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post #1 of 13 Old Jan 11th, 2011, 4:46 pm Thread Starter
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Aerial swap?

Hello there my friend and i have been wondering if there is any alternative to the stock aerial? over here in the UK we use bike rain covers if we go camping as camping and rain usually go together in this country! We have both thought about cutting our aerials so they are level with the topbox so the cover will go on, or changing them for a short car type one which are about 12inches high, any idea's
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post #2 of 13 Old Jan 11th, 2011, 5:06 pm
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Re: Aerial swap?

Hi,

I stuck an eyelet in my cover, and just thread it over the aerial, works just fine.

Edit - Don't cut down the aerial, it's tuned, cut to a quarter wave length. If you chop it, reception will be affected.

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Re: Aerial swap?

+ 1 on what Mike says on cutting the antenna. Don't do it.

I removed my CB (as I didn't use it) and the combo antenna. I installed a short AM/FM flex marine antenna that works great and should work with your cover. I can't get a photo right now as the LT is in my work shop, it is snowing @ 29 deg. and I am warm and toasty and on my 2nd martini

I 'll try to get you a photo tomorrow with out all the excuses

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+ 1 on what Mike says on cutting the antenna. Don't do it.

I removed my CB (as I didn't use it) and the combo antenna. I installed a short AM/FM flex marine antenna that works great and should work with your cover. I can't get a photo right now as the LT is in my work shop, it is snowing @ 29 deg. and I am warm and toasty and on my 2nd martini

I 'll try to get you a photo tomorrow with out all the excuses

+1 on 2nd martini me too..

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Re: Aerial swap?

Same thing. Just figure out where the antenna needs to fit through. My travel cover (E-Z Touring) is all nylon. While rip stop, I cut a small slit then reinforced with two round Goretex patches and then a plastic grommet glued to make sure it stays intact. Looks good and three years of use still works good.
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Re: Aerial swap?

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+ 1 on what Mike says on cutting the antenna. Don't do it.

I removed my CB (as I didn't use it) and the combo antenna. I installed a short AM/FM flex marine antenna that works great and should work with your cover. I can't get a photo right now as the LT is in my work shop, it is snowing @ 29 deg. and I am warm and toasty and on my 2nd martini

I 'll try to get you a photo tomorrow with out all the excuses


Similar to this: http://www.boatersworld.com/product/MP63526547.htm

just need to be able to mount it like Bill did.

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remove the antenna and glue some metallic tape inside the trunk. attach
the coax to the tape. works for me
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Any canvas shop can mod the cover to go around the antenna with a velcro or zipper closure. This is how it's done on boats. I put my cover on, then velcro flaps around each of the antennas on the boat.

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Do a search for "amplified hide away antenna" you will find a number of them for about $30.
They work great, I've used them on a RT and LT.

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I used a similar antenna to the one Glenn posted the link on. West Marine has them for $17.99, they are 16" high. It is not amplified and I get very good reception on both AM & FM. No adaptors necessary, but I did need a cable extension to get to the radio. I have seen similar antennas mounted to the front fairing on R1150RT bikes.

I used the existing bracket that the CB antenna was mounted to.
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Re: Aerial swap?

Thanks for the help so far guys i do fancy a shorter one as it drags on my garage door as well, like the idea of the last picture as i can see how it has been made to fit, or even better if i can put a hidden one on. To late about cutting haha i chopped 4 inches off it as it got bent on the said garage door!!
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Thanks for the help so far guys i do fancy a shorter one as it drags on my garage door as well, like the idea of the last picture as i can see how it has been made to fit, or even better if i can put a hidden one on. To late about cutting haha i chopped 4 inches off it as it got bent on the said garage door!!


Eddie, you wouldn't happen to be a plumber by trade would you?

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Re: Aerial swap?

Since you've already cut the antenna, might as well try cutting it to half of it's original length. May be short enough for your cover, and may work better than it does at it's current length. I'm guessing eighth-wave would be as good or better than the original quarter-wave minus 4 inches.
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