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#1 OFFLINE   wmpwi

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

I've seen picts of the roof mounted antenna and I've seen some without.  What's to be expected on the 2013 Fusion Hybird with the 505A interior option, MFT tech package, and nav?  I've seen nothing to indicate why some do and some don't yet.









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#2 OFFLINE   pers69

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

My bet is it is there. Haven't heard or seen one without it IRL. I think they just removed it at times for "cleaner lines" photo PR shoots.
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#3 OFFLINE   jeff_h

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

Here is what to be expected from a 505A, MFT Tech Pkg, and Nav -- yes there's an antenna, I think it's the exact same type as my 2010 had.

 


2013 Fusion Titanium Energi Deep Impact Blue

 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

This the antenna my '13 has, looks the same as Ruby B's.

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#5 OFFLINE   wmpwi

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

All they spent on restyling and that's the best they can do.  I have to say I love the look in photos like this that show it's not there , but I'll deal with that issue if it still bothers me a couple of months from now.  As it stands, I ordered in mid-December and haven't even gotten my vin yet. 


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#6 OFFLINE   pers69

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

Seen some straight forward mods to swap out the whip antenna for a lower profiled fin type. Despite reassurances of fine signal clarity ... I value function over form in my antennas and would require more research before swapping out the stock whip.
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#7 OFFLINE   wmpwi

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

Seen some straight forward mods to swap out the whip antenna for a lower profiled fin type. Despite reassurances of fine signal clarity ... I value function over form in my antennas and would require more research before swapping out the stock whip.

 

I would agree that it's going to be a individual choice.  I'll probably go with the lower profile since I seldom listen to radio.  Maybe it's my age, but most of my audio is books on 'tape' or stuff that doesn't get as much air time anymore.  In my case, it's more form over funcion I guess.  Remeber, it's better to look good than feel good, darling. B)


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:39 PM

This is a great option. It has a built in antenna so no issues with reception. I have this for my 2011 Explorer which uses the same exact antenna setup as the 13 Fusion... They paint to match too.

 

http://www.visualgarage.com/



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

I like that look much better.  A little pricey, but I can balance that against how much the other bothers me.  I'll probably go with that one. Thanks.

 

 

This is a great option. It has a built in antenna so no issues with reception. I have this for my 2011 Explorer which uses the same exact antenna setup as the 13 Fusion... They paint to match too.

 

http://www.visualgarage.com/



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:57 AM

It looks great, and best yet is completely functional. I have not lost any functionality, reception, or anything else with AM/FM, Sirius or NAV......And Like I said, you give them your paint code, and it arrives painted and ready to install.......

 

Check this thread out on another forum for pictures and details.

 

http://www.explorerf...ad.php?t=312983



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

That is nicel.  I'd buy it now, but the idea that it would get here before the car would push me over the edge. :runaway:

It looks great, and best yet is completely functional. I have not lost any functionality, reception, or anything else with AM/FM, Sirius or NAV......And Like I said, you give them your paint code, and it arrives painted and ready to install.......

 

Check this thread out on another forum for pictures and details.

 

http://www.explorerf...ad.php?t=312983



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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

Looks great... will look into it some more.. if anyone else takes plunge pls send pics and confirm full functions.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

Has anyone put this on the fusion yet. Really interested. Would definitely give it a more high end look. But would want it to perform as well or better than the current antenna.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:09 AM

I like the look of the Shark Fin.  Have there been any problems with the Fusion stock antenna in non-brushless car washes?


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:26 PM

just ordered a sharkfin antenna cant stand these ugly or modern antennas they put on will post pictures once i get it


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

I don't see an option to order one for the Fusion on this website http://www.visualgarage.com/Order.php Am I missing something?



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

I don't see an option to order one for the Fusion on this website http://www.visualgarage.com/Order.php Am I missing something?

 

just email them and they send you a paypal invoice

 

here is the email

 

Hi Juan,

Thank you for your email.

Our Mark II VG shark fin antenna is compatible with your 2013 Ford Fusion and we do have Oxford White / M6466A (YZ).  For more information and pictures, please see the email below.  We've sent you a Paypal invoice so that you can order at your convenience. The production lead time is around 2 weeks before shipping out.

Regards,
Arthur

 

http://www.visualgar...G_SFA_MKII.html


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#18 OFFLINE   Riggo

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:58 PM

just email them and they send you a paypal invoice

 

here is the email

 

Hi Juan,

Thank you for your email.

Our Mark II VG shark fin antenna is compatible with your 2013 Ford Fusion and we do have Oxford White / M6466A (YZ).  For more information and pictures, please see the email below.  We've sent you a Paypal invoice so that you can order at your convenience. The production lead time is around 2 weeks before shipping out.

Regards,
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http://www.visualgar...G_SFA_MKII.html

 

Interesting. They do look much better than the black cheapo anntena, I'd just be scared I'd screw up the installation.



#19 OFFLINE   Da0ne

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:01 PM

i had the original version on my 07 corolla and its the easiest install ever just takes about 15 mins


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:49 AM

I asked for some additional information and note that there is some possible signal loss for AM/FM.  See response:

 

This new shark fin antenna was developed specifically for vehicles that have an AM/FM rear-roof whip antenna and a Sirius/XM/OnStar/GPS chip-set antenna integrated into the larger antenna base. Our Mark II antenna will allow you to replace the whip portion of your AM/FM antenna and cover the entire large antenna base on your roof to give it a clean look.  Installing this antenna will not hinder the operation of your Sirius/XM/OnStar/GPS chip-set antennas that are integrated into your antenna base, however, it may be possible to notice a slight drop in reception in AM/FM especially when listening to stations that are located further away or stations that have weaker signals. Please click the following links for some sample pictures of our new shark fin antenna:
 
http://www.visualgar...G_SFA_MKII.html


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(HIS) 2014 Fusion Hybrid Titanium - Deep Impact Blue Metallic
  • Driver Assist Package (90A), Voice Activated Navigation (60N)
  • Active Park Assist (18C), Moon Roof (13B)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (53B), WeatherTech FloorLiner All-Weather Mats
  • Trunk Cargo Net (96B), Heated/Cooled Front Seats (46B), Heated Steering Wheel (52A)
Ordered: 10/28/13 | VIN assigned: 10/31/13 | Window Sticker: 11/13/13 | Actual Build Date: 11/21/13 | In-Transit: 11/23/13 | ETA: 12/14/13 | Arrived at CSX Facility: 12/05/13 | Arrived at Dealer: 12/09/13 | Delivered: 12/11/13
 
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(HERS) 2013 Fusion Hybrid Titanium - Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Driver Assist Package (90A), Voice Activated Navigation (60N)
  • Active Park Assist (18C), Moon Roof (13B)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (53B), WeatherTech FloorLiner All-Weather Mats
  • Trunk Cargo Net (96B)
Ordered: 11/06/12 | VIN assigned: 2/28/13 | Window Sticker: 3/28/13 | Actual Build Date: 04/06/13 | In-Transit: 4/17/13 | ETA: 5/07/13 | Arrived at CSX Facility: 4/29/13 | Arrived at Dealer: 5/02/13 | Delivered: 5/03/13 | Tagged: 5/06/13 | Major Failure in for Service: 5/13/13 | Lemon Law Replacement Vehicle Received: 6/17/13




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