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uttrainman
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1500 radio

Post by uttrainman » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:19 pm



Does anyone know of a state-of-the-art, aftermarket radio that can replace the OEM radio in a 98 1500?

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Re: 1500 radio

Post by DarthJ » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:09 am

I wish, if I had the money to design a radio to fit perfectly into that space and plug into the bike's wiring with no mods, could make a killing. (and update mine at the same time)
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Re: 1500 radio

Post by Mh434 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:33 am

Unlike car radios, which have only a couple of more-or-less standard sizes & largely common electrical connections, the GL1500 radios were purpose-built for the bike. Their size, shape, and electrical connections differ wildly from any aftermarket radios, including fully-integrated intercom and CB systems, so any non-Honda replacement used will require a great deal of fabrication, wiring design, etc.

Even once that's done, it will still not work with the bike's extra functions, such as rider-to-passenger intercom & CB radio (if fitted).

Personally, I'd recommend leaving the stock radio in place & adding something else, via bluetooth or whatever. Some people have had some success using such add-on components to supplement & enhance the Honda stereo, while still leaving it in place. Removing/replacing the OEM radio will considerably reduce the bike's resale value, if that is a consideration to you.

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Re: 1500 radio

Post by DarthJ » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:23 pm

I added a plug in thru a FM modulator that plugs into the antenna line, rather then using radio signals and that works best for me as I can use mu old iPhone as an iPod, or plug my Samsung in and have the music there and GPS thru the stereo speakers.
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Re: 1500 radio

Post by Mh434 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:54 pm

That's what I did, as well. It lets me run an MP3 player, GPS, etc. through the factory stereo, while retaining all the OEM unit's functions.

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Re: 1500 radio

Post by curley » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:29 am

There is this Mod that gives you an "Aux in" a) don't know if it is better than a FM modulator, b) need to find a radio shop ( like the ones that work on Emergency Vehicle units) that can do the mod...I used the add'l "cassette" mod (at the bottom of the article) instead of adding a hole and a switch: hth

http://www.sheriart.net/honda/radio.htm

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Re: 1500 radio

Post by Mh434 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:02 am

Here's what I did - viewtopic.php?t=23626

No electronics knowledge required, no disassembly of the radio, etc., and rather cheap. Mine's been working flawlessly for 4 years now.



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