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Removing XM antenna on roof

Anyone do this?? I am assuming I need to do some body work after taking it out?? I have no reason to ever pay for radio as I listen to CDs and MP3s 99% of the time aside from sports radio.

I hate the XM antenna on top of my truck.

How hard do you think it would be to shave it? Would I have to repaint the whole roof?

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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

I feel the same way about the antenna on my truck as well. I would assume it would require a little welding and some paint work is all. If you could do the actual body and filler work it might not cost a whole lot at all.

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There are 2 holes in the roof under the antenna. You have to take out the headliner to get to the locking nut. The other hole is for the positioning pin so the thing stays straight. If you're willing to do work you can take it off. I can't live without my sattelite radio. I took off my FM antenna- far less work :D
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There are 2 holes in the roof under the antenna. You have to take out the headliner to get to the locking nut. The other hole is for the positioning pin so the thing stays straight. If you're willing to do work you can take it off. I can't live without my sattelite radio. I took off my FM antenna- far less work :D

Did the same thing as you :D

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Anyone do this?? I am assuming I need to do some body work after taking it out?? I have no reason to ever pay for radio as I listen to CDs and MP3s 99% of the time aside from sports radio.

I hate the XM antenna on top of my truck.

How hard do you think it would be to shave it? Would I have to repaint the whole roof?

I had no intentions on paying for radio, and " no satellite antenna on my roof" was one thing I was insistent on my '07. I'm really glad it's not there. I'm amazed that it's standard equipment on the '08's and above. I think side impact air bags would be better standard equipment and leave the radio as an option....IMO the less holes in my roof, the better.
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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

To avoid painting the roof, you could fab a blanking plate of maybe 1/8-inch-thick steel or aluminum to mount in place of the XM antenna.

Not a really good solution I know, and to do it right you'd really have to have a machinist make it so that the edges would have a nice bevel...
Then paint it to match your truck and most folks would never notice it.


By the time you do all that, you could almost have the hole in the roof plugged and the roof re-painted.
I don't care for my XM antenna either, but my truck is black, so it's not too noticeable.

Don't know why on earth GM didn't use a little "shark-fin" type antenna and mount it at the rear of the roof.
For that matter, the same antenna they used would be OK if they had mounted it ti the rear.

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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

I ran it through my estimating software and it came to just under $500 to remove it and repaint. but I maybe went a couple hours light on the repair time for welding. it includes dropping the headliner. I would advise you to not try this on your own unless you have the equipment needed to do it.
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$500 ?
Oh. Guess my notion of fabbing a blanking plate isn't such a bad idea after all.

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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

i want to remove my FM antenna....that thing pisses me off...but will i then have no FM at all or will it just have static or what?

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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

Somewhat scratchy unlesss you get a strong signal. You could get a stubby antenna, or rework something into the headliner though.
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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

for the fm removal there are under dash kits as well as the option of taking all the wiring back and up the a pillar and into the headliner. i found out after forgetting to put it back on after the car wash one day, you don't need it to pick up the strong local channels AT ALL. i mean at all. so if you want just unscrew it and see how your fave stations sound.

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Re: Removing XM antenna on roof

I wish I could figure out how to install a power antenna for the FM.
I can't see a way unless you drill a hole and mount it in the fender (don't want to drill my fender).
I don't use the FM much, but when I do I want good reception.

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I agree, GM should mount on the rear ! I have a 6 inch lift and can't get it in the garage do to that dumb antenna !
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