Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How to Make a New HIrschmann Jewel-Tip Antenna

The good news is that it's easy; the bad news is that you have to already have a real Jewel-tip antenna. Here is the original item on my car, bent and basically broke. The antenna wouldn't retract, either.

The first thing to do is remove the cap on the base with the H engraved on it.

That is accomplished by levering the cap off, since it snaps on. You can see in the photo below that there is a spot on the cap into which you can insert a small tool to pry it off.

At the same time, by heating the red jewel-tip you can easily remove it from the top of the old antenna.

Then it's simply a question of swapping the stem, gluing the red tip back on, and voila!  New antenna.

It's also a good time to get any overspray off the bracket that holds the antenna to the A-pillar.

Thanks to Patrick O'Neil and Midnight Motorsport for the work. Thanks also for the third photo from the top.

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