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I,m considering on purchasing this item
HONPDSDR Soundgate Honda GL1800 Goldwing iPod®, iPhone™ Plug-N-Play Interface SUPER SALE
http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/29791_HONPDSDR_Soundgate_Honda_GL1800_Goldwing_iPod

From my understanding, if you dont have a cd changer you can use the plug from the cd changer for this item, but if you have a cd changer like i have you cant use this item because the plug is already used by the changer.
Can someone verify that i'm reading it correctly
 

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This may sound daft, but if the only place to connect it in is the CD plug (I'm assuming you would rather the ipod over the CD changer) you could unplug the changer I guess. To have access to the plug to switch back and forth between the two, you might be able to get an extension cable that can be easier to get at than under the seat.
 

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I have thought of that Budoka , i mean i do prefer the i-pod over cd's i guess that would be the easiest way. But then you have payed all that money and not use the cd's, i think i'll just leave it as it is and use the front jack for the i-pod and spend the money i have just saved on something else before it burns a hole in my back pocket.:D
 

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I don't have a CD player on my '10. I used my IPOD Touch, set to shuffle plugged into the AUX jack. Wished I could change songs via handlebar controls.

I was looking at the Soundgate item a while ago. Read alot of reviews. Some good, some bad. It was on backorder a few months ago when I was looking. Here was the clincher for me - Soundgate recently went out of business. They say you can still get warranty support but after that?
http://www.kicker.com/soundgate

I ended up buying this:
http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/...oup_list/gl1800/227_goldwing_CB_CD_Audio/des/

Easy to install, took less than an hour and works flawlessly on my 2010. It does plug into the CD player connector under the seat so you could not use the player at the same time. With this unit you can control volume and track from handlbar controls. It will hold 999 songs which is a bunch of CD's. Only thing it will not do is shuffle. Lot cheaper than Soundgate device. Be advised, some with earlier model GL1800's have had issues. J & M was very helpful with my questions before I bought it and assured me they would support me if I had issues.

Only hassle and not a big deal to me is you have to buy an SD card, then load it with your songs. Easy to do in Windows - just drag and drop songs into folders on the SD card.

If you did go this route, I don't think you'd want to use your CD player anymore or lug around a bunch of CD's. Maybe you could sell the CD player?

No more thinking about turning IPOD on and off, charging it, locking it up on trips etc. Overall I am very happy with this item.
Rob
 

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I agree with what Rob says. That and the fact that if you get a longer cable/plug that can be zipped to an easy access point, you still have the cd option. If you go with the aux hook-up, you will likely find (as I did) the loss of volume with the aux...I think about 25 % or so and have no handle bar control. Your call though.
 

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I bought a Soundgate just after the first of the year. It worked great and did almost everything I wanted it to do for about two months. It then started not working. The Soundgate would light up and take over the iPod, but the bike stereo would not recognize it was plugged in. I didn't even get the beep when I tried to switch from FM to CD. It was like there was nothing plugged in to the system. As someone else said, there was a long back order and I waited several months to get my replacement. The second unit worked perfect for about two months. It is now dead. As of last week the repair shop at Wingstuff was waiting for Soundgate to get back to them on the repair. Reading above that Soundgate is out of business is disappointing. I guess I now have an expensive paper weight.
 
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