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Disconnecting the power antenna

 
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:53 PM
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Not sure why the photo doesn't work (I'm a newbie here) but here's a direct link:




 

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Old 06-08-2010, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by hlgeorge View Post
Oh, and BTW, what is that little speaker thingy on the back of the plate that I removed on the back of the console. Don't remember hearing about it.
Isn't that the rear parking assist audio speaker?
 
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:38 PM
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Isn't that the rear parking assist audio speaker?
Could be! I just haven't paid any attention where the sound is coming from.
 
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by brobin View Post
I didn't see the speaker thing in mine ('98) but I didn't remove anything other than the console liner. To get easy access to the wire I unplugged the connector. First I pulled on the connector and the entire connector (both halves) slid forward. Then I simply unplugged it and snipped the wire about 2" from the connector. I pulled the other end out from the wrapping tape about 2" back from the cut so I had plenty to work with. I soldered a 6" "pigtail" to the switch and attached the free ends to the cut wires with bullet crimps (stripped about 1/4" and twisted). Then I plugged the connector back in to its mate, slid the whole thing back into place and buttoned up the console insert. Total time was less than 20 minutes. The switch I used, while rectangular on top, has a round body and mounted in a 7/16" round hole I drilled in the removable plastic blank. Wherever you mount it, a round mounting hole is easier to make than a rectangular one.
Here's a photo of the finished installation:
Those wires are so small! I tugged on them a bit and they didn't seem to want to move. Guess I'll have to pull on it a little harder.
 
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:49 PM
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Try reaching in and grabbing the white connector and jiggling it. It should pull straight forward and then it's easy to unplug it. Don't pull to hard on the wires themselves as you don't want to risk pulling something out of the connector. Makes sense that the speaker is for the backup alert which my model doesn't have.
 
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:25 PM
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OK, the installation by my **** retentive self!!

Starter holes drilled:


The cutout using a Dremel Moto-Tool:


Connectors on the switch:


Switch installed in the tray:


Switch labeled:


Can play my tunes without an erection!!
 
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Nice job lew, congrats!
 
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:25 PM
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Looks great! Here's one more shot at posting my pic of the switch mounted in the blank at the top rear of the console liner.
 
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by brobin View Post
Looks great! Here's one more shot at posting my pic of the switch mounted in the blank at the top rear of the console liner.
Nothing wrong with that! Looks good! Did you say there was a hole there?
 
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:05 AM
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Yes, you can see that the switch is mounted on a rectangular black plastic piece that is actually a blank for an existing rectangular hole that looks to be designed for a switch. IIRC, my '95 XJS had the Valet switch mounted in that same location so maybe the liner is from the same parts bin and they just used the snap-in blank to cover it up. I also like that location for the switch as nothing in the console cubby will accidentally bump it. I just popped out the blank, drilled a hole for the switch and snapped it back in. No cutting required. Mine is an early 98 coupe purchased in 10/97. One other difference in my cubby is that it is all one depth unlike yours and the others pictured. The forward portion is the same depth as the rear area that has the molded cassette holder.
 

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Originally Posted by hlgeorge View Post
OK, the installation by my **** retentive self!!

Starter holes drilled:


The cutout using a Dremel Moto-Tool:


Connectors on the switch:


Switch installed in the tray:


Switch labeled:


Can play my tunes without an erection!!
Great job! Looks just like mine! Very clean!
 
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:46 PM
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Well, I finally got the tray and switch installed in the car!! It has been so hot, I just couldn't make myself get it done. I'll tell you it was not easy for me to get to the wire harness. I soldered the wires and covered the solder joints with heat shrink tubing.

One good thing I discovered is that I can receive my radio stations in most cases with the antenna retracted.
 
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:48 AM
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Finally had a nice day yesterday so I installed my switch. I like it, and it took all of 30 minutes or so, including time to soldier in the new switch!
 
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:43 PM
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I had to change out the power antenna on our old 1993 XJ6 a few years back, so I've been thinking about doing this to my XK8 ever since I got the car. It has a CD changer and XM radio and I just couldn't see having this power antenna wear out prematurely by letting it cycle every time I use the head unit. Did the mod last night, just like Dalen's, in about 30 minutes. Thanks for a very helpful thread.
 
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Dave, just now saw your pic...you used the LED switch, very snazzy!
 
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I think i'm going to just find a internal antennae to install and shave the external antennae
 
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Thanks everyone for all the info. I just installed the switch inside the console tray. Thank God my daughter has small hands because she helped me connect the wires inside that very small space.
 
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:14 AM
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I certainly like the switch idea, but I went or another solution:

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=105/category_id=-1/home_id=-1/mode=prod/prd105.htm

Not sure if you can tuck it nicely away in a coupe though.

Here is a picture where I placed it:


Of course the reception is not so good as with the original antenna tower. I notice this mainly when I drive between countries where the main radio channels come later/weaken earlier. Within the country I have good quality (again only using national radio channels).
 
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by avos View Post
I certainly like the switch idea, but I went or another solution:

http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=105/category_id=-1/home_id=-1/mode=prod/prd105.htm

Not sure if you can tuck it nicely away in a coupe though.

Here is a picture where I placed it:

(see original post)

Of course the reception is not so good as with the original antenna tower. I notice this mainly when I drive between countries where the main radio channels come later/weaken earlier. Within the country I have good quality (again only using national radio channels).
In searching for a hidden antenna, I came across this product line:
http://www.ecshylites.com/page/page/761353.htm

The Tune Trappers get good reviews from the motorcycle crowd and boat owners, and have positive comments from car enthusiasts as well.

I'm wondering if anyone else here on the Jag forum has tried the Tune Trapper and would recommend it one way or the other?
 
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