Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
Radio static fixed (or "Curses, foiled again.")
Ever since buying my '99 KLT about a year and a half ago I have had problems with intermittent static or interference through the sound system. I think the radio was picking up EM interference because it often happened when riding near or under power lines. I tried the "fix" suggested in several threads, which was to clean all the radio wiring connections and add dielectric grease. I tried that in April while I had the tupperware off to install some farkles; there was no visible corrosion, but I greased the connections anyway. No effect. I realized later that I had missed the connections inside the stingray and resolved to clean those the next time I had the bike apart.
Last weekend I stripped the bodywork to route an Ice Link dock connector cable to the oddments box. I disassembled the stingray and checked and cleaned the connectors to the radio. Again, no visible corrosion but I sprayed the connections with ProGold.
The other cause of EM interference I had read about on this forum was "leaky" capacitors inside the radio itself. I was thinking about this while I had the radio "box" in my hands. I wondered if there was a way to shield it.
I pulled out a roll of aluminum foil and wrapped the radio box a couple of times before re-assembling the stingray. I figured it couldn't hurt.
For the last week, I have had zero static. It is completely gone.
I suppose it's possible that one of the connections that I checked was not making good contact, and fiddling with it or spraying it with ProGold was what fixed the problem. I think it was the foil that did the trick. I don't really care, of course, as long as the static is gone.
If anyone is having this problem, you may want to try this.