Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Argyle, Texas, USA
Audio Upgrade Project 99%
I installed a DUAL brand marine grade am/fm/cd/mp3/weather unit with a wired remote control.
I used custom hand bent .063 2024T3 aluminum mounting systems for both units. I also used shrink wrap on all wire bundles, and soldered the connections.
The wired remote is mounted up top, with a factory side entry port for my ipod.
I used an old radio housing, removed all six of the button assemblies, and used treated screws and locknuts to secure. It has six coats of flat black enamel applied.
Since I no longer needed my cassette player...lol.... I removed it and built an aluminum wall 2.75 inches from the back wall. I installed a 12v power port, for my phone or ipod, and also a low lumination red LED light to be powered anytime the key switch is on. This provides just enough light to navigate inside the drawer during night driving. Carpeted for non skid properties.
The head unit is mounted in the right saddlebag, with 1" foam cushion on top and bottom, and 2" on each side.
It has taken about 2 weeks, on and off to complete. I had to build all new wiring harnesses from the stingray to the saddlebag, and from the top box to the saddlebag. Nothing too hard, just time consuming. All of the additional factory volume and mute functions no longer work. I have ideas for those buttons, but that will be seen later!
The sound is incredible. BMW installed high quality factory speakers on this bike, but a terrible radio/amp. The Dual has 50Wx4, and is completely audible at 50 mph. The only thing I will miss is the speed controlled volume. Oh well, can't have it all.....
Lastly, the red button. I soldered jumper wires from my garage door opener (Thanks for the idea Deputy5211!), and ordered a new BMW logo button to epoxy on top of the button for looks! The remote itself fit nicely BEHIND the shelf, protected from water, and out of sight!
Thanks to everyone who posted in the past regarding radio problems, fixes, and technical info. It helped tremendously.
If you ever choose to undergo a project like this, and you want my help, feel free to let me know. I will help any way I can! This has been fun, educational, and rewarding!
"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him."
Remember folks, street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph. ~Jim Samuels
2001 K1200LT Champagne (Roxy)
2000 K1200LT Canyon Red (Suzie Q)
1986 Honda Interceptor Black (Weezy)
1999 K1200LT Graphite (Grey Goose)
Last edited by Cochinosucio; Apr 27th, 2012 at 5:44 pm.