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How to Replace your Vanagon Antenna

August 6, 2014 2 Comments Ask Ken, Wiring Ken Wilford

How to remove an old antenna and install a new one on a Vanagon. Real easy.

  1. Buy a new antenna. I have VW ones for $45 (fully retractable).
  2. Remove your grille and driver’s side headlight assembly.
  3. Remove the nut from the antenna base.
  4. Pull antenna down and out bottom hole.
  5. Cut wire off of old antenna right where it connects to the antenna. (don’t let this wire get pulled up into the body, keep it in your hand!)
  6. Tape end of new antenna wire to cut end of old wire with duct tape, etc. (now you can release the death grip).
  7. Go inside van and pull out ashtray.
  8. You should be able to unplug the antenna wire from the radio through this hole. If you are having problems try pulling the radio out a little.
  9. Gently pull the old antenna wire out through the ashtray hole until you get to the new end.
  10. Unwrap tape and plug new end into radio.
  11. Put ashtray back in and push radio back into place.
  12. Reinstall headlight assembly and grille.
  13. Bandage hand from cuts received when reaching through ashtray hole. ?
  14. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!


Ken Wilford January 7, 2015

Steve, as far as I know, the closest thing that is available to replace what you have is the side mount antenna. It isn't an exact match as the hole that goes into the windshield frame is a little larger than the original one. Here is a link to this antenna: Take a look and let me know what you think. Ken

Steve Crise January 2, 2015

Hi Ken, Im interested in purchasing a new antenna for my 1986 double cab Vanagon, but I do not believe I have/had a stock antenna on the van originally. Most of the antennas Ive seen on vans stood straight up. The one I had was swept back to match the slope of the windshield and had a second small black plastic mount near the end of the first section of the outer telescoping tube in which all other sections fit into when totally recessed. Do you have this type of antenna available? If necessary, I could dig up a photo of the front of my truck to send you. Also, do you sell the kit that has the round headlights mounts in the front grill? My square lights have just about had it and I'd love to get into sealed beam round headlights, plus I like the look! Thanks, Steve Crise

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