Radio Head unit


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Radio Head unit

Postby clicker11 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:33 pm



I have a 94 aspencade. I had the front speakers changed out. only the lift side is playing. the right side and the back speakers dont work. someone said that the channels are bad in the unit. i took the unit out and sprayed contact cleaner on and put back on, no change. does anyone know a ease fix. thanks



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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby Hoosier Jack » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:32 am

It has been my recent experience that there is no easy fix for anything, but maybe here is a troubleshooting guide that will help you. It is written with car audio in mind, but maybe you will find it helpful. I saved it for myself just in case some day.

http://www.caraudiohelp.com/newsletter/troubleshooting_speakers.html

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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby newday777 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:12 am

Welcome to the forum clicker11
The Aspencade model didn't come stock with rear speakers or a fader, they would have been added by a previous owner or a dealer installed item at some point of the bikes life.

Do you have a fader added on your Aspencade , sometimes they were on the dash key panel that removes to get the radio out(there is a hump in the Honda accessory fader panel panel rearward of the key, knob to the left side of hump), sometimes aftermarket faders were added elsewhere on the fairing or into the key panel by drilling a hole.
Do you have rear speakers? Where they working for you recently or is this a new bike to you?
Faders have a tendency to gather dirt like all the switches on our wings and need cleanings yearly.
Rear speaker harnesses run up beside the hinges and get routed incorrectly causing the wires to get pinched and broken.
These items above verified, Sierra Electronics repairs the radios. The last I knew it was a flat fee of $125 plus shipping, over a year ago.

Please reply a post back what you have and also what you find to your fix to help others later that use the search tool to find a fix for their same problem. It's not nice to ask a question, then just leave your post hanging unanswered to how you fixed it. Poor forum maners.
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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby clicker11 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:19 am

There is a fader switch that was disconnected by the previous owner but the back speakers were playing at one time. now only one speaker is playing up front. the front speaker on the left is playing but the right is not playing. dont know why the previous owner disconnected the rear fader. if i could get both front speakers playing i would be somewhat happy. lol

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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby newday777 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:44 am

I would start with the wires and the speakers themselves. The right front is probably blown speaker.
Swap speakers or run jumper wires from working side or better yet get new speakers, Polk are good marine grade. Lots of posts on using them. The stock and cheap speakers are not worth the effort to put in.
The rear is probably busted wires.

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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby clicker11 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:30 pm

The speakers in the front are brand new.

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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby Johnf1059 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:27 pm

Hi, I just got my 94 interstate. the previous owner just put new speakers in the back. They do work but you have to put your ear down close to hear them. Is this because their is no fade controller installed. Also I need to figure out how to tune in a specific station. All I can do is scan for what ever it will pick up. Or is that all I can do?
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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:11 am

Johnf1059 wrote:Hi, I just got my 94 interstate. the previous owner just put new speakers in the back. They do work but you have to put your ear down close to hear them. Is this because their is no fade controller installed. Also I need to figure out how to tune in a specific station. All I can do is scan for what ever it will pick up. Or is that all I can do?


First, welcome to the forum.
I have an Interstate as well, and there isn't a fade control. Have the speakers ever worked normally? If the PO just put in new speakers, I would check the wiring and make sure that everything is plugged in well. It's also possible that the PO put in speakers that have a higher wattage requirement than the radio puts out normally. You would then need to replace the speakers again with the correct ones or get an amp.

To set a station into memory, first push the scan button down until you see the display showing Ch1 in the top left corner. Then tune to the frequency by pushing the scan button up. When you get to the frequency that you want, hold the scan button down to put it into memory. Push the scan button down again to move to Ch2, repeat the steps to scan and save the next station you want. Now all you have to do is push the button down to move between stations.
If you are having a hard time finding stations that should be clear, check the antenna connections.
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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:52 am

If there is an aftermarket fader installed (look for a knob that doesn't look original) it's possible it just needs to be adjusted.

Otherwise, it's also possible that you have a blown memory fuse - does the clock keep time when the bike is turned off?

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Re: Radio Head unit

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:06 am

WingAdmin wrote:If there is an aftermarket fader installed (look for a knob that doesn't look original) it's possible it just needs to be adjusted.


That's why it's great to have you around. I completely forgot about the possibility of an aftermarket fader. :D


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