Hey all, I've been a bit busy this week, it hasn't helped that my paycheck from the comedy club bounced this week, yet still, I've had enough time to make a simple (and cheap) mod for my celica. Unfortunately, since my desktop PC is still down, I don't have any pics to post yet, but what follows is a step-by-step how to I like to call: The Poor-man's S-2000 antenna mod
Okay, here's what I did:
1) go to the local pep boys (or other convenient auto parts store) and buy one of those replacement rubber antenna masts. They are made of a conductive rubber, are shorter than a standard mast, and quite cheap (I paid about $7 for mine) it is crucial that it is the bendy, conductive rubber type, mot the ones that have a metal coil or rod inside. please excuse the crappy image, but it's all I could find...
2) now, you simply cut the rubber portion of the mast, so the antenna is as long or short as you want. the shorter the antenna, the worse the reception, and vice-versa. I trimmed mine so the antenna is about 6" long. you will notice, as I did, that there is no metal in the whip portion of the antenna, it is solid rubber, the rubber itelf has microscopic metal particles in it to make it conductive enough to be an antenna. after cutting the whip down to the desired length, I used a fine file to smooth out the tip, and round off the edge a bit. I then used a scrap piece of suede leather to buff the antenna's tip to match the finish and texture of the rest of the mast. When you're done, it'll look like the antenna was made at that length. best of all, because it's shorter, it's no longer floppy, rather it's stiffer and resilient (insert lame porn star joke a-la super street here)
3) now that the antenna has been trimmed to your liking, and buffed out a bit to make it look perfect, you now have to mount it.
the mast comes with a stud kit, use the import/japanese stud (has a single ring in the middle, and the smallest threading at one end then the others). thread the chunky end into your new mast, and screw the antenna into the reciever on the passenger-side-rear of your celica. note, that there is a hollow, plastic portion of the antenna below the whip, there should be a spring in there, which does two things. a) it keeps the butt-cap torqued down to the base of the antenna (the threaded base of your new mast, where you install the stud, that's the butt-cap) and b) it provides the conductive link between the threaded stud and the rubber whip. if your reception is as bad as it is with no antenn in place, double check for the spring by unscrewing the butt-cap on the antenna mast.
if all went according to plan, you now have a nice, stubby antenna that will not break, looks cool, and best of all it was much cheaper than an s2000 antenna.
so far, this antenna works great for me. I'll post plenty of pics, as soon as I get my PC working again.