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#41 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:15 PM

My Sharkfin came today and I installed it.

I think it's a nice improvement, the car looks more 'Euro', slicker and, dare I say, more BMW-ish.

 

Before I stuck it down permanently I connected it's antenna and tried Sirius and the GPS, ran through a few series of evolutions of each and found no fault.

I then became committed, removed the 3M tape backer and stuck it in place.

Feels real solid.  Put a little wax on it too.

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#42 OFFLINE   aaronj1159

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:21 PM

That looks pretty good. I'm considering it, but remote start (I got one without it originally) and window tinting is first on my list. On the plus side I've already taken care of all-weather floor mats, molded splash guards, and my own interior ambient lights. All that in about a month. Remote start goes in Saturday too. Anyways I'll probably look into one of those in a couple months or so.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:31 PM

Does the old antenna just pry off or unscrew or what? Do you have to splice the wires to reattach or do they have clip or plug type connectors that easily hook up with the shark? It is a big improvement over the giant black dart antenna. Is the black area around the bottom of the shark some kind of gasket rubber, the 3M tape, or is it a gap? That was a lot of questions, sorry!


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#44 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:35 PM

1. Does the old antenna just pry off or unscrew or what?

2. Do you have to splice the wires to reattach or

3. do they have clip or plug type connectors that easily hook up with the shark?

4. It is a big improvement over the giant black dart antenna.

5. Is the black area around the bottom of the shark some kind of gasket rubber, the 3M tape,

6. or is it a gap?

7. That was a lot of questions,

8. sorry!

:)

1. The whip antenna unscrews.

2. No splicing, it's all well thought out.

3. There is a fractal antenna adhered inside the dome of the Sharkfin which is connected to a coiled wire with a circular electrical fitting on the end.

     The kit comes with 2 different sized screws and a round washer. 

     Use the appropriate sized screw & the washer to attach the Sharkfin's antenna coiled wire to the black base, replacing the Ford whip antenna.

4. Agreed.

5. It is the 3M tape, it's a thin, dense foam gasket, covered with a paper backer (which you remove to stick the Sharkfin down).

6. Not an air gap, the Sharkfin base is sealed 360 degrees by the gasket.

    The 3M thin, sticky gasket is cut to the exact contour of the Sharkfin's base, you're seeing the thin gasket.

7. S'okay.

8. No problem.

 

BTW, the paint match was perfect, the application of the paint was perfect - no drips, holidays or imperfections.

My wife likes it, it's a success!  thumb_zpsd7afeeca.gif


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:50 PM

:)

1. The whip antenna unscrews.

2. No splicing, it's all well thought out.

3. There is a fractal antenna adhered inside the dome of the Sharkfin which is connected to a coiled wire with a circular electrical fitting on the end.

     The kit comes with 2 different sized screws and a round washer. 

     Use the appropriate sized screw & the washer to attach the Sharkfin's antenna coiled wire to the black base, replacing the Ford whip antenna.

4. Agreed.

5. It is the 3M tape, it's a thin, dense foam gasket, covered with a paper backer (which you remove to stick the Sharkfin down).

6. Not an air gap, the Sharkfin base is sealed 360 degrees by the gasket.

    The 3M thin, sticky gasket is cut to the exact contour of the Sharkfin's base, you're seeing the thin gasket.

7. S'okay.

8. No problem.

 

BTW, the paint match was perfect, the application of the paint was perfect - no drips, holidays or imperfections.

My wife likes it, it's a success!  thumb_zpsd7afeeca.gif

 

Thanks! Really good info there. So if you ever want to take the sharkfin off I guess there could be a problem huh? It looks really good though, well done.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:03 PM

So if you ever want to take the sharkfin off I guess there could be a problem huh?

It's stuck pretty well, removing it would require patience and the proper tools.

That's why I did some tests before actually sticking it to the roof.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:16 AM

So on a new car - that hasn't been waxed yet - you just need some alcohol to clean

the area.  Nothing to be stripped off I guess.  I guess even with cold/rain/sun this

isn't going anywhere.

 

I ordered mine and doesn't seem hard to install at all.  Will just measure the heck

out of it as us geeks aren't always the best at these mechanical tasks  :) 

Will have to rely on my wife's eagle eyes.  She can spot a crooked line

from 10 miles away...

 

 


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:38 AM

How good is the color-matching?
I'm wondering if a lack antenna would look better with my sterling gray car.
If the colors are not exact, I thinkI prefer the black contrast.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:36 AM

How good is the color-matching?
I'm wondering if a lack antenna would look better with my sterling gray car.
If the colors are not exact, I thinkI prefer the black contrast.

