Fog lights interfering with radio - GL1800Riders

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
Contributing Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Cartersville, Ga
Posts: 83
Fog lights interfering with radio

Had my 2012 at the dealer today for the second time. When I turn my fog lights on while playing the FM it causes the signal to fade pretty severely. The dealer pulled out several 2012 models to check and see if it was related to a specific type of fog light. My bike as well as three other new ones all did it no matter what brand of lights that were used. The dealer called Honda in California to see if they were aware of the problem. They said that this is the first they had heard of it. Have any of you experienced this? it is hard to believe that this is not a wide spread problem if four out of four 2012 models all did it.
Kevimc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 08:44 PM
Seasoned Member
 
Hoosier Daddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 1,768
Garage
What brand of fog lights do you have if I may ask?

2007 Dark Blue
Traxxion Mega Monty
IBA 54656

Hoosier Daddy is online now  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 09:03 PM
Seasoned Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: AK
Posts: 389
The light/radio interference was mentioned in at least one other thread I've read. I've put off installing any lower lights until there's more info...type and manufacturer of lights for example. At this point I assume it's a signal to noise problem, with the radio noise from the lights being loud and masking the signal.

Gary
Bike36 is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 09:39 PM
Len
Seasoned Member
 
Len's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Helotes, Texas
Posts: 1,111
I have the genuine Hondaline fog lights and haven't experienced any problem.

Proud owner of a 2012 Ultra Blue Level 4 from Schroaders Honda.
Len is online now  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
Contributing Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Cartersville, Ga
Posts: 83
Fog lights

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoosier Daddy View Post
What brand of fog lights do you have if I may ask?
My lights are the kit from big bike parts, but the dealer also tested the Honda lights and they did the same thing.
Kevimc is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 11:30 PM
Seasoned Member
 
jhughes556's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Arlington, Texas
Posts: 1,589
I had alot of problems on my 08 Airbag trying to use EC's High Output Fog lights and the CB radio. Really liked the lights but the squelch had to be turned up to 18 before the radio would cutting off. Same lights worked fine on a base model. Nothing we tried worked. Lewis was a big help but we never resolved the problem. I now have the Hondaline LEDs and they work fine...Hope this helps...

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
"First Run Flat Tires on a Two Wheeler"
2012 GL 1800 ABS
2008 GL 1800 Airbag
2002 GL 1800 Level 1
1978 GL 1000 "Outrageous"
1973 CB 750 Gold
Darksider #443
jhughes556 is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 11:34 PM
Seasoned Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: AK
Posts: 389
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevimc View Post
My lights are the kit from big bike parts, but the dealer also tested the Honda lights and they did the same thing.
Is the problem present on AM, CB (AM), and FM?
Is it across the frequency spectrum, or on specific or periodic or repeating frequencies?
What do you hear in the audio when the lights are enabled on AM and FM? An increase in white background noise? A specific buzzing or odd sound?
Does it happen when the engine is stopped and running only on the battery?

You mentioned the dealer experienced the same problem with bikes with Honda lights. Did he park your's next to it and listen on yours for any interference from the other bike's lights, or visa versa? If it's on all, forget that test.

There's folks here that have similar lights. Do they have a similar problem?

My 2012's in the shop for warranty work and I don't have running lights yet or I'd contribute to the observations.

Gary

Edit: One thing that may help is to pinpoint the noise source(s). Take a portable AM/FM radio, turn it to each mode on low volume on a noisy frequency caused by the lights, then hold it near the lighted fog lights and elsewhere around the bike to find the loudest source. Try it with engine stopped, then again with the engine running. It might make more interfereing noise, or whatever it is you're hearing, next to the lights themselves if they're the problem. It may also be heard near the rear antenna (?), or in the bike's wiring near the relay panel under the seat (?). Not sure. Finding the loudest source should help Honda fix it. If the lights contain a noisy electrical circuit (?) that could be the problem.
Bike36 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the GL1800Riders forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This Thread is more than 1687 days old. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
If you still feel it is necessary to make a new reply, you can still do so though.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome