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Old 01-28-2009, 09:19 AM
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I already had the plastic tubing break at the base of where it's installed due to branches and bushes the truck landed in upside down. I already ordered another platic antenna tube to replace, but don't want this to happen again. So, my question is does anybody run with the antenna tucked inside the car body or does that affect the radio range and response? If anyone has pics or info as to how they run their truck with the antenna in or out and if it affects the transmitter/receiver performance, I would appreciate it. Thanks!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:24 AM
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

I usually have mine tucked inside the body and I notice no difference.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:51 AM
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+1...
I used to bash with the antenna out and it was always hanging down!!!!...
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:35 AM
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

I've seen a few people tuck the plastic tubing under the roll-bar and I am going to do that with mine now.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:10 AM
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

I'm also getting a futaba fasst 3pm 2.4ghz radio and I heard the antenna on the Rx are alot shorter so I will make it even shorter and tuck under the roll bar!
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

I did NOT mean CUT the antenna, if that's how you took it...
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

Whatever you do, don't bash with your antenna straight out...I've wripped off two antenna wires bashing, so I cut an antenna hole in my back window and bend the tube out that hole.
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Whatever you do, don't bash with your antenna straight out...I've wripped off two antenna wires bashing, so I cut an antenna hole in my back window and bend the tube out that hole.
+1 Some heat shrink tubing on top makes it even more resistant.

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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

[link=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=c3VAeFc7_uw]With my son driving, you definitely want it inside![/link]

[link=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozozlgcw8Ss]On my Megacab, I just poked the tip through the back window.[/link]
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I did NOT mean CUT the antenna, if that's how you took it...
no, on 2.4 ghz systems the antena's are sorters cux 2.4 is super cool like that
but yeah never cut antenna wires...

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Old 01-28-2009, 06:36 PM
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

I knew that, just wanted to clarify so that someone doesn't go cutting their antenna
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

Cut the antena tube right below the the body line. then splice the tube back to gether with a pice of Fuel tube, but leave enought room between the tube ends to allow the antena to flop around. It is kind of like a spring.

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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

Back in 7/5/08 a member by the the name of (youie) posted this mod and pics of it.

( Not having a secure method such as using the plastic tube is very risky itself. I have for over two years used a net curtain spring through which the antenna is fed and the spring mounts perfectly into a aluminium tube holder.
Before risking driving my savage using this method, I thoroughly checked the range of the standard tube method by placing it on a stand and walking some distance away and then did exactly the same test using the net curtain spring and there was absolutely no affect on the range.
The great thing is the antenna stays protected and the spring effect returns the antenna back to the upright position. Before anyone sceptical about this, then all you need to is try it because the spring is very cheap to purchase and you can cut the equivalent of four out of it. You can buy them at Home furnishing stores and curtain shops are probably your best bet. The proper name for Net Curtains is 'VOILE' and thats the name they might be under at a store.) Pics are of (youie)s ride.

(Hope this helps for this subject)
P.S. It works great by the way.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:23 AM
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Default RE: Savage XL antenna in or out?

From my experiences, the stock antenna tube "bounces" back just fine.
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