Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A


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Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby wingnut1100 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:18 pm



I have a 1983 Honda GL1100A.

I am searching for a manufacturer / supplier who has replacement covers for the hole where the factory Clarion II radio fits in on the rear, left side of the Hondaline fairing. (Not to be confused with the hole on top where the cassette mounts)

Any ideas?

Thanks!




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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby bcassel » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:41 am

If you just want to cover the hole, or maybe make it a place to mount light switches, indicator lamps, oil gauge, etc. then go to you local plastic supply store (TAP Plastics is one) and get some sheets of textured ABS. 3/32 inch works great. Trace the hole and break the ABS with a straight edge, round the corners with a file or Dremel and drill the mount holes.

I did on my 82, looks and works great.

You can see mine on the left side.

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby scubaboy » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:47 am

Hey Kim try making your own covers just buy or find some plastic and have someone cut it for you or cut it yourself I did it with my 1100 and it looks good you have to find the plastic I found a plastic seat pan on an old wheel chair and just cut it with a jig saw find something thin enough to give a little . good luck Terry

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby biker4christ » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:38 pm

Kim, if i can find it i have that cover ,5$ and shipping an ill send it,if u want

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby scotterichmond » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:48 pm

I don't have pictures , but the P.O. put a hinged door with a lock. behind the door is a tray that holds 4 cassette tapes for the player .

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby BigSwede » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:19 am

I got mine on ebay, they pop up there now n then, search for GL1100 panel, GL1100 radio plate, GL1100 fairing panel. If you need it right away, the plastic sounds like the way to go an probly cheaper, mine was $24.00...

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby wingnut1100 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:55 pm

Thank you, EVERYONE!

I appreciate all the quick replies. I am probably going to go with making the cover out of plastic. That way, I can make one for each side so they match. (The one I currently have on the right side is chromed steel.) The plastic will definitely weigh less than the steel and won't reflect the sun and headlights like the chrome one does.

Besides, I like the way the plastic looks on bcassel's 'Wing.

Mark, thanks for the offer.

Thanks, again, to everyone who replied.

God bless!

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby biker4christ » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:33 am

Here is the factory part, just snaps in place, i also have a radio if interested
, if you are interested its your for $5.oo plus shipping which shouldnt be over 4$, i use postal flat rate on these smaller item, ups for bigger stuff. I u need an AM-FM radio i have one, works great for $25.oo plus shipping. Thanks, biker-4-christ, 417-414-3473 , God Bless

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:32 am

Hmmm...you know, now that I see that picture, it reminds me: I've got one of those plastic radio panel covers somewhere, just sitting around.

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby wingnut1100 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:40 pm

Thanks, everyone, for the offer to sell your factory covers. Still, I think I will make mine out of plastic. I want to pull the actual radio mount out to be able to install switches for various lights and accessories.

My GL1100A had a factory radio, but I got tired of fighting with it all the time. It was too unreliable. Instead, I purchased an aftermarket radio that is AM/FM/USB/MP3/SD Card capable. I removed the head and mounted it in the dash and lengthened the cables from the main unit to the head. Though it's a cheap $50.00 radio, it plays as well or better than the Clarion II and it made for a pretty clean installation, too. Plus, it's FAR lighter than the weight of the factory radio and all that is required to make it work. The Clarion II design was far from being one of Honda's better ideas!!! Too heavy and too many connectors to try and keep clean!!!

I have posted a picture of the new installation. The main unit is mounted in the Hondaline fairing, below the left turn signal.

Again, thank you to everyone!

God bless!




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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby biker4christ » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:33 am

That looks good, as of yest, im glad you didnt want it, i put a drill an a shelf yest an broke a tab off of it. Typical for my luck lately, lol. Ya the radio wiring in there is crazy for just bein a radio, several times i thought of just changin it out, prob would have this winter,, God Bless

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby bfrawley » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:54 pm

Kim,

Brilliant idea on the radio. I have been trying to figure out how to get a stereo up in that location, but all of the units are too deep. How did you do the faceplate relocation? Does that unit have a detachable face plate that let you solder onto those connections or did you completely separate the face from the unit? Do you have any other pics of what you did?

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby wingnut1100 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:24 pm

bfrawley,

I had to completely detach the face plate from the front of the radio unit (thus voiding the radio warranty). I then had to extend the 2 flat cables between the face plate the and main unit. (Talk about a pain in the 'final drive'!)

Unless you have worked with circuitry and such and are decent at making a solid, solder connection on a flat cable that wants to melt and separate with the slightest amount of heat, I don't suggest going this route. It took me 2 or 3 days solid to finally get what I wanted. For this conversion, I utilized the connectors for the flat cable that were on the circuit boards. If I do it again, I'll do away with the flat cable and connectors on the circuit boards and use some sort of 'fine wire' cable and solder it directly to the circuit boards. Just be sure you put some sort of connector in the cable between the face plat and the main unit. You will need this to make the installation easier. (I like the locking AMP® style connectors.)

I then had to modify the back side of the face plate so I could mount it solidly in the dash. This was a pain, too, but was far easier than working with the flat cables.

Sorry I don't have any pictures of the process. I will be doing some wiring in the fairing later in the spring of 2012. I will try to remember to snap a few pictures of things while I have it apart.

I am also thinking about doing the same thing to mount a CB radio on my bike. I'm just not sure where I will mount the CB face plate, yet!

God bless!

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Re: Replacement Panel(s) - 1983 GL1100A

Postby bfrawley » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:14 am

Thanks Kim. If I do it, I will probably get one with a detachable face plate and solder wires to the contacts on them. I have seen a bunch of guys doing it online in cars, since I saw your post and started doing some research on it.




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