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The .50 Cal Bullet Antenna that we have here today will be a great option for the '99 and newer Silverado owners who are looking to ditch that goofy factory antenna and clean up the look by going with a much shorter, quality CNC aluminum billet option that mimics the looks of a .50 cal round.Now, this 5 star-rated product is gonna run you right around 40 bucks while the install is easy enough for my toddler to achieve. So therefore, we're going to call it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, a few minutes of your time from start to finish, but hang with me for a bit guys and we'll show you how it's done later in the video.To be perfectly honest, the factory antenna is good for picking up just about every damn radio station in your state, but that's about it, right? It looks goofy, it's way too tall for the truck, and can easily get damaged going through parking garages or automatic car washes.Now, the .50 cal option here, on the other hand, at least according to our customer reviews, is still good enough to maintain solid radio reception on most of your terrestrial radio stations but more importantly will make a massive improvement in regards to your appearance. Now full disclosure here guys, I do have something similar on my truck here and for the small amount of time I spend listening to the normal radio stations, I really haven't noticed a huge drop-off in performance. Granted, I spend a lot of time listening to satellite radio or my phone.Now, I do also live near a larger city, so therefore, station signals are pretty strong overall. However, if you live out in the sticks a bit, you may notice a little bit of a decrease in performance or reception.Now ultimately, guys, I am gonna recommend reading up on the dozens of very favorable reviews here on the .50 cal antenna. Owners talk about the looks, but more importantly owners also cover the reception or strength with this installed. And again, I was pretty surprised about the overwhelmingly positive review when it comes to signal strength and honestly things not really being that affected.Construction-wise, well, you are looking at a high-quality CNC billet aluminum build here, finished off in a satin black powder coat, and most importantly shaped like that badass .50 caliber bullet which is certainly gonna kick things up over a standard shorty antenna.Now, the .50 cal option does measure in at around 5 inches, 5.5 inches, and does include a number of different thread attachments which basically allows this thing to be used on a wide range of Silverado generations.Now, installation, again, really couldn't be any easier here, guys. You might need a wrench to loosen up the stocker but after that, you're simply screwing on the new .50 cal billet piece in reverse order and you're good to go. If you want a clear breakdown of how this will all shake out, feel free to check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown right now.The tool used for this job is a 10 millimeter wrench. All right guys, getting started here with our antenna install. Obviously the stocker has to come off first. Now, if you have a whole grip maybe you can just kind of beast this thing off with your bare hands. But if not, go ahead and grab a 10-millimeter wrench and go ahead and unscrew your antenna. Once you crack it loose, go ahead and start spinning it off.All right, in true American Trucks fashion, we're gonna do a stock comparison for you here guys, with our stock antenna now removed and of course our .50 cal antenna right next to it. And honestly there's no comparison, right? This is your stock antenna. It's pretty big. It's pretty goofy. It's great for picking up every radio station in your state, but that's pretty much where it ends, right? It gets caught on things, parking garages. If you go through automatic car washes, this thing will no doubt get bent up and ripped off.This, on the other hand, listen, it's obviously a lot shorter, about 5.5 inches to be exact. It definitely looks pretty cool. Billet aluminum, powder-coated black here and, yeah, it's still gonna pick up some pretty solid reception as long as you live close to a relatively populated area, near a city or something like that.So now at this point, guys, with our comparison done, what we need to do is look at our adapters here. Again, this thing is designed to fit a wide variety of Silverados. So you wanna just kind of match up your stock antenna. We have basically a female end here. So we're going to grab our male-to-female connector. Thread this into place. Thread it into place, and now we can take it over to the truck and get it installed.Now, with our adapter in place we're pretty much ready to install our new .50 cal antenna. Pretty simple stuff, guys. Righty tighty, get it in place and you'll be good to go. You don't want to gorilla this thing into place. You obviously snug it up, but you don't wanna go snapping off one of your threads or anything like that.All right, with it snugged up, that's going to wrap up our install of the .50 Cal Black Billet Antenna available for your '99 to present Silverado at home.Guys, we hope you enjoyed this brief review and install of the antenna. And keep in mind, if you wanna check out more cool products and videos like this, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Low Profile Antenna. If you’re eager to replace your truck’s factory antenna, then upgrade to this 50 Cal Black Bullet Antenna. With its low profile design, this antenna will blend well onto your truck, regardless of its exterior. What’s more, this antenna mimics the appearance of a 50-cal black bullet, making it more stylish and appealing.
Delivers Great Reception. If you want a reliable antenna for your driving needs, then opt for this 50 Cal Black Bullet Antenna. Aside from its style, this antenna boasts of its great reception. As long as there are radio towers around the area, it won’t fail to pick up the signals. With its audible sound waves, you can definitely communicate with other off-roaders without any hassle.
Made of Billet Aluminum. For long-lasting performance, this antenna is made of billet aluminum. This material makes the antenna extremely strong and capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. Also, with its short build, the wind won’t be able to bend the antenna. In addition, this antenna is powder-coated with a black finish to resist rust and corrosion.
Plug-and-Play Installation. This antenna is very easy to install. Featuring a plug-and-play design, this antenna can be quickly screwed onto your truck’s existing antenna mount without using any special tools. What’s more, this antenna does not involve any cable work for your installation convenience.
Application. This 50 Cal Black Bullet Antenna is created to fit 1999-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models.
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