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post #1 of 23 Old Nov 27th, 2006, 9:16 pm Thread Starter
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Cassette removal & usable space?

I have no use for the cassette tape player
Anyone have info on useable space gained from removal of cassette player on 2000LT and/or photos.
I'm happy with space gained by removing CD player from right box and would like to do same to casstte player if space is useable.
Search found lots of radio removal instructions but I couldn't find casstte space info and I seem to remember someone writing about it.
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post #2 of 23 Old Nov 27th, 2006, 9:41 pm
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The cassette unit in the oddiments box is also the radio. So unless you want to do away with audio completely there is nothing to be gained. By all means get rid of the CD changer in the side case. It just takes up too much valuable space.

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Can't see a big advantage here. It's not that much space under the stingray to use for something else and do you really want to hassle trying to work around the other functions the radio/cassette player are performing? Depending on what year bike you have you might consider swapping for a radio/single CD player or CB unit. I never use cassettes either but a cassette/audio input adaptor is handy, especially if you don't have a comm system with extra inputs for your IPOD, GPS voice, etc.
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I should have mentioned that I never use the built-in radios,CB,tape player,CD or speakers on any motorcycles I've own.

I always like Ipod around my neck or in a pocket and Sony earbuds for music and as earplugs. I just like the sound better that way and have found the sony ex71 earbuds make great earplugs when not listening to music selections.

I never ride two up and no comm system wanted. Paper map lover, no GPS audio needed. Die hard chatterfree rider.

So I guess I don't care if radio is gone along with cassette.... just wondering what the hole left behind is like and how useful I can make the space.

Any other weirdos like me out there done this.

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The thing is a "standard sized" car radio - so think of how big that is and that's how much space is there - +/- some extra due to the rear connectors.

You'll also gain whatever "height" is added due to the "filler" plate right above the stereo. If you look under the front of the sting ray right behind the key, you'll get an idea of how deep the unit is.

And yes - I had mine out for a short time as well - not by choice by due to a warranty repair of the main unit. There was certainly enough room to store an MP3 player, cell phone, wallet, garage door opener, and some paperwork.

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Thanks for info. I went and checked depth. Looks promising to me.
Do/can control buttons stay in place so it has stock look.
Also is space contained or would I have to make box to keep items from falling out front of sting ray.
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Yes, the space is contained and is in fact waterproof. And the buttons can stay in place. Removing them wouldn't buy you any more space as they're outside the radio housing, but would open up an unsightly hole in that area. If you don't care about the radio functions at all, then go ahead and pull it. It would easily fit some spare gloves and several other items as well.

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Yes, the space is contained and is in fact waterproof. And the buttons can stay in place. Removing them wouldn't buy you any more space as they're outside the radio housing, but would open up an unsightly hole in that area. If you don't care about the radio functions at all, then go ahead and pull it. It would easily fit some spare gloves and several other items as well.
This is even better than expected. Sounds perfect for what I have in mind.
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[QUOTE=MickS]I have no use for the cassette tape player
Anyone have info on useable space gained from removal of cassette player on 2000LT and/or photos.

I just installed a Garmin 2730 GPS. The one with Satellite Radio. I was using the Aux input for audio from the GPS unit. I also had to install a ground loop insulator. What is this leading to ...well I decided to use a cassette adapter instead of the Aux input. Better sound and control through the radio, than the Aux input. I suggest that you leave the cassette in the radio and use it for Satellite Radio. I'm glad I didn't have a later model that had the disk player.

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I should have mentioned that I never use the built-in radios,CB,tape player,CD or speakers on any motorcycles I've own.

I always like Ipod around my neck or in a pocket and Sony earbuds for music and as earplugs. I just like the sound better that way and have found the sony ex71 earbuds make great earplugs when not listening to music selections.
In my state, riding with earbuds for music is illegal, so the speakers are necessary. My '02 also has the cassette option, so I bought an inexpensive cassette adapter that plugs into my Zune earphone jack and goes into the cassette slot. I just tune the system to cassette and enjoy the tunes.

