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For the last year or so, I've been able to listen to my radio out of just one channel. The left side stopped working entirely on both the speakers and the intercom. Last night, while listening to the radio and giving my Batbyke it's annual bike wash, the radio finally died altogether. I get the dreaded NO RADIO display. I pulled the fuse, disconnected the battery over night, recharged the battery and reassembled. It work for about 5 minutes before cutting out again.

I feel it's time to take the plunge and replace the radio unit. I've been looking for over a year for a new single CD unit and no one has them for sale used. Becker won't repair the CD unit but they do have plenty of cassette units in stock.

Can I swap the CD for the tape unit? I tried looking for a post that addressed the this question in the past but I couldn't find it. I thought I remember reading about a potential problem with the wiring harness?
 

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RVB1019 said:
I feel it's time to take the plunge and replace the radio unit. I've been looking for over a year for a new single CD unit and no one has them for sale used. Becker won't repair the CD unit but they do have plenty of cassette units in stock.

Can I swap the CD for the tape unit? I tried looking for a post that addressed the this question in the past but I couldn't find it. I thought I remember reading about a potential problem with the wiring harness?
Depends which model bike you have. If you have the radio display in the dashboard, I have a brand new CD head that will suit you. If your bike is the 1999 on design, then a cassette head "should" be a direct exchange.
 

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Hi Andy,

I saw your post earlier this week and was confused.
The part number you had was 65 12 769 2166

On Max BMW Microfiche site, I see the a different part number for the unit:
65107681942.

I wonder why?

BTW, PM sent for your unit.
 

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Bump!

I may have a line on a tape deck but would hate to waste the $$$ if it doesn't fit.

Too small is not a problem, I can use a piece foam to fill the space. Too large is an issue.

Any thoughts???
 

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Bump!

I may have a line on a tape deck but would hate to waste the $$$ if it doesn't fit.

Too small is not a problem, I can use a piece foam to fill the space. Too large is an issue.

Any thoughts???
I never get that complaint!

The radio is standard size. You can get adapters to allow the handlebar controls to work.
 

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Bump!

I may have a line on a tape deck but would hate to waste the $$$ if it doesn't fit.
To expand a little on my previous...

The BMW CD head is a standard DIN aperture. That means that anything you fancy in DIN size will fit. Adapters are available to adapt the factory plug to the new unit, but you might be in for rewiring to suit, due to the limited space behind.

The handlebar controls can be made to work via an adapter from http://www.connects2.co.uk/ who appear not to have international dealers. Maybe there is some similar company there. If you are desperate, I could probably ship something to you, but I will have to pay full retail and VAT.

Have you actually done any tests to see if you have some simple problem like no power at the unit?
 

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UPDATE-

I bought a used tape deck head unit on ebay for 270 including expediated shipping. It took me just 4 hours to strip the LT, take out the dead CD unit and install the tape deck, and then put it back together again. Piece of cake!
The stereo never sounded so sweet!:dance:

Since the unit included the mounting deck, it was very easy to swap the two units. If the 03 didn't come right from the factory with CD in the oddiments box, you would think this was a factory install job.

I even installed a new Odessy Gel battery to boot! Hopefully it will hold a charge longer than my Yuasa batteries.
 

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UPDATE-

I bought a used tape deck head unit on ebay for 270 including expediated shipping. It took me just 4 hours to strip the LT, take out the dead CD unit and install the tape deck, and then put it back together again. Piece of cake!
The stereo never sounded so sweet!:dance:
Well it was fitted as standard for the first few years so it should be fine.

So what are you doing with the scrap CD deck? I wonder if I should take it off your hands and see if I can sort it for my bike? What would the shipping cost?
 

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Someone else already claimed it but if I don't hear back, I'll let you know.



Ajlelectronics said:
Well it was fitted as standard for the first few years so it should be fine.

So what are you doing with the scrap CD deck? I wonder if I should take it off your hands and see if I can sort it for my bike? What would the shipping cost?
 

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I have one from my 02 and got casette replacement now I can hook in my MPE into a casette adapter. Works great. Let me know if you want the old one. Jim
 

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Alternative to the CD

Keep the tape player (if the tape function works) and buy an MP3 player. All you need to do is plug a cd to cassette converter into your cassette player and you can play MP3's all day long.
Do not purchase an MP3 player with a hard drive get one with flash drive memory. The hard drive mp3 units will not last for more than a year with all the vibration on a bike. For about $125 you can buy a nice small unit that you can velco on to your tank bag or on to the lid of your front storage box where the cassette player is.
I don't use the 6 cd player I have because cd's tend to skip on rough roads and get redundant after a short period of time.
 
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