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Just installed Harley's Hidden Antenna and am not getting any radio improvement from not having one installed.

Vague station reception but nothing like what I originally had.
Vague station reception but nothing like what I originally had.

I installed in the fairing per the manual.

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Going to take off fairing and double check it's plugged in tight.

I hope that's the issue.
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Do you happen to have an AMP installed? If so, usually your radio reception is terrible unless you use the whip antenna.
 
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Those hidden antennas do not work for shit!
^^^^ Exactly what he said. I have the Biketronics one in my fairing. It works when I'm stupid close to the radio station.

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Do you happen to have an AMP installed? If so, usually your radio reception is terrible unless you use the whip antenna.
I just installed the amp at same time as the antenna.
Yikes!!

any workaround??

whip not an option
 

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I was interested in one several years ago. I spoke with the parts guy at my local dealer and he told me straight up that the reception in our area sucked and he didnt recommend them. He even said that he hated selling them because people always tried to return them because they didnt work.
 

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Mine worked so so as was dealer installed. Until I added an amp. I use Amazon on my phone so no loss I guess
 

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I have a 2018 and I think I had my radio on the first day I had the bike just to try it out, I don't think I've ever used it since. Too many other great options for sound out there.
 

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whip not an option
You can use the X style mount between bag and fender with a stubby antenna ($10 at AutoZone). My brother did that when he took the TP off his Ultra, and it worked quite well.
 

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I removed the fairing to have it painted a year or so ago. When I pulled the antenna wire out of radio it came apart. Instead of dealing with replacing it I bought a hidden antenna. It works well. I do not have an amp, just some Hogtunes speakers since the stock ones were blown. I can pick up stations from 50+ miles away.
 

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Generally speaking, the hidden antennas only work in metropolitan areas where you're close to the transmitters. Once you leave the city, they're all but useless. Even a short, inexpensive auto parts store stubby external one will work a lot better than the 'hidden' antenna.
 

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I put a $25 stubby on, only because original was to tall for tour pack. It works when I'm near a town but other wise nothing. I use my usb stick and listen to music.
 
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Just installed Harley's Hidden Antenna and am not getting any radio improvement from not having one installed.

Vague station reception but nothing like what I originally had.
Vague station reception but nothing like what I originally had.

I installed in the fairing per the manual.

View attachment 432512 Going to take off fairing and double check it's plugged in tight.

I hope that's the issue.
Suggestio
What I've done w/ my 2015 and then a 2020 is unscrew the OEM whip mount antenna, run the antenna from the mount at an angle under the saddlebag mount and up through the frame under the seat. The ball end will end up the just in back of the tank. Attach some thin leather where the antenna touches the frame and zip tie the mount end to the original angled mount piece and voila - you've got the OEM whip antenna out of sight. I don't notice any difference in reception from the stock mount. Works for me!
 

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What I've done w/ my 2015 and then a 2020 is unscrew the OEM whip mount antenna, run the antenna from the mount at an angle under the saddlebag mount and up through the frame under the seat. The ball end will end up the just in back of the tank. Attach some thin leather where the antenna touches the frame and zip tie the mount end to the original angled mount piece and voila - you've got the OEM whip antenna out of sight. I don't notice any difference in reception from the stock mount. Works for me!
Sounds like I Should have researched more before purchasing thanks for your idea I'm going to consider it. 😆
 

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I used a Biketronics Amplified Antenn, it worked great on my ‘07. I’d definitely do it again!
 

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I got a cheap stubby, and it works great….

not a “that’s what she said…” post.
 
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