a 2014.
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