Short Antennas: Are They Worth It?

Problem Statement: The antenna on my 2015 Tacoma is too damn long and hits my garage door when I pull in and out of the garage.

Solution: Short Antennas!

Short Antennas; The Selection Process

My issue necessitates that I get a shorter antenna for my Tacoma.  As always, the first thing I always do is log into Amazon and start searching for potential solutions. My search on Amazon turned up a few potential candidates.

  1. AntennaX The Shorty (5-inch) Antenna for Toyota Tacoma
  2. Steadfast Auto 10119 – Toyota Tacoma Truck Antenna 8 Inch – Black
  3. AntennaMastsRus – 1995-2015 Toyota Tacoma – 6 3/4″ SHORT Custom Rubber Antenna – 1 RECEPTION SHORT ANTENNA

AntennaX, The Stubby – $18.99


Here are the technical details:

  1. Item Weight       3.2 ounces
  2. Product Dimensions       17.6 x 1.8 x 0.2 inches
  3. Item model number       A10-TOY17

Here are the product claims:

  1. 1995 thru 2015 Toyota Tacoma
  2. Flexible rubber antenna
  3. PLUG-N-PLAY installation
  4. 99.9% of the time reception stays the same OR improves

When you read the reviews on Amazon, there are three key themes that repeat in most reviews:

  1. Easy to install, looks good, reception is at least on par with OEM
  2. Bends at high speeds (50+ on the highway)
  3. Does not keep original form, after bending seems to take on permanent deformity

The AntennaX The Shorty (5-inch) Antenna for Toyota Tacoma had an average of 3.5 Stars on 217 reviews. In my opinion, that was not a good sign.

Steadfast Auto, 8″ Short Antennas – $14.99


Here are the technical details:

  1. Item Weight       0.3 ounces
  2. Product Dimensions       11 x 2 x 0.2 inches
  3. Item model number       10119

Here are the product claims:

  1. Superior structural strength – it’s all metal
  2. Best radio reception for short antennas
  3. Stainless steel mounting hardware
  4. Threaded shaft ends
  5. 1 Year Warranty

When you read the reviews on Amazon, there are three key themes that repeat in most reviews:

  1. Easy to install, looks good, reception is at least on par with OEM
  2. Good price
  3. As advertised

The Steadfast Auto 10119 – Toyota Tacoma Truck Antenna 8 Inch – Black had an average of 4 Stars on 128 reviews. This was better than AntennaX but not substantially better.

AntennaMastRus, Short Antennas – $27.99

Here are the technical details:

  1. Item Weight       3 ounces

Here are the product claims:

  1. 1995-2015 Toyota Tacoma
  2. Best reception for short antennas
  3. Money back guarantee

When you read the reviews on Amazon, there are three key themes that repeat in most reviews:

  1. Easy to install, looks good, reception is at least on par with OEM
  2. Double the price of other competing short antennas
  3. Works!!

The AntennaMastsRus – 1995-2015 Toyota Tacoma – 6 3/4″ SHORT Custom Rubber Antenna – 1 RECEPTION SHORT ANTENNA had an average of 4.5 Stars on only 21 reviews. This was better than both earlier options but on a much smaller sample size.

What did I choose?

So, I decided to get the Steadfast Auto 10119 – Toyota Tacoma Truck Antenna 8 Inch – Black. This seems to be the best bang for the buck. It did have over 100 reviews and the average review was 4 Stars.

My Experience with Short Antennas

I have been pleasantly surprised with the performance of the Steadfast Auto 10119 – Toyota Tacoma Truck Antenna 8 Inch – Black. Let me start by first saying that I expected a decrease in performance because of the change in length of the antenna. There is just no way an 8″ antenna will perform the same as the OEM antenna. Not to too my own horn, but I was right. There is a definite decrease in reception. With that said, I don’t listen to the standard radio any longer due to my smart phone and Bluetooth. To me, the performance decrease is a non-factor because I use the reception of my cell service to stream iHeart Radio, podcasts and Amazon Music.

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The Picture Gallery

Here are some pictures of the Steadfast Auto 10119 – Toyota Tacoma Truck Antenna 8 Inch – Black installed on my truck.

Far Away View

Close Up View

My Final Thought

I can sum up my final thoughts on short antennas in one word, compromise. As long as you understand that there is give and take, PROs and CONs and set your expectations so you will not be disappointed for the most part.

Overall, I am very happy with the Steadfast Auto 10119 – Toyota Tacoma Truck Antenna 8 Inch – Black short antenna. It meets and exceeds my expectations and that is enough for my needs. I hope this helps!