83 goldwing stereo


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83 goldwing stereo

Postby binforgiven2 » Thu May 22, 2014 3:58 pm



does anyone know how to replace the stock cb,radio,and intercom unit on an 83 gl1100 interstate with a cd player? I tried and after i decided i couldn't figure it out i put my old unit back in and now IT doesn't work. i checked the fuses in my fuse block but they all seem to be good.I'm about as far from being an electrician as you can get though, lol, any ideas?



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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 23, 2014 9:21 am

The easiest way is going to be simply removing all of the OEM equipment, putting in a self-contained automotive (or marine - water resistant) head unit with integrated amplifier, and wiring it directly to your speakers. I believe there are plastic mounting kits available that allow you to do this, having the head unit mounted above the dash.

You might want to consider using a USB stick head unit rather than a CD player - they hold hundreds of times more songs, and don't skip. CD's are pretty tough to play on a motorcycle without skipping.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby binforgiven2 » Sat May 24, 2014 8:56 am

Thank you for your reply,i already had bought the cd player.I picked it up from a friend for like 25 bucks,and its waterproof,and it came off an older goldwing, maybe a 79.There are like 30 wires going to my stock plug and i only need like 6, i just dont know what wire is for what.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat May 24, 2014 11:57 pm

call Sierra electronics. They are great help over the phone if you have been into the rats nest of wires so you have an idea what they are telling you on the phone. You can not be more than a 100 miles from them. Make a good ride for you. Sierra is in Troy Ohio on I-75

They still work in these relics.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby blackbird » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:14 pm

I would appreciate input on the relic stereos: Is there a better antenna for the CB and radio on the "83A Clarion system than the originals? I can't pick up radio stations worth a darn and the CB is terrible at best. Is it worth sending to Sierra to have it gone through?

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:57 pm

blackbird wrote:I would appreciate input on the relic stereos: Is there a better antenna for the CB and radio on the "83A Clarion system than the originals? I can't pick up radio stations worth a darn and the CB is terrible at best. Is it worth sending to Sierra to have it gone through?


The antennae are rarely the problem, it's usually the old electrolytic capacitors in the radios that cause the reception/transmission problems. Sierra will fix it for $100 flat rate.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby blackbird » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:23 pm

Probably off to Sierra today. Thanks. Also appreciate reply on brake lines.
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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby Wilcoy02 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:25 pm

put tape on each piece you send them with your name and address on them.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby blackbird » Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:48 pm

Anyone found an easy way to remove the radio and CB unit from inside the fairing? Wow, you would think Honda would have put an easy access door on the back side. Any help is appreciated.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:34 pm

blackbird wrote:Anyone found an easy way to remove the radio and CB unit from inside the fairing? Wow, you would think Honda would have put an easy access door on the back side. Any help is appreciated.


No, there is no easy way. It's a lot of work, wiggling, swearing and tugging of wires involved. :(

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby blackbird » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:51 pm

Thanks WingAdmin, I kinda figured as much. By the way, I received HEL brake lines ordered, and looking forward to getting those on.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:42 pm

The radio wire to the component terminal will be a pinch type connection. You must pinch the little (very little) tab on the plug to get it unhooked.

The radio wire is black with a green ring on it. It will be the 3rd plug on the component terminal.

When putting it back in it is easier to unplug the top wires and plug everything from bottom to top.

A coat hanger is your best friend if you reinstall it.

Also when you take the wires out, WOULD you please note and post :: which wires go above the headlight and which wires go underneath the headlight -only the wires you take out.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby blackbird » Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:19 pm

Thanks Wilcoy02. I have about decide I should have done this during the "dead-of-winter" when we don't ride much, and may postpone until fall. I am also thinking about how to cut some inspection holes on the back of the fairing, and then design some nice cover plates when all is done. Or, hope for a big lottery win and go buy something newer.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:37 pm

You will see the component terminal through the left pocket removed.
Remove the radio unit through the right pocket.
Not sure if the radio unit is bolted to the fairing bracket on the right side or not.

You can take the radio out and still you are able to keep riding.

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Re: 83 goldwing stereo

Postby blackbird » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:03 pm

Yep you are correct. The radio is bolted through the bottom. They did not put the disconnect at the radio as you would expect. The wire bundle goes around to the left turn signal hole, where it splits into 5 or 6 connections. So, you have to disconnect them there, then pull all those wired back around to the right side. When ready to re-install, you have to work all those ends back to the other side to re-connect. Oh yeah, they also did not put a disconnect for the antenna. Honda engineers don't service these bikes, or they would made the disconnect at the radio for ease of service.




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