GL 1100 Sound System question


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Jake1100
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GL 1100 Sound System question

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Hi - new to GW Docs after picking up a GL1100 last fall (previously had a 1200.) This bike came with a CycleSound AM/FM/Cassette unit (in a box) and I'd like to install it. I can see where the speakers fit into the casing of the unit, but it also came with GoldWing speakers that look like they fit into a fairing space - but my fairing doesn't have such a space. Appreciate any comments to help me sort out this little puzzle and get some tunes on my bike. Thanks!



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Chewy
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pictures are always welcome. if the cycle sound console is like mine, it will bolt onto the fairing in front of the handlebars.

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Re: GL 1100 Sound System question

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Your speakers will not fit with the cycle sound.

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Will try for some pics soon. Yes, it is a modular system that appears to bolt to the fairing up above the instrument panel. There are two speakers, one on either side. Didn't think the GW speakers were part of the system, but thought I'd ask in case I was missing something. Are there wiring connections already in place on the GL to get power to this unit or do I need to run wires?

thanks

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Chewy
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take a look at the wiring harness inside of the fairing there should be a red switched power supply so that it only comes on when the key is turned to accessory or on. I had to do a little bit of my modification to that enclosure but I was able to put five and a quarter speakers in there as opposed to the four inch speakers that will fit right in.

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thanks - figured there might be wiring there for an Interstate. Will check when I get back to town.

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If I get a chance and get mine installed today after work, I will post some pictures of it.

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thanks - no rush - I'm away from the bike/shop. Just starting the process. Doesn't look too tough - I see two bolts to attach the unit to the fairing (though I am wondering about reinforcing this d/t the age of the plastic. The one bolt I have with the unit has a washer about the size of a silver dollar, so I'm thinking a little bigger "plate" on both sides would be good prevention. Also need to find the antenna cable, lol. Probably inside the fairing shell. Thanks for your help.

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btw: the unit only came with one speaker, yet as you know, it calls for two. I saw your note about increasing the size of yours. Now I'm wondering about sourcing for these speakers - or - would it be a good thing to take the speakers out of the stock GW speaker boxes that came with the bike and install these? Part of that question, though, is on whether I'd be better selling the stock GW speaker boxes and sourcing some "outdoor" speakers for the CycleSound unit. thanks

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The speaker's I used are the Polk db401 I believe. Don't quote me on that as I am not around the house to look. They are rated for marine quality, which is why I went with those.

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right - "marine quality" would be the way to go. I'm not too familiar with these systems - never had one on a bike before, but, since it's here thought I'd install it and see how it works. good luck!

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The good thing is I've already had the radio and speakers as well as being hooked up to the amplifier to powered speakers. I have to admit I really like the sound of it, although there is a bunch of bass but five and a quarter inch speakers so what did you expect.



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