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H/D Shorty Antennas
« on: April 15, 2018, 09:06:27 PM »

Curious if those that have replaced the stock whip antennas (AM/FM and Cb) with
the short/stubby antennas have any complaints or difficulties in reception with them.
Thinking of changing mine out. Thanks
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2018, 09:29:33 PM »

I use them on my 15 CVO Road Glide and have not noticed any less reception than stock. Just to be clear, however, the CB works fine. I really don't use the FM that much as I have Sirius XM on the bike.
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 10:38:17 PM »

Changed to shorty antennas on 2 other bikes, no issues. 
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 08:25:05 AM »


The only time I notice a difference in FM reception is when I'm out in the country more than sixty miles from the transmitter for the Chicago stations I listen to.  The whip seemed to pull stations in clearly in fringe areas better than the shorty.  I have no feedback on the CB since I don't own one.

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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 09:07:17 AM »

Do not use CB anymore because the chatter annoys me (look at that tree! Did XYZ get caught at the light?) when I want to be annoyed the least.  On the other 2 bikes, when I still used a CB, did not notice any real difference.  Was always line of sight with signal fade at a mile or less.  Flat terrain better than hilly.  Both antennas worked the same, recall a few rides where several of us tested them on familiar roads, same day, with antenna swaps. 
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 10:37:01 AM »

Put short antennas on Beauregard and noticed no issues with FM reception.  I have not turned on the CB so can't answer to that.
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 11:33:08 AM »

I've used shorties on three bikes with no problems with either Radio or CB.

H-D publishes a comparison - pull up the shorty in the H-D Store, then look under Guides.
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 11:53:54 AM »

All I did with my FM is snip the end off and put on a new rubber tip. Works great.
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 06:49:40 PM »

same results as the others, after changing to the shorty's  :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 06:56:08 PM »

Still the best option IMO.

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Re: H/D Shorty Antennas
« Reply #10 on: Today at 03:34:57 PM »

I did this mod over the weekend on my 2017 Street Glide and it was easy to do and the reception appears to be unchanged. I advise using zip ties to secure the antenna away from the belt and sprocket.
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