- Yes, you can take off stock antennas on any Jeep Wrangler JK by locating the mounting bracket, removing it, and removing the antenna from the bracket.
- If you plan on installing a new antenna, make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper installation.
- People take off their antennas and replace them with new ones for better durability, Bluetooth connectivity, and better reception.
Jeep Wrangler owners love personalizing and modifying their vehicles. One way to do this is by replacing the antenna with an aftermarket model.
Yes, it's possible to remove the antenna from a Jeep Wrangler. Follow these steps to remove the Jeep antenna.
- Turn the vehicle off
- Locate the antenna and mounting bracket
- Remove the mount bracket
- Loosen the antenna base with a wrench
- Remove and replace the antenna
I struggled with figuring out how to remove the Jeep antenna on my first try. They do a good job hiding the mounting bracket, so a beginner has no clue what they are doing. Luckily, it gets easier to do after the first time. I created this guide to explain whether you can take these antennas off and how to do it. Keep reading to find out.
Can You Take Antennas Off Jeep Wranglers?
Yes, you can take antennas off a Jeep Wrangler. The process is straightforward and simple, allowing you to remove the antenna for various reasons, such as car washes or off-roading adventures.
Every Jeep Wrangler has a base or factory antenna installed. Jeep owners like myself are much more inclined to ditch the factory option and spend a few bucks on an aftermarket antenna to get better radio reception.
Start by locating the mounting bracket or antenna base. It should be under some exterior padding. We can replace it with a new one in a few simple steps.
The base of the antenna and the antenna itself is built with a carbon fiber column. This material creates shape memory to improve the antenna’s flexibility. There are also antenna springs to help increase durability too.
Where Is The Antenna On a Jeep Wrangler?
On most Wrangler models, the antenna is on the front right fender. The primary complaint I have is how tall it stands vertically. This presents a major problem during off-roading adventures.
The Jeep Wrangler JK models may have different antenna placements, so it's essential to identify the location of your specific vehicle. Usually, it’s located on the roll cage on the passenger’s side.
There is a B pillar bracket hidden under the roll bar padding. This is where you would start to take the antenna off. Having a clear understanding of the antenna's position will help you in the removal process.
Jeep owners may decide to replace their factory antennae with a shorter, stubbier version to decrease the chances of breakage during off-roading adventures.
Replacing the antenna involves measuring the new stubby antenna, marking the installation location, drilling a hole if needed, and then screwing in the new antenna.
How To Remove The Jeep Wrangler Antenna
Before you begin, gather the necessary tools and materials. To get started, you’ll need a wrench and a screwdriver. It’s a simple process, so no complex tools are required.
Now that you've assembled your tools, you can remove the Jeep Wrangler antenna by following these steps:
Turn off the radio
Before starting, turn off the radio and remove any cords to protect the radio from damage.
Remove the antenna mast
Using a wrench, carefully loosen and remove the antenna mast. You can place masking tape around the base of the antenna to prevent scratching the paint or plastic.
Remove the base mount
After removing the antenna mast, you need to remove the base mount, which can be done by unscrewing the mount bracket screws with a screwdriver.
Remove the antenna base
With the screws removed, pry the antenna base off. This step can be a bit tricky, but once it's popped off, the rest of the process is easy. That's it. With these simple steps, you can successfully remove the antenna from your Jeep Wrangler.
How To Install a New Jeep Antenna
When replacing your Jeep Wrangler's antenna, it's essential to follow a few steps to ensure the process goes smoothly.
First, we must choose the proper radio antenna for our Jeep. This depends on your vehicle's make and model. Jeep Wrangler models are classified using letters; the top models include the JK, JKU, JL, and JLU. Many of the same antennas are compatible with the Jeep Gladiator too.
Research which adapter fits your Jeep Wrangler to ensure a secure connection. Look for an antenna and mounting bracket compatible with Jeep Wrangler models.
Once we have our Jeep antenna, we can install it. Follow these simple steps to remove and install a new antenna on your Jeep Wrangler:
- Locate the base of the antenna and protect the surrounding area with masking tape to avoid scratches.
- Use an adjustable wrench or pliers to grip the antenna base.
- Turn counterclockwise to unscrew the old antenna.
- Install the antenna adapter to the Jeep, ensuring a secure fit.
- Attach the new antenna by screwing it clockwise into the adapter.
With these steps, you're well on your way to enjoying a new, upgraded antenna on your Jeep Wrangler.
Why Do People Take Antennas Off Jeep Wranglers?
Now that we’ve established how to take an antenna off, you might be wondering why people do this. As a Jeep Wrangler JK owner, I’ve shared some insights below why this may be a good idea.
Improved Radio Reception
Removing or replacing your Jeep's antenna might impact radio reception. The factory antenna is designed to provide the best possible reception for AM/FM radio signals. Expect these antennas to come with AM and FM bands too.
Typically, people want more radio stations so they install something with more strength than the original antenna. The easy installation allows anybody to make the change for more optimized FM radio access.
Adding Bluetooth Compatibility
It might be surprising, but many antennas equipped on Jeep Wranglers don’t support Bluetooth connectivity. Replacing the antenna with a new one can provide great reception and allow for Bluetooth connections.
Removing or replacing the antenna with a shorter one can provide several benefits. Short antennas are less likely to get damaged, bent, or caught on obstacles like trees or brush during off-road adventures.
Jeep antennas are built to resist difficult weather conditions. They are also car wash proof and the antenna works at all times, despite the ever-changing environment.
Are All Jeep Wrangler Antennas The Same?
Most factory antennas are the same on Jeep Wranglers. You won’t notice a difference for the JK, JKU, JL, JLU models when comparing the antenna. But upgrading to something shorter and newer offers stylish reception.
An antenna compatible with Jeep only needs to match the mounting bracket base holding it in place. The price for these replacement antennas is cheap too. The antennas are virtually the same based on all of the Jeep models we’ve compared.
About THE AUTHOR
Corey has been off-roading all his life, starting from a very young age on ATV's and dirt bikes. As he's grown older, his interests have focused more on larger off-roading vehicles like Jeeps and Toyotas. He lives for the slow and calculated crawl up (or down) steep terrain.Read More About Corey Brooks