03 GL1800 Radio Antenna Connector Location ??


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03 GL1800 Radio Antenna Connector Location ??

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Well, I guess this is what I get for using an independent mechanic to change my air filter. That was late last fall and as I started getting the bike (trike) ready to go last week, I discovered that there does not appear to be an antenna connected to the AM/FM radio. Took the seat off and found the connection from the CB to its antenna but have not found the broadcast radio antenna line. Looking at the service manual, I got the impression that there is a connector under the seat. Is that correct and, if so, where do I look and am I looking for the standard car antenna type connector or am I SOL and the connector is under all the plastic.
I have an appointment with the guy this Friday morning but was hoping I could find the missing connection before then.

Thanks in advance,
Mike
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Re: 03 GL1800 Radio Antenna Connector Location ??

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I have to ask because you did not explain, why is it you are looking for the antenna connection? Is there no radio reception?

If you had the air filter replaced, then the shelter, which holds the radio, was removed which means the radio was disconnected.
Right off hand, I'd say the individual that assembled everything forgot to plug the antenna connection into the radio. I've done that myself.
The shelter has to be removed, or at leaset loosened, so that you can get your hand in there and connect the antenna cable.
You will not find the antenna connection under the seat. The cable is under the radio, under the shelter.

I feel for you. When I made that mistake, and I have only done it once, I was really pissed at myself. I've nver done it again.
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Yes, the problem is the radio comes on but no reception. Guess I will be looking up info on how to remove the shelter. Haven't heard any chatter on the CB either but doubt CB is as busy as it used to be and the trike is sitting in the garage which probably doesn't help much. Anyhow, I found that connection so it should be ok. There is an old hand held CB around here somewhere so will have to dig it up for a test.

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The conections for the CB should not have been disturbed with a shelter removal. It should be operational.
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With the seat out you should see the cable coming out of the trunk. Mine snakes under the upper frame and then shortly goes into a connector behind the relay box. That cable then plugs into the radio.
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Thanks to all that replied.

After I decided I was not real interested in stripping all the plastic off AND that the problem had to have been caused by the fellow who changed my air filter, I took it back to him. He found the antenna connector to be ok but during the original tear-down he apparently broke the ground connection between the connector and the bike frame. No idea what that looks like but he ended up having to splice a couple inches more wire on so he could get it back together. Little worried about that but he talked to a friend of his who is familiar with GL1800s so hopefully all is well. Do know that the radio is working again. Weather has not been fit to go get it yet and it could be interesting when we talk about who did what. Hopefully that will end to both our satisfaction.

Thanks again for all the input.

Mike
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The CB is located in the trunk and the antenna cable to it leads to the trunk. Only the cable wires to control the CB is under the seat behind the relay box.
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The CB is located in the trunk and the antenna cable to it leads to the trunk. Only the cable wires to control the CB is under the seat behind the relay box. I don't think I would use that mechanic anymore. As many times as I have removed my top shelter on my 2005, I've never broken a wire or had any trouble with wires. And, yes the first time I did the work, I also forgot to plug in the antenna wire. Funny though there is two major multi wire connectors that go to the controls for the Radio, etc. I never forget those. And the small connector near the key, can be forgotten.


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