GL1500, changing old sound to new


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GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby bandit » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:19 am



I have a 1988 GL1500 and was always embarrish with my sound system, having a BMW LT1200 before. There is not really any upgrade to the radio that is worth the effort and also, fitting a normal car MP3 player was not an option, taking that there is no place to fit it. However.....
After some sleepless nights I finally figured it out and it works like a bomb. With a little bit of work it will look like a concourse fitting when done properly. First, buy yourselve a decent removable face MP3 player with a lot of oomph. Remove the whole socket on the radio where the faceplate clips in. You will see a ribbon cable connector there. Try and get a spare one. Extend the ribbon cable by soldering a extention ribbon cable onto the existing one. This can be purchase at any radio shack store. It is the same type you will use on a PC when connecting your hard drive. The reason being, only the face plate is fitted at the front, and the rest of the radio fitted at the back.

Completely remove the old junk radio and by using fibreglass, design a backing cover where the radio use to sit, including a beer can holder for comfort. The face plate with its back is now fitted in this spot. You will find plenty of space to fit any other gadgets. Email me and I will gladly send some pics of my mods. I am very, very happy with my mods and even existing BMW owners can't compete.



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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby L2R » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:39 am

sounds like a great idea. how about some pictures.
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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby bandit » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:13 am

Here are some pics. Real simple solution worth your while.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby L2R » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:26 am

beautiful work. You are right, it looks great, radio is up to date and it makes your bike look like a new one.

I am guessing that you will sacrifice the cb and and passenger communication to do this-is that correct?

also, what materials did you use to fabricate the faceplate / cupholder etc.?
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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby bandit » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:11 pm

I used a piece of perspex plastic, heat it up a bit and bend it for the contour of the opening. For the cup holder I used a stainless steel cup and cut a hole in the perspex, sealed the edges with some modeling clay, waxed it and used it as a fibreglass mould. After that I glued it in the old radio space. A little of body filler and sprayed it. I am very happy with my sound now. You do not really need the intercom if you have decent sound. I have integrade the existing handle bar controls to the ribbon cable to change tracks and for muting. Have fun guys. You never too old.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby reasonator » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:33 pm

This looks great, and I am already brain storming for a mod to my '88! But you never replied to the question of the intercom, does the use of the intercom go by the wayside with this mod, or can the mod be done so that the intercom can still be used for communication with passenger?
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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby bandit » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:48 am

With regards to the intercom, I have a Scarla rider intercom fitted via a blue tooth to the helmets and does not need to have an intercom. The original intercom kept me back all these years in making such changes to take out the old radio. I had cut my losses for the better. I use my MP3 player much more than I use my intercom and with the blue tooth set, everything worked out.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby Wings_of_Gold » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:58 pm

Hey Bandit, would you be willing to make another one (unpainted) for this lowly untalented body man? I would love to have one but unfortunately I'm just not that talented. I do think that with a little probing I can figure out how to integrate the existing intercom. I would be happy to pay for the cost of parts and your time.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kevin

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby bandit » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:31 am

Hi Kevin,
I would not mind making another one cause I enjoy doing it. Problem is that it would be costly for you as I am resident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. If you want to go that route we can talk.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby Wings_of_Gold » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:49 am

Wow, you might as well be on the moon to those of us living in the United States. So youre saying that it would be costly because of the cost to ship the finished part? Could you give me an idea of what you think the total cost would be?

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby bandit » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:11 am

If you use your own shipping company, the radio MP3 player with the mods cost about $550 USD, labour without repaint about $60 USD. Why don't you attempt it yourselve. It is not so difficult. All you need is a stainless steel cup, some waxing, piece of perpex to cover the hole and some fibre glass. Real simple if you take your time in prep. The research has allready be done by me so you know how the end product will look like. After the fibre glass, a bit of body filler to cover the rough edges and that is it.

Let me know and I can send you details in the prepping of the mould.
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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby tjernagel » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:29 am

Hi All!

A few months ago I stumbled upon this website:

http://www.rangeweb.net/~nperry/Goldwin ... ut%202.htm

A few weeks ago I modified my 1995 GL1500 to add the audio inputs. The mod took about 2 hours out on the driveway. The radio was easy to disassemble and put back together. While I was in my radio I noticed I had 4 burned out bulbs for it which I'm trying to get.

When I was finished I skid the blank tape into my cassette, hooked up my IPhone, turned up the volumne on the bike and started up Pandora... Works and sounds great!

I have a Garmin 885T I use for driving directions and now I can use the IPhone and the MapQuest app. It's a great app which includes vocal directions. If I want to listen to a NetFlix movie while on the road I can or even let my passenger watch it from the back.

I use RAM Mounts for the Garmin and bought another RAM to support a ProClip to hold the IPhone (The ProClip shown is out of my car. I have a 2nd one coming that has a arm that holds the top of the IPhone to keep it from falling out). I still have to run the power and audio cables through my handlebar cover and into the side fairing but was waiting until I was sure I knew where and how I was going to mount them. RAM also makes a brake resevior mount I might try but am concerned it will hit the windshield...

For anyone wanting to install a Aux input I would highly recommend this mod. It works and sounds great.

I put together some videos showing the installation which I will be posting on YouTube in the next day or so if you want to check it out.

My next mod is tying Bluetooth into my helmet headset and mic with the audio system... Don't have a clue how I'll do that or if it can be done. Maybe one of you have already accomplished this.

