Another radio mod


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Another radio mod

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So your riding and down comes the rain, so as not to get the radio soaked you put the radio cover on, further along the road, music is too loud or not loud enough, do you stop, remove the cover and adjust the volume, or turn it off (not an option), if only there was a volume knob on the outside of the radio cover.
DAH DAH!! enter "external radio volume knob", yes another farkle.
I drilled a 1mm hole in the vol. knob using my lathe to get dead centre of knob and forced a nail in point upwards, put the knob on the radio, fitted the cover and tapped with a hammer to mark the inside of the cover where the hole needs to be.

I removed and drilled a small hole in the volume knob, then filed it into a square hole about 3mm
I removed and drilled a small hole in the volume knob, then filed it into a square hole about 3mm


I had a piece of 4mm alu rod that I filed a square on to fit the knob hole and a 6mm alu tube that fitted the squared rod, crimped the two together and filed a flat to fit another knob on
I had a piece of 4mm alu rod that I filed a square on to fit the knob hole and a 6mm alu tube that fitted the squared rod, crimped the two together and filed a flat to fit another knob on


competed knob shaft in hole
competed knob shaft in hole

finally fitting the cover and passing the knob and shaft assembly through the hole, when I find a circlip I will secure the shaft to the cover.


All I need now is an aluminium knob as this was the only one I had
All I need now is an aluminium knob as this was the only one I had


Now in the pooring rain, as I ride in all weathers, I can adjust the music and keep the radio dry.
I know, I'm a farkleaholic, there's no cure for it!!!



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I've never actually used my radio cover! I just let the rain come down (and boy, have I ridden in some rain...)

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I agree with Admin; the radio doesn't need any protection from the rain........................
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I wasn't aware the radio was that waterproof, having dismantled it for the aux input mod, didn't look like it was able to withstand torrential downpour, I bow to your superior knowledge. The town I go to in England, you would come back to your bike and find all the radio knobs missing. But the point being, IT'S JUST ANOTHER FARKLE

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agedbikeman wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:48 pm
I wasn't aware the radio was that waterproof, having dismantled it for the aux input mod, didn't look like it was able to withstand torrential downpour, I bow to your superior knowledge. The town I go to in England, you would come back to your bike and find all the radio knobs missing. But the point being, IT'S JUST ANOTHER FARKLE
They usually just nick the wheels not radio knobs

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Re: Another radio mod

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agedbikeman wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:48 pm
I wasn't aware the radio was that waterproof, having dismantled it for the aux input mod, didn't look like it was able to withstand torrential downpour, I bow to your superior knowledge. The town I go to in England, you would come back to your bike and find all the radio knobs missing. But the point being, IT'S JUST ANOTHER FARKLE
As Wingadmin expressed, it is quite water resistant. Too bad it is not as theft resistant as it is water resistant.
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agedbikeman wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:48 pm
I wasn't aware the radio was that waterproof, having dismantled it for the aux input mod, didn't look like it was able to withstand torrential downpour, I bow to your superior knowledge. The town I go to in England, you would come back to your bike and find all the radio knobs missing. But the point being, IT'S JUST ANOTHER FARKLE
But they ride on the wrong side of the road.

I too have very rarely used the cover at all, nor do I even use the radio in rain.
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I don't even have a cover..... :(
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What is this rain thing you speak of? :lol:

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Come and live in the north of France, you'll know all about rain, I'm sure the next french generation will be born with webbed feet.
So why do you live in such a wet place? I hear you ask, answer, it's that other wet stuff we have here aswell called wine and champagne!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:



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