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post #1 of 11 Old Oct 29th, 2007, 5:54 pm Thread Starter
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Prolly a stupid question

How do you remove the radio antenna?

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post #2 of 11 Old Oct 29th, 2007, 6:12 pm
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How do you remove the radio antenna?
Twist the bullet-shaped shroud, at the base of the antenna, clockwise to a stop and lift it. Under it will be a ?hex? shape nut (you may have a flat, teenie-weenie wrench in your toolkit for unscrewing this nut) to loosen, and then the antenna stick will lift out of the socket. Careful when re-inserting, as the spring at the bottom of the stick needs to be pretty much centered in the recess.

If you have a Service and Technical Booklet, the picture instructions are on page 67. HTH.
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It is very fragile. You pull up the black plastic and there is a nut there. and the wire snaps in from the bottom of the mount under a screw plate. Be very careful because on the mast there is only a small wire that should have a small piece of metal on it coiled up. I would not remove it unless you never plan on using it. I did it because I got horrible reception. Tried fixing it now I get hardly any.

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Never have a problem. . .

That seems odd. I have ZERO problems with reception and I remove my antenna frequently, since I put a cover on the bike whenever it's outside over night. I've not particularly even paid attention to the connection: I just raise the plastic cover, unscrew the chromed nut and typicaly store the antenna on the foot pegs. Never been careful about the connection end -never even looked at it! No problems.
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Twist the bullet-shaped shroud, at the base of the antenna, clockwise to a stop and lift it. Under it will be a ?hex? shape nut (you may have a flat, teenie-weenie wrench in your toolkit for unscrewing this nut) to loosen, and then the antenna stick will lift out of the socket. Careful when re-inserting, as the spring at the bottom of the stick needs to be pretty much centered in the recess.

If you have a Service and Technical Booklet, the picture instructions are on page 67. HTH.
Actually>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I turn my shroud counter clockwise to release it then gently pull it up the antenna.

Had mine off several times this summer. I keep wearing out a 3 X 5 inch American flag and have to attach a new one. Good for finding my bike in a parking lot or anywhere else, for that matter.


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I think my problem was the PO took it off and messed with it bending it all up. It was loose so I tightened it and then made it real bad. Took it completely off and that little wire was all messed up. Its about impossible to get it back to original after someone must have straightened it out and tried re-coiling it.

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Thanks for the advice everyone

I'll go give it a try.

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Here's some photos to help you out:










Here's the CB antenna, on the right side. It's even easier - a set screw (hidden on the left side of the tapered metal top of the base) holds the whip in place. Just loosen the set screw and the whip slides right out.


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Looks like another plus for the "05 & later LTs. Mine twists right off & back on - I remove it every night .... (I always cover the bike). What I don't understand is why we can't have one that's as nice as the GW!!!!!
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Ah Ha!

I didn't pay any attention to a model year difference: didn't even realize there was one. Looking at the phots of the older antenna, I see why there could be a problem. Actually looked at my '05, and I see why there isn't!
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That seems odd. I have ZERO problems with reception and I remove my antenna frequently, since I put a cover on the bike whenever it's outside over night. I've not particularly even paid attention to the connection: I just raise the plastic cover, unscrew the chromed nut and typicaly store the antenna on the foot pegs. Never been careful about the connection end -never even looked at it! No problems.
I installed a grommet on my cover and slip the whip right through the cover!

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