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Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:42 pm



Well my fellow Wing Nuts the Shadow has yet another situation that needs a resolve. I have read my owners manual and my 1” thick service manual and can fine no step by step way to install a new CB antenna. I know it can’t be that difficult. It seems super simple but I also know there is a correct way and an incorrect way. Usually simple things take the longest to repair. So if anyone has any step by step instructions on installing a new antenna, please pass them along.
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:51 am

Are you replacing an existing one, or installing a new one where one has never been installed before?

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:39 am

WingAdmin wrote:Are you replacing an existing one, or installing a new one where one has never been installed before?

I am replacing an existing one that has been snapped off at the release.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby joeincalif » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:10 am

The top part unscrews from the base. should be nothing to it.
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:10 pm

joeincalif wrote:The top part unscrews from the base. should be nothing to it.


Correct. There is a lock nut that holds it tight, you loosen the lock nut, then unscrew the antenna from the base.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:14 pm

Ok, but this is a 1988 GL 1500 and there is no lock nut. See attached photo.
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:23 pm

So I'm think the entire assembly needs to be replaced because the new one looks exactly like the old one and there is no lock nut on the new one either! I am sad.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:32 pm

shadow02 wrote:So I'm think the entire assembly needs to be replaced because the new one looks exactly like the old one and there is no lock nut on the new one either! I am sad.


Are you sure? I looked it up in my 1988 service manual, and it says the same thing, with the same drawing. I can't see for sure on the small drawing you posted, but it's saying that this should be the lock nut:

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:39 pm

If you can't find the lock nut, it's still fairly easy to replace the antenna. You'll need to remove the seat (see the DIY section for a How To on that procedure), and the passenger seat back - you can unscrew it from inside the trunk lid. Then remove the left cubby - three screws inside the trunk will release it:

Remove cubby
Remove cubby


Undo the wires from the antenna, then remove the two bolts holding it to the trunk, and fish the wire through. When replacing it with the new one, make sure the wires go in the same place, routed exactly the same way.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby brw » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:48 pm

Hello
I just did the same thing on my 88 wing and the round area that you have the red arrow pointing to above the black band will unscrew leaving female threaded hole for your replacement antenna to screw into. does your replacement antenna have the folding part with it? and does it have a male threaded rod on it.
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby redial » Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:34 pm

Once it is installed, get hold of a Standing Wave Radiation (SWR) Meter to make sure that all of the radiated signal gets out of the antenna. You may have to adjust the length slightly, a few millimetres at a time is usually enough until you get it as close as possible to perfect.
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:11 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
shadow02 wrote:So I'm think the entire assembly needs to be replaced because the new one looks exactly like the old one and there is no lock nut on the new one either! I am sad.


Are you sure? I looked it up in my 1988 service manual, and it says the same thing, with the same drawing. I can't see for sure on the small drawing you posted, but it's saying that this should be the lock nut:

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I'll give it another try. Are we thinking vise grips since it's round? You hit the nail on the head with your arrow, that be the piece!

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:15 pm

redial wrote:Once it is installed, get hold of a Standing Wave Radiation (SWR) Meter to make sure that all of the radiated signal gets out of the antenna. You may have to adjust the length slightly, a few millimetres at a time is usually enough until you get it as close as possible to perfect.

Thanks Len but remember, America's day starts in Guam.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby spiralout » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:18 pm

shadow02 wrote:
I'll give it another try. Are we thinking vise grips since it's round? You hit the nail on the head with your arrow, that be the piece!

The lock nut should have two flats on it.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby Wayne » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:11 pm

The removable mast with the locknut was available only on the 94 and later SE model. The antenna with the locknut was never available as a Honaline accessory.

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:00 pm

I do not know if my CB is factory or not, or my antenna either, but the CB antenna on my 1996 Aspencade does not have a lock nut either. . . so can my antenna be replaced or do I have to replace the whole thing if or when it needs to be replaced.
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby Wayne » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:00 am

The only fix is to replace the complete antenna assembly. The aftermarket antennas have the removable mast,with the lock nut, as can be seen here.
.http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp ... GL15-CBANT

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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby shadow02 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:29 pm

Thanks for all the help and really great advise. How To Diagrams were a BIG help. Replaced the entire unit as suggested w/ OEM part & it works! Whoohoo!
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Re: Breaker, breaker 19 ...

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:51 am

Great! Glad to hear it. Always happy to hear people's success stories.




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