Clarion Type-1 diagnosis


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Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Sun May 10, 2009 2:01 pm



Okay, it's my turn to be stymied. I'm pretty savy when it comes to electrical, but it stops at the circuit board (If you let the smoke out, it quits working).

I have an 80 GL1100 Interstate with the type 1 radio and the interface box that shuts off the external speakers. The prior owner said it worked, but it's been a long time ago. I just finished un-futzing the fairing harness connections now that I have the diagram.

I have power to all three units, I have sound from the speakers, but I cannot get the face plate to change the channels on any band. I can change the band. AM 1605 draws a weak signal, so I know it's receiving, but none of the small push-buttons work. The volume and all the large turn-knobs work.

Is the problem in the face plate unit or the main unit? I suspect it's the faceplate.


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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 11, 2009 8:13 pm

It could be either - I don't know the Clarion I as well as the II, but I suspect you're going to need the assistance of Sierra-MC. You might want to call them first - I seem to remember reading somewhere that they were going to discontinue servicing type I Clarions.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Fri May 15, 2009 10:45 am

Thank you for the resource. My local electronics guy only does home-electronics. I'm not sure if the guy in Riverside is still there (I hope so), he used to service my Mazda radio when the LCD would burn out. It's been over 10 years since I've been back.

Even if they don't service the Type-1 anymore, they may have supporting materials..(?) I'll drop them a line.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Thu May 21, 2009 2:44 pm

Well, I went over to someone's house that has a couple of sheds of "stuff". He didn't have a single piece of Clarion Type-1, but had a buttload of Type-2 components. :lol:
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 21, 2009 3:14 pm

Enough to assemble an entire system you could install?

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Thu May 21, 2009 3:19 pm

No digital indicator for the radio or CB.

Other than that, I have three controllers (with shelters), two main units, two junction boxes, a CB unit and a (radio) handlebar switch. I think there's an amp in there somewhere (?)
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby propstop » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:03 pm

My 83 is doing the same exact thing. Standing by.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:43 am

I had the last two parts to buy on e-bay, now to test the system. I don't think I'll be using the Type II I've collected now that the Type I console was fixed by Sierra.
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:10 am

How recently did Sierra fix the Type 1? I had heard some months ago that they were no longer going to do Type 1 repairs.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:42 am

About two months ago. The little silicone buttons needed replacing on the control unit.

Call them before packing anything up to send.
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby goldwing 1200 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:52 pm

Hey, let's keep this post going. I also have this type and AM/FM are both stuck at top end of band.
I took apart the push button and discovered they were corroded and non-operatable!
They are about 1/4" square and mounter directly to the printed circuit board. I need about 6
to repair. If anyone has a source or service center please advise.
I use to be an electronics engineer several decades ago so I know a little these circuits.
Parts replacement are always the stopper!

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:06 pm

http://www.sierra-mc.com/

These are the guys I mailed my control panel to. It was $100 well spent.
They can tell you where they got the parts, I'm sure.
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby propstop » Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:51 pm

Looks like I have a type II Clarion doing the same. My problem started after my battery went bad and I tried charging it with a bad cell. Should I try to repair or just find another unit? I guess price would determine which way to go. Also when it was working the sound wasn't very good. Low volume was ok but a little louder and sound was distorted. Nature of the beast or blown speakers?

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:52 pm

That sounds like blown speakers - mine is crystal clear, even at very loud volumes.

For $100, you're probably better off getting it repaired at Sierra. They did mine and it works like new now.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby propstop » Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:34 am

Thanks
Off to the shop she goes. By the way, this site rocks. Thank you for your time and effort in producing this "Goldwing for Dummies". Your How-To articles are excellent. I completely rebuilt my brakes front and rear using your articles as my only source of info.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:00 am

Excellent! I'm so glad that my efforts are of use to people! I love to hear this kind of thing.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby goldwing 1200 » Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:43 am

Yes, Cudos from me to on this great site! I am restoring this '83 GW 1100 and the material has been invaluable.
I have not had to buy a service manual. I guess I might have to send my radio unit in when I get all else finished.
Thanks again for replies.......

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:46 am

Resurecting..

I found that the rear speakers from a 1500 are a match for the failing speakers on the 1100. A little elongating of the mounting slots and you're in business!

... then my radio stopped working again :evil: I was setting the pre-sets and all the buttons went stupid!!! (damit). It wasn't the speakers, I re-installed the radio before changing out the speakers. I had pulled everything out because of rough sound in both speakers and headset, and decided to put everything back in until after Wing Ding or I'd never get it back in time.

This time, Sierra wants me to pull the whole system and send it in, not just the faceplate. I'm pulling, packing and plugging the holes, but I'll be carrying it all with me to Wing Ding and hand delivering.

In the meantime, I'll be rigging up a din cable adapter so I can listen to my IPOD in my helmet.
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:19 am

Another update:

Made my DIN cable adapter for my IPOD and it works, but it needs a little more volume boost or I probably won't hear it above 40 mph. I got onto Amazon and bought an IPOD Amp - tiny thing - it's charging up on my computer via USB port now. $22.49


FiiO E5 is a Portable Headphone Amplifier designed to improve the sound quality and volume of any portable audio source such as MP3 players, iPods, personal media players, mobile phones, laptops, notebooks/netbooks, or portable CD players. With built-in volume controls, the E5 can be used with the line-level output of audio sources for even better sound quality. The E5 provides superior sound quality and works well with high impedance headphones. Two EQ profiles are available for flat or bass-boost response, allowing additional flexibility in obtaining optimal tonal match with different headphones.
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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby dvanvlerah » Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:36 pm

I have a 1983 Interstate and the radio is getting weak and intermitent reception. Is there such a thing as an antenna signal booster? I have replaced the antenna and speakers but when I turn the vol. up it sounds like speakers are blown. Could it be the tuner mod.is bad? Thanks, David

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:11 am

dvanvlerah wrote:I have a 1983 Interstate and the radio is getting weak and intermitent reception. Is there such a thing as an antenna signal booster? I have replaced the antenna and speakers but when I turn the vol. up it sounds like speakers are blown. Could it be the tuner mod.is bad? Thanks, David


That's a common problem with the tuner when they get old. It's not a problem with the strength of the signal, it's that the tuner circuitry inside the radio is beginning to drift. Send the tuner to Sierra Electronics and they can fix it for you.

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Re: Clarion Type-1 diagnosis

Postby MSGT-R » Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:10 pm

They sure can. I hand-delivered mine at Wing Ding and it's already done. They found that there was a cracked solder joint on the circuit board, and a faulty IC chip that wasn't letting FM broadcast in stereo.


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