New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions


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New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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I just purchased a 99 GL1500 Aspencade and it's a dream. But naturally, there are a bunch of things I want to do to make it my own and some things I'm unsure about.

Here's my wishlist. Any thougthts/suggestions/links/etc would be appreciated.

- install rear speakers (fader isn't as important)
- hook in Goldwing audio/intercom/cb to bluetooth. I know there's a way to do this using a Sena product but when I bought headsets for my ST1100, I went with Cardo. Am I screwed and have to switch or is there a way to make it work with Cardo?
- install a 12v DC outlet in the left fairing pocket
- replace the bulbs in the fog lights
- install phone mount that can handle VERY large phones (I currently have a S10+ and will be upgrading to the Note 20 Ultra when it comes out)
- rear spoiler led brake light
- converting the side lights to led and tie them into the turn signals
- replace bulbs (and convert to LED?) for the dash
- stupid question... is there any way to adjust the spread of the handlebars? Like another rider I saw a review from, I'd prefer if they were just a few inches wider.
- upgrade the main headlight to LED? (is this possible?)

Thanks for all your support so far helping me find/buy the 99 GL1500, it's very appreciated. I beg your forgiveness if some of these are stupid questions, I'm sure I'll probably have more.

God bless,

~Mark



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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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zeoran wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:36 pm
I just purchased a 99 GL1500 Aspencade and it's a dream. But naturally, there are a bunch of things I want to do to make it my own and some things I'm unsure about.

Here's my wishlist. Any thougthts/suggestions/links/etc would be appreciated.

- install rear speakers (fader isn't as important)
- hook in Goldwing audio/intercom/cb to bluetooth. I know there's a way to do this using a Sena product but when I bought headsets for my ST1100, I went with Cardo. Am I screwed and have to switch or is there a way to make it work with Cardo?
- install a 12v DC outlet in the left fairing pocket
- replace the bulbs in the fog lights
- install phone mount that can handle VERY large phones (I currently have a S10+ and will be upgrading to the Note 20 Ultra when it comes out)
- rear spoiler led brake light
- converting the side lights to led and tie them into the turn signals
- replace bulbs (and convert to LED?) for the dash
- stupid question... is there any way to adjust the spread of the handlebars? Like another rider I saw a review from, I'd prefer if they were just a few inches wider.
- upgrade the main headlight to LED? (is this possible?)

Thanks for all your support so far helping me find/buy the 99 GL1500, it's very appreciated. I beg your forgiveness if some of these are stupid questions, I'm sure I'll probably have more.

God bless,

~Mark
Search is your friend - many of these topics have been covered here before.

Rear speaker installation:
viewtopic.php?t=35772

Bluetooth:
viewtopic.php?t=35850
viewtopic.php?t=36305

Dash light LEDs
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=10998

Other LEDs - search for "LED" here - there is TONS of information:
/Product-Reviews.asp

Phone mounts:
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=51365

The handlebar is one solid piece, so you can't widen them.

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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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The speaker post covers which speakers to get, etc but doesn't mention what else is involved if you're starting out with an Aspencade that doesn't already have rear speakers. All the posters are discussing upgrades only. Is the wiring for the rear speakers already there and just needs to be connected to a set of speakers?

I don't plan on using them too much, would I notice the sound difference between the Polk DB401 and Scocshe speaker? I'd rather not have to modify the cavity and pay extra for the Polk, although I have heard very good things about them. I didn't see a specific model number for the Scosche either.

Technically more importantly and unfortunately, all of you were right about the white gauges. I know one of you was going to look and see if you still had a set of SE gauges buried in a box somewhere. I did a quick search on the site and couldn't find instructions on how to replace the gauges in the dash. I'm hoping it's not too involved...but it's already becoming an issue as the white ones are near impossible to see at dusk.

God bless,

~Mark

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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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zeoran wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:36 pm
I just purchased a 99 GL1500 Aspencade … etc …

- stupid question... is there any way to adjust the spread of the handlebars? Like another rider I saw a review from, I'd prefer if they were just a few inches wider.


… etc …

God bless,

~Mark
You could weld a few inches on each end, grind/sand down to smooth, refit the controls … but some cables or wires might be "short".
Make Courtesy your "Code of the Road" …

… & Have a Safe Trip!
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Another way is via some brands of bar weights that extend the bars a little. You might have to completely strip the bike down to get an extra inch of cable, though.

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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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The rear speaker wiring is there, but you'll have to add a fader control to get them to work. I may have a fader for you before long, now that the weather is starting to warm up I'm a little more inclined to do work in the garage, I have a gauge set (volts & oil pressure) to install and they will be going where my disconnected fader control is. I'm not using the fader, the speakers are connected to a big Kenwood power amp which runs 6 speakers with a subwoofer in the trunk.
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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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Do I need a fader if I don't care about controlling front/rear balance?

I'm electrically inclined but I'm not an audiophile. But my understanding is that the fader only controls front/rear balance. While it would be nice to have, it's just a pot controlling voltage, so is it really necessary to make the rear speakers work at all?

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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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It plugs into the factory harness, and balances the speaker load so that the stereo's amp isn't overloaded, if you simply connect both sets of speakers directly to the stereo, that's an overload. In fader center position, both sets of speakers have power reduced slightly to not overload the amp. Turning the control one way or the other increases power to one set of speakers while reducing to the other.

These are likely 4 ohm speakers. If you added a 2 ohm resister in series with each speaker you could connect both sets directly to the stereo and be OK. The 4 ohm speaker with 2 ohm resistor would be 6 ohms, two of those in parallel would be three ohms. Stereo should tolerate that, but few stereos would tolerate 2 ohm load.
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Re: New 99 GL1500 Aspencade Owner Questions

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So what's the cheapest way to get this taken care of?

I've seen "kits" that include both speakers and the wiring for around $55-75. I was looking at the Scoche speakers but no one listed a specific model number for them. The Polk are a bit rich for me and I don't need that high quality for the less time I use them. Will any Scoche 4" speaker be sufficient? I've seen them at Walmart of all places.

I'm also still very curious to know how/if I can go about swapping out the existing white gauges for the standard black ones for the 2000 SE or equivalent model. I was hoping that the comments were a little exaggerated or that it wouldn't affect me as much, but unfortunately I'm having the same problem that around dusk, they are simply unreadable. I also wanted to swap out my hand controls for the backlit SE versions but that's not a priority.

God bless,

~Mark



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