Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Stereo Replacement thread, But different...
Hi all, I bought my '02 K1200lt about a year ago, and the stereo never worked, so I went through the threads and tried all the tricks, and nothing worked, so I was faced with replacing the stereo.
I wasn't going to spend BMW money for a new factory unit, and I thought hard about the Jensen upgrades a lot of you are doing. But, what I ended up doing was something totally different, and was relatively easy, and I feel obliged to share it with others considering their options.
I bought a Millenia Marine grade radio off of eBay for $40 (No CD player, but has AUX input, USB, and SD) shipped to my door, and I bought a BMW 3 series aftermarket radio adapt kit, with antenna plug for another $10.
It was more or less as simple as installing an aftermarket stereo in a car, connect like colored wires, and plug and play. I did not have to cut up the stingray. The only thing I had to do was pull the factory head unit out (with the cassette deck) and slide the new one in. Also, I had to connect the two purple wires going to the external controls for radio power.
Stereo sounds great, and the bike looks totally factory. I'm a little concerned about opening the glovebox to control the radio, but I don't think it will happen enough to really annoy me. I can just hook my phone up to it via USB and be rocking out.
Check out the pictures, I'm curious of your opinions, and I'd gladly help any of you with technical details on the how-to. Me and a buddy did this in about 2 hours last night.
2002 BMW K1200LTC
1998 Buell Thunderbolt S3T
1978 HD Sportster
1975 HD FXE
1978 Honda CB 750F Super Sport