The modern Ford trucks lineup is cutting edge in a variety of ways, with one glaring exception: the exterior antenna design. Despite a plethora of modern features, lightweight materials, and efficient engines, the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty both offer monopole antennas, which has us asking – should Ford trucks keep the monopole antenna design going forward?
For those who may be drawing a blank on this, monopole antennas are those long metal rods sticking out of the front fenders on various Ford trucks. It’s a design that’s been in use for decades, and the Blue Oval brand hasn’t budged on it.
For the most part, anyway. While the long monopole design is still use with the F-150 and Super Duty, it’s gone with the latest Ford Ranger model. That said, the Ranger does keep a stubby antenna on the roof.
But we’re more concerned with the long metal monopole antennas seen on the front fenders of Ford trucks. We think the design looks terribly dated, and to make matters worse, the antennas have been known to get broken and bent following just a little abuse (such as a run through an automatic car wash).
We’re not alone on this – in fact, the aftermarket has supplied a variety of stubbier antenna replacements for years now.
What’s more, several Ford trucks also come with a secondary fin antenna on the roof, which offers a more aerodynamic design and cleaner look overall.
So what’s up with the monopole?
Well, it’s only there to catch FM and AM radio signals, but as we’ve seen elsewhere in the industry, the same thing can be accomplished with an antenna wire integrated with the front or rear glass.
So why keep it around?
For starters, changing anything on a model as high-volume as the Ford F-Series requires an enormous effort, so it’s likely a cost-saving measure. What’s more, rivals like the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado have kept the same design as well, so there really isn’t too much pressure to change it.
But what do you think, dear reader? Should the monopole antenna on Ford trucks get the boot? Let us know by voting in the poll, and don’t forget to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford F-150 news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.