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Radio :: replace w/ another device or BMW radio

I bought a 2004 K1200LT about 6 months ago.
I love the bike and added several adornments in addition to 6k miles on the odometer.
The radio is the one remaining item that bothers me.
There is no sound coming from left side front and rear spearkers, whether using the CD player or FM radio. The AM radio gets almost no reception at all.
I called a few BMW shops who told me that the radio needs to be replaced.
I've had that same suggestion by a few users through this site.
Questions for the experts:
If I buy a replacement radio, what years would be compatible?
Can I just get rid of the radio and get anther device like an XM radio to broadcast through the existing speakers?
Thank you.

- AL Orlando, FL
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Re: Radio :: replace w/ another device or BMW radio

I used have the Xm and now use an Ipod for my music,
so the answer to one of your questions is yes
you can play either one through the radio.

But if your radio is defective and you only have one channel
neither accesory is going to change that,

I assume you've tried the left/right fade setting etc?
and looked for a possible loose wire etc?


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Re: Radio :: replace w/ another device or BMW radio

Al, I'm having the same issues. Both my left speakers will not work no matter what I try. I e-mailed the radio manufacture and they told me I need a new radio because the one I have needs a new mother board. They can fix it for around $400. I don't want to put that kind of money into it and they will not warrenty any thing. I want to replace my radio with a marine radio which you can buy much more for less that $400..... I just have not started on it yet. Let me know what you do.
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Al, I'm having the same issues. Both my left speakers will not work no matter what I try. I e-mailed the radio manufacture and they told me I need a new radio because the one I have needs a new mother board. They can fix it for around $400. I don't want to put that kind of money into it and they will not warrenty any thing. I want to replace my radio with a marine radio which you can buy much more for less that $400..... I just have not started on it yet. Let me know what you do.
Here is a suggestion....

See if the problem can be provoked / temporarily cured by smacking the stingray. If so, it may be just dry joints. I have had this issue since the bike was purchased and I had tried everything external to the radio to cure it. This last time, I was interfacing an Ipod Touch to the radio and decided to have a look at the PCB. Nothing obvious even under a magnifying glasss, but I reasoned that the issue has got to be in the P.A. area.

Getting into the board was not possible without more stripping than I was prepared to do, so I lifted the bottom of the radio's cover as far as it would go. Then I wedged it into that position while I resoldered every connection from the P.A. and a few others.

Maybe I shouldn't provoke fate by saying this, but so far it has not played up in about 100 miles of different road surfaces.

Just pussin' through.
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I used have the Xm and now use an Ipod for my music,
so the answer to one of your questions is yes
you can play either one through the radio.

But if your radio is defective and you only have one channel
neither accesory is going to change that,

I assume you've tried the left/right fade setting etc?
and looked for a possible loose wire etc?
Hi Hans -
Yes I have tested this against the Fade setting. When I Fade "10" to teh left, I hear no music at all.
I have also tried some of the connections but not all.
I have not yet mustered up the courage to remove the Stingray.
Is it very difficult? I have taken off the side tupperware to instaoo PIAA's.
Thanks for your help.
- Al
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Al, I'm having the same issues. Both my left speakers will not work no matter what I try. I e-mailed the radio manufacture and they told me I need a new radio because the one I have needs a new mother board. They can fix it for around $400. I don't want to put that kind of money into it and they will not warrenty any thing. I want to replace my radio with a marine radio which you can buy much more for less that $400..... I just have not started on it yet. Let me know what you do.
Hi Ronnie -

Do you still have the email address of that manufacturer?
My next step is to take the radio out completely and apply clean the connections. I may also bang it around a bit.
Thanks for your response.
- Al
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Here is a suggestion....

See if the problem can be provoked / temporarily cured by smacking the stingray. If so, it may be just dry joints. I have had this issue since the bike was purchased and I had tried everything external to the radio to cure it. This last time, I was interfacing an Ipod Touch to the radio and decided to have a look at the PCB. Nothing obvious even under a magnifying glasss, but I reasoned that the issue has got to be in the P.A. area.

Getting into the board was not possible without more stripping than I was prepared to do, so I lifted the bottom of the radio's cover as far as it would go. Then I wedged it into that position while I resoldered every connection from the P.A. and a few others.

Maybe I shouldn't provoke fate by saying this, but so far it has not played up in about 100 miles of different road surfaces.
Thanks, Andy.
You have given me some hope.
I'm going to pull the bugger and play with her a bit.

- Al
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I have not yet mustered up the courage to remove the Stingray.
Is it very difficult? I have taken off the side tupperware to instaoo PIAA's.
If you've had the side tupperware of you can handle the stingray removal,
the side "covers" are most of the work,
good luck


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I think I still have the e-mail address at work. I'll look tomorrow and get it to you....
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