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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Antenna Replacement

I would like to replace the original fold-down antenna with a rubber or flexible antenna.
I feel the reception will not be as good, but I never use my radio but play my music through my
I-pod or thumb-nail.


My concern is are the screw-in fittings on the base standard for all applications?
I notice and was tempted many times to buy one at the local truck stops when I stop for gas.


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Hi Michael, I can't say whether the truck stop antennas will mate with the GL or not. However, it sounds like you just want to be rid of the 36" antenna and go with something shorter. If this is the case, I would steer away from the rubber ducky because over time it will take the form of the bend caused by the wind and look like a tired ducky. You might want to contact Sierra Electronics, they offer a 24" fire stick antenna that comes ready to mount to the GL. Also, if you have a CB, they will tune the fire stick to the GL so it is plug and play when you receive it. I have their single antenna with splitter but if your bike has dual antennas, they have a kit for that also. http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SHK-CB-ANT
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OP did not specify if for am/fm or CB, this antenna specifies CB. Sierra doesn't say if it will work for am/fm. Price is sure right for am/fm if it would work.

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I would steer away from the rubber ducky because over time it will take the form of the bend caused by the wind and look like a tired ducky.
Great point, I never give that a thought.
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Thanks to all, I just ordered the one I need.
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You might want to contact Sierra Electronics, they offer a 24" fire stick antenna that comes ready to mount to the GL. Also, if you have a CB, they will tune the fire stick to the GL so it is plug and play when you receive it.
While a pre-tuned antenna may be very close, in some cases. It will not be a good as tuning it to the actual radio and vehicle it will be used on.
May be good enough for some but, I prefer to tune the SWR myself, so it's as close to 1:1 as is possible to get.
Also, IMHO, a separate CB antenna properly tuned is better than a splitter on a single antenna!
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I guess you're aware the Sierra antenna will not attach directly to your existing fold down where your current antenna is attached?
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Strangely enough Batman, mine mounted and folds over.

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I would like to replace the original fold-down antenna......
.......My concern is are the screw-in fittings on the base standard for all applications?
I notice and was tempted many times to buy one at the local truck stops when I stop for gas.
To answer your question; no, the thread on a standard general purpose CB antenna is normally 3/8" but the thread on your Goldwing is a metric M8.

3/8" is a little over 9mm so it is possible to skim it down to 8mm and re-thread it M8 to suit. I see you've gone ahead and bought an antenna, my understanding is that Sierra simply fit a 3/8" to M8 adapter to the antenna, it would be good to know whether this is the case. Perhaps you could let us know when you receive yours.
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