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Gents, I reviewed all the threads regarding poor reception. From the issues others are having and what was done, there was no real solution. This is what has been done to the bike so far. Rockford amp, air horn, accessory power terminal, HID headlight and fog lights. So I did the following

1. I checked and cleaned the antenna mast. Purchased 2 other masts that others have used with no effect. Didnt take the base apart since this is almost a new unit 1,000 miles.

2. Rerouted the light wiring from the main entering the fairing along the left side, along the bottom to the other side bottom where the ballast for the HID headlignt is. Wrapped using aluminum tape the wiring from the ballast to the plug in the headlight. Then unplugged the power to the HID headlight with no effect on reception. So it does not seem to be anything with the HID headlight.

3. Wrapped the antenna wire leaving the radio all the way to the under the tank. Attached a grounding wire from the wrap to ground. Also rerouted the antenna wire so it comes straight up from the triple tree to the radio. SO there is no power wire next to it.

THis is completely baffling to me. What else could be causing the poor reception for the radio. THe only other thing that could be is the radio. The bike only has 1000 miles on it so it just seems unlikely. What other ideas does everyone else have? Thanks in advance.

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1. Headlight wiring coming out of triple tree and being routed to the outside and down, then across the bottom
2. Headlight wires at bottom and wiring coming out of ballast for HID lights wrapped.
3. Location of HID ballast on bottom outside of fairing housing.
4. Overall look. I tie wired up more of the wiring after this pic.
5. Top view of antenna wire wrapped from radio to under tank. Also, I pulled the wire out from where it entered and routed it right up to the radio. Also, the green wire is the grounding wire.
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Bought mine in in January. It had 22k on it. Best I can remember radio worked fine. Here 2 months ago or so (I didnt keep track exactly) my reception went to $hit. I cant hardly get local radio stations worth a darn. I have tried with ipod connected, not connected. Removed the antenna, put some dielectric grease on it. Checked the connection behind the fairing on radio. So far I aint found nuttin.

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Mine seemed to deteriorate as well over time. When I first got her I could get the weather stations and average am/fm. Lost my antenna along the way, only got a staion or two, then put in a fairing antenna, better, but still very few stations and no weather at all. Was loooking to maybe replace the OEM antenna and either go with that solo or use that pluse the fairing antenna jointly. If there is something inherently wrong with the radio itself though????? who knows.
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After both pairs of my Polk MM521 speakers went out, I had to go into the fairing again. I am sending the Polk back after only have them in for a weekend. WTF. Well, I bought the Alpine SPR50 for the rear and Fusion Electronics MS-FR6021 Marine 2-Way Full Range Speakers, 200W, Pair $116. These are highly rated.

While the fairing is off, I rerouted the wiring around. I was only being able to 2.5 FM channels out of 11 in my preset. After I rerouted all the speaker wires, power wires that are everywhere, taping up the speaker wire extensions, I was able to get 6.5 channels. So this tells me that its the radio with a weak signal. I think the radios are the trouble. I bought the extended warranty on my bike so I know winter time the radio is going in.

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I need to look around and find a write up on how to split the fairing on this thing. I was intimidated by doing it on my RSV. But after about the third or fourth time in there I felt like a pro. All the rite tools the first time. LOL I have been working thru the headlight opening adding some stuff and I know its getting ugly looking in there with routing of wires.

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I need to look around and find a write up on how to split the fairing on this thing. I was intimidated by doing it on my RSV. But after about the third or fourth time in there I felt like a pro. All the rite tools the first time. LOL I have been working thru the headlight opening adding some stuff and I know its getting ugly looking in there with routing of wires.
Watch a you tube video or two. You are worrying about nothing. It's not too bad removing the outer fairing, and it only takes a few minutes to remove it. Then working on anything in there is easy to access.

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keep in mind radio stations only broad cast out a certain range or miles.

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Well, I just purchased this cool looking small LED fog lights from OZ, but they killed all my radio reception. I triple checked it and confirmed it was the LED. So another DON'T. Guess I need to go back to halogens.

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Default Antenna noise filter

Has anyone purchased an antenna noise filter when they had LED lights on the bike? I am wondering if they work. After finding out that my fog light LED killed all of my radio reception, I had to disconnect them. I am hoping that the noise filter will work. Anyone know?

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