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    Hiding your antenna.

    You will need to remove three screws and and retainer clip at the top..











    Garage is a mess, I know.....



    Not a very exact pic, but hopefully you get the idea!








    Additional Info from SaturnFans Courtesy of snobrdrdan


    This is by far the best visual mod for FREE!

    The stock antenna is in a weird location and there's no replacement antennas available that look halfway decent, but with this mod you can keep your stock antenna and get great reception still but it just won't be seen at all.

    I take no credit for this mod, I just wanted to post a How To/write up for people wondering how to do it. It's very very simple and should take like 15 minutes.


    Tools Needed:
    T-15 Torx Bit
    7mm wrench
    10mm socket & ratchet
    10mm wrench
    Small slotted screwdriver



    1. Take off the stock antenna using the 7mm wrench

    2. Open the passenger door and you will see a T-15 Torx screw holding on the small black trim panel.


    3. Unscrew it and then gently pull the panel towards the back of the car to remove it and put it aside. Then you'll see another T-15 Torx screw behind it and also a 10mm bolt.


    4. Now you want to unscrew the 5 T-15 Torx screws on the underside that hold the top painted trim piece that goes alongside the windshield and towards the roof. Peel it back a little and then pull it forward towards the front of the car (there is a tab that slides into the rear piece). Put that piece to the side.


    5. Now you want to remove the bolts that hold the fender on. There is one 10mm bolt under the cover you removed earlier.


    6. Now open the hood & there are 3 10mm bolts & then one plastic body clip--use the screwdriver to pull up the pin in the middle and then pull the body of the clip out.


    7. Now you can pull the fender carefully back a little and you can see the antenna mount


    8. Undo both 10mm bolts holding the antenna base to the car with a wrench (a ratchet box wrench would be VERY handy here since there isn't much room to work with). Pull the base out & now you wanna flip the antenna plate over (so that it's facing outward instead of inward) and then screw the antenna back in


    9. Now feed the antenna tip into the fender towards the corner lens. You can adjust it how you feel, but there's only 2 different places it can go and mine ended up going under a plastic headlight piece and is in there really tight (which is good)


    10. Then you wanna put only one of the 10mm bolts back in (the top one) and then tighten it down.


    11. Put the 4 bolts & body clip back in for the fender, then put the top roof trim panel piece back on, and then the little black corner piece.

    12. Look at your work & enjoy!!









    Also, if you wanna fill in the hole from the antenna.....you can go to ACE hardware and pickup a 7/8" nylon cap/plug for $0.65

    It's in the hardware (nuts, screws, bolts) aisle in the little plastic drawers where you can buy everything individually

    Looks a lot better & finishes the clean look (mounts flush)!!! It's in there super tight and isn't going anywhere and matches the cowl perfectly too!

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    ION's look so similar to Scars in construction...Good write up though.
    It's not my fault, blame the radiation.

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    I didn't write it up. Took it from Ion Forums. Im gonna bring some more stuff over sometime. The Ion section here is bare. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieSatty View Post
    ION's look so similar to Scars in construction...Good write up though.
    it is almost the exact same process for a S-Series.
    reception does suffer some though.
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    That's what I mean. I hid my antenna has been in the A pillar forever ago. IONs are just overgrown Scars with better motors, stupid BCM's, and crappy rear suspension.
    Last edited by ZombieSatty; 05-10-2011 at 08:55 PM.
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    I haven't had radio reception since 2003.

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    because of the hide or because you had no radio?
    It's not my fault, blame the radiation.

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    I removed my antenna and lost it years ago. Use my iPod anyway.

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    I found that this gets pretty good reception, but is a bear to hide.

    I'll bet hiding the antenna gets better reception than the in-glass antennas. But if it is really that much of a nuisance, I'd say get an antenna amplifier. Though I've seriously considered putting in a power antenna.
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