The color is so close to the cars Tri-platinum white as to not be noticeable.  I'm very happy with the overall workmanship.

I have to say that the shape and contours of the Sharkfin II gather light differently than the flat roof, therefore there are shadows or brighter hints on it than the roof.

I held it next to the FFH's door when I first received it because I too was wary, it looked the same as the door color and that was that.

 

Edit: It sounds like I'm selling these things but am not.  I like mine, YMMV.


Edited by GrySql, 10 April 2013 - 11:39 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:37 AM

I dont have one of these but in speaking to the alignment......I think if you pre cut some cardboard or something similar to the width of the offset you want from the window.......You could then line up the cardboard with the back window......maybe tape it down with some of the blue painters tape......then when ready to stick the antenna down...just line it up against the cardboard....this way youll be sure its square with window......   I guess you could also mark the center on the cardboard and antenna to make sure its centered before sticking it down.....

 

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:44 AM

The color is so close to the cars Tri-platinum white as to not be noticeable.  I'm very happy with the overall workmanship.
I have to say that the shape and contours of the Sharkfin II gather light differently than the flat roof, therefore there are shadows or brighter hints on it than the roof.
I held it next to the FFH's door when I first received it because I too was wary, it looked the same as the door color and that was that.
 
Edit: It sounds like I'm selling these things but am not.  I like mine, YMMV.

Thanks. The Sterling gray, like the black and platinum white, seem to sparkle in the sunlight. I noticed this the other day at a dealership that had a lot of fusions in different colors. You can see the different pigments in them, which is why I was wondering about how closely matched the fin antenna would be. It makes sense that in the light is where the differences would be noted.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:53 AM

Thanks. The Sterling gray, like the black and platinum white, seem to sparkle in the sunlight. I noticed this the other day at a dealership that had a lot of fusions in different colors. You can see the different pigments in them, which is why I was wondering about how closely matched the fin antenna would be. It makes sense that in the light is where the differences would be noted.

As I mentioned, my Artsy/Crafty/Domestic Goddess wife likes it so it must be on straight and the color must match.  Finis.  :)


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

So on a new car - that hasn't been waxed yet - you just need some alcohol to clean

the area.  Nothing to be stripped off I guess.  I guess even with cold/rain/sun this

isn't going anywhere.

 

I ordered mine and doesn't seem hard to install at all.  Will just measure the heck

out of it as us geeks aren't always the best at these mechanical tasks  :) 

Will have to rely on my wife's eagle eyes.  She can spot a crooked line

from 10 miles away...

 

I think the HyTi already has a shark fin antenna, see Neod's pictures


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:36 PM

I think the HyTi already has a shark fin antenna, see Neod's pictures

Did you see where he posted the whip hadn't been installed yet?


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

I think the HyTi already has a shark fin antenna, see Neod's pictures

Hermans is right on this one. That first pic is from when the car first showed up on the lot and wasn't prepped for delivery. It comes with a stick antenna, and I'm thinking about ordering the shard one. Right now, price is the only thing holding me back. 

 

I have to take more exterior pics of it in daylight and add to the album ... This rain isn't helping (but we really need it) !


Edited by neod192, 10 April 2013 - 02:49 PM.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:11 PM

if you email them and get enough people to purchase they usually do a group buy, i did this when i had my corolla and got it for about 65$ shipped

 

but gather alot of people and they will see a big demand for them maybe reach out to the regular gas fusion forum to up the numbers


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:12 PM

Ya, your wheels still had the plastic on them. It's neat you got pics before it was prepped.

 

The dealer called me and said my car was on the truck and on its way to them. The rail yard is only 14 miles away. I got to the dealer in time to see the truck pull in and I got pics of it being unloaded.


Edited by hermans, 10 April 2013 - 03:14 PM.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:16 PM

Hermans is right on this one. That first pic is from when the car first showed up on the lot and wasn't prepped for delivery. It comes with a stick antenna, and I'm thinking about ordering the shard one. Right now, price is the only thing holding me back. 

 

I have to take more exterior pics of it in daylight and add to the album ... This rain isn't helping (but we really need it) !

I'm going to order two. Ruby Red and Bordeaux. I saw a Bordeaux gas Fusion with one the other day and it look really sharp. Sold me.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

My bad. I thought in that pic that the base was different from what we have on the SEs and I thought in pictures of gas Titaniums there was no whip


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

About how tall in inches is the whip/stick/black dart antenna?






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