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If it works, I'll grab you one from a Jetta or something while I am rummaging through the junk yard soon. They are the same.
That's the info I was looking for.
 

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Nobody wants to do the S2000 stubby anymore? Been rocking mine since 2006

A got to admit the responses from this post are not what I expected. I appreciate the people who chime in, really I do, but I thought I would be getting a different set of responses.
It must be that the crowd I remember doing this kind of thing don't check into this forum anymore. This forum has changed a lot since I registered. The types of mods being done today don't seem to be as prolific as they were back in the day.
 

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I think everyone is in repair mode with the age these things are now.


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Well, I swapped out the antennas just to see how the shark fin would fit. It was a no-go. As wagons are scarce in the salvage yard I go to, I pulled one off a sedan. The roofline curvature on my wagon is too flat for the rubber mount to accomodate.
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Dave, since you also have a wagon, ask VAGguy to pull one from a wagon when he goes looking.

Although my mast-type antenna is still in good shape, I'll keep looking. I already bought the adapter.
 

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A got to admit the responses from this post are not what I expected. I appreciate the people you chime in, really I do, but I thought I would be getting a different set of responses.
It must be that the crowd I remember doing this kind of thing don't check into this forum anymore. This forum has changed a lot since I registered. The types of mods being done today don't seem to be as prolific as they were back in the day.
It's not just a B5 issue, the whole "car mod" culture has petered out, from what I see. For instance, none of my son's friends care about cars as a hobby, or are even interested in how they work.
 

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Well, I swapped out the antennas just to see how the shark fin would fit. It was a no-go. As wagons are scarce in the salvage yard I go to, I pulled one off a sedan. The roofline curvature on my wagon is too flat for the rubber mount to accommodate.
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Dave, since you also have a wagon, ask VAGguy to pull one from a wagon when he goes looking.

Although my mast-type antenna is still in good shape, I'll keep looking. I already bought the adapter.
So, you confirmed that the plugs do not mate together, thus needing that adapter?

Yeah, I'd either have to find a Passat B6 wagon, which is like hens teeth, or a JSW. Not much comes in near me of those models or years.

This may help you. https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-volkswagen-audi-parts/antenna-gasket/1k0035349/
 

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It's not just a B5 issue, the whole "car mod" culture has petered out, from what I see. For instance, none of my son's friends care about cars as a hobby, or are even interested in how they work.
(Chuckles) Five years working at the Dodge dealership, and not one single person has asked me about a compression ratio, suspension type, or gear ratio. Very few even ask what the horsepower is. EVERYONE of less than middle age asks about the number of speakers, amplifier power, navigation, and bluetooth.

As the company rep said, "You're doing it wrong. People don't buy cars these days, they buy radios, and the machinery to lug the radio around."

I'm assuming the real gear heads (it's Dodge, they must exist!) are only talking to Parts - but Sales sure doesn't see 'em!
 

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Back on topic.

Just got back from the junk yard. Sampled 2007 Passat, 2009 Jetta and 2012 gti. ALL the later model VW shark fins are either sat radio, or both sat radio and gps antennas. The circuitry for AM/FM is in the window or a module connected to the window.

Looks like I’ll get getting an aftermarket sharkfin and a signal booster. Even if just for looks, because I only stream Bluetooth in my Passat.


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Back on topic...ALL the later model VW shark fins are either sat radio, or both sat radio and gps antennas. The circuitry for AM/FM is in the window or a module connected to the window.
That's what I thought. My 3.0 wasn't GPS-equipped, so when I installed the aftermarket, but factory-OE looking NAV audio system, I mounted the GPS antenna above the glovebox housing, but under a part of the dash without a steel layer, where it works fine.
 

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Got off work early today so swung by the salvage yard for another look. Found one off a 2005 wagon. Funny, one 2005 had the shark-fin and another had the mast-type. That might be the transition year.
This second one is much smaller and also has the same type plug-in as my 2002. DSCF3662.jpg DSCF3664.jpg

Can't swap 'em out yet - Yukon is taking up the garage and it's looking like rain is imminent.
 

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The B5.5 did not have one, it must have been aftermarket unless it has VW/Audi symbols and a part number.


Reception is ok, but not a priority for me. Can’t remember if my aftermarket radio is using a powered or non powered ant adapter


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I am late to the game but I looked into the different fins and none gave me the confidence to try them. I never liked the whip on either my 01 or my 04 due to it being way too long and breaking apart.

Solution?

I peeled the bottom inch of plastic/ rubber off (where it was breaking off around the spring/ amplifier) and left the rest since the top part was fine. I then cut 3" maybe 4" off the top part of the whip/mast then used appropriate sized heat shrink tubing to cover everything but the threads on the bottom. I doubled up on the spring area to make it more rigid.

It looks soo much better and unless you are looking for it you don't notice what I did. The reception actually got better as I know pick up more stations.
 

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I am late to the game but I looked into the different fins and none gave me the confidence to try them. I never liked the whip on either my 01 or my 04 due to it being way too long and breaking apart.

Solution?

I peeled the bottom inch of plastic/ rubber off (where it was breaking off around the spring/ amplifier) and left the rest since the top part was fine. I then cut 3" maybe 4" off the top part of the whip/mast then used appropriate sized heat shrink tubing to cover everything but the threads on the bottom. I doubled up on the spring area to make it more rigid.

It looks soo much better and unless you are looking for it you don't notice what I did. The reception actually got better as I know pick up more stations.
Gotta admit I never thought of that. That might be a solution.
 
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