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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 14th, 2010, 11:01 pm Thread Starter
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2002 k1200ltc very poor radio reception. can anyone help me with answers? thanks and regards
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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 15th, 2010, 7:09 am
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Re: radio fuzz

Make sure the antenna is fully seated in its holder. A friend of mine with an 02 had the same issue and his antenna could be pulled out of the base very easily. I can't remember what is supposed to hold it in place. I think it has a hex nut that is tighten but not positive.

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Re: radio fuzz

I'm experiencing a similar issue and looked around for an answer but still puzzled.

I have an '03 and am getting no FM reception. Well, I removed the antenna and took a little WD40 on the mild rust that was present. In scraping at the rust where the cable "seats" into the antenna the receptacle sprung out (but didn't fall out.)

After reseating the whole deal, I found the AM reception was pretty good, but that may have had more to do with figuring out how to manually tune it. FM, however, tries its hardest to tune into the stronger stations but it can't seem to do it. Lots of fuzz.

It may seem inconsequential, but is there supposed to be a tip on the end of the antenna?

The previous owner must've tried this path, too, 'cause the tiny screws on the underside of the antenna base are worn stripped slightly. The cable tip appears to protrude far enough.

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Re: radio fuzz

Have you checked the connection at the other end of the cable - under the stingray? Mine was not connected securely.

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Have you checked the connection at the other end of the cable - under the stingray? Mine was not connected securely.
Honestly, not sure how to do that. I did get a flashlight and looked under there but couldn't see the cable (or where it routed to, of course.) It would appear the cables to the radio route left from back of the radio. Is this something I'd get to from the removing top stuff?

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Re: radio fuzz

Check out this thread.

I had similar problems sometime ago and if I remember correctly the problem with mine was the metal spring was bending when assembled and was grounding out on the side of the housing. I used a plastic sleeve (just found one in my junk drawer that would fit) to surround the spring. It solved the problem.

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Re: radio fuzz

MY CLC also suffers from poor reception. In my case, the problem lies at the very end of the cable where it pushes up into the antenna base. The center wire in the cable is thinner than a hair (one problem) and there doesn't seem to be a part or a set screw or anything to keep it shoved up there, just friction. (second problem) With vibration and gravity, it always seems to work it's way out a bit. There is no way to see this from the outside, and I can shove it to where its supposed to be, but by the time I get everything back together it works loose. Many times I had it working good while stationary in my garage or driveway, only to have the reception drift in and out as I ride test it.

Someone in another thread said he used clear sealing silicone forced up and around the wire where it sits inside the base. That'll be included in my next attempt at fixing the problem. The center wire needs to be made fatter for better connection, but I tried to get some solder to stick to it, but no luck there either. I wonder why BMW never chose to use a screw-on connector, like the end of a CB radio cable.

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Re: radio fuzz

2002 vs 2006... dunno how they differ... well I do, but there's so many incarnations...

I use a rechargeable MP3 player that has the FM module built in... I can switch quickly between FM and MP3 source material and the MP3 player sticks to a velcro paddle that extends up from the right brake housing (forget what those are called... damn CRS disease). Works great and no fishing around behind and below the string-ray.

If you have a way to route alternate inputs (AUX) it's the way to go IMHO...

iPod and DICE users... your idea, I just took it one step further... At 6.99 a piece, they are throw away...

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