CD changer


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rryan
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CD changer

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Hello all: I looking to put a used CD changer in 06 Wing. Would anyone know if the wiring harness is already installed to just plug in under the seat?
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Should be. It installs in the sub basement of the trunk under the plastic trapdoor. I hope you have instructions, cause I have no idea how it installs. Most of us have instead installed an MP3 Player/converter. As far as the wiring goes, I think all GL1800s of each year got the exact same wiring, just not some of the things to plug into it.
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Thanks for the info. I think the MP3 is the answer.

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rryan wrote:Thanks for the info. I think the MP3 is the answer.
It really is..more music then the CD Changer, smaller. You do lose the control switches for the CD, but there is a unit out there that would connect to the bike and allow switch control to change the music. Personally, I have connected my IPhone to aux jack and play music thru it. I also have bluetooth headset that allows me to have Siri change my music selections and if needed make a phone call. I had put a CD player on my 1500, but after a couple years, it was just taking up space in the trunk. Go with an MP3 player or a smartphone!
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Re: CD changer

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I did not lose switch control for the CD. I can still change folders by switch and tunes also. Mine is a J&M. Due to the model of bike, I only get six folders, and so will a 2006 U.S. model. 2009, 2010 US models get ten folders, I believe. Same year CDN did not.
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If you go with the MP3 player they know first that you cannot use the RDM switch on the radio - it will confuse the logic and stop responding usually and you'll have to reset the radio by pulling fuse 22 and waiting a few minutes. Otherwise these units are the way to go. I use 3 or 4, 8gb thumb drives (very cheap now days) and create 6 folders on each then copy the music into those folders. I have gone to the extent of downloading "MP3 Gain" and setting the volume/gain settings for all the music files to the same level so I don't have to play with the volume constantly. I also create the folder files on my laptop hard drive first and rename files adding a numeric in front of the filename (i.e. "001 Radar Love.mp3" "002 Riding the Storm Out.mp3", ...) so they play in an order I prefer when I copy them to the thumb drive (they become giant playlists playing in numeric order when you do this, but is time consuming). Most of the MP3 players have SD Card slots and IPOD connection wires also. When I'm riding two up I use a USB extension wire that enable my SO to change thumb drives on the go; just power off the radio, swap drive and go. I have 32gb of music with me on the road, and it helps to group music in preferable genres and such for your peace of mind.
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I installed a Bike mp3 unit on my 08 Gl1800, and it works perfect with the stock handle bar controls. I have over 300 songs on the card, and it rocks.

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PastoT wrote:If you go with the MP3 player they know first that you cannot use the RDM switch on the radio - it will confuse the logic and stop responding usually and you'll have to reset the radio by pulling fuse 22 and waiting a few minutes. Otherwise these units are the way to go. I use 3 or 4, 8gb thumb drives (very cheap now days) and create 6 folders on each then copy the music into those folders. I have gone to the extent of downloading "MP3 Gain" and setting the volume/gain settings for all the music files to the same level so I don't have to play with the volume constantly. I also create the folder files on my laptop hard drive first and rename files adding a numeric in front of the filename (i.e. "001 Radar Love.mp3" "002 Riding the Storm Out.mp3", ...) so they play in an order I prefer when I copy them to the thumb drive (they become giant playlists playing in numeric order when you do this, but is time consuming). Most of the MP3 players have SD Card slots and IPOD connection wires also. When I'm riding two up I use a USB extension wire that enable my SO to change thumb drives on the go; just power off the radio, swap drive and go. I have 32gb of music with me on the road, and it helps to group music in preferable genres and such for your peace of mind.
I believe this concern is with a certain brand, which, by the way, is now out of business!!!!
Here's one to check out: https://www.amazon.com/Tengchang-Digita ... ingdocs-20

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I did not know they are out of business now. I purchased mine a long ago and all the wings controls work with it. It is to bad they want under as the unit worked great.

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Motor city wrote:I did not know they are out of business now. I purchased mine a long ago and all the wings controls work with it. It is to bad they want under as the unit worked great.
You probably don't have the Honda Nav on yours?



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