Just go to your local auto parts store and get a 12" flexible antenna, it costs like $10. I still get all my radio stations in with no problems at all, and they look a hell of allot better then the stock whips.hedgehog1 said:To those of you that have cut down the stock antenna on your FLHX, how much did you cut off of it? I want to cut it down lower but don't want to kill my reception. Any input would be appreciated.
That was some timing...lol...yes we like antenna theory..I build most of my own anything from yagi's to dipoles..toybox99615 said:I'd suggest you find a friend who is into ham radio. There is a lot of theory that goes into antenna length. Cutting one off could be a disaster. The length of an antenna is directly related to the frequency you are attempting to receive.
I'd do an internet search for ham operators. I know they have a lot of sites. And my experience with hams is that they are all willing to lend assistance is these kind of issues. After all that is their hobby and interest area.
[OPS! I guess I was posting at the same time W4EGV was posting]
i'm thinking of getting these...kind of pricey, considering i've seen the radio antenna for only $5-10...Krayven Sumhead said:I bought a couple of these from 'Freedom Cycle ' . $90.00 us for the pair.
Why cut and ruin your stock antenna when you can buy a 14" rubber flexible replacement one for $10? Just seems like a waste to cut the stock one, take it off and save it just in case you ever sell the bike.hedgehog1 said:Thank you for all the technical data but all I want to know is how many inches can I cut off the AM/FM radio antenna on my Streetglide without loosing reception. I just want to keep both of my eyeballs in my head and not skewered on my antenna.
Go ahead and do just what you are talking about doing. Cut it down in size, (not too short) and then just grind or file a bit off the bottom part, just to expose the bare metal, before putting in back in the base. It will work just fine. I have done the same on my FLHX and my Road Glide previously with no problems. Just keep it taller than 12" and you will be fine...............hedgehog1 said:I don't want to cut it down too much. I was thinking of taking 10-12"s off of it. Just enough to get it out of my eyes.
on my street glide I cut it off so its about 16" high with no change in reception (don't read to deep into it and cut it off ) I first cut it in half then got brave and wacked it down and it still works greathedgehog1 said:I don't want to cut it down too much. I was thinking of taking 10-12"s off of it. Just enough to get it out of my eyes.