Taking your Ford Bronco off-road can make the antenna reception for your SUV poor because of the limited range of stock antennas. Listening to your favorite radio show won’t be possible when this happens. This is where aftermarket antennas make the difference. They not only add aesthetic appeal to your trucks, especially if you've lifted them, but they'll also ensure you have the best reception possible.
Here are a few things to consider while looking around for an antenna.
A shorter antenna is ideal if you have a lifted Ford Bronco because a taller antenna can get snagged on things like your garage door or tree branches. A shorter antenna is also less likely to be broken in an accident. There are a few different shapes of aftermarket antennas available, so you can choose the one that you think looks best on your Bronco.
The two main shapes are:
Whip Antenna: These are the most popular type of aftermarket antennae. They are long and thin, which makes them less likely to break. They give good reception but can get in the way of things, especially if they're mounted higher than your Bronco's roof.
Stubby Antenna: These antennas are shorter than whip antennas, so they're great for lifted trucks. They may not always give the best reception, but they're much less likely to break.
You should also take note of the type of antenna you want to buy. There are two main types of aftermarket antennas available:
Amplified Antenna: These antennas boost the signal, giving you better reception. They're a good choice if you live in an area with poor reception.
Non-Amplified Antenna: These antennas don't boost the signal, so they're not as good in areas with poor reception.
The mounting location of your antenna is important because it affects the reception. If you mount it in the front of the Bronco, you'll get better reception than if you mount it in the rear. This is because the front of the truck tends to block the signals less.
Aftermarket antennas range in price from about $20 to $100. The more expensive antennas may have better reception, but this isn't guaranteed. Concerning installation, most aftermarket antennas come with everything you need to install them. Some have a screw-on and off design. However, if you're uncomfortable doing it yourself, you can take it to a shop and have them do it for you.
Adding an aftermarket antenna to your Ford Bronco will give you better reception and add aesthetic appeal to your SUV. Many great antennas are available, so take your time and find the one that best meets your needs.