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CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:59 am



Has anyone tried one of these? They claim it plugs in where the CD changer would go, and then you can control the MP3 with the radio buttons.





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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by themainviking » Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:37 pm

Yup, it's true. Mine looks just like that, except it says J&M on it. It takes a SD card (2GB in mine) and will work with up to 99 songs in a root directory and five folders of 99 songs each. If you run out of gigs like I did, at about 55 songs per, then that is what you will get. Every so often, I have to stop and turn the bike off, and take the card out and reset the unit, but it is not an often thing. Maybe four times a riding season. J&M had it and said they fixed it, but no change. It is only a minor nuisance. And yes, it will work with your handlebar switches, showing each folder as being a CD.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:25 pm

Thanks for that info. I would have bought one already, but they are a little spend y, and coming directly from China. I would prefer to find a local supplier. It says it will take up to an 8 GB SD card.

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by themainviking » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:42 am

You may have to spring for that one. I just googled J&M and could not find one on their web site any longer. They had a sale on them a while back for $79 and may have sold out their stock with no intention of replacing it. Or if you search their site you may find something I missed.

http://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=32
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by themainviking » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:15 am

Wayne wrote:They are still available here http://www.sierra-mc.com/proddetail.asp ... GW-IPD-V03
Also an MP3 player, however it is not the same model. The J&M units work quite well, but I have heard negativity about the BikeMP3 ones. I did find a bunch of DMC units on sale at EBay for as little as $49. A search for GL1800 MP3 Player on Ebay might bring them up.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by Wayne » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:56 am

The J&M unit was the 1st generation of the DMC, same as the troublesome 1st generation of the Bike MP3 unit. The J&M DMC was discontinued due to the problems with the unit. Sierra imported the same DMC units from China but were 100% tested before shipping and had very few problems. The new players have all but eliminated problems. Still need to have reset unit, $12, if bike is equipped with OEM GPS.

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by themainviking » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:25 am

Wayne wrote:The J&M unit was the 1st generation of the DMC, same as the troublesome 1st generation of the Bike MP3 unit. The J&M DMC was discontinued due to the problems with the unit. Sierra imported the same DMC units from China but were 100% tested before shipping and had very few problems. The new players have all but eliminated problems. Still need to have reset unit, $12, if bike is equipped with OEM GPS.
Good to hear that problems have been all but eliminated. I do not understand your final sentence about having to reset for $12 if the bike has an OEM GPS. My 2009 has the OEM Navi (GPS) and I do not have an extra item (for $12) or firmware or whatever it is that costs an additional fee, and I do not need to reset my first generation very often. Could you explain this more fully, Wayne? Thanks.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by Wayne » Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:58 am

The reset unit is necessary if the battery is disconnected or goes dead for any reason due to the GPS takes control of the input to the audio unit that is shared by the CD input. Since my 08 level 3 has the GPS and we often kill the battery testing antennas or other devices, or just leave the key on ACC, we have to reset the input often. With the reset unit this is done in the trunk rather than having to remove the seat and unplug the MP3 and plug it back in to reset the input.

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by themainviking » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:54 pm

Wayne wrote:The reset unit is necessary if the battery is disconnected or goes dead for any reason due to the GPS takes control of the input to the audio unit that is shared by the CD input. Since my 08 level 3 has the GPS and we often kill the battery testing antennas or other devices, or just leave the key on ACC, we have to reset the input often. With the reset unit this is done in the trunk rather than having to remove the seat and unplug the MP3 and plug it back in to reset the input.
Okay. If I wish to unplug my MP3 unit, I can do this in the trunk, by disconnecting the serial plug from the back edge. To reset my unit, I simply press the button in the center of the face(also in the trunk). Now, however, I understand what happens when it needs to be reset. The GPS has taken control. Or perhaps this only applies to the unit you have, which if it is the one Sierra sells, then is the Bike MP3 unit, which is not the same unit as the J&M or DMC units.

Oh, by the way mweddy@gmail, I did find the new J&M units for GL1800 bikes. They are here:

http://www.jmcorp.com/ProductDetail.asp ... JMDM-GL18E

They are a bit pricier than the one Wayne was indicating at Sierra. Both companies appear to have gone to a second version of their players.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by Wayne » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:19 pm

Sierra has the JMDM-GL18E in stock but J&M on their site will not have any till March 2017.
We saw the problem with the need for the reset unit as soon as the 06 with GPS was available. Pain in the arse taking seat off and on.
These were offered originally for the Acura. Honda uses the same logic and harness on the G/W. The version 3 is the latest version of these units.

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:43 pm

Thanks for all of the information.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by MikeB » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:10 pm

I've been using the Bike MP3 unit for about six years. I have had two different units. One of them malfunctioned after about three years and I got a reduced price warranty replacement from Bike MP3. If I was in need of a replacement, I'd get another Bike MP3 player if available. I'd also recommend to others that it would be the one to lean towards. I had one of the other units from ebay, don't remember what brand, and it had problems. About every other week after starting the bike, I had to stop, turn off the ignition and then restart again because that player would lock up. I think that has happened only twice with the Bike MP3 in six years.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by dan48041 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:58 am

I have been using the BikeMp3 unit in my 2005 Goldwing and I have never had any issue with it. Some of the other units would freeze up but if you follow this procedure for turning it off, you most likely can eliminate the freezing up situation. Always select a different radio mode, such as FM and then turn off the radio. If you leave the unit running and then just shut off the bike or radio it can freeze up. Also, if you change tracks or CD selection too fast, the unit can lock up. When changing tracks, let the next song start before you move to the next. I have done this procedure for over two years and the unit has never locked up or frozen. When you turn on the unit, select FM and then CD and the unit will remember where it was from the last time it was shut down.

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:32 pm

Sorry to have to add one more question, but I failed to ask if I can install one of these units when my bike did not come with a CD changer from the factory. The controls appear to be there, and the place in the trunk, but is the wiring there, or would I need to wire it into the stereo controls?

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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by MikeB » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:37 pm

All motorcycle the wiring is in place. All you need is the MP3 player and the associated wiring harness that comes with it.
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by oldwing1100 » Mon May 01, 2017 11:27 am

I purchased a Yatour DMC, installed it and had some strange problems including locking up the head unit that required disconnecting the battery to unlock it. After some words with the seller I found out the Yatour has issues with Kingston brand USB thumb drives.
So I just use an SD card for my MP3 files and have had no problems. The Yatour DMC cost me about $60 Canadian.
I made a video of the installation and some of the operation...
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Re: CD Changer to MP3 conversion

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Mon May 01, 2017 9:19 pm

Lots of good information. Thanks to all.



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