WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)


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WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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The '91 GL1500 Interstate did not have a cassette-radio on the center shelter like just about EVERY OTHER GL1500. Instead, it had a "blank-off" panel where the cassette-radio is "normally" mounted, and this panel bolts under the center shelter the same as a radio does.

I'm looking for one of these panels and any information to lead me to one would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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I got a "line" on one from Jim at So Cal Motorcycle Dismantlers. $76 includes shipping, , , ,
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Re: WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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GOT ONE!!!!


It will need some minor "clean up" but it will work fine for my needs.


This panel fits 88-00 GL1500's centerdecks and mounts in the same location as the stereo. The panel will accommodate the newer AM-FM stereos with bluetooth, USB (for charging the phone), Aux-in (for MP3 or GPS, etc), and some come with a remote (so "mama" can control the radio from the back seat).



It can also be used to mount most all kinds of switches, such as FM modulators, or Voltmeters, oil and temp Gauges, "idiot/warning" lights, additional USB ports and many others.


This is what it looks like;


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Re: WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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This seems to be a decent "install" of an upgraded AM-FM stereo with the bluetooth, USB and Aux-in. Lots of room for gauges/switches if needed.
There's a thumb-drive with 100's of MP3 songs in the USB port for when reception is poor. The phone charger (USB) and the Aux-in lines are at the bottom of the picture and unplugged.


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Re: WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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I know this is an old thread, but I just bought a 1991 Interstate. The center deck is blank, the radio does not work I think. there is no screen only the buttons on the left handlebar. If I don't want the radio or comm can I just unplug and take it out, or will unplugging mess with something else. I can't find any info on this, but I do have a service manual on the way.
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Re: WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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The Kenwood radio in the left front pocket connects to the handlebar controls and a booster under the blank panel. The handlebar controls are easy to remove and I decided not to keep them. The blank panel has a stereo "booster" of some sort, and an interface box of some sort mounted on a metal plate below the panel. I removed the booster/interface box and used the metal plate to mount the "body" of my new Dual brand stereo. The "face" of the new stereo is mounted to the blank panel and connects to the "body" via a decent length of ribbon cable that is stock for the radio. The benefit of a new stereo with USB/Aux-in/phone charging and better features outweigh the loss of the handlebar controls IMHO.

I ultimately reproduced the blank panel to allow riders to upgrade their old stereo systems, many using the touch-screen stereos, or marine grade stereos. I have sold the panels for a few years now and just recently stopped having any more made. Its possible the "Unobtainium 2.1" panel, which is what I called it and sold, will come back into production in the near future, , ,time will tell.
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Re: WANTED:'91 Interstate "blank" radio panel on Centershelter (PN#83155-MW5-870ZA)

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Thank you, someone has removed the radio, because there is no radio in the left compartment, I probably won't replace it, I will remove the unit under the blank cover just to reduce weight.


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