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I installed a roady this weekend. I did not do a permanent install, I used the 12v plug in the front left pocket and Velcro to mount it to the top of the pocket. It works great with one exception, I now have alternator noise when it is being used.
Have any of you dealt with this?
TIA
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JG,

The problem is most likely caused by a "Ground Loop" that comes from powering the XM unit with the bike's power directly. The easiest solution for that would be to install a "Ground Loop Isolator" between the audio output of your XM and the input on the bike.

Lewis @ E/C makes a unit that works well for this and is a plug and play module that fits under the LH pocket (http://www.electricalconnection.com/audio/noise-filters.htm ).

I believe that Radio Shack also has one as well, but I used the E/C version for my Skyfi and have had no problems at all.

Good luck
 
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Thanks Jon

I just ordered a ground loop isolator from EC
 

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XM Alternator Noise

I'm not sure if this will help. I had the XM on my bike and powered it initially from the upper left aux power supply. I also ran the XM to the aux on the radio and had major alternator whine. Drove me nuts.

I ordered the ground loop, but in the middle of waiting for it, decided to change to the Sirius radio. When I wired in the Sirius, I did it differently.

I have the EC electrical block that ties into the battery and an ignition source. It gives you six fused power leads for aux. equipment.

Well, I ran the radio power to this instead of the aux power supply and then ran the ground to a grounding block that EC also sells. The Sirius feeds the radio with the aux jack.

NO WHINE! Sounds great, very pleased. I don't know if its the radio or the power source change but I do hear of a lot of the XM's having this problem and not as many of the Sirius units.
 

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Which Sirius Unit??

Hey Mac...which Sirius unit did you purchase? I'm more interested in Sirius than XM, but not sure which unit to get. I'd appreciate your input. Thanks.
 

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Sirius Radio Choice

I'm not sure of the name of the unit, but I purchased the square one on eBay and got a home kit and car kit for $199. with a $50. rebate.

I'm very pleased with it, mainly because I simply like their mix better but also, because of the ease (my opinion) of the installation. I could never understand why the Delphi was a 6 volt system when it was installed to cars and such.

My unit was mounted just above the GL's radio. I removed the Goldwing plastic plate and mounted through that area, that way I can remove the radio and reglue the plate down. It's raised about 3/4 above the surface so I can get to the top row of radio buttons. The only problem I have is that when I do full turns if I'm walking the bike I'll hit the cradle, but there is enough play in it to not cause a problem.
 

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Roady as Well.

I have the Roady installed as well, I used the ground loop isolator which eliminated the whine. I had the Radio Shack one, however it had cords which were way too long, so I cut it down and put the correct connectors on as well. Then I saw the one from E/C mentioned above and ordered it. It works justs as good and is a smaller packeage to put under the box.
 
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