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I was getting ready to install a 4 channel amplifier on my GW and look on forum and found a nice tutorial made by RUDY Looks like it was for an older model than mine because the connectors do no exist on mine. (97 SE)is built in the main harness. and in to a main connector.

The way I foundusing the Schematic and cutting the speaker wire at the radio harness in the back of the radio I am confitent it will work I am just wondering if there is a better way then cutting the harness like a hidden connector.

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One option you could have used was to use the speaker connectors. Run new wire from the speaker speaker connectors back to the amp input. Then run new wire from the amp output back to the speakers. That was the way that Lewis Preston at www.electricalconnection.com used for his amp installs. He made a custom harness that did just that: http://electricalconnection.com/audio/03201.pdf


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Thanks mike I whant to illiminate the fader witch is a draw of sound power and quality I would like to run signal from radio direct to line level converter then a EQ and finaly a four channel amplifier / beefy wire and speakers.

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What Mike means is the frt speakers come off the radio 2 cjannel. The fader is located after that. Get the signal before the fader.

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Thanks Stu. Got signal write from the back of radio but it involves cutting the harness to get the best,,, I was wondering if there was a connector in there that i could undo to have the same result if not I will cut the harness out of the radio they are pins 1,2,3,4 .....

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Hey Norm...

Like the guys have posted .. and like Rudy has done -- the OEM harness for the radio has both output channels routed to a 4-pin connector along the left side of the frame (this is where the OEM radio output is connected to the OEM from speakers - 4-pin white connectors; if you have a fader and a rear harness, there will be a pair of black 4-pin connectors right next to the white ones).

Simply unplugging that 4-pin white gives you direct access to the radio's 2-channel output without cutting into an expensive harness.

In Rusty's "amp in da'trunk instaqllation, he re-purposes the rear speaker harness to carry the radio's output to the rear of the bike without need for harness destruction.

Which ewver way you go, keep good note so that whoever is in there next can quickly understand what has been done,
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Hi guys I dont know if M. Honda changed the harness with the years or if mine is a canadian model or las but not least I am getting blind :wtf:lol.



I cna not locate the small 4 pins connectors the only thing I found is those two big connectors witch are made in module but in one piece so can not disconect sections of it and the colour code of wire i am looking for are in there grrrrr





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Hmmm... on an SE, the white 4-pin connector that you're looking for should be about where that convoluted harness tubing heads back in against the air cleaner (perhaps more to the "right" from your top-most photo, and definitely 'deeper' into the harness there.) -- they tend to be pretty tight and kinda behind the "Y" where the harness splits...

That "L" shaped conector mounting is used from 96 on (and I think also in the Interstate) for the fairing sub-harness connectors... so yeah - the speaker wires DO go in there, (why you're seeing the right color codes) but AFTER the white 4-pin that we're all hunting for...

I'm not sure if you've seen Rudy's photo (from his '89, so it won't have that faring sub-harness "white L-shaped" connector mounting thingy): This photo shows his 'trick harness' (the chrink-tube corss-connects) for using the rear speaker harness (black connector) to get the radio's output into the trunk

Hopefully this kinda illustrates how 'deep' behind that 'Y" area of the harness the white 4-pin connector will be.

For additionaly reference (may be mentinoed above) the "Add On" instructions for their fader installation for all years of the GL1500 (non-interstate) can be found at:http://www.addonaccessories.net/docs...824%20Inst.pdf

To reinforce that you should be able to find the white 4-pin connector that you're seeking.
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wow if you are sure i will look in deeper to find it thanks

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WOW.

according to the schematic in Honda shop manual. I do not have the 4 pin connector for my 97 SE there is a connector for the replacement of the fader and that is it the rest is built in the harness ....Sniff ....

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