RCA jacks and steering head bearings


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RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:00 pm



I just installed tapered steering head bearings in my 2006 GL1800 (works great!). After putting eveything together, I couldn't pull any local FM stations on the radio. I knew I must have pulled the RCA **** accidentally. I removed the top shelter and sure enough, the RCA jack wasn't connected, but what did suprise me, was there are two RCA jacks! One with a bigger diameter cable (the FM cable) and a smaller cable that I have no idea where it goes and I can't find it in any manual. Any thoughts from my fellow GW techies?

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:00 pm

Let's get straight what connector you're talking about. An RCA connector is normally used for audio, and looks like this:

RCA connectors
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A Motorola connector is normally used for RF (antenna) connections in auto applications, and looks like this:

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I suspect it's the Motorola connector that you're talking about. Are you seeing an extra male or female connector?

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:08 pm

Thanks for the reply...it would be a motorola connector and it is a male connector. Looks just like the male connector that is used for the FM antenna.

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby themainviking » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:39 pm

That should plug into the back of your radio head unit. If there is a plug even smaller than the motorola male connector, and it looks like an earphone jack, it would go inside the left hand storage box. It is an auxilary jack to plug in something like an Ipod.
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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:19 am

The motorola connector that is in question has the same barrel size as the motorola connector that is already pluuged into the back of the radio for the Radio antenna. The "other" male motorola connector has a smaller diameter sheath than that of the radio antenna connector. Said differently, both connectors look the same, the only difference is the diameter of the sheath that is terminated into the motorola connector. I only see one socket on the back of the radio for this type of connector and my anntena is plugged in to that spot. Is there another socket that may be located where I cannot easily see it?

The i-pod jack is in the left fairing pocket and in tact. What does the other end of that plug into? Could it plug into this other connector? Does the opposite end of the i-pod cable have a female motorola connector?

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jim

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby themainviking » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:48 am

Hey Jim;

Do you have a built in GPS and an XM radio? Those are the only other two connectors I can find in my factory manual. As I have not yet pulled the top shelter off my bike, I cannot be certain if your extra connectors are as I have mentioned, but they may be.

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:02 am

Viking,

No GPS and no XM radio.

Jim

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby themainviking » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:31 pm

That is probably what the jacks are for... I am pretty sure one is XM radio, and I think the other may be GPS, but I am not positive on the GPS. My buddy had his 2008 apart today, so I went over and checked. He had two spare jacks just like you do, and no XM radio and no GPS on his bike. His two spare jacks were tied to a wire bundle so they are out of the way.
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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby skiier0515@aol.com » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:05 pm

Thank you....that is the most likely answer as everything I have works well. I appreciate the time you spent with me. If I can return the favor, let me know!

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Re: RCA jacks and steering head bearings

Postby themainviking » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:03 pm

No problem bud. It is why this forum is here, I think.... :lol:


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