88 GL1500 replacement speakers


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88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby BUCKY AKINS » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:18 am



Looking for a good source for replacement speakers for the front and rear speakers on my 88 GL1500. Any help would be appreciated



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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:37 am

I'm low budget so I went to Walmart.Lo and behold they carry a pair of 4" speakers, of good quality and high power capability,that fit perfectly.
They cost about $30 a pair and sound just fine.
They worked so well I bought another set to go in my 1200 too.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby reasonator » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:42 am

Interesting, what is the wattage rating on those speakers, and brand name?

Thanks, I too am...uh...thrifty! LOL
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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:05 pm

Absolutly no idea.They were the ONLY 4" speakers avaiable in the store.
They are much heavier than the original and sound great.Not home theater,but fine for the bikes 20 watt system.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby macdaddykeith » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:45 am

I also looked at some at Walmart and if I am not mistaken, they are 4ohm and like 50 watts. I was wondering if they would work on our bikes since the factory speakers are 3ohm.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:48 am

macdaddykeith wrote:I also looked at some at Walmart and if I am not mistaken, they are 4ohm and like 50 watts. I was wondering if they would work on our bikes since the factory speakers are 3ohm.


Any higher impedance speaker (4 ohm, 8 ohm, etc) will work just fine, but the sound will be quieter the higher the impedance.

Do not use a lower impedance (i.e. 2 ohm) as it can overload and subsequently cook the power amplifier in the radio.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby macdaddykeith » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:51 am

That's good to know. If I have to replace them, I can be thrifty also and go for the cheaper ones!!! LOL :D

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Kiwi2 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:19 am

When my 1988 1500/6 speakers went to that place where all broken speakers go I went to a marine shop and bought some speakers there as they are water proof.

Can I sugget that you spray a bit of silicon spray over the speakers. Spray over them not at them.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Sempai » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:37 pm

Kiwi2 wrote:...some speakers there as they are water proof...


The factory Honda speakers are not any more 'water proof' than the speakers in your car. When you tear your dash apart and get to the speakers, you'll find a fabric fitted to the grille. This fabric is the extent of Honda's waterproofing for the speakers. If the fabric in your grilles is rotted, torn, or in any otherwise shabby condition, you can get the fabric very cheaply at any automotive stereo installation store. The guys I went to gave me ALL there scrap pieces just to get rid of it, and I redid both my speakers from just one piece of their scrap.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Mag » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:24 pm

Hmmm....there was no fabric. Ok, I was not planning on this, so I need to find some. Speakers are going in next weekend. Was wondering what I was going to do.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Sempai » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:42 am

Mag wrote:Hmmm....there was no fabric. Ok, I was not planning on this, so I need to find some. Speakers are going in next weekend. Was wondering what I was going to do.

Go to any automotive stereo/alarm/remote start installation business and ask them for some speaker grille material. If you don't have that option, go to any fabrics supply store, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, etc. and get the fabric from them...any really fine-mesh knit will do, could get whatever color you wanted as well, but keep in mind, it does not launder so easy. The grille's fabric is not glued or sealed in an way, it just sandwiches in there, you'll see where it goes when you get it all apart.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Mag » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:47 pm

I already have the fronts off (repainted all the vinyl plastic pieces and decided to paint the speaker grill too on the front).

What about the back speakers? I have not taken those apart yet.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Sempai » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:23 am

I don't think the rear speakers have this material there (mine did not.) As far as the grill is concerned, if you have your dash apart already, and the speakers removed, you'll see that there are actually TWO grills in front of each speaker. If I remember correctly, there are 4 screws to remove from the backside of the grill which will allow you to remove the wire (plastc) grill as well as the facial grill that you see from the outside of the dash (smooth panel with all the bitty, little holes.) Cut the fabric to the shape (slightly larger) of these grills and reassemble them with the material sandwiched between them, no glues or sealants needed, and when you have your dash back together, it will all look very sharp.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby gr8jeep » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:11 pm

I just bought the Walmart speakers also , they work perfect !

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby Mag » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:08 pm

Will do, Sempai....also, just may have to go to Wallyworld again for speakers (damn I hate that place, but I can find just about everything I need there)

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby WINGRIDER345 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:24 pm

gr8jeep wrote:I just bought the Walmart speakers also , they work perfect !

Those Wall Mart speakers, do they have 20 oz maganets? What wattage are they rated?

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby gr8jeep » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:28 am

These are what i bought http://www.walmart.com/ip/Scosche-HD-3- ... 4/17128650 , i'm not a real audio buff , all i know is they fit and they sound good to me and the wife .

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby WINGRIDER345 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:47 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
macdaddykeith wrote:I also looked at some at Walmart and if I am not mistaken, they are 4ohm and like 50 watts. I was wondering if they would work on our bikes since the factory speakers are 3ohm.


Any higher impedance speaker (4 ohm, 8 ohm, etc) will work just fine, but the sound will be quieter the higher the impedance.

Do not use a lower impedance (i.e. 2 ohm) as it can overload and subsequently cook the power amplifier in the radio.


When you say the sound will be quieter do you mean lower volume or less backround noise? :?

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Re: 88 GL1500 replacement speakers

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:15 am

WINGRIDER345 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
macdaddykeith wrote:I also looked at some at Walmart and if I am not mistaken, they are 4ohm and like 50 watts. I was wondering if they would work on our bikes since the factory speakers are 3ohm.


Any higher impedance speaker (4 ohm, 8 ohm, etc) will work just fine, but the sound will be quieter the higher the impedance.

Do not use a lower impedance (i.e. 2 ohm) as it can overload and subsequently cook the power amplifier in the radio.


When you say the sound will be quieter do you mean lower volume or less backround noise? :?


Quieter as in lower volume.




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