2001 GL 1800 radio


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2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby b8210t » Fri May 10, 2013 9:50 am



HELP. My friend has a 2001 GL 1800. The radio and CB work fine thru the external speakers, but there is no sound or output from the headsets (chatterbox). The headsets have been tried on other 1800's and work. But not thru the front or passenger pigtails on their bike. Question is, would I look for bad wiring at both pigtails, only the front or rear, OR, is the radio itself bad at the point of the pigtail leads? Simply put, it the output from the radio itself bad only for the headset function?



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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby themainviking » Fri May 10, 2013 1:47 pm

Silly question I know, but did your friend repress the buttons on the CB and Radio to route the signal to headsets instead of speakers?
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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby b8210t » Fri May 10, 2013 2:53 pm

Yes, buttons were pushed to show headset function on the GW display. Front pigtail was checked on another GW1800 and it worked. Rear or passenger pigtail was not removed. We are reluctant to see about another audio package since they are so expensive. I have looked at the Clymers wiring diagram, and is the junction that all the pigtail leads go to a large connector, or is it the back of the audio unit? the handlebar switch units for both CB and radio go to this same junction or end, which is labeled like HS MIC E (D) and HSMIC DRIVER HS OUT R (D) and so on. Help would be appreciated.

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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby themainviking » Fri May 10, 2013 3:19 pm

You have gotten all the help from me that you can, as I do not know anything about the electrics of the radios. All I knew about was the common mistake of not pushing the buttons enough times to get the headset symbol up on the dash. Apparently Sierra Electronics is very helpful in these situations, and can rebuild a radio as well. You can reach them here:

http://www.sierra-mc.com/

Others have said that if you call them, they answer any and all questions for you.
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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby b8210t » Wed May 22, 2013 6:48 pm

Thanks much for the help, ended up taking it to repair shop that specializes in working on Goldwings, ended up pulling radio and sending it to Sierra, was told be Sierra that this was a very common problem, and that $120 plus shipping will fix it up just fine. Whew! Better than the large $$ for a new one. Now I have a problem with my Wing. Will post in a bit.

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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby zg1286 » Sat May 25, 2013 8:37 am

Get a hold of Larry
http://www.wingconnect.com/
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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby PastoT » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:42 pm

Be sure to the CB transmit switch isn't stuck down, maybe a bit of lube. You might also pull the radio fuse(s) and let it reset its logic, I had wierd things going on when I pressed the RDM switch on the radio while listening to the MP3 player that is in place of the stock CD player. After pulling fuses you will need to set you radio stations and other preferences but it might clear up any logic that has gone haywire; plus it only takes 1 minute and is easy to do. I have heard mic mutes and remote transmit switches might be wired in and for some reason stuffed under the seat and their switched pressed. Worse case the radio's headset amp is gone, but I'd look elsewhere first.
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Re: 2001 GL 1800 radio

Postby b8210t » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:17 pm

Just an update on cb radio problem. It works fine after Sierra electronics repaired it, and only cost $125 plus the shipping both ways. Hooray for Sierra electronics. Used the cb on trip to ARC course over 100+ miles away one way. Will recommend Sierra Electronics to one and all for radio repair. They were quick even though they said they were behind. Thanks to all for your ideas.




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