"Tacoma" Whip Antenna Mod
that the Tacoma Whip Antenna is not picture above. If you want the Tacoma
black whip antenna, buy part no. 86309-AA0400 and NOT 86309-35100 or 86309-32011.
Also, I've received some feedback that the part numbers may have changed.
If so, just ask for the non-motorized antenna assembly for a 4runner and
a black whip antenna for the Tacoma.
One solution is to buy a replacement mast, remove the old one, and hope that the new one feeds itself perfectly into the motor unit. However, many times the mast "teeth" breaks inside the motor unit itself, requiring removal and opening of the motor unit in order to remove these pieces of teeth.
solution is replacing the motorized unit with a non-motorized antenna
assembly with a non-motorized (obviously) mast antenna. The advantage
of doing so is that you really don't have to worry about anything motorized
breaking ever again. Furthermore, the whip antenna is tough---I've hit
many low hanging tree branches and the antenna just twangs itself right
back into place. A motorized mast, I'm sure, would have snapped in half.
1: Removing the Fender Flare and Running Board End Cap (front)
After removing these trim pieces, you need to remove 2 of the 3 wheel well lining plugs. Here is a diagram of what you need to remove as well as a close up of one plug removed:
2: Remove Wheel Well Lining
3: Removing the Antenna and Bezel Nut
4: Removing the Motorized Unit
now partially detach your motorized unit. You will see that there is a
wire leading into the body of the 4runner. This is the antenna wire that
connects to the back of your stereo. If you intend to possibly re-use
the motor again, do not cut this wire (like I did). To remove it, continue
5: Removing the Passenger Side Bottom Panel and Front "Radio"
You must remove both the passenger side bottom panel and front center "Radio" panel to properly remove the antenna wire. To remove the passenger side bottom panel, unscrew the following screws to remove the glove box and bottom panel:
the rest of the radio panel, follow my
writeup here under Step 3.
6: Removing the Antenna Cable
After unplugging the antenna cable, follow the path of the antenna cable to the right and cut the zip ties in the four places marked here:
done that, go back to the outside of your 4runner and then you can pull
out the antenna cable.
7: Attaching the Non-motorized Tacoma Whip Antenna
Attach the bezel nut at the top of the non-motorized unit and screw in your Taco whip antenna.
I would suggest at this point to test the antenna connection before attaching all the panels you removed in Step 4. If the test goes well, re-attach all the panels in reverse order and enjoy hassle-free radio listening pleasure!