New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio


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New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby ross1358 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:04 pm



Just got a 1986 GL1200 Interstate this week. I'd like to replace the factory radio but the key cylinder for releasing it is missing. Any ideas of how I can get in there to release it without having to tear the fairing off? Seems like is should be able to go thru the hole where the cylinder was but I'm not sure what I'm looking for in there.



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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:51 pm

If you cant see a way to release it from in side the key, then try to get a thin peice of metal (like a old hacksaw) blade and slide it in and pop the release tab. Good Luck Hal
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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby seabee_ » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:55 pm

Is the entire keylock assembly gone, or just the part of the tumbler where the key slides in? This will make a difference how to do this. Let me know so I can tell you how to go about it.
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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby SilverDave » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:57 pm

The factory radio is a pretty tough beast, controlled via handlebar controls, and quite fixable ( When you get it out !)

if its toast, before you chew up the dash for installing a newer one, you might try Sierra electronics ... They have 1200 "Test Benches " and can still repair that radio, for less than a new one ...

Of course if you want a more modern radio that plays CD's ,instead of tapes , and has a USB plug for your MP-3's then you might not want to repair it ...... but if you want to keep it " stock" then Sierra can repair it .

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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby ross1358 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:47 pm

Another thing different about mine is I don't have a clock where the key should be. Mine has a volt meter. I've attached a photo. I tried sliding a hacksaw blade between the radio and meter but it won't go in but a quarter inch or so.
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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby seabee_ » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:57 pm

If you look inside the 'keyhole', about 1&1/2" down and left, you might see a small tab that will move upward. That will release the locking mechenism to slide the radio out. I would post pic for you now, but I'm in Boston with the wife now. If you don't have it out by mon I will post some pics to show you.
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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby seabee_ » Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:53 pm

Don't know if you have gotten your radio out yet but here are the pics if you or someone else might need them.
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The square box is the release tab operated by key cylinder.
The square box is the release tab operated by key cylinder.
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Re: New here - First Wing - Need to replace radio

Postby seabee_ » Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:56 pm

I is possible to get to the release mechanism through the fairing. It is a tight fit though.
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The square box shows the tab hooks which hold the radio in place.
The square box shows the tab hooks which hold the radio in place.


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