Installation Instructions For A Satellite Radio On A Harleydavidson

XM Satellite is one choice for satellite radio.

Satellite radio offers many different radio stations, from, Hip Hop and Jazz to Classical and New Age, along with talk radio, traffic and weather. The best thing about these channels is that they are available no matter where you are. You can jump on your Harley-Davidson, turn on your favorite station and listen to it all the way across the country. This means no more channel surfing every hour or two. These instructions apply to a Harley-Davidson manufactured prior to 2004.

Instructions

Mounting Brackets and Antenna Installation

1. Locate the main fuse. This will be behind a triangle-shaped plate that is usually near the battery. Remove the main fuse before proceeding as well as the fuel pump fuse. If your Harley has a circuit breaker, disconnect the negative battery cable with a wrench.

2. Remove the fuel from the fuel tank with either a siphon or, if equipped with a cross-over hose, disconnect one side of the hose, plug the end of it and put a piece of tubing on the nipple. Remove the fuel line by pulling upwards on the attachment at the tank. Remove the bolts and then the fuel tank.

3. Use a hex head screwdriver to remove the two screws that hold the clutch lever to the handlebar. Then insert the two button-head screws into the mounting bracket, through the holes above and below the slot. Place a spacer over the threads of each screw. Insert the screw threads into the holes in the clutch lever clamp removed earlier.

4. Insert the four studs on the back of the satellite radio receiver through the four holes in the receiver’s mounting bracket. Then mount the antenna bracket onto the back of the receiver’s mounting bracket, using a lock nut in each of the bottom two studs. Install the antenna bracket onto the top two studs and add a lock nut onto each top stud. Use a wrench to tighten the lock nuts.

5. Clean the mounting surface of the antenna bracket and the bottom of the antenna with a damp shop rag. Then peel the liner from one side of the tape included in the kit and apply the tape squarely onto the bottom surface of the antenna. Peel the liner from the exposed side of the adhesive tape onto the antenna base. Position the antenna over the bracket without touching the tape to the bracket. Center the antenna over the bracket with the antenna cable towards the center of the vehicle. Press the antenna squarely and firmly onto the bracket and hold pressure for one minute.

Harness Routing and Connection

6. Use the unconnected end of the harness to follow the existing wiring from the left side handlebar switches over to the center of the handlebar.

7. Route the wires down through the upper fork bracket, past the steering head and back along the frame towards the seat.

8. Locate the main harness chassis ground connection on the frame. Use either the wrench or hex head screwdriver to remove the ground screw or nut.

9. Select the appropriate ring terminal to fit the ground screw or stud. Use wire ties and adhesive-backed clips from the kit to fasten the satellite receiver harness wires onto the frame. Verify that the harness wires do not pull tight when the handlebars are turned fully to the left or right fork stops.

10. Cut the black wire on the harness with wire cutters to easily reach the ground location then crimp the ring terminal onto the end of the wire. Install the ring terminal onto the ground connection and crimp it to hold the wire in place.

11. Locate the orange/white wire on the vehicle harness that leads to the rear lighting connector under the seat. Use wire cutters to cut the orange/white wire in a location that will allow for easy stripping and splicing to the orange/white wire on the satellite receiver harness. Cut the excess length from the orange/white wire on the satellite receiver harness to within easy reach of the orange/white vehicle harness wires. Then use the red button-splice connector from the kit to splice the three orange/white wires.

12. Open the cover of the fuse holder on the satellite receiver harness. Plug the two-amp fuse from the kit into the fuse holder and close the cover.

13. Check along the entire length of the wiring for any rubbing, chafing or pinch points.

Satellite Receiver Connection

14. Locate the jack wire on the satellite receiver harness. Then route the stereo jack to the “AUX-in” port on the face of the bike’s radio.

15. Remove the rubber plug cover from the “AUX-in” port then plug the satellite receiver jack into the “AUX-in” port on the radio.

16. Fold the antenna cable in half then insert the connector on the antenna cable into the mating connector on the back of the satellite receiver. Route the antenna cable down the handlebar alongside the satellite receiver harness.

17.Use the wire ties and adhesive-backed clips from the kit, as necessary, to fasten the satellite receiver harness, jack wire and antenna cable onto the handlebar.

18. Verify that the harness wires do not pull tight when the handlebars are turned fully to the left or right fork stops.

Final Assembly

19. Reinstall the fuel tank.

20. Verify that the ignition/light key switch is in the “Off” position.

21. Reinstall the main and fuel pump fuses, or if you have a circuit breaker, apply a light coat of petroleum jelly to the battery terminal. Then reattach the battery cable.

22. Reattach the seat onto the bike and refill the fuel tank.