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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-21-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Grrr.... My radio crapped out this morning

Well long story short, my bike sat outside in the rain for two days. A much needed 5" of rain no less. Anyways this morning the sun was shining and I was planning on going with some friends on a poker run. Wiped the bike down and went to fire it up. That's when I noticed my display on the radio was blank. So much for water proof. I checked the fuse and yes it has power because I also heard the fan running for the amp. The cd did eject but I cant get the radio to turn on at all. Even tried blowing some compressed air through it, I can't be that lucky.
I guess its time for a Biketronics kit and a Sony head unit. It will complement my J&M amp and speakers nicely.

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The OEM radio isn't water proof, it's water resistant. Any radio left out in the rain is subject to the same, even a marine radio unless it's covered in some fashion. On the bright side if you do go with an aftermarket unit I'm sure you'll notice the improvement. Make sure if you're going to be leaving it out that you get a cover...... for the bike, and radio if possible.

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Well I got off my butt and pulled the stock head unit. Yup just like I thought, its toast so I placed my order with Biketronics today. Went with their installation kit with the splash cover and a Sony MEX-BT4100P. Only $392.50. Yeah that will teach me to leave my ride out in the rain for two days.

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I wish I had gone with the Sony 4100. Give us an update after you've installed it. If you happen to use the Bluetooth, I'd like to hear what you think of it. I think you'll enjoy the added features vs the stock unit.
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It suppose to be here next Wednesday but I probably wont have time till the weekend to install it and review it. I did have one of those little $20 bt adapters that you plug into the rca jack so I could stream Pandora and music from my phone. It actually worked pretty good most of the time. LOL
I went with the 4100 Sony for the fact that it has Pandora controls for Android phones where most of their other radios just work with iPhones.

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Well I got off my butt and pulled the stock head unit. Yup just like I thought, its toast so I placed my order with Biketronics today. Went with their installation kit with the splash cover and a Sony MEX-BT4100P. Only $392.50.
No more CB and Intercom? You are not the first 2-3 year old bike with a radio going out I have heard of. Sucks, but enjoy the new rig!

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On my old 05RG the radio crapped out in the first year and was was replaced under warranty. It was still going strong when I traded it 6 yrs later. I've been wanting to do this upgrade for a while while anyways but had other plans for the money. Oh well one more mod knocked out.

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Usually when the stock radio dries out it will work again. 5 inches of rain is a lot of water so it may take time for the radio the dry out. Did you tear it apart and look to see if it is toasted or just plug it in and try to turn it on?


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Ironmark I pulled it a few days later and took the faceplate off. There was no more moisture but plenty of corrosion. I cleaned it up best I could but no luck.

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Ironmark I pulled it a few days later and took the faceplate off. There was no more moisture but plenty of corrosion. I cleaned it up best I could but no luck.
That a bummer. Send it out for repairs then sell it as a reconditioned unit. Let us know how you like the radio upgrade you are doing.


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