Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio


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Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby dvcruz » Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:54 pm



I admit, other than blowing out fuses, I don't know much about electrical systems.
I have a '83 Interstate with a Radio\CD\Intercom system installed, but not the cassette player. Has anyone tried to connect a MP3 player thru the Componant Terminal box where the cassette player would normally plug-in? Splicing a connector and power source to the MP3 wiring should be easy enough, I just don't know it the Componant Terminal box would function correctly.
Any one tried this yet?
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dvc
(BTW I've already gone thru pevious posts and I've seen where others have put in after market radios and CD players, etc. But I just want a little mp3 player I can keep in the farring pocket with a minimum of cost or wiring needed. Don't care about SAT radion or Bluetooth or GPS hookups)


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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby N2PPN » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:57 am

Hi,
Here's my $0.02 worth for one of many solutions....

Cheapest and simplest solution is to get a FM transmitter for your MP3 player.... essentially it will allow you to take the music from your MP3 player and "broadcast it " back to your bike's radio through the air.

You only need find a power source (such as a cigarette lighter) for the device and then just plug your MP3 player into it.... find an unused place on the FM band on your bike's radio and set the "transmitter" to broadcast on that frequency. Voila you have your MP3 playing over your bike's radio system...

Of course you can get more elaborate by hooking up other things to this set up (more permanent power for both the player and the transmitter...) but this is a cheap, fast way to get YOU tunes playing on YOUR bike...

And it adheres to the famous motto of "K.I.S.S." (Keep It Simple, Stupid) developed by Phil Karns.

Good luck and ride safe,

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby dvcruz » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:39 pm

Hey Rich,
Thanks for the suggestion. Got me searching on-line and I came up with a great solution that I want to pass on to everyone.
Fry's Electronic's has a MP3 player/fm transmitter that plugs into a cig lighter and works great! Not much bigger than a lighter, and has 2gig memory built in. You can also add a thumb drive or SD disk. It takes less than a minute to find a FM station of your choice and off you go (after you load a thousand songs or so).
Best part of the deal - it only costs $22. Amazing.
Here's a link for anyone interested.

http://www.frys.com/product/5797372?sit ... IN_RSLT_PG

Showed it to my brother and a hour later we were on-line ordering one for his bike.

Thanks again.

dvc
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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby N2PPN » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:26 pm

Cool,

Now that's a happy ending..

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby CDub73 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:57 pm

So has anyone actually gone this route to hook up an mp3 player to the Clarion II radio? :?:

I have tried using a transmitter and have never been totally satisfied with the sound quality. :( Perhaps it is due to the transmitter (Canadian Tire brand) I am using but I often get random interference and cutting out. Also the controls for tuning the FM station are not ‘user friendly’, so if the need change station arises it is not a quick task . I have also found 5 DIN to Minijack cables online for less than the cost of an FM transmitter.

I may end up just replacing my transmitter with something similar to what RoadRogue has. I like the idea of a handlebar mount for my iPhone. 8-)

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:31 pm

The one I have I got in Canadian tire on sale for about $10.
Designed for Ipod/Iphone but may work with others
Sounds good to me ,anybody within about 200 yards of me can listen too 8-)

Fm transmitter plugs into cig lighter/power point
Fm transmitter plugs into cig lighter/power point
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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:03 pm

I hard-wired a satellite radio into the Type II on my 1100. I'm pretty sure I talked about it here and included some pictures of the solder point. Do a quick search, if you can't find it, let me know and I'll look it up.

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby B0b88 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:06 am

Sry to hijack... Wing, I read that post! I'm thinking about putting a whole aftermarket stereo that just has an aux port built in or even a USB port for charging :P does this seem like a fairly easy task? The radio would just need power output and antenna wiring no?

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby B0b88 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:08 am

Power, output and antenna*... And would the bike generate enough power to run a cheapy radio without draining the battery?

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:52 pm

Radios don't draw much power, nowhere near what something like a headlight would draw.

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby N2PPN » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:54 pm

Radios don't draw too much power... 25 watt stock radios about 3 amps... 200 watt fairing mounted amplifiers about 10 amps... 600 Watt Sub Woofers (on my bike) ... about 25 amps....

So, stock radios don't draw much power at all...

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby PRACTIKALGUY » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:32 am

Has anyone ever tried one of the FM modulators which "hardwire" into your system where the antenna plugs into the radio? They are supposed to give much better sound than the wireless option. BTW, where does the antenna plug into the radio...inside the fairing?
I've tried a cassette adapter. It works for a couple of minutes, then either fades out or quits all together. I'm not sure if the player itself is messed up or it's a connection issue.

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Re: Hooking up a mp3 player to a Clarion Type II radio

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:39 pm

antenna plug is located under the false tank usually on the left side (sitting on bike). behind the regulator.




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