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Antenna woes finally solved...Clearly tune almost 20 new stations
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Posted 2011-12-29 9:21 PM (#104333)
Subject: Antenna woes finally solved...Clearly tune almost 20 new stations

Iron Butt

Posts: 763
Anderson, IN (48mi NE of downtown Indianapolis)

As we all know, the stock radio on the 2008 Victory Vision has very poor reception. The culprit is the antenna. The stock one is hidden behind the lower cowling. Being behind metal severely limits its reception. In addition, it is not properly grounded allowing interference and noise to further degrade the signal. The stock antenna simply does not work.

I started with an amplified hidden antenna because I didn't want to interrupt the sleek look of the Vision (Metra 44UA200).
It was an improvement, but still wouldn't pick up my favorite station (or many others).

I finally installed a mast type antenna. This did the trick. The Vision radio now picks up almost as many stations as my truck. And they are clear and the stereo indicator "ST" on the display stays on. Most of the stations that the Seek button picks up are much louder now.

The link below shows the installation procedure. Click on the first photo then click the arrow to the right to page through the pics. See the captions at the bottom of each photo. If you are using a mobile device, the captions will clutter up the screen. Best to use a computer. To really understand how much better a mast antenna works, be sure to see the comparison chart which is the last photo in the album.� The comparison chart has also been attached to the bottom of this posting for reference.
Click here for installation procedure

For more details regarding antennas in relation to the Vision, click here:

Parts list:
-Metra antenna, AutoZone AW-UT10B $11.99
-Metra replacement cellular style mast, Advance Auto Parts CF-RM01B (listed on metra site as 44-RM01B) $7.99
-Metra extension cable, AutoZone AW-EC48 (listed on Metra site as 44-EC48) $6.99
-Archer phono jack male 4-pack (RCA), Radio Shack 274-314 $3.19
-Archer phono jack female 4-pack (RCA), Radio Shack 274-337 $4.19
-18 gauge wire

Total = $34.35

There are multiple options for masts and bases such as black, chrome, length, swivel, straight, coiled, telescopic, etc. If you want to upgrade your antenna, there is a style that will suit your taste.

Edited by victoryvisiontour 2011-12-30 7:52 PM

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