Besides, people at lights really enjoy listening to Type O Negative at volume on the bike..... :-)

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I've been thinking about doing this myself since I only use iPod or XM with etymotic ER-6's. I sometimes use an Autocomm (when SWMBO goes along) so I thought the space would be an excellent place to mount the autocomm, since I like to be able to adjust the vox and volume on the fly.

Anyway, did you do it? And did you take any pics?
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For any folks out there thinking about gaining space by removing the cassette deck, if you love your Ipod, or any MP-3 player, the simple cassette adapter works great for bringing those tunes into the stereo system via the "CC" option on your handlebar controls! You won't have all functions, but you can control the volume from the handlebar switch. And there are no wiring changes that need to be made unless you decide to plug into Bike's power.

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I should have mentioned that I never use the built-in radios,CB,tape player,CD or speakers on any motorcycles I've own.

I always like Ipod around my neck or in a pocket and Sony earbuds for music and as earplugs. I just like the sound better that way and have found the sony ex71 earbuds make great earplugs when not listening to music selections.

I never ride two up and no comm system wanted. Paper map lover, no GPS audio needed. Die hard chatterfree rider.

So I guess I don't care if radio is gone along with cassette.... just wondering what the hole left behind is like and how useful I can make the space.

Any other weirdos like me out there done this.
How do the sony earbuds fit you with a closed faced relatively snug helmet? I Have been looking for a set that give good sound, do a good job as noise plugs, and don't stick out of my ears, making them uncomfortable with tht helmet on.

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before putting my stingray back on I dismantled the radio.
It wont be waterproof if you strip the radio off - the leads from the radio go through a rubber grommit, so you would have to remove the gromit and then water would get in

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This is what I did. I left wires in back of a false wall I made and tapped into wires to charge/power my phone and GPS.
I love being able to get all the items in photo in there plus small GPS (Garmin Nuvi) and phone.
I do not miss radio at all.
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before putting my stingray back on I dismantled the radio.
It wont be waterproof if you strip the radio off - the leads from the radio go through a rubber grommit, so you would have to remove the gromit and then water would get in
Or put in another grommet. I am in the process of doing it right now, I'll try to post some pics of the finished job. I have added a BMW accessory plug, a standard 12 volt plug for charging/powering iPod, XM radio, and my Autocomm unit. I used the loop side of 2 in wide velcro to "upholster the bottom of the tray. Hook side on anything I want to stay in place and I should be good to go.
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I love that new "Garmin 9" with the pistol grip!! Have to trade my 2610 in for one, how many rounds, I mean maps does it hold!!!

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I love that new "Garmin 9" with the pistol grip!! Have to trade my 2610 in for one, how many rounds, I mean maps does it hold!!!
Thirteen 40 cal maps... covers most city streets

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As promised, here are some pics, kinda hard to see but you should be able to get the idea.

You can see the BMW socket, 12 volt socket and Autocomm. Tucked in the back is the cable for FRS, which I don't use. The cable for audio in to the autocomm is running out to the side.





Finish wiring everything up this morning and everything works. Still have to find a suitable location for the XM antenna. There is more space there than I would have thought.
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nice job....

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Thanks MickS.

I think my next project will be a vest that heats and cools, has bluetooth intercom, cell phone, and music, with only one wire that plugs into the bike. Or maybe completely wireless powered by nanotechnology.

If anyone does this in the future, as I am sure they will, this dated message is proof that I thought of it first.
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Hello Do you still have your casette player.
I buy it from you
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I have no use for the cassette tape player
Anyone have info on useable space gained from removal of cassette player on 2000LT and/or photos.
I'm happy with space gained by removing CD player from right box and would like to do same to casstte player if space is useable.
Search found lots of radio removal instructions but I couldn't find casstte space info and I seem to remember someone writing about it.
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I removed all radio/cd player from my 2000 LT including the wire harness, plugged all the holes with JB weld, now have a lockable compartment that is quite large and so far water proof, would hold a six pack of canned beer if you was amind to. I carry bottles of water and other items I may need to get to while riding.
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