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This will be a long post, but if I don't give you all info, you would not be able to answer correctly.

I have the Texelent bar and want to put on the following:

Garmin SPIII

Escort 8500

Nokia Cell Phone (recommended models??)

Butler drinking cup (32 oz.)

Mini CD player in the left pocket and running through the aux. cord.

Questions:

1. Which Kennedy or other brand of FRS type do I need to be able to run these through my helmets? (exact models, please)

2. Do I need some type of extra "box" for all the plugins or can they be "hotwired"? If so, where is best?

3. Do I need extra ground loop isolators for cell phone?

4. Mounting ideas for the SPIII? 8500? Cell phone?

I am not very good at electrical so photos or some type of schematic would be greatly appreciated. :oops:

I am sure there are some questions or points that I have not thought of or have overlooked. Please let me know any possible problems that I might incur. All help is appreciated and photos would be great :!: :!: :!:

If you would be in the DFW are and have done this, I would be willing to buy lunch for your time and input. (need excuse for a ride anyway) :eat1:
 

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Jimmy,

I don't understand #1. You mentioned FRS type, but what would an FRS radio have to do with the connecting any of the items listed above?

I assume you are asking which Kennedy interface for Cellphone, GPS, Radar Detector? If so, you have two type choices 1) an interface to use the AUX input on the 1800 or 2) an interface to use the intercom.

Look at our web site under "Cellphone/GPS/Radar" button for a block diagram and some info to get you started.

We have a list (that I will e-mail on request) of interfaces by model # form each manufacturer, and how each connects to the bike. It was put together to describe which interfaces can be improved by adding Mic-Mutes to the talking GPS or cellphone interface.
 
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Bill,

As you can see, I do not know what I am doing :oops: I caould definately use the list. I just want everything to be able to be listened to through my helmet, by aux or intercom I don't know, whichever is easiest and/or cheapest.

I guess what I should have said is the Cell set and Dual set as opposed to FRS. Hope this helps. Is there a lot of background noise when using the Kennedy's?

Thanks.
 

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Jimmy,

You asked about noise. There are 2 different interface types for your cellphone /talking GPS/ radar detector. One connects to the AUX input on only the 1800 and the other connects to the intercom on either 1800 or 1500.

#1 The AUX connected interface has no noise issue but you can not listen to music when you have your AUX interfaced device selected because you select what input to listen to on your stereo system, i.e.: FM, AM, or AUX. As with your music, you can select to listen to your interfaced device through your external speakers or headset speakers.

#2 The intercom type of interface allows you to use the cellphone/talking GPS/radar detector and also listen to your favorite music at the same time. But you must now adjust your intercom volume high enough to hear your interfaced device, heard on both your's and co-rider's headsets. That is where the noise comes in because you will have open microphone(s) picking up all of the wind and road noises. Mic-Mutes fixes that by allowing both the rider and co-rider to have control to toggle ON/OFF both mics to eliminate the noises so that you can turn up your intercom volume to hear only your cellphone/talking GSP/radar detector.

When using the setup in #2, your music, CB and intercom are not affected. In fact a cool thing is to share your cellphone conversation or talking GPS audio with the others riding with you by keying up the CB.
 

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Jimmy

Let's see if I can help a little with the basic question.

I have the Texlent bar with the following items mounted. SPIII, cell, cassette player and butler cup.

First, there are two ways to mount the bar. High or Low. I started off with the bar low but found it gave me less room across so moved it high. By the way Tom is working on a two bar system, one high and one low.

Working from left to right I have the Cell, the SPII (takes up the most room) and the cassette player mounted on the bar. With the bar in the high position there was room to mount the cup on the right grip (brake clamp)using the standard mounting hardware.

For the cell I used a standard two hole mount from Texlent and a cell mount I got from Kennedy. The power for the cell comes from a lighter outlet that I installed in the left pocket. I started off with a Nokia 5165 and have upgraded to a Nokia 6340i. Both work find.

For the SPIII used a standard two hole mount from Texlent paired to the Gramin mount that came with my SPIII. I started off taking power for this from the Wing outlet plug in the left pocket. I did not like it shutting down each time I stopped for gas so I run a wire from the accessory outlet on the battery. It is not on until I turn it off.

Next I installed the cassette player on the Texlent shelve mount. I made a shelve out of 1/8” metal and attached the player with heavy duty Velco. We use the player for listening to audio books while on long trips.

I run the cell and SPII off the Kennedy cell set, you can also run your detector off this same unit. The player is using the AUX input. You do not want to use the AUX for anything that you want to use while the AUX is on.

One other item I highly suggest is the Mic-Mutes. They cut off all external noise and make the whole system work better.

Ron Looney
Collinsville, MS
 
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