Hope this helps!

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http://www.proclipusa.com/
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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:02 pm

I love your solution for a after market (new) stereo on our bikes! I found this "Deck" and thought some here might be interested in it too, Has AM, FM, Aux input, and USB. It is a MARINE rated radio, so fine for our bikes too. the only thing I have read bad is the back side is not water proof/resistant, but tht should not be a problem in our case. Enjoy and I hope I added the link right ! lol

http://www.prospecelectronics.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_29&products_id=136
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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby flamingbadger » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:50 am

I modified my 1995 to include the audio input and hooked up my Sirius/XM radio to it. I now have satellite radio wherever I travel. I do have one problem with the installation, I get engine noise feedback in the sound system. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of the feedback?

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby tjernagel » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:25 pm

Did you use a shielded cable for the audio connection? If not, that's where your engine noise is coming from. You might also want to check the power going to the Sirrus. Do you have a noise filter on the power to it?

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:31 pm

flamingbadger wrote:I modified my 1995 to include the audio input and hooked up my Sirius/XM radio to it. I now have satellite radio wherever I travel. I do have one problem with the installation, I get engine noise feedback in the sound system. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of the feedback?


Virtually every time you hear this type of noise between newly added components, it's ground loop noise. Go to Radio Shack and buy one of their overpriced Ground Loop Isolators, or, if you can wait a few days, order one from Amazon for half the price. Install it between your satellite radio and the audio input, and it should solve your noise problem.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby dwgeo104 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:03 pm

My sound system is kick-ass. I didn't have to dramatically alter the Honda wire harness either. What I did was to add (in my trunk) a 200 watt amp to the radio output. The AM and FM really rock now - also the amp has an MP3 Plug. I have an MP3 Player fixed with Velcro on my radio face with 4GB of music in it. Oh, I added rear speakers and new front speakers. Along with a fade control in the glove box. I've got loud music now - more then I can stand. The only wires cut were part of the rear speaker fade harness. Easy.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby CLEE » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:53 pm

dwgeo104 wrote:My sound system is kick-ass. I didn't have to dramatically alter the Honda wire harness either. What I did was to add (in my trunk) a 200 watt amp to the radio output. The AM and FM really rock now - also the amp has an MP3 Plug. I have an MP3 Player fixed with Velcro on my radio face with 4GB of music in it. Oh, I added rear speakers and new front speakers. Along with a fade control in the glove box. I've got loud music now - more then I can stand. The only wires cut were part of the rear speaker fade harness. Easy.


what kind of amp did you us? How did you determine which wire was the radio output?

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby Bob Myers » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:54 pm

CLEE wrote:
dwgeo104 wrote:My sound system is kick-ass. I didn't have to dramatically alter the Honda wire harness either. What I did was to add (in my trunk) a 200 watt amp to the radio output. The AM and FM really rock now - also the amp has an MP3 Plug. I have an MP3 Player fixed with Velcro on my radio face with 4GB of music in it. Oh, I added rear speakers and new front speakers. Along with a fade control in the glove box. I've got loud music now - more then I can stand. The only wires cut were part of the rear speaker fade harness. Easy.


what kind of amp did you us? How did you determine which wire was the radio output?


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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby IdahoWing98 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:14 am

I have a 98 1500 and the radio is gutless, I am considering a RockBox replacement which will give me radio, usb and aux in one unit. I would like to take the old radio completely out and redo the face plate to house the RockBox and Sirius Roadie. My question is...if I pull the plugins out of the radio what will it affect. I know I will loose CB and handle bar controls, that is ok. I am worried that it will affect the LCD display. any advice is welcome.

Thanks, Dale

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:05 am

IdahoWing98 wrote:I have a 98 1500 and the radio is gutless, I am considering a RockBox replacement which will give me radio, usb and aux in one unit. I would like to take the old radio completely out and redo the face plate to house the RockBox and Sirius Roadie. My question is...if I pull the plugins out of the radio what will it affect. I know I will loose CB and handle bar controls, that is ok. I am worried that it will affect the LCD display. any advice is welcome.

Thanks, Dale


The clock will still function on the LCD, however, the radio-related items on the LCD (frequency, etc.) will obviously no longer function, as they are driven directly by the radio.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby IdahoWing98 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:24 am

Thanks Admin, I am new to the Wing world, but the info I have received from this site is awesome. I have added a aux cord to the c139/c140 points on radio and working fine for now. Will study more on the Rockbox replacement.

Thanks again, Dale

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby crimbo79 » Sun May 17, 2015 5:12 am

Sorry to bump this thread but it is a pretty awesome solution to the naff standard radio.

Now I have decent speakers fitted this is very tempting to do, my question is how hard is it to get the wings wiring to pair up with the connections on the rear of the car stereo? I don't wanna buy a stereo and then realise the wiring mods are beyond my colour blind ability.

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Re: GL1500, changing old sound to new

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun May 17, 2015 8:00 am

crimbo79 wrote:Sorry to bump this thread but it is a pretty awesome solution to the naff standard radio.

Now I have decent speakers fitted this is very tempting to do, my question is how hard is it to get the wings wiring to pair up with the connections on the rear of the car stereo? I don't wanna buy a stereo and then realise the wiring mods are beyond my colour blind ability.


Some one will come along with the part number, but as I recall, there is a Honda car stereo harneww adaptor that fits our bikes too. . . . .


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