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symfrog

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Harmon radio replacement
« on: October 10, 2019, 08:53:11 PM »

hello,  I have a 2013 cvo electra glide and the radio is going off and on. if i manipulate the dash audio switch, sometimes it will come back on. the radio illuminates, but no sound. i know it is likely the radio and not the audio switch. is there a better radio which will still work with the handlebar controls, factory amp and have speed controlled volume? iron cross audio charges $250.00 plus to refurbish the factory radio. are there better options?

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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 11:11:41 PM »

Just about any head unit will work with a steering wheel control module...I used Scoshe brand with my JVC stereo and all of my hand controls work just like they did with the factory unit.  Only downside is most aftermarket Head units aren’t waterproof but that is easily fixed with a cover.  I used the biketronics cover and really like it.  Still can’t go crazy with the water hose around it when washing but it works well enough that I don’t worry about being caught out in the rain.
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2019, 12:03:39 AM »

thanks for the reply, I was hoping for something water resistant or water proof. I'd be unhappy to spend money on a new radio only to have the dealer ruin it when they detail my bike.

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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2019, 07:19:53 AM »

As stated in your first post, you did check into Iron Cross and if you are wanting to keep things as stock as possible, that's a great option.  Thing is, it's like lipstick on a pig...that $250 charge may freshen up the stock HK but you're still stuck with the pig that will eventually do it again.  However, if you plan to trade or sell at some point, that $250 should get you through for a while...Iron Cross does good work

There are lots of marine/waterproof options out there that fit.  Crutchfield has a LOT of options and reasonable.  I've ordered from them many times over the years (most recently speakers for my '15).
https://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/waterproof_receiver.html#&nvpair=FFCategory

Someone here on the site mentioned a wiring harness (and it may be from Iron Cross) that allows for changing the head unit while keeping the handlebar controls.  You'd have to search OR maybe someone will chime in.

Good luck with the effort and keep us posted on your progress... :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2019, 09:56:15 AM »

If you want plug and play and waterproof, try this...not cheap but is anything relating to Harley?! :)

Oh, and you don’t need a cover...bonus!

https://www.rockfordfosgate.com/products/details/pmx-hd9813/
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2019, 12:36:29 PM »

I wanted to keep everything stock so I went with the Iron Cross repair but what ever you decide to do I highly recommend you check the 4 faring brackets. 3 out of the 4 brackets were cracked on my bike. Under warranty the dealership replaced 8 head units on my bike. Not once did they check the brackets that looking at the rust were cracked for years. So does not matter what head unit you get if the brackets are cracked. The head unit will just vibrate a part.
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2019, 12:40:38 PM »

I replaced my metal brackets with these nylon ones from Armstrong. They flex so no chance of cracking like the metal brackets. On hot days while at a stop the faring will shake more than the metal ones but so far the radio has held up for more than a year after the Iron Cross repair.
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2019, 12:42:42 PM »

Armstrong also claims they can support more weight than the metal ones for amps and ect. I still have the stock set up.
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2019, 09:59:55 PM »

I don't see anything compatible with the factory amp. Rockford fosgate specifically states not compatible with factory amplified systems. I was hoping to upgrade, but may just have iron cross fix mine.

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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2019, 10:03:51 PM »

Check around the bike forums and eBay, you may find a used one cheap.

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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2019, 10:16:33 PM »

I don't see anything compatible with the factory amp. Rockford fosgate specifically states not compatible with factory amplified systems. I was hoping to upgrade, but may just have iron cross fix mine.

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Well, if you are going to stick with the factory amp and that is your requirement, stick with the stock Harmon unit and go the Iron Cross repair.

But in my humble opinion, there is so much out there that is a lot better than the stock Harley sound system.
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2019, 10:30:43 PM »

I'm not bound to the factory head unit and amp, I recently upgraded the speakers to boom stage 2 and the ohm rating on the speakers limits audio choices.

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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2019, 10:04:39 AM »

Since you already are using the Harley Boom stage 2 speakers, stick with Iron Cross for the repair on the Harley HK head unit. At this stage, this will be your most cost effective option.

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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2019, 11:32:36 AM »

If you are going the Ironcross route you may want to check out other options they offer such as Bluetooth and low voltage rca outputs. The rca outputs will give you more options when you get tired of replacing blown Boom speakers. HD speakers are junk and that is why they are not covered under ESP.
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Re: Harmon radio replacement
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2019, 08:49:51 PM »

I discovered a refurbish deal on Ebay from Iron Cross, $165.00 plus shipping to fix my HK. I would have to spend a lot more with any other options and they will update the software and make the radio more vibration resistant. I also plan on thoroughly inspecting the fairing supports. Thanks for all the information.

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