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I'm trying to to install an antenna that was removed by the previous owner. My qeustion is. Do you have to take all the plastic off to plug the antenna into the radio? I hope there's any easier way.
 

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Probably not, but you are going to have to remove the tour pack and the cover underneath it.
 

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GordG said:
I'm trying to to install an antenna that was removed by the previous owner. My qeustion is. Do you have to take all the plastic off to plug the antenna into the radio? I hope there's any easier way.
If the previous owner did what I did, he removed the trunk and the plastic under it and removed the 4 screws that hold the antenna mounting bracket. Then removed the 4 screws that hold the little plate on the bottom of the antenna bracket and unpluged the antenna and left the wire there. So, first remove the trunk and cover under it and see if the antenna wire is there. If not, you will have to remove the tip wing cover and upper fairing on the left side to get to junction connector of the antenna wire. It is a 2 piece wire. The first part comes out of the radio and the second piece connects under the "stingray" on the left side. You may have to remove the 2 screws on the left side that hold down the stingray to get your hand under there. He probably just unplugged it under the trunk......you hope!
 

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He probably just unplugged it under the trunk......you hope!
I wish I were that lucky. No he took everything out, and now I see there appears to be different types of plug-ins for the antenna. I have the automotive style. I hope when I get the plastic off as you have mentioned, it'll fit. Thanks for your input and wish me luck.
 

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The other end plugs into the stingray on the left side so you will need to pull some Tupperware to route the cable to that point and to plug it in
 

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The other end plugs into the stingray on the left side so you will need to pull some Tupperware to route the cable to that point and to plug it in
+1 for what Jim said here. If you're real lucky you may be able to get away with just pulling the left side tupperware. It is just under the left side of the "stingray", so you may be able to fish it out enough to plug in the Ant cable. If not, you will need to remove the other side tupperware also in order to remove. or lift, the stingray.

John
 

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So I'm standing there looking at the antenna I received from Deputy5211, and I'm noting all the little indentations from the zip ties on the cable, (there must be 25 or 30 of them). I then look at my bike and realize that either the previous owner cut all the ties to get the cable out and then refastened the accompanying cables with factory style ties or the original cable is still there. So I start feeling around where I couldn't see and low and behold I find a cable that feels antennaish. I followed it to the end and found a male end all taped up and hidden. Unfortunately it appears to be a new style and I now have to figure out how to join the five foot male end of my replacement antenna to the male plug that exists at the back of the bike. Thanks guys for all your help. You gave me the background to think this one through.
 

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GordG said:
So I'm standing there looking at the antenna I received from Deputy5211, and I'm noting all the little indentations from the zip ties on the cable, (there must be 25 or 30 of them). I then look at my bike and realize that either the previous owner cut all the ties to get the cable out and then refastened the accompanying cables with factory style ties or the original cable is still there. So I start feeling around where I couldn't see and low and behold I find a cable that feels antennaish. I followed it to the end and found a male end all taped up and hidden. Unfortunately it appears to be a new style and I now have to figure out how to join the five foot male end of my replacement antenna to the male plug that exists at the back of the bike. Thanks guys for all your help. You gave me the background to think this one through.
Just as I said. Go to RaddioShak and buy a soldierless female motorola connector for $2.69. READ the instructions on the back of the package! Replace the male end of your replacement antenna wire with it. While you are at it you can shorten that wire. If the male end of the BMW antenna wire is not so good, replace it instead. I say this, as when I took my antenna off, I cracked the male end of of my BMW antenna wire.
 

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Thanks again. I'll be doing what you recommended ASAP.
 
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