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Old 06-28-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default How To: Tibbett/Photo Antenna Delete Mod w/Pictures

This is by far the best visual mod for FREE!

The stock antenna is in a weird location and there's no replacement antennas available that look halfway decent, but with this mod you can keep your stock antenna and get great reception still but it just won't be seen at all.

I take no credit for this mod, I just wanted to post a How To/write up for people wondering how to do it. It's very very simple and should take like 15 minutes.


Tools Needed:
T-15 Torx Bit
7mm wrench
10mm socket & ratchet
10mm wrench
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1. Take off the stock antenna using the 7mm wrench

2. Open the passenger door and you will see a T-15 Torx screw holding on the small black trim panel.


3. Unscrew it and then gently pull the panel towards the back of the car to remove it and put it aside. Then you'll see another T-15 Torx screw behind it and also a 10mm bolt.


4. Now you want to unscrew the 5 T-15 Torx screws on the underside that hold the top painted trim piece that goes alongside the windshield and towards the roof. Peel it back a little and then pull it forward towards the front of the car (there is a tab that slides into the rear piece). Put that piece to the side.


5. Now you want to remove the bolts that hold the fender on. There is one 10mm bolt under the cover you removed earlier.


6. Now open the hood & there are 3 10mm bolts & then one plastic body clip--use the screwdriver to pull up the pin in the middle and then pull the body of the clip out.


7. Now you can pull the fender carefully back a little and you can see the antenna mount


8. Undo both 10mm bolts holding the antenna base to the car with a wrench (a ratchet box wrench would be VERY handy here since there isn't much room to work with). Pull the base out & now you wanna flip the antenna plate over (so that it's facing outward instead of inward) and then screw the antenna back in


9. Now feed the antenna tip into the fender towards the corner lens. You can adjust it how you feel, but there's only 2 different places it can go and mine ended up going under a plastic headlight piece and is in there really tight (which is good)


10. Then you wanna put only one of the 10mm bolts back in (the top one) and then tighten it down.


11. Put the 4 bolts & body clip back in for the fender, then put the top roof trim panel piece back on, and then the little black corner piece.

12. Look at your work & enjoy!!





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Old 06-28-2007, 09:46 AM   #2
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Old 06-28-2007, 11:51 AM   #3
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i vote RLF ban for actually reposting to SF...

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Old 06-28-2007, 02:00 PM   #4
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what the hell is "Tibbett/photo"?

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Old 06-28-2007, 03:00 PM   #5
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Wasn't a need to repost this at all. But it forced me to spend the 20 minutes outside in this heat doing it lol.

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Old 06-28-2007, 07:03 PM   #6
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what the hell is "Tibbett/photo"?
They are the guys (Tibbett & Mrphoto) on redlineforums that came up with this mod

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Old 06-28-2007, 07:05 PM   #7
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And WTF?????

Not everyone has a redline and is on the redline forums so I thought I'd post this up for the regular Ion owners too

It's a free mod & makes the car look better.....geesh

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Old 06-28-2007, 07:08 PM   #8
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Also, if you wanna fill in the hole from the antenna.....you can go to ACE hardware and pickup a 3/4" nylon cap/plug for $0.65

It's in the hardware (nuts, screws, bolts) aisle in the little plastic drawers where you can buy everything individually

Looks a lot better & finishes the clean look (mounts flush)!!! It's in there super tight and isn't going anywhere and matches the cowl perfectly too!

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Old 06-28-2007, 07:12 PM   #9
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I didnt know that antennas bothered people enough to try and figure out how to remove them. Its not like they are in the way of anything.

I will admit that the little antenna nub on the rear portion of the drivers side roof DOES annoy the hell out of me....its not centered

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Old 06-28-2007, 08:10 PM   #10
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I don't mind the little OnStar antenna....I think it's cool

I just couldn't stand the radio antenna.....it's tall and ruins the side profile of the car.
Plus there aren't any options for an aftermarket/shorter one that looks decent.

And this mod just relocates it.....you don't lose reception & it's free

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Old 06-29-2007, 05:25 PM   #11
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I didnt know that antennas bothered people enough to try and figure out how to remove them. Its not like they are in the way of anything.

I will admit that the little antenna nub on the rear portion of the drivers side roof DOES annoy the hell out of me....its not centered
I am gonna get an audi fin and encase mine in it in the center back.

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Old 06-30-2007, 01:40 AM   #12
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For whatever reason it will not let me edit my original post, but it's really a 7/8" Nylon Hole Plug & I included 2 pics of what it looks like

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Also, if you wanna fill in the hole from the antenna.....you can go to ACE hardware and pickup a 7/8" nylon hole plug for $0.65

It's in the hardware (nuts, screws, bolts) aisle in the little plastic drawers where you can buy everything individually

Looks a lot better & finishes the clean look (mounts flush)!!! It's in there super tight and isn't going anywhere and matches the cowl perfectly too!

pics:





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Old 07-01-2007, 02:29 AM   #13
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Just did the fiance's new '07 Ion 3 QC this morning.....took 15 minutes....

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Old 07-01-2007, 03:43 PM   #14
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I'll keep what I have.....



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Old 07-02-2007, 11:24 AM   #15
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I think the 'no attenna' look is much cleaner, and the signal strength is not affected at all as far as I can tell (I do a lot of driving, and i lose the channels in the same places before and after)

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I didn't say that anyone lost reception..........and still I'd not bother doing that mod myself for the time spent as I just don't drive down the road looking at other peoples car antennas

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i did mine a month and a half ago and i definitely lost reception. luckily i dont listen to the radio much but there's is definitely more static than before. still listenable though.

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PS: and I never said I didn't like the look of the antenna gone......I did however say what I said.

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I tried the little rubber antenna and it looked "okay" but then it cracked anyways

I just hate how the stock one ruins the "side profile" of the car....it's too tall and doesn't flow with the curves of the car

I never lost reception....sounds perfect still


Plus less drag without the antenna there/whipping around in the wind

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^5 on the drag DAN........................LOL. I have a few rubber ones around here, two of which were on my 2001 Saturn SL2's. No cracking or pealing. Clean them up and the look like new.

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