Eliminating Stereo???


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newtothe1996wing
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Eliminating Stereo???

Postby newtothe1996wing » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:16 pm



I never have used the radio on my wing, I have a blue tooth and use it with phone. That said, has anyone completely removed the head unit from bike to save weight?



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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby spiralout » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:45 pm

Not I and I doubt anyone who rides a 1500 has. You know, the GL1500 is one of the heaviest mass produced bikes ever made. What's 2-3lbs? I'm betting you'll lose some functionality of the LCD without the stereo, too.

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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby newtothe1996wing » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:56 am

Understood about the weigh, and did consider the "interconnection" of the many systems. Will just button it back up and ride happy!!
Only reason I even considered was having carb issues and had to remove, actually weighs near 5# and very high.

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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby darryldevaney » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:17 am

Removing the stock stereo does NOT affect any of the other display functions. I replaced my stock stereo with a modern Bluetooth compatible marine stereo a few months ago and lost none of the pre-existing functionality (mainly clock and air compressor info). I no longer have the radio station on the display, but the new stereo has that so no big deal. Plus I have my GPS wired into it plus a USB thumb drive. Works great!!
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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby newtothe1996wing » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:53 pm

What did you use to seal around the opening?

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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby joeincalif » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:59 pm

That little weight won't make enough difference to notice any change. Heck my body weight varies that much every week!! :D
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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby darryldevaney » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:13 pm

I used the stock radio cover to fill the hole. I took the flap off the cassette deck if the stock radio to fill the niche for itself. Glued it up an reinforced it with a couple of metal bands and bolts. I can't get the photo to upload from my phone but I shared a thread about it back around January of this year.
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Re: Eliminating Stereo???

Postby darryldevaney » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:58 am

Here is the photo I mentioned.
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