GL1800 speaker replacement


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daemon
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GL1800 speaker replacement

Post by daemon » Thu May 04, 2017 2:09 pm



Anyone have fair advice or links to the procedure to replacing front and rear speakers on my 2005 ?
Local installer quoted me 300$ just for installation.
Only links(YouTube) I have seen do not appear to involve the 1800.
Perhaps someone can help me save a buck or two.
Thanks in advance.
. Mayo



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thrasherg
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Re: GL1800 speaker replacement

Post by thrasherg » Thu May 04, 2017 4:41 pm

I have not replaced the speakers yet, but I know most people recommend the Polk Audio DB501 (Marine grade speakers) as they fit i n with no modification and you can find them on ebay for about $165 for four speakers (I think the 2005 wing uses these speakers for front and rear).

The front are really easy to change, you need to remove the front fascia, that is done by popping out the plastic speaker grills, then removing the allen bolt at the bottom of the trim, under the left & right speakers, and remove the plastic black clips up near the top of the speaker. once the 2 bolts and 2 clips are removed, the trim can be pulled backwards (away from the speedo & rev counter) and it will come out part way. There is a plug that needs to be disconnected underneath the trip, contains the wires that drive the LCD display, then the entire fascia can be moved away. This gives complete access to the front speakers, which are held in place by 4 screws. Undo the screws, unplug the wires going to the speakers, plug the new speakers onto the wires and fit them in place of the old speakers using the 4 screws, and replace the fascia.. Done (should take about an hour). I have not tried to get access to the rear speakers so hopefully someone can advise on that, but I doubt its very difficult!! If nothing else I have saved you $150 by installing the front speakers by yourself!! :D If you have the goldwing service manual, it clearly explains how to remove the fascia to gain access to the front speakers.

Gary

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Re: GL1800 speaker replacement

Post by daemon » Thu May 04, 2017 8:29 pm

Thank you for your advice.
Hopefully it goes as easy as you describe.
Time to shop

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Re: GL1800 speaker replacement

Post by thrasherg » Fri May 05, 2017 9:37 am

daemon wrote:Thank you for your advice.
Hopefully it goes as easy as you describe.
Time to shop
If you are in the Texas, Dallas area (quite a ride for you) any time, I will be happy to help you do it!! :D

Gary

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Re: GL1800 speaker replacement

Post by oilboy1162 » Tue May 09, 2017 8:03 pm

2012 and newer use the db651s for the fronts. both front and rear need minor trimming but the sound improvement is well worth it.
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: GL1800 speaker replacement

Post by NKYWinger » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:28 am

oilboy1162 wrote:
Tue May 09, 2017 8:03 pm
2012 and newer use the db651s for the fronts. both front and rear need minor trimming but the sound improvement is well worth it.
Actually, the redesign starting with 2006 requires dB651's in the front....dB501's still fit the rear


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