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Does anyone know where the radio amplifier is on a 2010?
I don't think mine is working and I want to find it and trace the wiring.

Somewhere under the rear seat? But, I've also heard it under the top luggage bag.
I have the service manual and can't find it referenced in there either.

Thanks from frozen Alberta.


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It is behind the rear fender center panel.
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The amp is behind the center fender but the wiring is under the seat.
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thanks folks.

So i have to remove the luggage bag and rear fender to get to it?
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Remove the center rear fender for the unit and the seat for the wiring.
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If you have your owners manual, the section 'if you have a flat tire' page 218. The box that is removed with the plug under the seat is the amplifier.
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llenryb wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:51 am Does anyone know where the radio amplifier is on a 2010?
I don't think mine is working and I want to find it and trace the wiring.

Somewhere under the rear seat? But, I've also heard it under the top luggage bag.
I have the service manual and can't find it referenced in there either.

Thanks from frozen Alberta.
What make you think its an amplifier issue ??? What are your issues ???
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llenryb wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:51 am Does anyone know where the radio amplifier is on a 2010?
I don't think mine is working and I want to find it and trace the wiring.
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So, here's a parts diagram for the Audio Unit

https://www.partsfish.com/oemparts/a/ho ... t-gl180006

It states '06 & up, so this is all of the parts. What Honda doesn't show has already been described - where the amp box is located.


Now, if you've got no sound - have you tried & made sure the MUTE button isn't pressed in (left handlebar cluster...)? If the button is OUT, put the radio into FM mode, then dial up the VOLUME knob until it shows anywhere between 6 and 10.

Finally, use the AUDIO button (along with the display...) to show what looks like a speaker, not a headphone.

You should hear static. If you do, congratulations, your amplifier is probably working.
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thanks, everyone for the responses.
My radio works fine I just don't think it's loud enough.
After reading the last couple of responses it looks like it is.
I'm thinking it's my Def Leppard days in my youth that makes me think it isn't loud enough lol.
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A couple of years ago I added pillow fill in the speaker compartment and polk audio speakers and I got the same feeling that it wasn't loud enough. I removed the fill and now it seems better. But I to suffer from the Def Leppard days.
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keithg64 wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:40 am A couple of years ago I added pillow fill in the speaker compartment and polk audio speakers and I got the same feeling that it wasn't loud enough. I removed the fill and now it seems better. But I to suffer from the Def Leppard days.
Polk speakers are not as loud as the OEM speakers. They sound better tho, just have to turn them up a bit more. I changed the rears in my bike, and because of this, left the front alone. I have to edge the rears balance up a bit to match the front, or just use earbuds where legal.
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The tweeters in my oem were shot and the tweeters in the polk audio are at least better and I believe better bass but I don't really have an ear for it I just like what I do hear.
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keithg64 wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:40 am The tweeters in my oem were shot and the tweeters in the polk audio are at least better and I believe better bass but I don't really have an ear for it I just like what I do hear.
Maybe everything is not turned on ??? To check, with the radio on, in the upper righthand corner of your info display do you see "AVC" and "AMB" ???
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keithg64 wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:40 am The tweeters in my oem were shot and the tweeters in the polk audio are at least better and I believe better bass but I don't really have an ear for it I just like what I do hear.
The mute button needs to be in the off position, and maybe other functions are not turned on ???

To check, with the radio on, there should be no "MUTE" displayed on the info display, and in the upper righthand corner of your info display do you see an "AVC" and "AMB" icon ???
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llenryb wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:27 am <...>
After reading the last couple of responses it looks like it is.
I'm thinking it's my Def Leppard days in my youth that makes me think it isn't loud enough lol.
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