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97 4Runner broken antenna; want to replace it with non-power antenna

I have a 97 4Runner with a broken power antenna. I would like to replace it with a standard, non-power antenna. How should I go about this?

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You will just need to get a antenna that will fit your vehicle try a local stereo shop and wire it in.

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