Adding a CD changer


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Adding a CD changer

Post by blaisa » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:05 am



Just purchased a 2002 GL1800 which did not come equipped with the 6 disc CD changer. Is it a plug and play addition to install the CD unit? Is there a plug already under the trunk for the CD changer even though one was never installed or does a CD changer equipped bike have a different wiring harness? What would be entailed in the installation?



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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by jinx » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:35 am

Check out the MP3 players for your bike. The CD changer is more trouble than it is worth. Had the changer and replaced it with the MP3 player and glad I did.
The MP3 player will allow you to have about a 1000 song available to you through your handle bar controls. I am not sure which one is the best one for your bike so you may want to do some research on the different ones.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by themainviking » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:38 pm

And the plug should be in the bottom pocket of the trunk, under a pry up plastic door.
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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by blaisa » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:15 pm

I have opened the cubby in the trunk and there are no holes or cords inside.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by jinx » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:23 pm

The cord will come with the device you order. Have you decide whether you are going with the CD or MP3 ?
You will have to drill a hole in the back of the trunk to access the bikes wiring harness under the seat.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:24 pm

I had one of those thing, and it swallowed half of the saddle bag.

I got rid of it, good riddance.

MP3 in a tiny package can hold 1,000s of songs.
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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by topgun » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:56 pm

the connector is under the seat and harness can go thru to under trunk floor storage pocket with the CB wiring (if equipped).
Mine is just setting on top of cb, I opted for a ipod style instead of usb, ipod clipped to side of trunk on divider.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:29 pm

The CD player sits between the lid in the center of your trunk and the CB unit which sits in the bottom of the cubby. You can get the instruction set here.

http://justwings.com/uploads/CD_CHANGER_KIT-c.pdf

However, CD players are no longer available. As others have stated, as they aged, they became problematic, but you can have them repair if sent to their manufactures repair center. I believe they were made by Panasonic, and Panasonics repair center for such is in LA in CA.

For most riders a better choice is playing music from an iPod or from a smart phone. All GL1800s came with an audio cord which should be in you LF pocket.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by blaisa » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:22 pm

Looks like we are leaning towards the MP3 even though that will be a learning thing as well. Never done that but I'm sure it is easy. By the way, does that Auxiliary cord provided with the bike also power the MP3 or does it only provide a connection for audio? Thank you everyone for your input.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by jinx » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:34 pm

The MP3 player make for the bike goes in the trunk and plugs in under the seat into the plug meant for the CD changer.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by C-dub » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:10 pm

Unless I'm mistaken, although the term MP3 player is being discussed here, isn't everyone actually referring to a USB connection, to which a USB flash/thumb drive can be plugged into? This is the connection I have in the trunk of my 2016. IIRC, an actual MP3 player would still plug into the regular 3.5mm audio plug in the left pocket on the fairing.

Anyway, for what it's worth, my vote goes for the USB plug in the trunk. Very little learning curve to use and the little drives are cheap and can store HUGE numbers of songs. They can be placed in one large folder or multiple folders by bands or whatever.
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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by jinx » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:23 pm

No. There is no USB plug/connector in the trunk of 2001-2008 gl1800s

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by C-dub » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:26 pm

jinx wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:23 pm
No. There is no USB plug/connector in the trunk of 2001-2008 gl1800s
Well, that's a shame. So it's just another audio jack?
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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by Steve F » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:21 pm

C-dub wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:26 pm
jinx wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:23 pm
No. There is no USB plug/connector in the trunk of 2001-2008 gl1800s
Well, that's a shame. So it's just another audio jack?
No, it's a multi-pin plug that goes into the player, and hooks up to the controls on the handlebar and will show the track and other data on the display. Much more than the audio-in jack. I have one and can select the "disc" I want to play and control fwd and replay and next song, etc. 99 songs per "disc" with a SD card plugged in. About the size of a deck of cards, and can be stuck to inside of the trunk with Velcro.
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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by themainviking » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:28 am

C-dub wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:26 pm
Well, that's a shame. So it's just another audio jack?
The audio jack you are referring to is in the left glove box. As was previously mentioned, the MP3 player mounts in the trunk in place of a CD changer unit of 2001 to 2008 bikes and 2009 and 2010 non US models of bikes.
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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:57 pm

blaisa wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:22 pm
Looks like we are leaning towards the MP3 even though that will be a learning thing as well. Never done that but I'm sure it is easy. By the way, does that Auxiliary cord provided with the bike also power the MP3 or does it only provide a connection for audio? Thank you everyone for your input.
New, your Wing came with a 2.5mm male audio plug that came in the LF pocket. Plugging in an MP3 player is like plugging in a headset to an AM/FM radio. Basically, your stored music on an iPod or MP3 player is piped into your Wing which becomes the "headset" to receiving music. In this case, the sound is getting piped into the on-board stereo. Once the "AUX" button is pushed on the radio, you then choose weather you listen through helmet speakers or the on-board ones provided by Honda.

As for power, Honda makes a Hondaline auxiliary power port. It too is for the LF pocket. Many will get an iPod or an MP3 player and plug the MP3 player into the audio cord and get a car charger to plug into the power port with the other end into the iPod to charge it. However, a new fully charge iPod will not need power for like 3 days of continuous use.

Below are instructions for the power port.

http://justwings.com/uploads/ACCESSORY_SOCKET_KIT.pdf

Here is where to order your power port.

https://www.partzilla.com/product/honda/08U55-MCA-101

Any Bestbuys sell iPods or MP3 players. My preference is an iPod. Why ... because Apple basically invented the iPod (MP3 is a generic version of the same), and they've been selling music longer then probably anyone. That usually means it is the easiest to use. Just an FYI ... stand alone iPods or MP3 players are becoming a thing of the past since smart phones do all that and are a phones, and cameras too. Below is a link to iPod nano's. A nano with 2gb of storage is enough storage for about 2000 songs.

https://www.amazon.com/Apple-shuffle-Ge ... B001FA1NUK

To purchase music, your will need a computer, access to the internet, an account to someplace like "the apple store", and a cable to download music purchased on your computer so that you can download it into your Nano. If you had a smart phone, or an iPhn, you can do all that from you phone with a data service. Below is a link to iTunes ... Apples music store.

https://www.apple.com/itunes/music/

If you have CD,s those too can be downloaded into a computer and that music transferred into a iPod, MP3 player, or smartphone. A smartphone is also another name for an iPhn. Once you get used to this new form of getting, managing, and playing your music, if you are like me, and I always get about 3 gift cards for Christmas, a $25 apple music card is always my most favorite Christmas present. Why ... because as I am driving down the road in my car, and listening to XM radio, and a song comes on that I like and don't have it, I will write down the name of the performer and the song, instantly search for it on Apple music store from my iPhn, and chose "purchase". It instantly downloads into my phone and later on that night will also be downloaded into my Mac laptop. I then can add it to a play list that I will play later on while riding.

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Re: Adding a CD changer

Post by blaisa » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:26 am

Thank you all for your input



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