Radio aeriel broken - how much?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 23:00
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Tonight I went down to neighbours place for a load of FREE firewood. Looks like it's gonna be an expensive load of FREE firewood.

I snapped off my 100 series TD Cruiser power aeriel. Anyone know how much a genuine Toyota one costs?

Anyone know of a good cheaper alternative?

Bilbo
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 23:03

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 23:03
How much is your insurance excess?????
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 23:08

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 23:08
autobarn, you can buy just the masts for $40ish, well theyhad em for electric GQ ariels.
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Reply By: old-plodder - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 09:41

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 09:41
Got fed up with the left hand aerial on the pajero being bashed about by low trees.
Replaced it once too.

In the end hooked up a laser s/steel whip aerial (like the laser s/teel 27mhz or UHF whip aerial). Can get one the right length for am/fm radio. Got better reception too.
Went to the local cb radio place.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:51

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:51
I did the same thing on my Rodeo. I used a helical whip am/fm antenna from Olbis. I put a spring on the bottom and used the factory antenna moulding and it looks factory. No more busted antennas and better reception too.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 09:41

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 09:41
If its the same as the 90series Prado, you can just replace the centre bit. $80 from Toyota. Can fit it yourself.

The following instructions are lifted from the 90series email group:

Turn the radio on so that the aerial motor trys to push the aerial
up, with the aerial party up pull the aerial out, it will come all
the way out quite easy.
When you have it out you will see that the aerial has a nylon cord
at the end,it is this nylon cord that is rolled up by the motor and
it is this cord that more then likely has broken off.You will need
to get this broken bit out.
Undo the chome nut at the base of the aerial on the guard,take off
your frount wheel to give you more room, then remove the plastic
inner guard so that you can remove the motor and the metal aerial
rod in one piece from its mount,Be careful not to break the small
plastis clips that hold the inner guard on (but you can buy more if
required)
I think there is 1 nut holding the motor in place. When the motor is
disconnected from its mount, remove the motor complete with the
aerial rod, the arial cable will still be connected, but there is
enough lenght on the cable to allow you to work on the unit. Unscrew
the aerial housing which is where the nylon cord rolls up,being
careful when seperating the housing and you will see the broken
nylon cord, remove it, scew the housing back together, re fix the
motor unit, reinstall the inner guard.
Now for the easy bit,
Have someone in the car and as you feed in the new aerial into the
aerial housing have the person press the aerial down button and the
nylon cord will grab onto the cog driven by the motor and just guide
the new aerial down until it stops, Job completed.

Cheers
Phil
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 11:32

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 11:32
With the mention of the S/Steel whip - I went the same path. My 80 series one was broken off a number of times, I cracked thebleeps and went to my local hifi stereo mob and got a spring based jobbie- Looks fine, just doesnt go all the way down now like the electric one used to- Its not a problem though.

I've lost count of how many times I have seen it wiped out by trees, bend right over then spring back up.

The other benefit is the thing is telescopic-- It goes about 2m high when fully extended so I get half decent reception in the middle of no where. I think it set me back $20 or so.
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Reply By: Bilbo - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 00:06

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 00:06
Thanks guys. That's what I like about this forum - plenty of no nonsense advice. Yer a top mob.

Bilbo
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