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Antenna relocating help!

Just got a used 2011 RGU that has two large whip antennas on the back of tour pack. Previous owner has put a quick disconnect on tour pack, but antenna wire runs through the frame of quick disconnect of tour pack. If I disconnect the antenna wire they are just going to lay down between bags and wheels and then no reception for radio I guess. I would like to relocate the antenna down to the lower rear fender where I have seen other bikes. Not sure how they did this. Not wanting to buy the harley kit. Law abiding biker has a video about it but they want $25 for the video. I have seen Swomack's post on relocating but can't really tell where to install. I guess I need to go ahead and take off tour pack and see what my options look like or look at some other bikes to see what they did.
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The dealer was showing me their "quick detachable " tour pak set up when I bought my 2012 ultra they left the stock wiring in place, including the antennae wires. Not the right way. You really have to use the HD wiring kit, or fabricate something similar. The kit moves the fm and cb antenna bases down to the saddle bag support brackets, like the customs or street glides, for when you take off the TP. Then the wires from the tour pak connect there with an adapter when you put it back on.
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Just got a used 2011 RGU that has two large whip antennas on the back of tour pack. Previous owner has put a quick disconnect on tour pack, but antenna wire runs through the frame of quick disconnect of tour pack. If I disconnect the antenna wire they are just going to lay down between bags and wheels and then no reception for radio I guess. I would like to relocate the antenna down to the lower rear fender where I have seen other bikes. Not sure how they did this. Not wanting to buy the harley kit. Law abiding biker has a video about it but they want $25 for the video. I have seen Swomack's post on relocating but can't really tell where to install. I guess I need to go ahead and take off tour pack and see what my options look like or look at some other bikes to see what they did.
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The cleanest way of handling this is to use faring antennas. The H-D AM/FM/WX faring antenna is relatively cheap ($79), but the CB will need to be aftermarket and is a little pricier dependent on manufacturer. This approach eliminates with whip antennas entirely.

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The cleanest way of handling this is to use faring antennas. The H-D AM/FM/WX faring antenna is relatively cheap ($79), but the CB will need to be aftermarket and is a little pricier dependent on manufacturer. This approach eliminates with whip antennas entirely.
Sorry if I asked dumb questions, but is one of my antennas for a cb and one for am/fm? Don't have the cb so I could just hide that one away and only worry about relocating the am/fm?
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On my '15 RG I use the kit that @BlazingSaddle showed in his post. I am using a chopped pak I had installed on my '12 and just moved it over to the '15, but when it was on my '12, I modified the original RG mount the comes through the left side rear fender. I made it so the antenna laid back just far enough to clear the pak. Worked like it should and didn't look out of place. If I can find a pic I will post it.

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On my '15 RG I use the kit that Blazing saddle showed in his post. I am using a chopped pak I had installed on my '12 and just moved it over to the '15, but when it was on my '12, I modified the original RG mount the comes through the left side rear fender. I made it so the antenna laid back just far enough to clear the pak. Worked like it should and didn't look out of place. If I can find a pic I will post it.
Is the left side antenna the am/fm antenna?
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Is the left side antenna the am/fm antenna?
On an Ultra I am not sure, but on a regular RG there is only one. Easiest way to determine is to listen to the radio with good reception and remove or unplug an antenna and you should find out right quick which one you have in your hand by the reception dropping out.
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Is the left side antenna the am/fm antenna?
I ride an ultra, and that's where the am/fm antenna is located. Ultras didn't come with a CB in 16 so I don't have two antennas, but I don't think it makes a difference which side you mount them. I read a post and it had a pic of a bike with both of them mounted, but couldn't tell you which forum it was on.
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Here is a pic of my '12 with the modified antenna position. I cannot recall if the Ultra rear fender facia has the same cutout as a FLTRX, but this was what I am talking about so I didn't have to rely on a tour pak mounted antenna. It looks better with the pak on though and you can even trim the antenna mast down for better looks.

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