Stereo Question


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bobbo52
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Stereo Question

Postby bobbo52 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:47 pm



I bought a 1985 1200 this last April and the PO had a really old crappy dial tune radio in place with a home made face plate. My question is how hard would it be to upgrade to a new aftermarket stereo and do I have to remove the front fairing to do this?



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Re: Stereo Question

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:43 am

bobbo52 wrote:I bought a 1985 1200 this last April and the PO had a really old crappy dial tune radio in place with a home made face plate. My question is how hard would it be to upgrade to a new aftermarket stereo and do I have to remove the front fairing to do this?


It depends on how the owner installed the existing aftermarket radio. It's possible you could pull it out and use the existing mounting method to install a newer aftermarket radio.

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Re: Stereo Question

Postby Harp » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:22 pm

I replaced the stereo/cassette on my '85 with a situation similar to yours. I was able to do it without removing the fairing, as the PO had installed the replacement with his version of a face-plate. I removed his plate, removed two screws - unit slid right out, took me a few minutes to re-hook wiring and replace unit with same face-plate. Speaker wires to rear were corroded. I was able to run new wire right next to the existing wires, replace rear speakers and then pull out old wires. I'm not very mechanically inclined, but I took my time, resolved not to become frustrated and was able to do the install in about an hour. Well worth the time & effort. Good luck.
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Re: Stereo Question

Postby bobbo52 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:55 pm

Thanks Harp. What brand of stereo did you install?

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Re: Stereo Question

Postby Harp » Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:26 pm

I purchased a compatible replacement for the Panasonic RM 1300. I believe it was Audiovox. I picked it up from a guy that was parting out his crash and hadn't replaced his prior - so it was new in box. I seem to remember that he said it was purchased from Sierra MC. My other option was eBay for the Panasonic unit.

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Re: Stereo Question

Postby wilmo » Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:52 pm

I replaced mine with a marine type unit, no CD but inputs for ipod, usb, sdmicro and 1/8", and the standard radio. Didn't have to remove the fairing. Do remove the speakers though and the frames which allows you to easily remove the existing stereo.




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