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Z3 antenna for E30

Discussion in 'E30 (1984-1993)' started by granthr, May 15, 2009.

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    granthr

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    I am thinking of putting a Z3 antenna on my E30 325ix. The short antenna to get rid of the power antenna which can be so problematic.

    Anyone out there done this swap? I understand I will probably loose some range, but I am okay with that. How much did it cost you? What parts are needed.

    Here is the diagram from realoem. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=CH73&mospid=48091&btnr=65_0284&hg=65&fg=30

    Isn't there an even shorter antenna than what is in the above diagram?

    I guess the big question is do I need to buy part # 2. Looks like that is the expensive piece. Anyone parting a Z3? Or can I substitute what is already in the car for # 2? (No Austin Powers jokes please! :D )

    Thanks for the input and suggestions
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    granthr

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    Has no one any expereince with this upgrade/swap?
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    CRKrieger

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    It isn't problematic if you keep it clean. If yours is beyond saving, new Hirschmann units (you replace the mast & drive cable part) are under $35, last time I checked.

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    granthr

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    Hey thanks for posting this! This is exactly what I was looking for! :D

    I have already located a booster/base with the long antenna. I see on ebay you can get the short stubbys for about $10. So I think I am good to go.

    Thanks again! :cool:

    BenM guest

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    Hey, not a problem! This is one of my favorite mods and looks really good on the E30. My dad has it done his 318is and 325i, and I have it on my 318i.
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    granthr

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    I plan on putting this on my 324ix, as the the antenna no longer works and I don't feel like messing with it any more. Plus I do like the look of it. :D The power antenna on my 318i works great, but it took time and effort to get it there.

    Do you get good reception with the short antenna?

    BenM guest

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    It's decent, but I would get one of the longer ones. It wasn't a huge difference, but was there.
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    granthr

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    That's what I thought. I was planning to keep two antennas, the short one for around town and the long one for trips. :D

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    This is one of those mods that have been on to-do list for a long time, but I'm waiting for my stock mast to go. No such luck yet :eek:

    I've heard that on the convertible the wind noise from the stock mast is reduced, too. Seems like a win-win.

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