Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Has anyone installed the CB Communicator?
Well, I started the installation of the CB and NavIII on my 2007 LT two weeks ago. Fortunately, the weather was crappy until just two days ago so I haven't missed much riding. Most of the time has been waiting for tools and parts. The good news is that tonight I got most things buttoned up (still need to finish the passenger PTT wiring and install the trunk) and decided to power it up and see what smoked!
The good news is that nothing smoked. That bad news is that nothing worked. The ON light on the radio control wouldn't even light. I checked a few things and figured I'd either blown the radio fuse or had missed a connector. I checked all of the stingray connectors as I removed them again (I think there are now 11 counting the two new ones for the CB) and they all appeared to have been seated correctly. I then remembered that the connector on the cable that goes to the radio control unit on top of the Stingray hadn't felt right when I installed it. I had tried it a couple of times and figured it had to be right. So, I removed it again and put just a smear of dielectric grease on the connector and installed it agian. I removed it and looked for grease on the pins. There was none! Aha, I was on to something. I got looking at the connector and playing with the swing lock and noticed that in the fully removed position it clicks ifyou move it far enough. I had not done that on my prior attempts. This time is seated and felt right so and when I removed it the pins were covered in grease.
I reassembled the Stingray and re-installed it. Turned on the key and I had the On light lit. Hit On and the CB lit up! I then tried the GPS and it too now fired right up. It was getting late so I stopped for the night, but a couple more hours to wire the passenger PTT, tune the SWR and reinstall the tupperware and I should be good to go. I have taken a gazillion pictures of the installation. If I find time and anyone here has interest to see it, I may write up a little Word document installation procedure with pictures which may help anyone else who wants to tackle this. It really wasn't that hard, but it is tedious. The biggest problem I had was that I didn't have the right pin extractor for pin 5 on the radio connector. I had hoped my dealer would pop the socket for me, but when I asked they told me if I wanted to work on my own bike I should do as they do and buy all of the special tools. You'd think spending nearlyf 24 grand there over the last 3 years would have gained me a 5 minute favor, but no. So, I ended up pulling off the wire trying to finagle out the socket (it is a very small gauge wire) so I had to drill off the flange on the socket to get it out. This wasn't such a big deal as the CB kit comes with a new socket that goes back into that hole in the connector. It just meant though that I now didn't have a socket on the wire to hook onto the pin provided on the new "y" cable. So, I just cut off the pin on the Y cable and did a direct splice to the original wire that went to pin 5. Not quite what the original designers intended, but it will certainly work fine.
If anyone wants to see any pictures of particular aspects of the installation or has real interest in seeing an installation procedure, just reply here or drop me a PM. I probably have 16 hours into the project counting research time and parts ordering, but I am an EE and get pretty picky how how I do my wiring. I bought Weatherpack connectors and the proper tools for them so that I could put in disconnects in several places to make it easy to remove the Stingray int the future and the trunk. I also wanted to match the color code for the PTT so I had to order green TCXL wire, etc. So, I spent a lot more time that was absolutely necessary, but I will have a pretty clean installation when done.
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