Stero and speaker replacement

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Stero and speaker replacement

Post by bikeminer » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:16 pm

Having trouble with my stereo on my 1990 Gl1500, keeps cutting out. (short or bad reception not sure) Wondering if is a big job to replace front speakers and add rear ones, or can i buy an updated stereo for this old of bike.

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Re: Stero and speaker replacement

Post by trike lady » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:23 pm

Check all connections and fuse. Make sure the fuse is good and the connections are clean and tight.
Getting to the speakers isn't too hard of a job, you have to remove the seat, top shelter, remove mirrors and then the dash for the speakers and as long as the seat is off you can install the wires to the rear speaker housings and install the speakers.
Clean the on/off switch with contact cleaner from Radio Shack.

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Re: Stero and speaker replacement

Post by burdicda » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:54 pm

It all depends on how driven and hard headed you are ?
I "pimped" my audio on my 88 GL1500 several different times
First I completely rewired the speakers and replaced the speakers
actually ordered the connectors direct from Japan and built a whole new audio wiring harness
Then I wasn't happy with the power levels so I bought a 400W audio amp and put it in the trunk...
actually was yelled at a bike night where I drowned out the live rock band with the music on my wing
as I pulled in.
Finally ordered a nice 4channel SD chip source player with really nice controls for biking and put it
in a marine cabinet and mounted it on a crossbar across the handlebars.....
A nice comprimise...only I can hear it
easy to set controls wearing gloves
Holds hundreds of songs
So summary is:
Buy marine waterproof speakers "West Marine or equivilent"
Get away from factory sound system because of freaky impedence design 3 ohms ....cmon......!!!!
If you like to figit with controls and manually goof with audio while in motion consider an SD unit
and mount it where you can reach it while riding...


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