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1. Where and how much?
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S-cI7diyO7bBy/ProdView.asp?s=0&c=2&g=731&I=12044PW22B&o=M&a=0

You can probably find it cheaper elsewhere.

2. Is it easy to install? How? (Could be a how-to...)

I installed it along with the rest of the stereo equipment I added to my Intrepid, so I did not think to consider it as a seperate project.

Mounting it was no big deal, it fit right through the old antenna mast's hole and I just used that rubber base from the bottom of the old mast to get the mounting angle right.

Inside the trunk you need to add a metal brace (included in kit) to help support the motor.

I ran one control wire from the head unit to the motorized antenna which tells the antenna when to raise and lower.

I ran a second power wire from the powered sub in my trunk to the antenna to provide power to the motor.

I ran one ground wire from the antenna to one of the screws on the metal brace supporting the antenna motor.

The last thing I connected was the antenna lead from the head unit to the motorized antenna. This one was a little more work, because I could not find an adapter locally to simply hook the new lead into the existing lead in the trunk. The antenna lead from the stock radio in the car ends in a male plug which fits into the stock antenna mast. The antenna lead from the motorized antenna also ends in a male plug. This meant I either need to find an adapter with female plugs on both ends, or run a new antenna lead from the trunk to the head unit that had female at one end and male at the other. While I'm sure the adapters exist, I just did not care enough to run one down, so I cut off the two male adapters and spliced the antenna leads together using some parts I had on-hand. Everything seems to work, so must have done it correctly.

I was asked (a while back in this forum) whether the power antenna performed better than the stock antenna, but I could not say if it does or not. Since I replaced the head unit at the same time as the antenna, that would have made a huge difference in itself. I do know that I have much better recption over my stock stereo system. Kind of waste though, I hardly ever listen to the radio.

3. Pictures?

I'll get some posted tonight.

Man, I did not expect to run on and on like that. Maybe I'll get credit for 2 posts? :)
 

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I think what Crutchfield means by "not work" is different than what most of the people in this forum would mean. Crutchfield probably looked at the stock radio in the Intrepid and saw that there was no power control wire from the head unit (mine did not have one) so they assumed the average Joe would not be capable of working around this problem. I find that companies like Crutchfield will always assume the customer is completely incompetent until shown otherwise.
 

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Here are some pics to show the antenna, I will try and get an .mpg taken to show the antenna mast extending and retracting.





 

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I live in Murphysboro, IL and work at SIU in Carbondale. I will actually be up near you this weekend for a friend's birthday party (in Northbrook IL.)
 

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*Bump*

Ok this looks WAY better than the stock antenna. Now Jigsawman... do you think your antenna will work with the factory headunit?
 

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Originally posted by DjPiLL:

Ok this looks WAY better than the stock antenna. Now Jigsawman... do you think your antenna will work with the factory headunit?
My guess is that it will work, however, it will raise when the headunit is powered on, reguardless of wether you are listening to CD or radio.

That's my take on it anyways....

I hope to get this done soon as well, with a black mast :)
 

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I dont care if it goes up or down when there is power... i just want it to go down when i have the radio off... or like when im going through a car wash. It looks way better as well.

I want one. Might have to add that to my list of additions ill be doing next weekend.

**** I may have to start looking at dual exhausts... lol that would be sweet.
 

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I just found out i gotta DJ all three nights this weekend... and I may start working every Saturday as well. That means some serious cash... hehehe. **** this weekend alone is an extra $550 in my pocket.

I think its time for some mods.

Speaking of which... do you want to meet up this weekend to do the console? I was thinking about getting the console done first... and maybe next weekend ill head over to Tones to have them to the subwoofer install. What do you think?
 

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This weekend is rough. I have an Islanders game on Saturday and I have a birthday party on Sunday. You need to get a day off dueing the week!
 

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If the Isles game is Saturday night, how bout we meet during the day... say noon or 1pm. I gotta DJ that night anyways.

Getting a day off from work is tough. I don't like to take vacation days unless I have to.
 

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Maybe Saturday during the day (as early as possible!)

[ January 23, 2002: Message edited by: Intrepidatious ]
 

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Hehehehe... how early are we talking? Remember I gotta DJ till 4am that night. :)
 
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