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I think it's in the camera
Holy replying to a four year old post Batman ..... ;)

Made lots of posts since in this thread about what I did to fix the reception .. made it just as good as any car ....

The first few years it was as @Rider stated .. a flexible antenna mounted in the fin .... the last couple years it is integrated in the camera harness .....

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The first few years it was as @Rider stated .. a flexible antenna mounted in the fin .... the last couple years it is integrated in the camera harness .....
Right. I was speaking to the '16, as that's what I have and know. I wasn't aware the newer ones eliminated the short whip antenna.
 

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I have just bought a 19 SLR Slingshot and my radio only has about a 15 mile radius from the radio stations, Is Polaris still having problems with this like when they first started building them
 

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I have just bought a 19 SLR Slingshot and my radio only has about a 15 mile radius from the radio stations, Is Polaris still having problems with this like when they first started building them
I have the 2016 Slingshot and AM/FM reception is NOT good. I use a memory stick and like the results. Welcome to the 'World of Slingshot Insanity'
 

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I have alot of music on my phone so probably just Bluetooth it, I was kinda hoping for a quick fix, never had that poor of reception on anything else
 

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Radio sucks. I never use it. If I want music I use my phone via blutooth directly into my helmet and bypass the radio, or a USB stick in the radio.
 

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Yeah, I didn't even connect up an antennae when I put a radio in my Base model 2019. I have music and audio books on my phone or can stream stuff when not in the boonies.
 

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I installed a cheap sub-$100 round marine stereo and hooked up a cheap antenna. I originally thought I'd install the antenna just behind the windshield or on the fin behind my TD Top, but my antenna cable is too short. While playing around with different locations, I noticed that as soon as I got he antenna above the TD Top, reception improved significantly.
 

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Interesting, our radio reception around here is so sketchy we very seldom ever listen to the radio while riding, (or driving for that matter), but we have noticed that our radio reception improves when we have the MeanSling Sport top installed.

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Asked in a couple threads, never a reply, where is the factory antenna mounted ?

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Just ahead of the middle brake light. To get to it you must remove the back upper panel, the one with the stop light in it.
It's a big panel that covers the entire back of the Slingshot.
 

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Has anyone had any issues with the radio on the SL? Seems like the antenna may not be all the way plugged in??? I can pick up some stations, but all of them fade in and out of reception.
Check out my pics on what I did. Helped out tremendously.
 

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Just ahead of the middle brake light. To get to it you must remove the back upper panel, the one with the stop light in it.
It's a big panel that covers the entire back of the Slingshot.
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Thanks .... but that question was asked December 17th 2014

Not many Slingshots had been delivered way back then, mine wouldn't arrive for a few more months, have made many posts on the subject since and Polaris has not only changed the location, but the type of antenna as well as the entire infotainment system since ... ?

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Just ahead of the middle brake light. To get to it you must remove the back upper panel, the one with the stop light in it.
It's a big panel that covers the entire back of the Slingshot.
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Thanks .... but that question was asked December 17th 2014

Not many Slingshots had been delivered way back then, mine wouldn't arrive for a few more months, have made many posts on the subject since and Polaris has not only changed the location, but the type of antenna as well as the entire infotainment system since ... ?

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I thought about installing an antenna thru the back deck in the fin. If you have a Top (metal frame, not plastic), getting the antenna above the Top's frame will should improve reception. Antennas like/need two things, the first is being mounted as high as possible and the second is a ground plane. On a metal car body, the body forms the ground plane. Some Corvette owners use aluminum tape on the underside of the fiberglass in a radial pattern centered around the antenna hole with the tape touching the edge of the hole so the antenna is grounded to the tape. Connecting the tape to the body's metal frame can also help. For more info, search for "improving radio reception on plastic or fiberglass bodies".
 

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BKL: I have a 16 SL and experienced problem with radio. The antenna was laying down under the center fin. All I had to do was to remove the camera and center lights. I drilled a hole at top of the center fin molding (at the top) and stood up antenna thru hole. Radio reception improved by 1K %. I can get a station 85 miles away.
 

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I thought about doing the same thing with my aftermarket antenna on my 2015 Base Slingshot, but I think the metal frame of my TD Top would still be a problem. I now if I raise the antenna above the frame, my reception gets much better. More Height almost always means better reception.
 

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As mentioned before here, a surprise advantage of installing the MeanSling Sport Top was noticeably better radio reception.........................

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I thought about doing the same thing with my aftermarket antenna on my 2015 Base Slingshot, but I think the metal frame of my TD Top would still be a problem. I now if I raise the antenna above the frame, my reception gets much better. More Height almost always means better reception.
The higher the antenna the better the reception but I did not want a 102 inch whip antenna flapping above my SS. (LOL) I have a TD metal frame with a canvas top on my 16 SL. When I got it, I could not pick up a local radio station. The antenna is only about a 1/2 inch about the center fin. You cannot see it unless you are looking it. I thought about putting an external antenna on the right outside mirror bracket but it looked out of place. I am sure there are better field fixes besides what I did. Thanks for ur reply. Robocop1
PS I can get stations about 85 miles away.
 

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Since I almost always have my TD Top in lace, I've thought about mounting the antenna to the top's frame which would be connected to the Slingshot's frame, hopefully making a large ground plane. Due to the space-frame of the Slingshot, there's a chance it will not function as a good ground plane like a metal body would, but I think having the antennma mounted above the tops' frame witht he top's frame connected to the Slingshot frame, performance should be better than having the antenna mounted to the Slingshot plastics. That's my hope/ theory and I'm sticking to it until proved otherwise.:cool:
 
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