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    Hidden Antenna vs shorty

    Hi I'm looking to do the Hidden Antenna on my 2018 but wanting to get some feedback regarding its reception.

    Or if the shorty is a better way to go.

    or if there are other options you guys are doing

    thanks in advance!!

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    Member Clayglide's Avatar
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    I have not tried the hidden antenna, but I switched out the long one for a "stubby". Cost $25 and I get good reception on local broadcasts!!
    2017 FLHXS Crushed Ice Pearl. Ridin' the "Wild West"
    107 cu. in., LRS windshield, soft lowers, stubby antenna, three-pocket windshield bag, {fork, fairing, mid-range, and triple tree wind deflectors}, rear crash bars, backrest with stealth rack, more to come!

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    I installed the HD hidden antenna, and reception was horrible, a customer gave me a stubby one, it's about 3 inches long, works way better.
    2017 FLHXS Superior Blue

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    Have the in the fairing hidden antenna and it's not that good unless your with a few miles of the station. Save your money and do the under the seat along the fender one it seems to work the best.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TomA View Post
    Have the in the fairing hidden antenna and it's not that good unless your with a few miles of the station. Save your money and do the under the seat along the fender one it seems to work the best.
    Thank you everyone!
    TomA would you happen to have a brand or model#?

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    Used existing antennae as Tom suggested and rerouted under fender and seat.
    Works great in my area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hailo View Post
    Hi I'm looking to do the Hidden Antenna on my 2018 but wanting to get some feedback regarding its reception.

    Or if the shorty is a better way to go.

    or if there are other options you guys are doing

    thanks in advance!!
    I use the HD Shorty antenna which has about the same reception as the whip. There is a tab on the mount that can be bent slightly to lower the angle of the antenna so it clears a luggage rack. In the photo below the new shorty is mounted at the new lower angle and I'm holding the OEM whip at the factory angle for comparison.

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    2014 FLHX Brilliant Silver Pearl
    Fuel Moto air intake
    2014 CVO mufflers
    13" Ultra air shocks
    Custom Dynamics LED's
    10" dark tint Wind Vest
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    Fork Fangs
    Saddlebag guards
    HD Detachable sissy bar, back rest,
    and detachable Air Wing rack
    6.5 Boom stage I speakers
    Midframe air deflector.
    Soft Brake 2" Extended brake pedal and 1.5" shift arm
    HD 1" extended swept floorboard pans with 1" outward extensions
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    Founding Member TomA's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by hailo View Post
    Thank you everyone!
    TomA would you happen to have a brand or model#?
    I don't have the model number sorry. It's the Harley hidden antenna and I had it installed when I bought my bike back in 14. Salesmen's suggestion. I very seldom use the radio as I use Ipod's and jump drives sticks with music on them. Can't remember the last time I tried it but I have to be in or close to a city to work good. Out where I live radio reception is sketchy at best anyway.


    2014 Mysterious Red Sunglo
    Stage 1 D&D Boss Fat Cat 2-1 exhaust FP3 tuner
    JW Speaker E2, Custom Dynamic running and tails, 8 plasma rods
    Soundz Customz level 5 Carbon Iron series, 5x7 lids
    Color matched inner fairing and King tour pack with lowers
    Fork fangs, Fairing deflectors, REDA bag bolts

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    thank you guys!!

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    Hello everyone. I actually bought a stubby antenna off Amazon, for half the price of the Harley stubby, and it works just as good as the tall factory antenna. Just a thought!

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