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The Merkur Club of America Forums • Antenna Options
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Antenna Options

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:46 pm
by LITTELHAWK
I am working with an '87 with the defrost grid antenna. What are the best options you guys have found?

I am not against drilling a hole to mount an aftermarket roof antenna and I'm not really against fixing the grid antenna except that I can't find the wiring for it.

Would it be feasible to tape a mast antenna to the top of my headliner and just use that? I don't live in forests or mountains or anything (as of now at least) so signal doesn't have to be caught from a distance.

I also plan to eventually upgrade from the stock radio so I could use my phone or whatever to play music through it, but at least for now, I would like a working radio. I'm using a cassette adapter now.

Re: Antenna Options

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:21 am
by Mike McCreight
I used the antenna/cable from a Mazda 3.
I had the aftermarket version on a previous XR, and the Mazda 3 version was vastly better in every way, and cost almost noting at the JY.

Re: Antenna Options

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:04 pm
by DAReese
I have one of a roof-mounted antenna that was originally meant for cell reception back in the day. While it fits for the era of the XR, I'll probably replace it with a shark-fin one soon.

Re: Antenna Options

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:13 pm
by John Brennan
DAReese wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:04 pm
I have one of a roof-mounted antenna that was originally meant for cell reception back in the day. While it fits for the era of the XR, I'll probably replace it with a shark-fin one soon.
...or you could let Mick Dundee use it for a boomerang. :headbang

Re: Antenna Options

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:33 am
by my8950
I have no radio in mine since I got it, I just use a brewtoof speaker. Not the best, but it works.

Re: Antenna Options

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:05 am
by jkxr4ti
I installed one of these amazon/eBay self adhesive glass mount deals about 2 years ago.

https://www.amazon.com/FICBOX-Windowshi ... ref=plSrch

Performance isn't great but installs in about 20 minutes. I mounted mine on the passenger side of the windshield.
Not the best but it's an option if you have good signal local stations...

Re: Antenna Options

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:20 pm
by Bob Weir
Out of curosity, I searched most of the forums and it appears VW is the popular one, however someone used a FUBA. And to note, there are wiring issues to the hatch and the antenna in defrost grid has it's share of complaints.