two peice antenna


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two peice antenna

Postby Geofd » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:23 am



does this control the radio or the cb
if it does the radio is there a way to shorten it or can I buy a shorter top section if its not necessary can I remove it easily enough thanks



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Re: two peice antenna

Postby twocams » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:50 am

Do you have a CB? You say you have a GL1200 but which one? I would say if only one antenna take some sharp dikes and cut off what you dont want from the top. May not get some radio stations farther away. :?

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Re: two peice antenna

Postby Geofd » Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:38 pm

I have an 86 interstate the bike is so
New to me I know it doesn't have a cb
I can use a Dremel tool to cut it off with that thanks for the advice
I will be leaning on this forum for different things

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Re: two peice antenna

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:35 pm

Geofd wrote:does this control the radio or the cb
if it does the radio is there a way to shorten it or can I buy a shorter top section if its not necessary can I remove it easily enough thanks


The load coil (black lump) in the middle of the antenna is for the CB.

Bikes that have one antenna use a splitter to use the same antenna for CB as well as for AM/FM.

Bikes that have two antennas, the one with the load coil is for the CB.

The CB is extremely sensitive to antenna length, it must be EXACTLY right, or it can actually damage the CB when transmitting. If you don't have a CB and don't plan to put one in, go crazy and cut whatever you want. You'll reduce the performance and sensitivity of your AM/FM radio, but that's up to you.

Don't cut off the top of the antenna - you'll leave a sharp piece that can cut you/take out an eye. Instead, remove the antenna shaft from the base (or load coil) - usually one or two tiny hex screws - then cut the base away, before reinstalling it.

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Re: two peice antenna

Postby Geofd » Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:10 pm

it just gets in the way when putting it into the shed so I will just unscrew it rather than cutting something perfectly
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Re: two peice antenna

Postby kingNut » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:30 pm

Geofd wrote:it just gets in the way when putting it into the shed so I will just unscrew it rather than cutting something perfectly
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Does your bike have the original antenna. I just took a peak in the garage and at the base there is a lock screw which when loosened allows the whole length of the antenna to fold foward to fairing pocket. That's my recall even though I did not try it just then.

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Re: two peice antenna

Postby Geofd » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:44 pm

Not sure the bike is so new to me
I have only been out on it a couple of times so I just unscrew the top peice
to cold to ride have to check it out when the weather gets better




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