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Shark fin Antenna Install + Pics

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by Motoarzan, November 30, 2013.

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      Motoarzan Active Member

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      Just thought I'd post a couple pics of a Shark Fin Antenna Install.
      I've had these on other vehicles and they look and work great. Never really noticed any reduction in reception...at least not where I live.
      These are purchased from Visual Garage. Their site is still that page with a notice of a new launch coming soon but you can still order these by emailing them, they will reply back asking your vehicle make and prefered color, then they will send a paypal invoice, you pay, and a week or so later your antenna arrives.
      Ignore my grubby hands. Before hand, I installed my HID kit which I will also soon be posting another thread and a lot of similar step by step procedure pics.

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      ATTACH SHARKFIN ANTENNA WITH PROVIDED SCREW
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      PEEL OFF ADHESIVE AND ALIGN YOUR SHARKFIN ANTENNA AND STICK IT ON
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    3. Pete165

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      Thanks, i had no idea it was that simple. Have you tried both am and fm reception?
       
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      You are right... Super simple and working great in both receptions.. Will post a pic soon of mine...
       
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      Is that the same antenna that controls NAV reception too? How about HD channels, notice anything different with those? Nice simple Mod. Thanks for the pics.
       
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      Believe the Nav. antenna is under the dash --- We live in the same area and you won't notice any difference in reception at all.
       
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      Im curious if anyone else had tried these antennas?
      Any testimonials?
      Also, what does visual garage charge for these?

      Thanks
       
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      They charge $87.
       
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      Do you thing this will hold up in car washes. I like next to a Delta Sonic Car Wash and go take my vehicle there three times a week. Just wondering how the tape holding the antenna will hold up. P.S. Looks great on your Explorer !
       
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      Before putting this on my new Explorer I also had one on my old vehicle, a 2011 Chevy Equinox. It was on there for 3 years and I wash approx once per week and never a problem. My mother now has my old Equinox and the Sharkfin is still holding tight as usual.
      If you really weren't sure you could always go buy that special 3M automotive double sided tape, cut a long thin strip and replace it. But really, the tape that comes on it is just fine.
       
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      doesn't it seem to be too big?
       
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      Too big for my liking ;.). I'm actually looking into how to move the whole antenna off the roof, to make it completely flat up there.

      I don't have Nav (I just use my iPhone), may not renew the Sat radio (tho in LA, it may still work alright on the dash anyways), don't listen to AM/FM too often (tho I could probably replace it with a window antenna), and will be plastidipping the body (so i'll be able to patch up any holes up there).

      Does anyone know how to take the whole antenna off tho?!
       
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      I would be interested in this too, but I wonder if you loose reception quality.
       
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      I have the Beat Sonic - works well, easy install same as shown in this thread
       
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      The only downside I see with the Beat Sonic is that you have to chose from a predetermined colour list as opposed to the initial one mentioned in this thread which is painted according to the colour code of your Explorer.

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      I just went with black for mine - thought it works ok with other black items on EX
       
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      same to me, black works just fine since all the railings are black. The only downside for me is that Beat Sonic black is almost 50% more than the one from Visual Garage. and it is not clear if they are about same size or not. I mentioned already that Visual Garage one seems little bit to big to me. Keep fingers crossed on OEM shark antenna on next generation/facelift, will order that one instead.
      and I couldn't find anything on Beat Sonic regarding delivery at all (specifically to Canada), have to contact them.
       
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      Denis, I have no idea why Ford seems to use a mix of the standard and shark fin antennas. The Fusion uses the 'fin' as does the 2015 Lincoln MKC. :dunno:

      Peter
       
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      well, may be I order one from Lincoln then, need a part number though... gonna find it
       
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      the only problem I foresee, OEM shark antenna could not be hollow inside, have to remove standard one totally...
      Still, will give it a try, order one and see what could be done...
       
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      I ordered a unpainted shark-fin. My son in law works at a dealer and can paint it to match my EX. Should be unique having a Deep Impact Blue shark-fin.
       
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      2016 shark fin antenna

      Does anyone know if the 2016 shark fin antenna will work to replace the OEM antenna on a 2015?
       
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      You can get a shark fin antenna on ebay painted to match cheap
       
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      Using the Forum's 'Search' program I found this thread and merged yours with it.

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      It is yet to be found first and second it may not be worth the money keeping in mind how OEM parts are usually expensive.
      I remember I was thinking of shark fin from Lincoln, but it was almost $200, so I just did not go for it.
      PS I personally prefer Visual Garage style over OEM even though Visual Garage little bit too big since it covers OEM one.
       

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