Aftermarket GL1200A radio


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turn2rick
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Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby turn2rick » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:15 pm



I once saw an aftermarket radio that fits my 1985 GL1200A on EBay a few years ago, but now that I need to buy one, I can no longer find it. Does anyone know of any that are a decent price?



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Re: Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby seabee_ » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:53 pm

Are you looking for one that just 'fits' in the stock location or one that performs all the functions of the factory unit? I mean by one that does the music and intercom functions. If you want one that fits, look for a Dual unit that has only am/fm and usb/mp3 hook-ups. It's smaller than a am/fm-cd unit and will fit in the fairing with very little modifications.
click here to see the unit I'm talking about. http://www.dualav.com/mobileaudio/receivers.php
Paul
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turn2rick
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Re: Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby turn2rick » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:40 pm

Am looking for any inexpensive alternative, as long as it fits ... not concerned about anything other then having a radio to listen to. What happens with the stock radio is that I will encounter an intermittent problem that drives me nuts. Every so often the radio (or cassette tape) will let out this high pitch squeal and I have to to off the radio. I wish I could narrow it down to it being the radio, but it could probably we something to do with the amp or even a ground wire somewhere. I figured I would just start with the radio and hope that solves the problem.

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Re: Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby seabee_ » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:38 pm

If you know someone with the same bike and radio I would swap radios for a short time and see if that gets rid of the problem.(radio slides out if you haven't found out yet) It does sound like a bad component. But the Aspencades have a system with lots of components. Could be coming from the speakers, amp, head unit, patch box, so on. If it's the radio, choices are to send it to Sierra Electronics to be serviced (about $100, depending what's wrong), or search Ebay for a good unit. You can find all the components on Ebay. The problem with changing the stock radio is you'll lose intercom and cb if you have it.
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Re: Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby 86GW1200 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:17 pm

I too wish I could find a plug/play alternative for my '86 Aspy....As far as the squeel, pull the radio out and take note of the small 'tabs' on the back of the radio. CAREFULLY tighten the contacts so they are consistant in gap (it will make sense when you look at them). I can yank mine for a pic if necessary. The squeel is tha electrics trying to jump that gap....very anoying.

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Re: Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby turn2rick » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:26 pm

That's funny that you mention that the metal contacts need to be of consistent gap, because I actually used a screw driver to pull the tabs out thinking that they were not making good contact ... either way it didn't seem to make the problem any better or worse. I might have gone to far with yanking on those contacts to make them the same length any more.

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Re: Aftermarket GL1200A radio

Postby Major Rick » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:53 pm

I actually have an original RM1100 available if you simply want a unit that works. I bought a 'parts' bike to replace a few pieces on my 85 Aspy. I have since sold the parts bike, but kept the radio as I know they are hard to replace. Let me know if you're interested.
thanks
Rick




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