Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location


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Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby Auggie » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:48 pm



I have posted previously about the location of the antenna for the satellite radio. I was told that it is located behind the radio controls in the left hand storage pocket. I did disassemble that pocket and took the controls out and found nothing resembling an antenna. I did talk with a person that said that the antenna could be part of the navi system. Does anyone have any information on this location? I have been having many issues with reception on the satellite radio and our local dealers don't want anything to do with the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby baumedagn » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:32 am

The antenna is located is the dash above the speedometer/tachometer.

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby jkwing » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:16 am

baumedagn wrote:The antenna is located is the dash above the speedometer/tachometer.


I had a Harley Ultra Classic last year. The antenna for the XM was located behind the front fairing, I had so much trouble with losing signal, I took the front fairing off and brought the antenna out and mounted it on the top of the fairing on the right side. Never lost signal again
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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby Auggie » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:19 am

Remounting the antenna is exactly what I want to do. I previously had a unit on the front dash and it worked great and never lost the signal. I would like the exact location of the current antenna so I don't tear the bike apart and its not where I was told. I now have a couple of locations. One is in the rear trunk and the other is under the front dash. Which is true?

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby baumedagn » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:03 pm

Under the front dash. When I get home I can scan the pic from the manual.

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby Auggie » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:51 pm

That would be great! Thanks for doing that. Now to figure out how to dismantle.

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby baumedagn » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:51 am

I sent a pm as I couldn't get the pdf to load

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:32 am

Auggie wrote:Remounting the antenna is exactly what I want to do. I previously had a unit on the front dash and it worked great and never lost the signal. I would like the exact location of the current antenna so I don't tear the bike apart and its not where I was told. I now have a couple of locations. One is in the rear trunk and the other is under the front dash. Which is true?


The actual receiver (handles both XM and navigation, and both antennas plug into it) is located in the trunk. The antennas themselves are inside the upper dashboard, and require disassembly of the upper dashboard to get to. Removing them and mounting them instead on top of the dash is something that many people have done, and all report significantly improved reception as a result. Mounting them inside the dash was a boneheaded thing to do on the part of Honda for the sake of aesthetics.

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby Auggie » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:58 am

I appreciate the communication from all. I hope there is enough wire to mount the antenna on the dash . If Honda was so worried about looks, they would have changed the trunk of the bike to look in place with the saddle bags. They certainly don't match or look right in my opinion.
Thanks again.

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:26 pm

Auggie wrote:I appreciate the communication from all. I hope there is enough wire to mount the antenna on the dash . If Honda was so worried about looks, they would have changed the trunk of the bike to look in place with the saddle bags. They certainly don't match or look right in my opinion.
Thanks again.


Quite a few others have done exactly what you're looking to do, so I'm sure you'll find there is enough wire available.

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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby oilboy1162 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:12 pm

Any chance of getting a step-by-step proceedure for pulling apart the dash. Hate to break something by being ignorant! Pics would be GREAT.
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Re: Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Antenna Location

Postby lorenzob » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:41 pm

hi there ,
this is a late reply to the very bad xm radio reception on my 2009 GL1800! i had the same issue . So i removed the front panel below the windshield &
also the windshield. Their are 2 antenna's 1 for the gps & 1 for the xm radio. I relocated both the antenna's on the top of dash
above the fuel & temp guages. The reception is much better for both the xm & gps . i rerouted the wires out thru the right side of the dash near the side mirrors.
see attached photo





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