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May 7, 2016
Decatur GA
I disassembled my antenna to take a look around. It was definitely having a hard time moving. I found that the plastic geared piece that coiled the nylon cable is stripped. It would be such an easy fix. But I cannot find one.
Scratch that. I took the whole thing apart and I believe it is the mast. The best price I have found on a new mast for my 80 is about $35 on Ebay. Any better places?
Nope. 95. No teeth. But thanks. And if OEM was $70, then I do feel lucky.
I found it on Amazon. Just type in "1995 land cruiser antenna mast" There were two reviews. One said that it started to rust. But I find it hard to believe that it looks EXACTLY like the one that came out of mine. Down to the red bottom and black topped sleeve. But we will see. They also had a cup with the smooth nylon available for another $35. I might have to get that too since mine is prtty crimped up. I was going to get really cheap and try setting the nylon in some boiling water and weight down the kinks. I am too scared to take a flame to it.

BTW. I really do believe that it was so messed up of Toyota to not have a way to either disconnect or add a little play to the coax. You have to work with the damn thing in the car. But I took a chance and yanked with everything I had on that coax and got an extra two feet through the fire wall so I am now able to work on the assembly on my fender. And there was still enough left inside the truck to get to my radio. (If I did not snap the coax that is). It will be a couple days before I have my new radio in so I can let you know if it worked.
If you do not need Cogged, why not get this one?

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Unfortunately, that one fits newer models. But I did look the Antenna Masts R Us. Nothing wrong with that one, I just went with the one on Amazon because it was easier and after shipping was the exact same amount. We will see if it is the same quality though. I am a little worried about that.
My knowledge of this is very minimal, but what I have just realized is that it is almost impossible to re-route the coax through the original hole in the firewall. Therefore, drilling a new hole. So it kind of depends on what is wrong with yours. You can buy almost every part separately for the whole assembly. But if you can't, personally, I would buy the OEM and gut it to replace the part that is broken, or find one on Ebay or something and do the same thing hoping you get one with the part you need still functional. What is wrong with yours?
Little known cheap ass trick: Just install your new mast without removing the remnants of the old one using the down antenna button. There is enough room in the antenna housing to accommodate both the new and old.
Ah.. Very nice wise one... But you can really get your hand in there to do it? I had to use two visegrips to undo the connection
The entire operation is done from the top side of the front passenger fender in a few minutes with no obstructions: Just remove the old mast and insert new one. Down antenna button and done!
Oh I see. I did not have that option. Mine was broken and down in the fender. Having it where it was supposed to be would have been nice.
Mines just got a manual antenna but ive got hold of the factory up down switch.
Whats the best aftermarket electric arial solution people have come up with?
Not sure. I know there are some links to some here in this post. I might need one too.

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