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Glad to find this forum and the wealth of info..my next question..is there an adapter kit to install a aftermarket cd player/radio in place of the panasonic radio on my 85 Aspencade?? I want to switch over to a cd player but this radio looks like a monster hole will be left in the dash and I would need a "faceplate" to cover it.
 

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Glad to find this forum and the wealth of info..my next question..is there an adapter kit to install a aftermarket cd player/radio in place of the panasonic radio on my 85 Aspencade?? I want to switch over to a cd player but this radio looks like a monster hole will be left in the dash and I would need a "faceplate" to cover it.

Zonk, not sure I have ever seen an adapter kit for the older Wing radio replacement.

You could go with any of the modern smaller radios like the Sony CDX-F5700, 5750, or F-770. Or any of the like radios in other brands. Personally I like the Sony's as they will work with the factory handlebar controls if a resistor matching box is made & the bike wiring is altered to use that resistor box.
I have a Sony CDX-5700 in my Harley dresser & it works great even fuctions perfectly on the factory hand grip controls.
A couple of things to note when using a regular (non Honda) radio..


-First is the water proofing issue. While those Radios will take a little moisture & rain they are not really water proof & that can cause a problem if not covered (it can be covered or a more water proof Sony (marine type) can be used.


-Next is the speaker issue, I believe the old Wing uses 4 ohm speakers & most modern radios need 8 ohm speakers (not a big deal but just a heads up).


-Next is the skip issue using a CD, It happens sometimes on rough roads as most CD players read as they go. You can buy a high dollar CD that doesn't skip as easily but it gets real expensive. The next best thing (or even better to me) is get a combination CD MP3 player. The MP3 reads ahead & buffers so they don't tend to skip & I can put about 8 hours of music on one CD so I don't have to carry a bunch of CD's on the bike.

How to wire it up?-- You could just go behind those brass contacts in the upper fairing (behind the radio) & solder in the new wires (circuits) from that area (I have a copy of the pin-out if you need it, then add a connector that matches your new radio (most come with the radio), then build or find the mounting brackets to allow you to mount the radio. I built my own radio enclosure for my Harley (I have a mill, lathe, & tig welder). You could probably find what you need on line as there are kits for most late model cars & trucks & something is bound to work. It really doesn't take much of a mount for those newer small DIN radios . They also make & sell a multitude of face plates that will work & can be trimmed to fit. Take a little work but noo real big deal to do.

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Thanks Twisty..I actually have thought about putting one of thos fm modulated cd players in my rear saddlbag or upper case.The type that runs through the antenna and into the radio,but needs to be on a lower FM frequency to work.That may be the easiest of all solutions,and its out of the elements too!!
 

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Thanks Twisty..I actually have thought about putting one of thos fm modulated cd players in my rear saddlbag or upper case.The type that runs through the antenna and into the radio,but needs to be on a lower FM frequency to work.That may be the easiest of all solutions,and its out of the elements too!!
That's how most people do the CD thing. It works OK but some quality is lost in the frequency modulation to get it to the radio. Probably doesn't matter as a moving bike isn't the best of places for an audio test..

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