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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-18-2017, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Bluetooth auxiliary input for 2011 Voyager radio

Just got a 2011 Voyager ABS, and I was hoping to send my music to the speakers. I first needed the "audio adaper kit" (K10400-041) that is at an awful price for a 1-foot pigtail. Since a 3-wire connection for stereo sound signal must be 1 left, 1 right and 1 common, I skinned an old "1/8" stereo male to dual RCA plug adapter" (a new one can be found for a buck at radio shack) and tested to figure out the wiring. Found that the green is the common and the 2 others are left and right (or right and left.. who cares). After, I took the fairing off (like for replacing headlight bulbs) to have an easier access to the wires, that I skinned and connect to my homemade adapter (and keeping the three-wire connector in case of). I had then a 3-foot 1/8" stereo male connector for my phone or any MP3 player, that I installed in the left side storage.

The last step was to find a bluetooth receiver on ebay, for a huge 6$ (if it doen't last, I'll buy another one). I put some velcro on the back of it and stick it on the right side storage box cover and routed the adapter cable to it. I now have a bluetooth receiver, that is close to the 12V socket (for charging with a USB adapter) that works just fine.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 12:08 PM
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Did the same thing except i put mine in the left side storage and connected a power socket to the aux power wires in the fairing. Now I have a power port in my left storage box and I keep a USB adapter plugged in it with my bluetooth receiver plugged in.
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Well, I thing I'll have one more task to do when I remove that fairing again... Thanks for the hint T Gibbs.
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No need to remove the fairing. Remove the left side storage box and the wiring harness is right there

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T Gibbs what wires did you use in the fairing? did you just connect to the black/yellow and white with banana plugs? also what power socket did you use?

Thanks in advance!

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I went to an auto parts store and bought a power socket, nothing special. It's just like a rubber boot over it. In your owners manual it tells you which wires in the fairing are the aux power wires. I think it says they're under the radio, but if you pull out the left glove box you can find them.

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So basically like a cigarette lighter outlet installed in the left glove box with a usb power plug connected for the bluetooth dongle. i think i got it. thanks for the reply!
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I don't follow. You are connecting connecting a bluetooth recever vs a Phono Cable to left side? You connect it to where the cable on the bike would be that is connected to the radio? Then from your phone could be android or iphone you connect via bluetooth and then music through the radio?

Can you still see name of songs on radio? Control volumn title from handlebar controls?

If you have a Sena Headset, how does this work? If you still want to use GPS on Phone or answer phone calls can you still do that? If not how can i do that? With all the modern technology, there must be a way?
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From the description it seems he has simply found a way to play music through the bike speakers via a Bluetooth adapter that he hard wired using non oem cabling.

I havent even picked my bike up yet (next weekend) but I had already planned on doing this as my first mod. That and a USB power port in the rear for wifeys phone.
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Yes. I connected a 1/8" phono plug to the wiring in the left glove box for the aux input. I plug the phono plug into the Bluetooth receiver. I then connected a cigarette lighter type plug to the power wiring in there. I use a usb adapter in the cigarette lighter plug to power the Bluetooth receiver. This allows me to play music from my phone through the bike radio. I can control the volume from the handlebars, but it doesn't allow me to control the song or have the song name displayed. It's not perfect, but it works just fine for me and didn't cost an arm and leg.
I don't use a headset and don't answer calls while riding. When my phone rings it does pause the music so I'm sure it would still work. I believe the GPS will still work, too. If you have a holder for the phone so you can see the GPS, you would be able to control the songs from the screen. I keep mine in my pocket or in saddlebag if it's raining, so I just listen to whatever comes on. It's all music that I've put on my phone so there aren't songs I don't like.

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