Rear speakers not working


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lhelber
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Rear speakers not working

Postby lhelber » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:27 pm



I have a 2012 Navi and I am out on the road and normally I use the speakers in my headset but I now have a rider with no headset so I turned on the speakers. I noticed that the rear speakers are not working. Even with the fader selected all of the way back. The sounds seems to be missing treble but I don't know if that is related or an effect. I don't have access to my service manual (not bringing that on a road trip). It looks like the speaker wires must go under the seat before going to the stereo in the trunk. I know it was working not long ago. I did do some pre-trip maintenance that included removing the seat. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions before I start tearing the bike apart in a shaded parking lot?



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Re: Rear speakers not working

Postby flash2002 » Fri May 02, 2014 12:21 pm

On the older models they had a problem of the wires being cut by the trunk hinges, maybe check that first.

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Re: Rear speakers not working

Postby PastoT » Wed May 07, 2014 10:37 am

Before you dig to deep, you might want to look and see if you even have speakers in the rear pods! Mine didn't, but your bike is newer, maybe they acutually put the rear speakers in already.
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Re: Rear speakers not working

Postby lhelber » Wed May 07, 2014 11:59 am

The speakers are there. They seem to be intermittent. I am thinking it must be in the hinge area. I really done want to take that apart and get it back together while on the road. I am also not so sure about taking it back for warrantee either since I am sure they will work fine in the shop :(

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Re: Rear speakers not working

Postby PastoT » Wed May 07, 2014 9:06 pm

Just sounded like my first trip with a passenger, I was PO'd! Anyway I would definitely check the hinge area for pinched wires. Advice was to splice, heat shrink and zip tie out side the hinge area. I had to do that even after I installed speakers to begin with (kind of funny now, not then). You might also check the connector beneath the seat. Good luck with it
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Re: Rear speakers not working

Postby lhelber » Wed May 07, 2014 11:33 pm

I think it is a pinch at the hinge. I looked at the wires and event though the wrapping doesn't look cut it is routed through some bad pinch points. I need some time to look at it and decide what I am going to do. Fortunatly the helmet speakers work great and I really on need to use it when I have a passenger.

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Re: Rear speakers not working

Postby baumedagn » Thu May 08, 2014 4:48 am

I would start by taking the seat back off and checking for loose or damaged connectors. I can't imagine that the wires would be pinched to the point of failure on a bike that new. Not saying that it couldn't happen, but I would check the easy stuff first.




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