Picked up my '82


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Picked up my '82

Postby Five » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:43 pm




Needs a few things to make it like I want it...take off rear light bar, change timing belts and new tires and grips. Overall very good shape and 41,642 miles in 28 years ain't bad...

Radio is stuck on one station, any ideas?


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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby k1w1t1m » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:58 pm

Nice looking bike. It looks like mine. With only 41,000 it has lots of life left.

I've heard people suggest some contact cleaner to free/clean the contacts of the change station buttons. Sierra will fix them too. I believe they charge $100 but do a great job.

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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:17 pm

Right. First determine whether the problem is with the buttons or the radio. Can you tune it using the handlebar seek button? Can you change stations using any of the preset buttons? How about tuning up/down using the buttons on the control panel? If the answer is "no" to all of these, chances are the problem is in the tuner itself, and it's time to send it away to Sierra.

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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby Five » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:32 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Right. First determine whether the problem is with the buttons or the radio. Can you tune it using the handlebar seek button? Can you change stations using any of the preset buttons? How about tuning up/down using the buttons on the control panel? If the answer is "no" to all of these, chances are the problem is in the tuner itself, and it's time to send it away to Sierra.

I don't have handlebar mounted switches. None of the buttons on the unit do anything to change the tuning, though I am picking up a weak signal on 108.0 FM that leads me to believe the tuner is working.
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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby Five » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:28 am

I'm going to try contact cleaner first, then will go the Sierra route if necessary. Trying to keep this purchase as low budget as possible. Getting some new Dunlops and the timing belts, oil and rear end lube change today.
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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby Bob Kennedy » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:27 am

I have a 84 Aspencade and have the same trouble with the radio.
It plays one station only. When I push a buttons on the radio they all work on that one station. When I use the button on the handle bar, nothing happens.
Is there another way to change stations?

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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby Five » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:49 pm

After disassembling the control unit, I found that all of the switches were stuck closed. I used a lot of contact cleaner and freed them all up, but it seems that there is no spring tension on the switches. The bike is at my neighbor's shop getting the tires swapped so I can't test it yet, but I'll let you know once I do.
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Re: Picked up my '82

Postby lake_harley » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:56 pm

Nice looking bike!!

I agree on ditching the light bar "bling".

On the radio question....just leave it off and enjoy the ride and the sound of the exhaust tone! You can always change the "tune" with your right wrist!

Lynn




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