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does any one make a shark fin styled radio antenna for the fusion like you would find on a vw or audi? and if so how hard to install? thanks
 

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[quote author=BLACKFU link=topic=66345.msg1138244#msg1138244 date=1168232363]
like this?

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Yeah. How much? Where from? How hard to install? How is the reception with it?
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yes like that i have the same ?s as the guy above me where did you get? hows it work? how hard was the install thanks
 

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[quote author=xxtremeteam link=topic=66345.msg1138866#msg1138866 date=1168280503]
yes like that i have the same ?s as the guy above me where did you get? hows it work? how hard was the install thanks
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I found this site on the Internet that sells them for $59, custom painted, plus shipping. Sounds like a good deal but I am curious about the reception range and possible leakage. Boz
http://www.visualgarage.com/home.html
 

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id be willing to try that inthe instructions it says remove the antenna and replace with there stub and leave the base in place but the base is kinda big on the fusion unsure how that would work but i want one
 

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xxtremeteam,
I found this site on the Internet that sells them for $59, custom painted, plus shipping. Sounds like a good deal but I am curious about the reception range and possible leakage. Boz
http://www.visualgarage.com/home.html

up date i emailed that company yesterday to see if any one has bought one through them for a fusion or any pic on a fusion they asked me to take pics of my stock antenna so they could see it. becaus ethey were nit familar with the fusion stock antenna, so i sent pics they said they would get back to me
 

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cool. keep us posted, please
 

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Yeah. How much? Where from? How hard to install? How is the reception with it?
Boz
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i got it here in korea for about $8 bucks, it has a metal coil inside the rubber/plastic material. Hardest part is trying to get the fin striaght (used tape measure). As far as reception go's, the radio comes in a little bit better, but it may be because of the new headunit i installed.
 

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your antenna looks closer to the back window than mine. mine looks like it is four or five inches forward from yours if i knew hoe to post a pic i would to show you, your antenna is the same style as the web site posted above
 

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Hey, I have the Fusion S so mine has no visual antenna. However, I have always wanted a shark fin. I just want it for the look, so I won't worry about it being connected to my radio. Thanks for finding that site!
 

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Hey, I found a dummy shark fin on E-bay. I am glad I don't have to pay $60 for the real one. I am thinking about getting it, but I am afraid if it will look cheap and the color won't match exactly.
 

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Re: antenna SHARK FIN FOR FUSION

I spent hours looking for a decent shark fin antenna that would be FUNCTIONAL for am/fm, sat radio. I found the VG site and ended up finding an abundant ammount of info from a long thread on the toyota prius forum concerning this same shark fin antenna.

The verdict from the Prius members who ordered this part : The paint jobs were mediocre and appeared to be just heavily sprayed on with a can.....the fin does NOT improve radio reception at all, but if your looking to sacrifice quality sound for visual looks....then toss your 70 bucks at them.

They don't have the Fusion model listed on their site but I have seen another member here who has one so I am sure the fin would fit a Fusion.

Personally I am going to wait until a more quality solution appears.

At least the ricer forum was good for something. Those guys were all stoked about ordering it and when the guys received their product and reported back it was not very favorable.
 

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[quote author=takotruckin link=topic=66345.msg1201903#msg1201903 date=1171260467]
isnt that just like the antenna that the 07's come with?
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The '07 Fusion antenna is definitely not a shark fin. It has about an 8-inch mast that protrudes from the base unit. I think they abandoned the rear window antenna because of the Sirius radio option.
 

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Yes, The roof mounted antennae is standard on all Job #2 Fusion / Milan & Mazda 6, whether you have Sirius or not. Not happy about it, I think it looks like CRAP. This was a Ford " Better Idea ", by who :dunno:
PLEASE put it back in the rear window , where it belongs, unless you option the sirius radio.
Hoping for a reasonable priced shark-fin replacement, like on the Lincoln MKZ's. Black or color-matched, I don't care, JUST MAKE IT GO AWAY !!!
 

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I've had a pretty extensive internal debate with myself about this. One day I want to get a functional shark fin, one day I want to keep my antenna in the glass, and another day I want to get one of those antennas that come stock on the 07's. Before I upgraded my speakers I used to think that it was my ANTENNA that was causing my radio reception to be so horrible.

When I had this "head unit that didn't actually fry on me debacle," I was using the HU from an F150 for about 3 days. The reception with an F150 HU was CRAP in comparison to the Fusion's unit. CD playing quality was the difference between night and day. The quality of the stock Fusion HU was a heck of a lot better than I thought it was.

Now that I upgraded my speakers and added a pair of 6x9's to the rear, I realized that my SPEAKERS were actually my shortcoming of my reception "sheetiness" and NOT the antenna. My stock HU with the upgraded speakers can go toe to toe with any aftermarket HU when it comes to playing regular radio feed and CD feeds. I just don't see the quality of the aftermarket units being any better that you can actually tell an AUDITORY difference. It is my OPINION that, unless you put some SERIOUS high end speakers in your car, anyone who says they can tell a difference with basic or even mid-level Boston Acoustics, Alpine, Polk, or Kicker speakers is probably trying to justify spending $100 or more on an aftermarket HU when it wasn't completely necessary.....of course, unless you wanted a DVD/Nav or HD radio. No offense to anyone, but that's my 2 cents.

So, now I only want to get a shark-fin antenna for "the way it looks." But, after seeing them on some of the Euro cars, I am just fine with my current antenna that's in the glass and don't think I'll be changing it anytime soon.
 

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Not sure if I missed it or not, but those of you that have 07 Job 2 vehicles might be able to get away with the fin antenna used on the MKZ, Five Hundred and Montego. Not sure what functionality they have (AM/FM and Sat Radio or just Sat Radio) but it would be worth the try.
 

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I put one of these VG functional fins on my personal M6. The reception is very good for my area down here in South Florida. I mainly use an iPod in my car, but when I do use the radio it comes in clear.
 
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