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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Luggage rack vs antennas

I am in the process of converting my 2013 FLTRU from a fixed mount to a removable mount. I am using the HD kit so my antennae mounts will be relocated to frame. Also installing bracket to retain rear seat intercom plug in and volume control, transmit switch. When tour pack is not on bike, I want a detachable passenger backrest and luggage rack. What luggage rack will not interfere with the cb and am/fm ant (I am using HD stubby antennae )

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Good question. Didn't think luggage racks were that wide. I went that route a few years ago. The HD kit for relocating the antennas was a POS and I ended up making new brackets. I had the stubby antennas angling out the back so any luggage rack would have worked.

That whole set-up made it possible to use the CB with the tour-pak off the bike, but the reception was terrible.

Eventually I went with antennas mounted in the fairing. That set-up has a splitter in the CB line so that when the tour-pac is on the bike, both sets if CB antennas are active and you leave the stubbys on the tour-pak.

Include a pic of your passenger intercom plug and switches bracket. I just tuck the plug under the seat and the passenger goes old school. db

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I run an HD Airfoil 2up luggage rack and the stock antenna with no problems. When I strap on my luggage bag the width of the bag comes close but I've had no issues.
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I run an HD Airfoil 2up luggage rack and the stock antenna with no problems. When I strap on my luggage bag the width of the bag comes close but I've had no issues.
Thanks for your input. Yesterday I went back to the dealer and talked to a guy in parts who took the time to take the luggage rack to the bike and insure that it would work. I ended up getting the tall passengers sissy bar, med pad, and air wing luggage rack. It is a different rack than the first guy had tried to sell me. That first rack was a two up wide rack and would not have cleared. (In his defense, he was the only one who knew about the bracket that HD sells to hold passenger intercom plug in and switches). It pays to talk to several people, and this forum to help avoid bad purchases.
Thanks again for confirming air wing rack clears antennas.
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Good question. Didn't think luggage racks were that wide. I went that route a few years ago. The HD kit for relocating the antennas was a POS and I ended up making new brackets. I had the stubby antennas angling out the back so any luggage rack would have worked.

That whole set-up made it possible to use the CB with the tour-pak off the bike, but the reception was terrible.

Eventually I went with antennas mounted in the fairing. That set-up has a splitter in the CB line so that when the tour-pac is on the bike, both sets if CB antennas are active and you leave the stubbys on the tour-pak.

Include a pic of your passenger intercom plug and switches bracket. I just tuck the plug under the seat and the passenger goes old school. db
The HD tech had tried to sell me the two up wide luggage rack. I got an air wing rack and it solved problem.
I will get a pic of that bracket posted in the next week or so. I did not even know they existed until I talked to the guy who specializes in customization at our HD dealer. (Although he is the one that recommended the wrong rack, I think he just had an oversight and forgot about the antennae. ).
The bracket places the plug in, and volume switch, and ptt switch on the left rear of the passenger portion of seat. ). When my wife rides with me, she wants to use intercom so this worked out well. She normally rides her own but this keeps her happy when she is on my bike). Happy wife = Happy life.
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Good question. Didn't think luggage racks were that wide. I went that route a few years ago. The HD kit for relocating the antennas was a POS and I ended up making new brackets. I had the stubby antennas angling out the back so any luggage rack would have worked.

That whole set-up made it possible to use the CB with the tour-pak off the bike, but the reception was terrible.

Eventually I went with antennas mounted in the fairing. That set-up has a splitter in the CB line so that when the tour-pac is on the bike, both sets if CB antennas are active and you leave the stubbys on the tour-pak.

Include a pic of your passenger intercom plug and switches bracket. I just tuck the plug under the seat and the passenger goes old school. db
Bracket is PTT switch assembly. 77133-09. $59.99
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Bracket is PTT switch assembly. 77133-09. $59.99
can you post a picture of the bracket and its location? I usually ride with the tour pack on the bike but the wife complains about having to plug into the left speaker mount location, then mount the bike and it was a PITA for her so I just rerouted the plug in to the space between the rider and passengers seat, (where my backrest mounts) and now she can mount the bike and then plug in since it's now right in front of her. Here's a picture of her heated jacket plug in. I routed the intercom plug in right next to it.

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Pics of PTT bracket

Sorry it took so long to get pics posted. This is the bracket that holds PTT switch and int plug in for passenger with tour pack removed
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