GL1500 Aftermarket Radio


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GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby rbresina » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:29 pm



I currently own a '91 Interstate which came with a am/fm radio mounted in the left glove box on the fairing. I believe it's made by Clarion. The audio from this unit, at best, is horrible. I would like to replace it but was wondering if anyone out there could recommend a replacement unit, and-or a different place to mount the new radio. The Interstate has fairing mounted speakers only, which will also be updated, but I plan on adding a pair to the rear.
Thanks in advance for the replies.



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Re: GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby redial » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:02 pm

I will not tell you what brand to look for, but these are the features that I would be looking for:
    Able to handle USB input, so that you can pre-record programs that you like, and make sure the socket is on the front;
    CD player for talking books - I find them better than music sometimes;
    Able to handle front and back speakers, with a fader control;
    Standard ISO size - check to make sure your Clarion is ISO size, and then any other standard radio should fit into the same place;
    The wattage rating is suitable;
    The output to the speakers is suitable;
    The colour of the display matches your desires.

And the list goes on. I recently purchased a new radio for my old campervan, and these are some of the things that I considered.
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Re: GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:19 am

I'd buy some new speakers first 3 or 4 ohms..and try them more likely crappy speakers than bad radio and you can always add an amp if the radio doesn't have enough power.

like http://tinyurl.com/pghbmgf and upgrade set around $50 forgot the brand I'll see if I can find them they were on eBay new.

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Re: GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:56 pm

Should be Polk 401's 4" fit..501's too big
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Re: GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby spiralout » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:45 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Should be Polk 401's 4" fit..501's too big

I have no first hand experience, but I thought the 501's fit the front and 401's the rear.

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Re: GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:10 pm

spiralout wrote:
RBGERSON wrote:Should be Polk 401's 4" fit..501's too big

I have no first hand experience, but I thought the 501's fit the front and 401's the rear.



that is what I have heard, WITH minor trimming of the speaker frame edge. . . .
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Re: GL1500 Aftermarket Radio

Postby Big Bob » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:02 pm

I replaced my original front speakers last year with the J&M replacement speakers speakers when installing dash bulbs. The old speakers were shot, cracked and sounded terrible, the J&M's sound better but not very much bass. I just think it's the nature of the amp in the 1500's sound system, not the best feature of the bike, better than nothing I guess!

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