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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:14 PM
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Z3Roadster: Tips on properly installing antenna grommet?

This probably seems like an odd thread, but I was wondering if there is a best way to "line up" the rubber antenna grommet before pushing it on, so that it fits flush to the fender panel. That little thing is fairly difficult to mount, and is impossible to re-align once it has been put in place.

Any tips for alignment would be great. As always, thanks.

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Old 12-10-2013, 06:21 PM
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I don't know of any "way" to make sure the grommet is rotated so it is properly vertical. I just lubed the grommet's channel, then took a long look at the grommet and the curve of the fender, oriented the grommet to what seemed to be the best alignment, and then pushed it in and seated the channel of the grommet into the metal edge. The lube allowed a little final rotation of the grommet. You will have a better grip on top of the grommet for turning it, if the lube is confined to the channel.

I replaced the grommet because it came apart as I was replacing the flex antenna, which had a break in its rubber base from being flexed over too many times while covering the car. The sheet had an antenna hole, but sometimes the antenna missed the hole on the first try. Anyway, I took this opportunity to replace the flex whip antenna with a short or sport antenna at same price.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:37 AM
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Vintage,

Thnx for the feedback. Yes, I also replaced the whip with a short, carbon look antenna. My problem, though not a big one, is that I accidentally snapped the inner base of the antenna when taking off the car cover. I just glued the base back on (it fit nicely into place) and now have to re-mount the grommet. Will use dish soap to lube the channel. Just hoping that I can get the rotation correct. That is key to a proper fit.

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Old 12-11-2013, 05:27 PM
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If your grommet is original, and has already had its antenna replaced, I would get a new one before proceeding.
I got a new grommet with the new short antenna, and the old grommet came apart in being removed.
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