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Radio Aerial/Antenna

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:10 am
by andyegan
Hi
I am andyegan and a newbie located in the UK. I have a 2020 Leaf tekna with a FM AM DAB radio and a roof based twisted wire stick aerial that I would like to change for an OEM shark fin antenna.

Hopefully this can be done by just unscrewing the stick wand and attaching a single wire from the fin fitting to the screw on the remaining aerial piece on the car roof. Are there any issues with that and how successful is a shark fin antenna? Do I need any particular shark fin aerial or materials inside the fin? Appreciate any advice offered.

Re: Radio Aerial/Antenna

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:39 am
by Learjet
I believe you can by the kit from Nissan to replace it...more info in this video https://youtu.be/_JakePS3M_8

Re: Radio Aerial/Antenna

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:28 pm
by jjeff
Sounds like a major PIA! Not an easy job, requires specialty tools and taking down the headliner amongst other things.
I replaced my rod antenna with a shark, one off amazon supposed to be specifically designed for the Leaf and it was probably as much of a PIA as the youtube posted here. Long story short the fin did NOT fit over my existing body(the part the rod screws into) and required me grinding my body narrower, using a hack saw and modifying the new fin, NOT an easy job and took hours and hours to complete, I would NOT do this again. Now if you could find a properly sized fin(larger) it might have been easy with the included 3M tape, simply unscrew the rod, screw in the wire, use included 3M tape to attach it to your roof but unfortunately for me, this was not the case. I left my review on Amazon saying this fin did not fit Leafs, at least '12 and '13 models like it was supposed to, I don't have access to a newer Leaf to see if they might have a smaller body.....
Note I didn't replace my rod just to have a fin, the body threads ended up cracking making the rod not fit securely after driving through a car wash, the threads were strong enough to hold the wire from the fin but not the rod which due to wind blowing over it had more leverage on the threads. I lost a few further away FM stations as the fin isn't as good as the rod and while I never listen to AM, I also lost all but the strongest AM stations.

Re: Radio Aerial/Antenna

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:54 am
by Rodriguez
It's pretty easy to replace the antenna with a small stubby, just screw the old one out and the new one in, and they are like >€5.

Re: Radio Aerial/Antenna

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:32 am
by powersurge
Just got a brand new car into your house and the problem you want to correct is the look of a radio antenna?

This potential project sounds senseless....