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Antennas

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:53 am
by Maynardjamesapc
I have a 1988 GL 1500. The CB radio controls have been removed and replaced with a switch panel and cigarette lighter. There is no need for the stock antennas and I would like to change them for something a little smaller and more compact and I certainly do not need the bullet on the left antenna for the CB. So my question is can I just buy any aftermarket antenna and put it on here or is there something specific I need to search for to get a different antenna for this bike or is there another year or model that would convert over to mine? I thank you all for your time ride safe.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:32 pm
by spiralout
I have no idea but if you send a PM to member Wayne he could probably fill you in.
By the way, Maynardjamestool > Maynardjamesapc, in my opnion, but I like both ;)

Re: Antennas

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:44 pm
by Uncle Fester
IF your CB and AM/FM antenna has a removable shaft, you can use one of these options and then buy the mast you want at any CB Shop or Truck Stop.

Option 1 : Foldover mount ( http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SIE-BRKOVR )

Option 2 : Non Foldover mount ( http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp ... %2F15-ADPT )

I plan to use the non folder style on both sides of my 96, with 12" to 14" fiberglass antennas on both sides

Re: Antennas

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:22 pm
by NVSB4
Sierra Electronics is definitely the place to look for replacement antennas.

If you are not going to use the CB antenna at all, why not remove it completely and replace with a filler like this?
I had an Interstate (no CB) and had to get one to replace the empty holes. It really makes it look a lot better.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:30 am
by Uncle Fester
Would that work with out arm rests ? Would it work on both sides ? I ask because one of my ideas for the stereo would not have a radio at all, so. . . . . .

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:29 am
by NVSB4
Uncle Fester wrote:Would that work with out arm rests ? Would it work on both sides ?
It will work without armrests, but you have to put a 1/8" shim under it (that's what I did).
I didn't try it, but it should also work on both sides.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:30 am
by Uncle Fester
NVSB4 wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:Would that work with out arm rests ? Would it work on both sides ?
It will work without armrests, but you have to put a 1/8" shim under it (that's what I did).
I didn't try it, but it should also work on both sides.

Cool, THANKS !

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:18 pm
by Maynardjamesapc
I don't think I worded my question properly I still need the antennas for the radio but I don't need to see me and my personal preference is that the antennas are considerably tall so I would like a shorter antenna with the simplest replacement possible

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:23 pm
by Wayne
Since there is no CB. I would just cut both to the length I wanted and cost would be O.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:16 pm
by Uncle Fester
Maynardjamesapc wrote:I don't think I worded my question properly I still need the antennas for the radio but I don't need to see me and my personal preference is that the antennas are considerably tall so I would like a shorter antenna with the simplest replacement possible
If you look at my original reply, the links allow you to buy shorter antennas (fiberglass) from a CB shop and use them on your bike, so you did state your question correctly.

the suggestion of cutting down the stock antennas to like 12" tall IS a viable option too since you do not have a CB, so "SWR MATCHING" is not needed. . . . .

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:10 pm
by Wayne
I sent OP a response to his PM but since it is an 88 with a Hondaline CB antenna he cannot just unscrew the mast like he can on the AM/FM side. The SE models after 93 had the removable mast for the CB antenna. That is why I suggested he just get a good bolt cutter and go for it.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:42 pm
by FM-USA
Maynardjamesapc wrote:I don't think I worded my question properly I still need the antennas for the radio but I don't need to see me and my personal preference is that the antennas are considerably tall so I would like a shorter antenna with the simplest replacement possible
I sent you a PM.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:30 pm
by Charlie1Horse
Just take them off altogether and replace with one of those tape on windshield antennas around the windshield and fairing. Personally, I think they look pretty neat as a pair, and with the folding base they fold down for covering. Or just give up the OEM radio and purchase the Cardo Scala Rider in-helmet set that has six preset radio stations, helmet-to-helmet com, voice control, etc
Russell

Those who say it cannot be done should try not to interrupt those who are doing it.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:06 pm
by CrystalPistol
What ever you do, don't ruin a good pair of bolt cutters shortening that stubb ..... use a dremel with a cutoff wheel.

Re: Antennas

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:47 am
by FM-USA
Maynardjamesapc wrote:I still need the antennas for the radio but I don't need to see me and my personal preference is that the antennas are considerably tall so I would like a shorter antenna with the simplest replacement possible

Take a gander at this page, might help.

http://monsterfm.com/tech/antcalc.htm

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