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PO made an addition... does anyone know what it is?

There is this... thing, that's badly adhering to my windshield and is wired into the fairing wire harness somehow. I have no idea what it is. Want to remove it, but not sure if it's safe. Would like to just clip the wires rather than chase it through the rat nest in there. Anyone know what it is?





In general I'm gearing up for a fairing swap, but every time I look at the mess under the pockets I get cold feet. Seems like a big job and I'm worried about messing something up. Getting this out of there would at least decrease the number of mystery wires in there.
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that is NOT stock for sure.

just guessing, but it might have been the sensor for some kind of radar detector.

or, it might have been an antenna for the FM/AM radio... does it have a non-stock radio?

I would just unbolt the fairing and start removing all wires that do not end up inside the factory harness... those you can identify as looking like a rats nest.

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If the bike has an alarm system, it may be a motion sensor. Sure looks like the one I have mounted under my seat! (Registers when the bike is moved off the sidestand to an upright position by moving mercury liquid to two metal rods inside the rectangular box.)

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that is NOT stock for sure.

just guessing, but it might have been the sensor for some kind of radar detector.

or, it might have been an antenna for the FM/AM radio... does it have a non-stock radio?

I would just unbolt the fairing and start removing all wires that do not end up inside the factory harness... those you can identify as looking like a rats nest.

Yeah it did have an aftermarket radio, though I'm looking through the manual for it and it certainly didn't come with an antenna like that. I'm going to replace the radio with a low-profile model that actually fits into the fairing - or delete it completely. I'm honestly not planning to ever use it, but I guess it would be nice to have working eventually.

Come to think of it the wires do seem to terminate in the stereo-wire mess so an antenna actually makes a lot of sense. I still don't want it out there like that, but perhaps I can relocate it inside the fairing somehow - especially if radio reception isn't a priority.

I'm looking at this thread:

http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14369

And it just seems like such a huge pain in the ass. But I have a flawless replacement sitting in the garage and I suppose I have to get started at some point...
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If the bike has an alarm system, it may be a motion sensor. Sure looks like the one I have mounted under my seat! (Registers when the bike is moved off the sidestand to an upright position by moving mercury liquid to two metal rods inside the rectangular box.)
Huh. To my knowledge there is no alarm system. But thoughts like that are why I haven't tried to remove it yet.
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Huh. To my knowledge there is no alarm system. But thoughts like that are why I haven't tried to remove it yet.
he just meant a PO might have installed an aftermarket alarm system on it.
a lot of them used to use mercury or steel balls in a tube.. the mercury, or the steel balls will roll to the opposite side and short circuit a couple of wires, there in turning on the Alarm's noise maker.

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he just meant a PO might have installed an aftermarket alarm system on it.
a lot of them used to use mercury or steel balls in a tube.. the mercury, or the steel balls will roll to the opposite side and short circuit a couple of wires, there in turning on the Alarm's noise maker.
Oh I understand - I just have no idea if such a system is actually in the bike right now. Nothing's ever made any noise, the PO didn't mention it, and if it went off I would have no idea how to turn it off.
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ThanksAZgl1800--what you said!


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Could it possibly be a satellite antenna? Or maybe some kind of ballast for an aftermarket headlight or driving lights?

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Could it possibly be a satellite antenna? Or maybe some kind of ballast for an aftermarket headlight or driving lights?
There aren't any aftermarket lights - and I replaced the anemic H4 bulb with a SilverStar myself. The aftermarket radio was a regular JVC CD player (KD-R338), so if there was a satellite system on there it's long in the past.

There are a couple of other wires that are confusing the hell out of me, and a lot of unplugged things (bike used to have a CB radio, for one). It's gearing up to be a pretty confusing swap. But at the end of it I'll have a fairing with no cracks, and intact mounting holes of all kinds
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