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Has anyone reloctaed the standard little Am-Fm radio antenna on the front of an RT to the rear some place? I'd like to find a replacement longer / better antenna for the RT and also move it to the rear of the bike and am not sure what type antenna to buy and where exactly to mount it. I think I might have to fabricate an aluminum bar that extends out of the rear somewhere to clear the panniers and trunk. Anyone done this? Photos?

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Has anyone reloctaed the standard little Am-Fm radio antenna on the front of an RT to the rear some place? I'd like to find a replacement longer / better antenna for the RT and also move it to the rear of the bike and am not sure what type antenna to buy and where exactly to mount it. I think I might have to fabricate an aluminum bar that extends out of the rear somewhere to clear the panniers and trunk. Anyone done this? Photos?

 

Bill, what are you looking to accomplish here? If just getting the antenna mast off of the front fairing then you could get a flexible one & tie strap out of sight it up under the front fairing.. I have that set-up on my Harley E-Glide & it works wonderful for the FM reception,, not so good for AM though..

 

If you are looking for better radio reception a longer mast isn’t always better (most are long for the CB radio matching part).. If you run the coax cable to a rear antenna mast you will lose some signal to the wire length.. Might be a wash with a better mast or better mast position but you will lose some signal strength none the less..

 

If just looking for better radio reception then possibly leave the stock mast in place & buy a simple RF signal booster to go between the radio & mast..

 

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I was looking for a little better reception, sometimes the radio cuts out even on stations that are close by. For some reason the factory radio does this when the signal is weak, instead of a little static, it just cuts off.

The other thing was I thought it might look kinda cooler having a long antenna towards the rear of the bike. It's a silly reason but, I like tinkering with the bike and adding the personal touch, Know what I mean?

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For some reason the factory radio does this when the signal is weak, instead of a little static, it just cuts off.
Might be a loose connection. My car radio does this. The culprit is a very hard to reach connection that isn't what it should be.

 

Before you get too crazy, can you try unplugging your current antenna and plugging in, on a temporary basis, another antenna that you know is good?

 

Another option is an antenna booster

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